“Any Fruit” Cake Bars

The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club made a Pear Cake Bars for dessert. This is in line with adding more fruit in our diet idea.

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Michelle served the Pear Cake Bars with a scoop of frozen yogurt.

You can freeze small portions of this treat wrapped well in plastic wrap and foil.


  • 2 cups berries or chopped fruit (rhubarb, apples, peaches, pear, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon or orange zest


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • icing sugar, if desired

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P/S: the pears are from Michelle’s backyard pear tree

Source: adapted from Guilt-free Sweet Treats


Senior Kitchen 034Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lined a 9 x 13″  pan with parchment or foil if desired.

Shift all purpose flour and baking powder.

Senior Kitchen 040Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on high for 3 minutes, or until fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Senior Kitchen 043On low speed, beat in flour in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions, just until blended, scrapping sides of bowl as needed.

Add vanilla extract and lemon zest and beat to just blended.

Senior Kitchen 059Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

Scatter berries or fruit on top.

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Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Dust with icing sugar. Cut into 2″ squares.

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