Birthday Maple Cake

birthday maple cake~the comyn space

Last year on my birthday, M started a new tradition of baking cakes from scratch for our birthdays. It was really hard for me to find the right cake I wanted to make for my Minnesotan but this one was very tasty. I’m not sure if we’ll keep this up forever, but it’s a really great way to show each other we care in a way that feels special.

birthday maple cake~the comyn space

For the Cake You’ll Need:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 350 and butter and flour an 8 or 9 inch cake pan. In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar, beat on medium until well combined and fluffy. One at a time, each each egg, maple syrup and vanilla extract, scraping down sides between each addition.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour and milk in small amount, alternating between the two and mix until well combined. Pour into floured pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and springy to the touch.

Once completely cool, ice the cake.

For the Icing You’ll Need:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Cream the butter, sugar and maple syrup together on high for about 2-5 minutes, until nearly doubled in size. Cover cake with icing and top with toasted walnuts and a light drizzle of maple syrup.

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