Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting

Full of maple flavor, this cake has a moist texture and is easy to make. The frosting adds the perfect touch!

Maple walnut cake with maple frosting is a sweet dessert that has been loved for centuries. The recipe calls for maple syrup, flour, eggs, and sugar.

You guysyyyssssssssssssssssssss This is the cake. CAKE LIKE THIS. Maple walnut ice cream, maple walnut pastries, and maple walnut… walnuts may have caught your eye. Have you ever seen a maple walnut cake, on the other hand? 

Those of you who claim to have, well, you’re simply too educated for the rest of us. This maple walnut cake was a first for me. I used genuine maple syrup and walnut purée to flavor the cake, which made it really moist. After I created this cake, we left it in the fridge, which is a cake’s worst nightmare since it may turn dry, cold, and sad, but this cake remained soft and moist for days.

I like layer cakes with a winter theme. They’re just so much joy to be around. Perhaps it’s because the warmer tastes are paired with a very sweet cake. Maybe it’s because the #winterdiet is genuine, and I have a strong need for cakes in the winter. Perhaps it’s because wintery layer cakes are so tasty.


I also like making cakes using nut meal or pureed nuts. They assist with not just moistness, but also taste and texture. So far, I’ve only made a couple cakes using almond meal, but making my own walnut meal was fantastic. Walnuts are soft and heavy in fat, so they readily blend into a meal while also adding a lot of flavor to the cake.

I also used Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached All-Purpose White Flour, which is my go-to flour. It’s the ideal all-purpose flour, producing the softest breads, chewiest biscuits, and moistest, most delectable cakes.


Making Maple Walnut Cake Suggestions

Use raw walnuts – If you’re pureeing walnuts, make sure they’re raw and unsalted. Using salty walnuts will completely change the taste of this cake, so make sure you use the appropriate variety.

You may create a 2 or 3 layer cake depending on the amount of cake pans you have on hand. You can get three layers out of 6-inch pans, and two layers out of 8-inch pans. If you use the bigger pans, the bake time may change somewhat, but I’ve included baking timings for both sizes in the recipe card below!

Don’t go crazy with the maple flavour – Unlike vanilla extract, maple flavoring must be measured. Your walnut cake may be overbearing if you add too much or attempt to eyeball it.

Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them into the maple walnut cake mixture for the best results. The butter and cream cheese must also be at room temperature, otherwise the maple frosting will not whisk up correctly.


What is the best way to garnish a maple walnut cake?

In terms of decorating, I kept my maple cake basic. Because of its deep brown hue, it’s the ideal option for a nude cake! I just layered the layers with plenty of maple frosting in between, then cover the top and exterior of the cake with a thin layer of icing. I prepared extra pureed walnuts and used them to garnish the edges of the cake, but you don’t have to do this! If you have any seasonal fruit on hand, go ahead and put some on top (but this cake would be stunning with just the icing, so don’t feel obligated to go overboard).


People, have fun baking cakes! YAY!


This Maple Walnut Cake with Maple Frosting incorporates the oh-so-delicious combination of maple and walnuts into a luscious layer cake.

  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • Time to Prepare: 20 minutes
  • Time to prepare: 25 minutes
  • 45 minutes in total
  • 1 cake 1x yield
  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • Time to Prepare: 20 minutes
  • Time to prepare: 25 minutes
  • 45 minutes in total
  • 1 cake 1x yield



  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • Time to Prepare: 20 minutes
  • Time to prepare: 25 minutes
  • 45 minutes in total
  • 1 cake 1x yield


to make the cake:

  • 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound of brown sugar
  • maple syrup (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 gallon of buttermilk
  • 1 egg yolk plus 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon extract de vanille
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose White Flour, unbleached
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon powdered baking soda
  • 3/4 cup walnut puree (pulse in a blender until they resemble wet sand)

a frosting recipe:

  • 4 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 8 ounces room temperature butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon extract de vanille
  • a half teaspoon of salt
  • 4 c. sugar (powdered)
  • 1/2 cup walnut purée for the cake’s sides (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside three 6-inch cake pans or two 8-inch cake pans that have been greased and floured.
  2. Combine the oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, buttermilk, eggs plus yolks, maple flavor, vanilla extract, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a separate basin. 
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until everything is completely blended. Fold in the walnuts that have been pureed. 
  4. Pour the batter onto the prepared pans in an even layer. Allow to cool fully before icing. Bake for 20-25 minutes for 6-inch cake pans, or 25-30 minutes for 8-inch cake pans.
  5. Cream the butter and cream cheese in a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy, approximately 2 minutes. Whip for another minute to incorporate the maple extract, vanilla extract, salt, and powdered sugar.
  6. Place the first cake on a platter and spread a generous amount of frosting on top. Frost in between each layer of the second (and third, if using 6-inch layers). Finish by sprinkling the leftover icing around the exterior of the cake. 
  7. Sprinkle pureed walnuts down the edges of the cake, carefully pressing them into the frosting. Fresh pears, blackberries, plums, and walnuts may be used to garnish the top of your cake if desired. How-to-Make-Money-as-a-Yoga-Teacher-25-Ways

More maple treats may be found at:

Ice Cream with Maple Honeycomb 

Chess Pie with Brown Butter and Maple Syrup

Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies with Ooey-Gooey Filling

Sticky Buns with Maple and Cinnamon

Cupcakes with Maple Bacon


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Maple walnut cake is a sponge cake that has maple syrup and walnuts baked into the batter. The cake is then frosted with maple syrup. Reference: maple walnut sponge cake.

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