2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups canola oil
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups fresh pears, chopped
1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, and canola oil; beat until creamy and fluffy.
Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the dry mixture to the creamy mixture one cup at a time, beating constantly.
Add the vanilla, pears, and nuts, if using. Mix thoroughly.
Bake cake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in a lightly greased tube pan.