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Maple Pecan Cake

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
When preparing to enter a baking contest many years ago, I kept fine-tuning this recipe until it was just right. My determination paid off...I was first runner-up! Chocolate frosting enhances the maple-nut flavor of the cake.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon


  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, maple syrup, water and maple flavoring. Add to dry ingredients; beat until well blended. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Fold in pecans and chocolate.
  2. Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. For frosting, in a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Pour into a large bowl; beat in the confectioners' sugar, milk and maple syrup. Frost cake; press pecans onto the top and sides of cake.
To make ahead: The unfrosted cake can be made the day before serving. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature. Frost before serving.

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