Vanilla Pound Cake W/ A Moscato Wine & Pear Syrup

Jennifer Darden


Versatile, Voluptuous, Vanilla…and that’s just the bed of pound cake. Next, I marinate fresh slices of ripe pears in Moscato wine, reduce the mixture to a syrup, layer it over soft buttery slices of pound cake, and top with a scoop of homemade whipped cream that's also been infused with the wine :)

Plus, I did a taste test on 6 different pear varieties to decide which one would be best for this dish. Visit my blog to see the delicious results!


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2 Hr
1 Hr 15 Min


  • 3
    sticks of butter (not margarine)
  • 1 lb
    of powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 6
  • 8 oz
    sour cream
  • 1 lb
    of all purpose flour - 3 1/2 cups (sifted)

  • 2 Tbsp
    vanilla extract

  • 2
    bartlett or bosc pears, sliced (you could also use 1 of each)
  • 1 c
    moscato wine (i used crane lake)
  • 1 Tbsp

  • 1 c
    heavy cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    reduced moscato wine and pear syrup

How to Make Vanilla Pound Cake W/ A Moscato Wine & Pear Syrup


  1. Directions For Pound Cake - Preheat oven to 325. Spray a tube pan with Pam Cooking Spray. Rub in with fingers especially if using a fluted pan. You want to make sure that all the surface is coated so the cake won't stick.
  2. Cream butter well. Gradually add sugar and blend until smooth.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. Add sour cream and mix well.
  5. Beat in flour. Then add flavoring.
  6. Pour into pan and bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Leave in pan for 10 minutes. Then remove to a cooling rack.
  7. As with any cake you're supposed to allow it to cool before slicing but I love a piece when the top is slightly crusty and the inside is soft,warm and that vanilla, buttery aroma steams up to your nose with each bite! In your kitchen you make and break the rules. Just enjoy!
  8. Directions For Pear Topping - Marinate sliced pears in wine for about 2 hours.
  9. Drain and add wine to a saucepan.
  10. Simmer over low heat until reduced by half, approximately 10 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool because you're going to add a tablespoon into your whipped cream.
  12. After you make your whipped cream saute the pears in butter until tender and slightly caramelized. Spoon over slices of pound cake. Drizzle with syrup and top with a big helping of whipped cream!
  13. Directions For Whipped Cream - Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  14. Add in sugar. Combine.
  15. Then add vanilla and Moscato syrup. Beat just enough to blend. Refrigerate while you saute your pears.

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