Sunday, 22 January 2012

Weekly Bake Off: Maple Syrup Cake




Another week, another weekly bake off challenge. I was not planning to join in due to time constraints but when I saw the choice was a Maple Syrup Cake, I just had to!  I love maple syrup and I've made a similar cake with carrots which was a huge success.  Coincidentally, I was sent this lovely sample box from the people at Clark's so there really was no question about making this cake.



Its a lovely, tall 3 layer cake, so tall that it won't fit into my cake carrier! I'm not sure how to transport it now but I'll worry about that later. I've not had a chance to try the cake so I can't comment on the taste but the topping was very good :) I'm probably the only person that slices into a cake before giving it away so I can photograph it for my blog! I felt it would have been rude to eat a slice as well so I will update you tomorrow on the taste.

*Update: I've decided to slice the cake and bring it to work on a tray.  It does say to keep in the fridge and there's no way the whole cake will fit plus I still had the transport problem.  It does not look as nice but hopefully it will taste good enough!  It also meant that I could sneak a cheeky piece and can now tell you what I think. The maple syrup is quite subtle in the cake. It's a moist and rich sponge with good flavours from the pecan.  I may add a little orange juice next time and possibly more maple syrup. The whipped cream filling and topping goes well with the cake as a buttercream frosting would have been too much. *


 the sliced up cake! 


 assembling the layers 

 spread the cream between the layers...

 

 ...and on top and around the sides to make a super tall cake! 

 



Recipe from Mary Berry's Cakes and Bakes page 19

For the cake 
225g butter
225g light muscovado sugar
zest of 1 orange
4 eggs
100ml maple syrup
350g self raising flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
50g pecan nuts, chopped

For the filling and topping
450ml double cream
2 tablespoon maple syrup (I used a little extra as I couldn't quite taste the maple syrup)
zest of 1 orange


  • Preheat the oven to 160C.
  • Lightly grease and line 3 x 20cm cake tins (Mary suggests using a deep 20cm cake tin and slice the cake in 3 but I just used 3 small tins)
  • Put all the ingredients for the cake except the pecan nuts into a large bowl and mix well.
  • Stir in the chopped pecan nuts. 
  • Spoon into the cake tins and bake for about 20-25mins (longer if using only 1 tin).
  • Allow to cool slightly then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • For the filling and topping, whip the cream until it just holds its shape and then add in the maple syrup. 
  • Fill and cover the cake with cream as shown.
  • Decorate the top with orange zest.
  • Store in the refrigerator. 
Thank you Clark's for providing the maple syrup. 

42 comments:

  1. I love your Maple syrup cake. Looks really delicious! Lovely :)

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  2. No fair! I'm piling on the pounds just looking at this post;0(
    lol

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    1. LOL me too and I have to taste everything :)

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  3. This looks amazing!!! Fantastic tiered cake and love the checkerboard biscuits too! X

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    1. I am really impressed with the layers. Glad you like the biscuits too! x

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  4. Lovely looking cake! I wanted to enter this week but alas... not enough time!! :-)

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    1. Thanks I almost didn't and it was a rushed job as I finished this 5 minutes after I was suppose to leave for dinner! There's always next week :)

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  5. That's not a cake to be taken lightly. It looks seriously good. Interesting transportation challenge, though.

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    1. I decided to slice it up in the end (it also meant I could have a little taste so win win)Next time I should measure the height and use a larger cake carrier.

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  6. That is a good looking cake! I keep seeing that recipe in my Mary Berry book but can't find an occasion to make it for. Hope it tastes as lovely as it looks.

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    1. Give it a go, it's really easy to make and tastes good! Definitely a celebration type cake as it looks impressive. Of course, you could always half the ingredients and make a flatter/smaller cake.

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  7. This looks gorgeous I got a lovely maple syrup selection for Christmas I've been wanting to try out!

    Nom! x

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    1. Give this recipe a go if you like orange and pecans.

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  8. Mega-cake! Looks fantastic! I bought some maple syrup to go in something but I've forgotten what lol I think I've found a suitable replacement bake :)

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    1. Mega cake indeed :) Hope you like the cake too!

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  9. I can almost taste the maple syrup - looks just gorgeous.

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    1. Funny I would say the same as it's quite subtle - perhaps my palate is tainted! ;)

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  10. All those layers! Oh, that frosting! Gimme!! :)Just found your blog - I am your newest follower:)

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    1. Welcome, always nice to meet a new follower. I do love a good layer cake and this one did not fall apart or collapse so I'm very happy :)

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  11. The easiest (and most tasty) solution would be just to eat off the top layer before transport :) Looks yummy!

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    1. LOL great ides! I may feel a little sick eating the whole top layer though ;)

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  12. That is one towering cake! Fantastic job!

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    1. I am impressed with the height as well! :)

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  13. Mmm maple is one of my favourite flavours and that icing looks divine! :D I also have a weakness for super tall cakes!

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    1. I am loving these tall cakes but should not be made for transporting!

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  14. Yum!!! I love maple syrup lol boyfriend is always saying I m a little obsessed and I drench my pancakes in it ;)

    Love how you ve layered it so nicely!!!
    Wanna send me some cake? ~

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  15. This looks amazing!!!
    I just found your blog and I loved it! Am a happy follower now!
    Visit me at: my-greek-cooking.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for following and glad you like my blog :)

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  16. Best looking cake I've seen in a long time. It's just crying out to be baked. Think I might have to oblige!

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    1. thank you! do give it a go - it's really easy and tastes great! :)

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  17. That cake has such a lovely crumb. I wager you received rave reviews. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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    1. Everyone absolutely loved it! A colleague is on a diet and was caught sneaking a piece of my cake!! There is photographic evidence...

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  18. This looks so good, I could go for a piece right now. I love maple syrup, I reckon I could pour it on most foods and enjoy it tee hee

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    1. i love maple syrup too, goes well with everything!

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  19. Wow that syrup looks tasty as does the cake, I love the look of that smooth frosting too! It's making my mouth water!

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    1. thanks! it was really good and everyone really enjoyed it :)

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  20. Aaah, I love that you've used cream... actually cream as the "frosting". A lot of people use artificial tasting frosting sometimes which is just a real shame. The face that it's cream makes such a beautiful contrast in colours between the inside and the outside and it looks just fabulous! Yummy :)

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  21. I really like the cream in this cake. thanks for stopping by, always lovely to hear from you :)

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