Pipe Dream #251: To Save the Southern Belle – Orange Maple Syrup Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

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This cake should be straight out of ‘Gone with the Wind.’ I only say that because it’s the only classic Southern book I can think of right now, and doesn’t the plate and pecans just make you think of a Southern belle Paula Deen caramel cake tea party? It does me.

This is my third breakfast-inspired cake for my cousin’s shower. You can salivate over the gluten-free Nutella mousse cake and blueberry muffin cake I did if you want. I won’t right now,  because I’m typing right now, and who has time to clean off their keyboard?, but you just feel free to click those there links.

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orange maple cake 1

The idea was that it would be like a stack of orange pecan french toast drizzled with maple syrup. The sponge itself uses maple syrup as the sweetener. I really should have found a better recipe–the mixing technique was odd, and I don’t think the butter and syrup were well-incorporated, which caused problems. I thought it was a bit dry and not fluffy at all, but some people at the shower said it was their fav, so I don’t know. To each his own, or her own, as it were. Do guys ever go to baby showers? Maybe not.

Also, I had no zester or grater when I was making this, so I was pitifully trying to peel an orange with a dull knife and then lazily trying to slice it into tiny bits. It was a fail, and the orange really didn’t come through. The idea was solid, though, and I have hopes that if I try this again, I could do it much better.

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Smooth like butta. Oh wait, it is butter. Buttercream, that is. Delectable. I feel like the decor job saved this cake from my ultimate disapproval.

nutella mousse cake 4

The cakeliest,


Orange Maple Syrup Cake with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Cake adapted from Epicurious. This will make two 8-inch layers.

You can find the frosting recipe at smitten kitchen. Add maple flavoring in place of vanilla flavoring.

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
finely -grated zest of one orange
2 cups pure maple syrup
3 large egg yolks
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups milk

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray two 8-inch-diameter cake pans with 2-inch-high sides with non-stick spray. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper, and spray the parchment. Dust the pans with flour and tap out excess.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the maple syrup and beat until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and egg, one at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Beat in the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk in two additions. Divide the batter equally between the two prepared pans. Smooth the tops.

Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool the cakes in pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of cakes and invert cakes onto a wire rack. Remove parchment, and let cool completely. Frost as desired.


5 Responses to “Pipe Dream #251: To Save the Southern Belle – Orange Maple Syrup Cake with Vanilla Buttercream”

  1. 1 Bethany B. February 24, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Oh my. I thought the other two were my favorites, but now that this one is posted, I think this was it. So scrumptious!

    PS – This book may be worth a check-out from the library. I’ve heard it’s delightful and chock-full of Southern charm: http://www.amazon.com/Being-Dead-Is-No-Excuse/dp/1401312837

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