Pear Crumble Hokey Pokey Sheet Cake
Pear Crumble Hokey Pokey Sheet Cake

Pear Crumble Hokey Pokey Sheet Cake

I know it’s not good to brag but this sheet cake is all sorts of AMAZING!!!

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The cake base is sweet and custardy and filled with pear slices and lemon zest.  The topping is crunchy, buttered toffee coated nuts with cinnamon and white chocolate bits. The flavour reminds me of Hokey Pokey, yet so much more extreme and intense!

The result is a dessert sheet cake which has blown my mind!.

Pear Crumble Sheet Cake Close Up

Pear Crumble Sheet Cake Close Up

So what is a sheet cake? Until a week or so ago I had no idea! I saw a story that said sheet cakes were going to be the next big thing, so naturally I had to educate myself. A quick google search showed me that a sheet cake is simply what Australians call a slab cake.

Sheet Cake and Tea Cups

Sheet Cake and Tea Cups

It’s a cake which can be baked in a baking tray and then iced or topped whilst remaining in the tray.  This makes it simple to take as a “bring a plate” option.

Pear Crumble Sheet Cake Slice

Pear Crumble Sheet Cake Slice

With that hurdle out of the way I decided it was time to bake an elaborate, dessert style “sheet cake.”

Pear & White Chocolate Sheet Cake Taste

Pear & White Chocolate Sheet Cake Taste

Each month the Chocolate Party has a dessert theme.  This month it’s chocolate and pear so I wanted to incorporate this theme into my sheet cake. I am not a fan of the pear and dark chocolate combination so I knew it would be a white chocolate dessert for me.

Sheet Cake in Tin

Sheet Cake in Tin

Although the party didn’t go ahead I was committed to this dessert.

After a little bit of tinkering and imagination I managed to pull together these ingredients into a very original sheet cake recipe that I would be pleased to serve as a “bring a plate” option.

Pear & White Chocolate Sheet Cake

Pear & White Chocolate Sheet Cake

Pear Crumble Sheet Cake
Recipe Type: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Julie
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Cook time:
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Serves: 10
This is a delicious sheet cake which is more like a dessert that a cake.
  • Cake Base
  • 185gm butter
  • grated zest from 1 lemon
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 1/2 cup custard powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 pear halves
  • Topping
  • 200gm walnuts
  • 40gm salted butter
  • 2 Tbs caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 200gm white chocolate bits
Cake Base
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating in between each addition.
  5. With the mixer on low add the lemon zest, then alternate between adding the flour, custard powder and milk.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tray.
  7. Place the pears on the batter in an attractive pattern.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  1. While the cake is cooking prepare the topping.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over a low heat.
  3. Add the cinnamon and nuts, stir until combined.
  4. Add the sugar to the saucepan and stir until dissolved.
  5. The topping will start to form sticky clumps.
  6. Remove from the heat to cool slightly. Stir the nut mixture periodically to break up and large clumps.
  1. When the cake is cooked remove it from the oven.
  2. Place 1/2 the white chocolate bits in the nut topping.
  3. Quickly spread the nut topping over the hot cake.
  4. Some of the chocolate will melt which helps bind the topping together and coat the cake.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate bits onto the cake.
  6. Leave the cake to cool.
  7. Serve.

My Pear Crumble Sheet Cake and the family are off to nan’s house now. It’s nan’s birthday and she has just turned 95!!

Afternoon Tea Sheet Cake

Afternoon Tea Sheet Cake

We will have a piece of cake and a cup of tea to celebrate with her.  I hope she doesn’t mind the missing slice.


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  1. Oh, a lovely winter dessert – can’t wait to try it.

  2. This looks divine – I’m going going to make it to take to a picnic next weekend!

  3. How absolutely divine Miss Julie!

  4. Looks like you won’t give me time and space to chat in between mouthfuls of these! You loaded them with many of my favourite stuff – walnuts, custard, choc bits! Perhaps when I have this cake is in front of me now, I’ll declare a “Munch Now, Chat Later” rule, LOL. Love it, J! 🙂

  5. I have a few more summer fruit recipes to crank out, but then I’ll be happy to start on pear desserts! Your cake sounds scrumptious, Julie!

  6. It’s a very pretty cake. I love the look of the topping xx

  7. Birthday blessings for your nan and I’m sure she enjoyed this stunning sheet cake 🙂

  8. Not only do you have all my favourite ingredients in there but that topping would make me grin from ear to ear…just gorgeous… just shared…

  9. You can brag all you like on this one! It looks amazing – the best of pears, cake, crumble and chocolate all in one 🙂

  10. Wow!!!! This looks incredible! I agree with you on preferring white chocolate and pears than dark chocolate. I am definitely going to have to try this – it has me totally drooling!! xx

  11. It looks utterly delicious and so beautiful Julie!! I would definitely love a slice or two of this. The sliced profile, especially with the scrumptious topping, looks so good. I can only imagine how much fun and joy it would be to eat this. Yum!!

  12. PS – your lucky Nan. Happy birthday to her! 🙂

  13. This is my ideal kind of afternoon tea accompaniment. It looks moist and that crumble topping is just heavenly.

  14. I totally LOVE sheet cakes with crumble toppings. And this one is an amazing combination of pears, walnuts, cinnamon and white chocolate. Will be making soon. Pinning!

  15. I think I may have just died… I LOVE PEARS! THIS LOOKS AMAZING! I must be calm..must be calm… OMG!

  16. These photos look absolutely AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing 😀

  17. Mmm… scumptious pear sheet cake with beautiful tea cups, just heavenly 🙂

  18. Your photos looks gorgeous, love all these différents cups! And the cake is just divine !

  19. That is seriously the best combination of flavours! I prefer ‘sheet’ to ‘slab,’ it sounds bigger and better. PS: Happy Birthday Nan!

  20. I am loving the flavours in this cake, Julie!

  21. Happy Birthday to your Nan! What a beautiful way to celebrate =) P.s. Thank you for the translation of slab cake.

  22. I absolutely adore pear in baked goods. So much more delicious than eating by itself. Your sheet cake would be a perfect tea time treat. I’m just sipping tea while I type. Wish I can grab the cake from this screen! 😀

  23. Oh my goodness!Your cake is divine!!I love the custard powder along with walnuts and cinnamon not to mention the lovely fruits in there and would love to try it 🙂

  24. Outstanding! Do you deliver?

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