Maple Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

This maple cake with maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect way to welcome fall. Full of maple syrup flavor and topped with the most creamy maple frosting of all time!

This maple cake with maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect way to welcome fall. Full of maple syrup flavor and topped with the most creamy maple frosting of all time!

 

On the first day of 11th grade I met one of my best friends. She was new to our school and when I first saw her I thought to myself “ugh another blonde girl who I’ll probably end up hating.” Long story short – I did not hate her. We ended up having anatomy together and since it was a new class there were only 8 people total in the class. This meant I had time to actually talk to her (and not weirdly judge her for having blonde hair) and I knew she and I would make a great duo. I ended up getting her number and called her almost immediately when I got home.

Of course this made me look borderline crazy but luckily she didn’t judge me too much. Of course if you ask her to tell her version of how we met she will indulge and say how I was super weird and it was comical (if  slightly stalkerish) that her phone rang the second she walked in the door.

I mean I guess could see where she was coming from BUT I knew we would be friends so really I was just speeding up that process. 

This maple cake with maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect way to welcome fall. Full of maple syrup flavor and topped with the most creamy maple frosting of all time!

 

After a week of talking non-stop I decided to invite myself over for a little mid-week sleepover. Things were seriously legit at her house. They had just about every junk food imaginable and her mother was always baking. I would go over to her house and her mom would be all “hey girls I made cake” every single time I walked through the door. It was a gift from the heavens.

 

We would sit for hours at her kitchen table sharing a single can of Coke (we always shared a can instead of getting a can for each of us…we were so weird) while the cake sat on the counter with one lone fork sticking out of the pan. Between stories of how much we loved our crushes we would get up and steal bites of cake right from the pan. We never thought to actually put a slice of cake on a plate we simply just shared a fork and ate our way slowly through the cake.

This maple cake with maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect way to welcome fall. Full of maple syrup flavor and topped with the most creamy maple frosting of all time!

Since it’s been a few years since high school (16 years to be exact….good lawd!) life has of course changed a bit. My friend is back in Ohio and I’m in New York. She’s insanely busy and has 2 kids of her own to make her already busy life even more busy. We have definitely grown apart in the past few years and to be honest that just plain sucks. You spend so much of your life feeling so connected to someone and then one day you realize you have barely spoken in the past year.

Where do you start? Do you just pick up the phone and call? Do you say “oh hey I realized I know nothing about your life now…what’s going on?”

Or maybe show up with cake, a fork and 1 can of Coke?

Cake fixes everything…right?

This maple cake with maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect way to welcome fall. Full of maple syrup flavor and topped with the most creamy maple frosting of all time!

But not just any cake, maple cake. This cake is packed full of maple flavor and is then topped with even more maple packed flavor. If you’re not a fan of frosting this cake is also delicious with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Since I love sweetness I piled on the frosting nice and thick. This cake is basically fall. If you love maple syrup you need make it immediately and share it with a loved one. I would say cut out a slice and serve it on a plate but the best relationships are the ones that can eat it straight from the pan all while sharing just one lone fork. {Single can of soda optional}

{Looking for more cake recipes? Try my black forest cake, chocolate orange gingerbread cake or my butterscotch pumpkin bundt cake.}

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Maple Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

This maple cake with maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect way to welcome fall. Full of maple syrup flavor and topped with the most creamy maple frosting of all time!

Yield: 9x9 cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

For cake:

  • 2-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 8 ounces creme fraiche

For frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple flavoring/extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

 

Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart

Directions:

For cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper, set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer add butter, maple syrup and coconut palm sugar. Mix on medium high speed for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add in eggs 1 at a time until fully combined. Mix in vanilla bean paste.

Put you mixer to low speed and add in flour, then creme fraiche alternating between the two until fully combined. (I did mine is 2 batches each - half the flour, half the creme fraiche, the other half of the flour and then the remaining half the creme fraiche)

Add cake to the prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when tested in the center.

Let the cake cool and then frosting with maple cream cheese frosting.

