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Maple Walnut Cake

 Maple Walnut Cake
This maple-flavored cake with candied walnuts honors my Grandpa, who made maple syrup. Add real maple leaves on the cake plate for decoration. — Lori Fee, Middlesex, New York
16 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring or maple syrup
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • CANDIED WALNUTS:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, divided

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of three greased 9-in. round
  • baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.

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Maple Walnut Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until blended. Add
  • eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in maple
  • flavoring. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda
  • and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk,
  • beating well after each addition.
  • Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 11-13 minutes or until a toothpick
  • inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before
  • removing to wire racks. Cool completely.
  • For candied walnuts, in a large skillet, melt butter. Add walnuts;
  • cook and stir over medium heat until nuts are toasted, about 5
  • minutes. Stir in maple syrup and salt; cook and stir 1 minute
  • longer. Spread on foil to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in
  • confectioners' sugar, maple flavoring, salt and enough cream to
  • reach desired consistency.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup frosting.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 cup candied walnuts and drizzle with 1 tablespoon
  • maple syrup. Repeat layers.
  • Top with remaining layer. Frost top and sides of cake. Top with
  • remaining walnuts and syrup. Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 650 calories, 38 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 259 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.