Prep Time
17 Mins
Cook Time
1 Hour
Makes 9 servings

Chocolate teams with gingerbread for an interesting flavor combo.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Combine flour, salt, ginger, and cardamom; set aside.

Step 3

Beat 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add granulated sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar; beat until creamy. Add egg, and beat until blended. Slowly add buttermilk mixture to butter mixture; beat 2 minutes. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture just until combined. Fold in crystallized ginger and chocolate morsels. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9-inch square pan.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 53 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Step 5

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add pears; cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring gently to coat. Serve warm sauce over cake.

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