For frosting:
In the bowl of an electric mixer add cream cheese, maple syrup, melted butter and 1 teaspoon maple flavoring. Mix together until smooth.

Add in 2 cups powdered sugar and slowly mix in until completely mixed and creamy. If the mixture is too thin for your liking add more powdered sugar. Taste and add more maple flavoring if desired.

Note: I like this icing to be a little loose because it spreads easily and will harden slightly as it sits. (Makes about 2 cups frosting)

24 Responses to “Maple Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting”

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    Tori — November 4, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Could this cake get anymore perfect!!! When I go someday, I hope it’s from a maple heart attack!

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    Marye — November 4, 2015 at 7:58 am

    This cake looks so delicious! I would love some for breakfast!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine — November 4, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Haha, I guess you should never judge a girl by her hair color 😉
    Delish cake! I love love love maple!!!

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    Catherine — November 4, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Dear Brandy, your cake looks moist and gorgeous! This sounds like a splendid Autumn dessert..perfect for the holidays too. I know my guests would love this. Pinned for later. xo, Catherine

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    Barrett @dirtylaundrykitchen.com — November 4, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Beautiful photos and I love the creme fraiche addition. Pinned.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Love all of the maple you packed into this cake!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — November 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I’m obsessed with maple right now, this cake is just one more thing to drool over!!

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — November 4, 2015 at 9:27 am

    YES Cake fixes EVERYTHING!!!
    Brandy I can so relate – funny thing this distance is – it starts off as a physical one and then somehow it turns into more…
    I gotta believe that showing up with cake (THIS cake), a fork and 1 can of Coke is bound to fix the rift between y’all!
    BTW – plates are so overrated! 🙂

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    Sarah | Broma Bakery — November 4, 2015 at 10:38 am

    ALL THE MAPLE FOR MEEEEE

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    Julie — November 4, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Anything maple is a winner in my book – and Dan’s! Suggesting this for his birthday cake in a few weeks. 🙂

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    Tonia from TheGunnySack — November 4, 2015 at 11:23 am

    It’s got maple so it makes me happy! I would love a slice with a cup of chai tea.

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    Meg @ With Salt and Wit — November 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Oh eating cake straight from the pan….exactly what I did the morning after my wedding! See ya wedding diet! Now I want to devour this maple cake from the pan…

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    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — November 4, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    What a great cake! This story reminded me of my best friend (who I also don’t live near). When we were kids we would also have to share a coke and we would seriously argue over who got the first drink. Oh man. Childhood 🙂

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    Brittany — November 4, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Okay, this looks so gooood! I can smell the maple syrup right now! My husband would love this because his favorite donut is a maple bar – now he can eat it in cake version!

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    The Food Hunter — November 4, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I could eat the entire bowl of frosting

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — November 4, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    This looks like a great dessert for fall! Looks so moist and yummy!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 4, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    That is one of the things i worry most about if Beka and I ever move far apart from one another – but I agree – cake and a Coke is always the best way to catch up!! And this would make catching up EASY!

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — November 5, 2015 at 8:40 am

    First of all, if you would like to witness how much of a crybaby I am, this line made my eyes well-up: Or maybe show up with cake, a fork and 1 can of Coke?

    Second of all, I want this TODAY. I lurve maple so much…this needs to be in my life.

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    Paula - bell'alimento — November 5, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Double the maple, double the deliciousness.

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    Kristyn — November 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Ok, this looks and sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Nela Holmes — November 5, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    What a great and relate-able story for this recipe. I thoroughly enjoyed it! 🙂

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    amanda @ The Kitcheneer — November 6, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    This cake looks like dream! I love maple!

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    Amira — November 18, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Lovely cake with a super frosting !!! my kids are crazy about maple syrup, so I bet this will be one of their favorite cakes. Face booking this immediately.

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    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — November 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I love your story….I once judged someone for having blonde hair too…then I dyed my hair blonde. 🙂 This cake though….I will not judge, it looks amazing and as all your recipes are…I’m sure it tastes phenomenal too.

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