That oh-so-delicious combo of maple and walnuts makes its way into a moist layer cake in this Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting.

Oh you guyyyyys. This cake. THIS. CAKE.

You may have seen maple walnut ice cream, maple walnut cookies, or maple walnut… walnuts. But have you ever seen a maple walnut layer cake?

That oh-so-delicious combo of maple and walnuts makes its way into a moist layer cake in this Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting.

OK for those of you who are saying you have, you’re just too cultured for the rest of us. This Maple Walnut cake, for me, was a first.

I flavored the cake with real maple syrup and walnut puree, which together made this cake SO moist OMG.

We kept this cake in the fridge after I made it, which is like a cake’s worst nightmare because it’s dry and cold and sad, and even so it stayed soft and moist for days.

That oh-so-delicious combo of maple and walnuts makes its way into a moist layer cake in this Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting.

I just love wintery layer cakes. There’s something so fun about them. Maybe it’s because you get those warmer flavors amidst a fairly sweet cake. Maybe it’s because #winterdiet is a real thing and I just really crave cakes in the winter. Or maybe it’s just because wintery layer cakes are really delicious.

That oh-so-delicious combo of maple and walnuts makes its way into a moist layer cake in this Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting.

I also really love using nut meal, or pureed nuts in cakes. They help not only with moistness, but also with flavor and texture. I’ve done a few cakes with almond meal so far, but creating my own walnut meal was awesome. Walnuts are soft and high in fat, so they easily blend into a meal and really elevate the cake.

Also obviously I used my go-to flour, Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached All-Purpose White Flour. It’s really the ultimate all-purpose flour: it makes for the softest breads, chewiest cookies, and moist scrumptious cakes.

That oh-so-delicious combo of maple and walnuts makes its way into a moist layer cake in this Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting.

Happy cake making, people! YAY!

RECIPE

Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting

Ingredients

for the cake

  • 3/4 cups vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Unbleached All-Purpose White Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup pureed walnuts (pulse in a blender until they resemble wet sand)

for the frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 oz butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup pureed walnuts, for sides of cake (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour either three 6-inch cake pans or two 8-inch cake pans and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, buttermilk, eggs plus yolk, maple flavor, vanilla extract, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. 
  3. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring until well combined. Fold in the pureed walnuts. 
  4. Evenly pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes for the 6-inch cake pans, or 25-30 minutes for the 8-inch cake pans, then allow to cool completely before frosting.
  5. In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the maple extract, vanilla extract, salt, and powdered sugar and whip to combine, about 1 minute more.
  6. Place the first cake on a plate, then top with a large dollop of frosting. Layer the second (and third, if doing 6-inch layers) layer, frosting in between each layer. Finish by frosting the outside of the cake with the remaining frosting. 
  7. Sprinkle pureed walnuts along the sides of the cake, pushing it into the frosting gently with your hands. If you'd like, decorate the top of your cake with fresh pears, blackberries, plums, and walnuts 🙂

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That oh-so-delicious combo of maple and walnuts makes its way into a moist layer cake in this Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting.

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Oh yes ! Mr. Cake is it !

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Ooh — and the decorations on top make it a thing of beauty!

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So gorgeous and this is one of my fave flavor combos! I need a big slice of cake between all the Christmas cookie recipe testing 😉

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