Cranberry Pear Breakfast Cake and a $100 Crate & Barrel Gift Card Giveaway!

We tend to put most of our efforts into planning and preparing the dinner meal at the holidays, but, when my house is full of guests and morning comes, I need some great breakfast ideas at my disposal. This cake is at the top of my list of totally scrumptious breakfast ideas for the holidays. It’s festive, incredibly moist, and spiked with tart, fresh cranberries and sweet, canned pears.

I say we eat cake for breakfast!

Using canned fruit in baked goods helps to create exceptionally moist and flavorful breads, cakes, and muffins and it also works beautifully in crisps and cobblers. Eliminating the need to clean, peel and wash, especially during the busy holiday season, is a lifesaver for me and one of the reasons why I keep my pantry well stocked. Quality is the other reason. You may be surprised to learn that nearly 90% of Del Monte fruits and vegetables are grown in the best growing regions of the United States for a consistently quality product. The majority are canned the same day they are picked to lock in nutrients and flavor resulting in fruits, veggies, and tomatoes that have similar nutritional value to fresh when you include them in your recipes. For all of you fabulous Facebook folks, you can find Del Monte on Facebook HERE. Stop by and give them some love. The complete recipe and details on how you can enter the Crate & Barrel giveaway appear at the bottom of this post. But first, lets make some breakfast cake!

Combine 1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries with 1 tablespoon of flour. This will help keep the cranberries from sinking to the bottom of the batter as the cake bakes.

Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the egg, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to beat till creamy.

In a separate bowl combine the remaining flour, baking powder, and salt and then add it to the creamed butter mixture a little at a time.

Alternate the additions of the flour mixture with some of the buttermilk, beating between additions. Continue this process until all of the dry mixture and buttermilk have been added and the mixture is well combined.

Time to add the cranberries and chopped pears.

Use a wooden spoon to fold the fruit into the batter, stirring just until combined.

Transfer the cake batter to a 9″ or 10″ oven-proof skillet or baking dish that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray. I used my cast iron skillet but any type of dish will work. Sprinkle the surface of the batter evenly with 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Bake the cake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

This is a beautiful sight first thing in the morning. Time to get the coffee brewing!

The little bits of pear and the beautiful contrast of the red cranberries make this a totally festive and delicious addition to your holiday breakfast buffet.

***Giveaway Closed***

Now, on to the giveaway! Del Monte will provide one lucky reader with a $100 Crate & Barrel gift card. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

  • What are your favorite fruits or vegetables to stock in your pantry?

Only one comment per person please. For additional ways to enter and the complete sweepstakes rules, scroll down past the recipe below for the full sweepstakes rules.  Good luck to you all!

Cranberry Pear Breakfast Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can Del Monte® Pear Chunks or Halves in Heavy Syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9" or 10" oven safe skillet or baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place the cranberries and 1 tablespoon of flour in a small bowl and toss to coat the cranberries. Set aside. Chop pear chunks or halves and set aside.
  • In a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and lemon zest and beat until combined.
  • In a separate bowl use a spoon to mix together 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk, beating with the electric mixer until combined. Use a wooden spoon to fold in the flour coated cranberries and the chopped pears. Mix lightly just until combined. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly over the top of the cake batter.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
  • Adapted from Alexandra's Kitchen

Sweepstakes Rules: No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 11/18/2013-12/18/2013

Be sure to visit the Del Monte® brand page on where you can read other bloggers reviews and find more chances to win!


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143 thoughts on “Cranberry Pear Breakfast Cake and a $100 Crate & Barrel Gift Card Giveaway!

  1. I have several vegetables from corn green beans peas and these I use a lot. Also fruots apples peaches apricots and list goes on. But these are just a few of your products but I always stand by your products and quality. Del monte has been with thousands of america homes. I stand by the name it represents.

  2. I always keep canned tomatoes, soups, beans, and a variety of fruits on hand in my pantry. Valerie, that cake is beautiful. It’s going on my Thanksgiving menu for breakfast.

