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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Maple Syrup and Pecan Layer Cake


      Hip, hip, hooray!!  It is finally time to reveal the new Cake Slice Bakers book!!   If you don't know, I am a part of a really fun group that picks a new cake themed cook book each year and bakes from it for a monthly post.  Anabel, our fearless leader picks 4 cakes each month and we all bake one of the 4.  We keep it a secret until we reveal it on our blogs on the 20th.  Each fall the group picks a new book and we reveal what the new book is in our November post along with our first bake from the group.  Slowly but surely, the whole group started getting excited about one book over the course of the last year.  By the time fall came when we would have normally voted, most of us already had the book and were saving it just in case it was chosen.  As each member purchased it, they would be amazed by the beautiful pictures and couldn't help but to share the excitement with the group.  That would inevitably encourage somebody else to by it and the cycle continued until most of us had it.  So this year, we didn't vote.  It seemed like this book was destined to be it.   So without further ado, I will introduce you to our new book.


Drum roll please!



It is World Class Cakes, 250 Classic Recipes from Boston Cream Pie to Madeleines and Macarons by Roger Pizey. Ta da!  And let me tell you, if you are a person that loves to thumb through a cookbook and be awed by the photography, this is a book for you.  If you are a cake lover, this one is for you too!  We have only done one bake from it, and I am not sure what the other bakers made... but I do know that most everyone is in love with what they made and we are all really excited to bake more cakes from the book!


      My Uncle Steve turned 60 last month and I was really excited to have such a great occasion to bake a cake!  So I looked at the cakes in the list for the month in an effort to pick something that would work as a good extra special birthday cake.  The second I saw the Maple Pecan Cake, I knew that was the one.  It was perfect for my uncle and definitely befitting of a milestone birthday.



     I did do a little bit of adjusting to the recipe.  It called for two eight inch cake pans.  I thought I had some, but it turns out I just have an ever growing collection of nine inch pans.  The recipe says it only served six anyway, and that would never do with my large family of sweet-tooths.  So I made more or less one and a half times the cake batter and put it in three nine inch pans.  Then I doubled the frosting, because I think we all know by now that the frosting is my favorite part.  The results were amazing, if I do say so.  My Uncle Steve said it was absolutely perfect with a great texture and great flavor.  It doesn't get any better than that from the birthday boy!

Maple Pecan Cake
makes a 9" cake, serving about 12

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
11 Tablespoons butter, melted
6 Tablespoons maple syrup
3/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

2 recipes of French Maple Buttercream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease and flour three 9" cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and salt until there are no lumps and it's completely mixed.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients together until just mixed.  Fold in the toasted pecans.
  4. Divide among the three pans and bake for 30 minutes or until it tests clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack.  Cool completely.
  5. Assemble using a double batch of maple buttercream.  Refrigerate and serve chilled. 

38 comments:

  1. That cake was gorgeous! Let me tell you how funny it was to hear the sounds people made as they enjoyed their first bite. It was that good. I'm anxious to check out what your friends made and look forward to what else you all bake up from this book in the coming months.

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    1. I'm excited to see theirs too. It was fun to hear people as they tried the cake. It really was a winner!

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  2. That does sound so good. I wish I'd made that one too!

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    1. They all looked so good this month! I want one of each!

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  3. Happy Birthday to Uncle Steve! Glad he enjoyed his cake, and even happier it was made with love!

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    1. A little extra love does go a long way! Thanks, Anabel!

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  4. This sounds delicious and you frosted it beautifully! I have to make this for the work crowd. They deserve a real cake that isn't a test recipe. Have a good Thanksgiving, Carlee.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I am sure they will love it if you make it. Have a super Thanksgiving!

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  5. Wow, Carlee, you make the best desserts.

    The Old Fat Guy

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  6. Carlee, you cake looks amazing and what a beautiful cake to serve at your uncles milestone birthday. All of the choices for this month sound fantastic and I know I am probably going to want to bake all four every month :)

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    1. This month definitely had some real winners, I hope that is the case all through the book. I already want to go back and bake some of the other cakes! Thank you!

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  7. A picture perfect cake! Glad that your uncle appreciated your efforts. Very impressed with your upscaling it so well. Yay for this book...a winner.

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    1. Thank you! A little more cake is almost always a good thing ;-) I am really enjoying this book so far!

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  8. That's a beautiful cake! I can see why the birthday boy is so happy with it! Looks beautiful and delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much! He was definitely pleased and it ranked right up there among my favorites too!

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  9. Hi Carlee, a nicely understated looking cake that I wouldn't say no either. I'm glad your Uncle enjoyed it.

    xx

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    1. It was really delicious, Debbie! Thank you!

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  10. This sounds great! There's nothing better than a good cake! :)

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    1. Thank you! It was really delicious!

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  11. Carlee, your uncle Steve had to be exceptionally pleased with that cake. It's definitely a winner in my book! It's gorgeous as well as delicious. The new Cake Slicers book looks incredible, I love thumbing through cookbooks that have fantastic photos. This looks like it would be right up my alley I can't wait to see what you cook up next. Or should I say I can't wait to see what you bake up next!

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    1. Thanks, Nikki! The cake really was delicious and the book it comes from is beautiful. I can't wait to bake more!

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  12. Your cake is so neat and tidy Carlee, it was a great choice wasn't it?!

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I was really pleased with it and can't wait to see what this book brings over the year!

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  13. Love the energy you put into your post, and an excellent cake choice for an important event! Looks amazing!

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  14. This cake sounds so good. I really wanted to bake it, but couldn't justify the expense of maple syrup here. I will have to wait until I go to the States next and pick up some to bring back. I'm with you on the frosting. A little extra never hurt. Right?

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    1. It is hard to imagine things that are so readily available here aren't so easy to get elsewhere. It is definitely worth getting some syrup for it next time you are stateside!

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  15. This cake has me drooling! Thanks for linkin' up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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    1. It is definitely drool worthy. Thank you, Karly!

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  16. Dang girl! I need to put this cookbook on my wishlist!

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    1. It is a beauty, that is for sure. Thanks!

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  17. Carlee, the cake is gorgeous! I love the look of a three-layer cake, but I don't really like frosting. No matter how good a frosting is, I only want a bite of it, rather like candy. And a lovely French buttercream is very rich. I make a maple pecan cake and pie and tart and cookie and other things because, well, isn't that just a wonderful combination!

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    1. Thank you, I will gladly eat the extra frosting form your piece! Thank you!

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  18. Oh wow! That's one good looking cake! I really wish I had a slice right now 😁

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    1. It was so good, Jessica! Worth making next time you need a special cake, for sure! Thanks!

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