Maple Spice Cake with Butterscotch Maple Sauce and Sugared Pecans

Author: Canadian Living

Developed by up-and-coming Canadian chef Gordon Bailey for Sugar Moon Farm, this dessert will more than satisfy any sweet tooth. Cooking the pecans in maple syrup and brown sugar infuses them with flavour and makes it impossible to eat just one.

  • Portion size 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
Butterscotch Maple Sauce and Sugared Pecans:
  • 2 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Method

Butterscotch maple Sauce and Sugared Pecans: In saucepan, combine pecans, brown sugar and maple syrup; bring just to simmer over low heat and simmer, without boiling, until nuts darken, about 1 hour.

Reserving sauce, strain pecans and spread on greased rimmed baking sheet; bake in 350°F (180°C) oven, stirring twice, until slightly crisp and sugar-coated, about 15 minutes. Let cool. In saucepan or in bowl in microwave oven, heat cream until steaming. Stir into sauce. (Make-ahead: Store pecans in airtight container for up to 1 week. Refrigerate sauce in airtight container for up to 1 week.)

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in maple syrup. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt ; stir into maple mixture alternately with milk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of milk.

Scrape into greased 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until golden and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Cut cake into 12 pieces. Drizzle 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the sauce onto each plate; top with cake and ice cream. Drizzle with more sauce; sprinkle with pecans.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 224 mg
  • Protein 7 g
  • Calories 658.0
  • Total fat 33 g
  • Cholesterol 98 mg
  • Saturated fat 11 g
  • Total carbohydrate 88 g

%RDI

  • Iron 19.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 18.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 15.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 17.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Maple Spice Cake with Butterscotch Maple Sauce and Sugared Pecans