  3. Cranberry Pear Breakfast Cake looks wonderfully delicious and will certainly be a new tradition for my family! Thanks Del Monte!!! <3

  4. Canned peaches & pears & pineapple (chunk & crushed) – dried cranberries.
    As I said above, but forgot to note the stocked fruit, this recipe does make my mouth water. Now, I went to the link indicated for “Official Rules” to learn about alternate entries (since I have no blog & don’t tweet) – but, there’s no help there. This is what I got: “Sorry, you do not have permissions to access this page.”

  5. I always have peaches, pears, pineapple, mandarin oranges and fruit cocktail. We love German pancakes or Dutch babies and these fruits are great for them. We like mixing whole berry cranberry sauce with pineapple and mandarin oranges for a tasty side dish

  6. I love to have a variety of fruits on hand. You never know when you’ll have to put together a quick dessert. Cherries, Peaches, and Apples canned and pie filling. Works great to top a plain dessert or on pound cake.

  7. love me some peaches,pears,fruit cocktail, applesauce, tomatoes,green beans,waxed beans,kidney,beans,potatoes,asparagus,peas OH heck i like them all!!!

  8. I always have canned or frozen corn, green beans, Brussels Sprouts and black beans. Blueberries, pineapple peaches and fresh apples.

  9. I love to have canned pineapple on hand, as well as applesauce, and canned petite diced tomatoes (plain and with green chilis).

  10. I always have corn and pineapple!
    So I will be making this for the holidays…it looks rustic, beautiful and yummy in the cast iron. Thank you for the recipe =)

  11. I always keep pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, diced tomatoes, corn and green beans as pantry staples. Peach and pear slices or peas and carrots make a pretty regular appearance as well. My grandpa used to grow for Del Monte many years ago, my family has been buying Del Monte as a “go to” quality product for decades.

  12. I always have pineapple, cherries, peaches, and pears along with a variety of vegetables in the pantry. Can’t live without can tomatoes in all varieties.

  13. I like to keep tinned carrots, green beans and sweetcorn in the pantry! I also keep a large amount of tinned fruit because my children are big fans, some of our favorites are pineapple chunks and mandarins in light syrup.

  14. I am totally not trying to suck up here. I promise. My favorite pantry fruit is the Del Monte Harvest Spiced peaches. They’re almost a comfort food.

  15. Fresh cranberries a + ……frequently in my freezer. Canned fruit of any kind are kept on hand for quick and satisfying snacks……peaches my favorite.
    Grew up with Del Monte in our household…..Grandmother would use no other brand. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  16. We always have apples, oranges and bananas but depending on the season, I love to have peaches and strawberries in the summer and clementines and pomegranates in the winter. For veggies, we have bagged lettuce and spinach to make salads, sometimes cherry tomatoes and those little, crisp cucumbers. And peppers of all kinds, sweet bell peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, anaheim, banana peppers, pepperoncini, I could go on…

  17. This is a nice breakfast during the holidays and you make it look so easy that this beginner baker will give this a try! ;) Hmm probably in this order: tomatoes (all kinds), corn (all kinds), (beans, but they don’t count here), cocktail fruit mix (to make almond jelly), (coconut milk for making your coconut curry, but doesn’t count here)… something like that. :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  18. Oh gosh, I always have to have lots of tomatoes, and also beans f every kind. Then I keep cans of fruit like pears, pineapples, mandarin oranges and peaches too.

  19. I like storing as many canned items as I can in my food storage…peaches, pears, pineapple, apples, beans, corn, green beans, we love it all! And I am so making this recipe right now as soon as I stop typing…yum!

  20. The fruits and vegetables I like to keep stocked in my pantry are ALL OF THEM. :) I love peas, green beans, okra, tomatoes, peaches, apples, plums. There’s too many wonderful choices to pick just one or two. Thanks for posting the Cranberry Pear Breakfast Cake. I’m going to make it for Christmas Eve morning!

  21. I always keep cans (home canned and store bought) of fruit on my shelves- and I do make a cranberry cake but Cranberry and Pear in a cake together in a cake now I would of never thought of that!!!! sounds soooo good am going to make one today– yummy

  22. I always keep Del monte canned peaches in my pantry. I buy the cans in 100% fruit juice for when I’m in the mood for a sweet treat without the added sugar. I just grab a fork and I’m all set. It’s so convenient and they taste so good!

  23. I have to have plenty of fruit on hand, especially peaches. But I also have a nice supply of tomatoes, corn, and a variety of beans.

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