Moist, Xmas’y spicy, with a tender velvety texture. I am generally not a big fan of pears in desserts, but this one is somewhat an exception. If fresh pears are not available, canned will do just fine. To my taste this cake is better without the frosting, but the first time I try something new I generally make it “by the book”. See if you join “with” or “without” fanclub. Enjoy!