Maple Cake with Maple Syrup Frosting

Maple Cake with Maple Syrup Frosting

The last two times we’ve gone skiing in Vermont, my non-skiing wife insisted that we take at least one day and go exploring.  For us, exploring consists of visiting cheese makers, ice cream makers, a brewery, and, of course, maple syrup producers.  It was an interesting experience visiting several different producers, trying the different grades, and then tasting the differences between different areas and producers.  Similar to wine, the terroir makes a difference.

After our last trip, we come home laden with more maple syrup, even though we had an unfinished bottle in the fridge from our previous trip.  With so much maple syrup in our house, when I first read the title of this recipe in Bon Appetit, I knew I had to make it.

I made it when we had planned to have several guests.  Instead, only Alison decided to join us.  So that meant a lot of cake for me to eat for breakfast and lunch during the week, even after we sent Alison home with some of the leftovers.

Surprisingly, given the article that this recipe was part of, this is not a typical cake.  It’s sweetness is muted.  The cake itself is subdued in flavor while the icing provides a good counterpoint with the dark maple flavor and the tangyness of the cream cheese.

This isn’t a particularly difficult recipe but I did have problems getting the maple syrup to mix with the butter and shortening in a smooth fashion.  I beat it until the fat particles were relatively small and, in the end, I don’t think it made much of a difference.  The original recipe calls for walnuts in the cake and in the frosting, but I omitted them because of Angela’s preferences.

Maple Cake with Maple Syrup Frosting
Adapted from Bon Appetit April 2010

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking power
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1 tbsp chunks
2 tbsp vegetable shortening, softened
2 cups Grade B maple syrup
3 egg yolks
1 egg
1 1/4 cups whole milk

8-oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1 tbsp chunks
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp Grade B maple syrup

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  2. Butter and flour two 8″ cake pans.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  4. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and shortening until creamy and fluffy.
  5. Add the maple syrup and beat until the mixture is smooth, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Add the egg yolks and the egg one at a time, pausing until the mixture is well combined before adding the next one.
  7. Beat in the flour in 3 additions, alternating with the milk.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans.
  9. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then remove from the cake pans.
  11. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add the powdered sugar and maple syrup and beat until just combined.
  12. Make a layer cake, by icing the cake with the frosting.

Serves 10.


8 Responses to “Maple Cake with Maple Syrup Frosting”

  1. 1 Valen April 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    This cake looks heavenly!

  2. 2 Christine April 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I love anything with maple syrup, esp. maple donuts. I have to give this a try. Looks delicious!

  3. 3 Cherine April 2, 2010 at 12:20 am

    This cake is absolutely delicious!!

  4. 4 anabela pereira April 2, 2010 at 5:31 am

    so yummmmmmmmmm rgds anabela

  5. 5 fattydumpling April 2, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Your foods all look so impressive and tasty. Like this cake, it looks absolutely rich and moist.

    Your Halloween costumes are the bomb, by the way ;]

  6. 6 kathy April 2, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Hmm.. Looks sweet and yummy. Great picture. I gotta taste it too. I love cream cheese and maple. 🙂

  7. 7 kel April 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    So happy to see this! I saw this recipe in BA and planned to make it for Easter. Yours looks delicious!

  8. 8 Lori Hall April 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    You must make this when you visit us. I love maple!!!!

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