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Poutine Cake

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min. + cooling


16 servings

Recently my daughter was talking about her favorite food, poutine. I was inspired and created a homemade poutine-inspired cake for her 19th birthday. She was beyond thrilled! —Donna Zacharias, Carrot River, Saskatchewan
Poutine Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 12 crisp ladyfinger cookies
  • 8 ounces white candy coating, melted
  • 2 cups butterscotch-caramel ice cream topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of 2 greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into flour mixture. Stir in boiling water; batter will be thin.
  3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in milk, vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread frosting between cake layers, and over top and sides of cake. Using cookies, decorate cake as desired to look like french fries. Drop candy coating by tablespoonfuls to resemble cheese curds. Drizzle with ice cream topping to resemble gravy.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 719 calories, 28g fat (13g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 475mg sodium, 114g carbohydrate (81g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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