Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Maple Tree Cake

Another one of my 'experiments' that turned out really well! I decided to make this cake for Saturday's dinner with Dave, Siobhan and the kids - it was relatively easy except for the fact that my cake pans were too large so I ran out of icing and had to press Skor pieces around the edge! A perfect fall cake as it has the woody and sweet flavour of maple syrup as well as dried fruits on top!
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups sour cream
2 tsp maple flavouring
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
Dash of salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter chips (could just as easily use butterscotch)
2 tbsp dried cranberries
2 tbsp golden raisins
2 tbsp chopped dried apricots
2 tbsp chopped dried apples
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar. Add sour cream and maple flavouring. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; add to sour cream mixture and mix well. Fold in pecans.
  • Pour into 2 greased and floured 9" round baking pans. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Add syrup and mix well. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter chips; stir until smooth. Transfer to a pastry or a heavy-duty reusable plastic bag; cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Pipe a tree and branches on top of cake. Combine dried fruits and sprinkle around tree base and at ends of branches to resemble fall leaves.
  • Serve & ENJOY!

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