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Maple Walnut Cake Recipe

Maple Walnut Cake Recipe

This maple-flavored cake with candied walnuts honors my grandpa, who made maple syrup. — Lori Fee, Middlesex, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

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 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

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of three greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in confectioners' sugar, maple flavoring, salt and enough cream to reach desired consistency.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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.