As this is posting I’m flying high in the sky over the North Atlantic Ocean for a last-minute trip to go visit family in Canada. I’m super excited because it’s been almost two years since I’ve seen some of them and that is far too long! And, for once I’ll actually be in Canada on Canada Day. Woot!
Maple flavoured goods have to be one of Canada’s pride and joys. We love maple so much we even put a maple leaf on our flag, I mean c’mon! :) Whenever I think of making something for Canada Day I always have to include something maple and this time I was really in the mood for cake.
I iced it with a maple-coffe glaze but honestly I found it too sweet and prefered the cake on its own, so I haven’t included the recipe for that below. If I were to frost it next time I think I would use this Maple-Brown Sugar Frosting or serve it plain and top it with some Maple Whipped Cream or Maple Walnut Ice Cream. Mmm.
The cake is light and moist with the distinct taste of maple. I found it extremely addictive because the cake itself is not overly sweet and when desserts are not overly rich or sweet I always find myself eating far too much of it. I love maple and walnuts together so I couldn’t help but toss some in for a little added crunch and excitement.
Since I’ll be gone for the next couple of weeks my posts may be a little shorter than normal. But, it’s summer and who wants to spend tons of time on the computer anyways right? :) I also have some fantastic guest posters lined up so things will definitely not go stale.
Wish me luck as I get over 8 hour jet lag with a 3 year old and 5 month old. Woo Hoo! :)
What do you like to make for Canada Day?
Maple Walnut Cake
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Cream together butter and sugar. Stir in syrup. Beat in eggs, one at a time, just until incorporated. Stir in flour and baking powder. Fold in walnuts.
Spread evenly into a greased 8×8 square baking pan. Bake at 350ºF for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting as desired.
Makes: 9 servings