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Vermont Maple-Pecan Cake

This delectable nutty maple cake has become a hands-down favorite. Chopped pecans add delicious flavor, and the rich cream cheese frosting is accented with a teaspoon of real maple syrup. —Teresa Cardin, Mansfield, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • GLAZED PECANS:
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup pecan halves
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking soda and salt. Combine the buttermilk, butter, syrup and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in chopped pecans.
  • Pour into two 6-in. round baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small saucepan, bring corn syrup to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in pecan halves until coated. Place in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and syrup until smooth. Beat in confectioners' sugar. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with second layer; frost top and sides of cake. Garnish with glazed pecans. Store in the refrigerator.
Editor's Note
This recipe does not use eggs.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 574 calories, 28g fat (12g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 81g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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