Homemade Maple Cake Recipe 

 Originally Written: October 30, 2013

By  Hanna Trafford

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Using real maple syrup in baking is a great idea! This delicious cake will take you only about 20 minutes to put together and I know that you and your family will enjoy it!

PS – If you like raisins or walnuts – add them in!

Homemade Maple Cake Recipe


  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) of unsalted butter at room temperature , plus more for greasing the baking pan
  • 2-1/2 cups of all purpose flour, plus more for dusting the baking pan
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cups of pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups of sour cream
  • Raising or walnuts or both if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Butter and flour 9 inch square baking pan and set it aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to combine – set it aside.
  4. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter, maple syrup and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  6. Mix in vanilla
  7. With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour mixture in 3 parts and sour cream in 2 parts (begin and end with flour mixture)
  8. Transfer batter to pepared pan, smooth the top.
  9. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centre of cake comes out clean – 35-40 minutes.
  10. Cool 10 minutes in pan.
  11. Turn out of the pan onto a wire rack and cool completely, right side up.

Make Maple Glaze:

In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted. Sift in 1-1-1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar – whisk to combine. You can adjust the consistency with syrup or sugar if necessary.


Hope you will enjoy this recipe – please send me your comments and suggestions, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!




Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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    • Hello Claudette! You can substitute yogurt for sour cream – that will work as well! But remember – the sour cream is in the recipe to keep the cake nice and moist – you will not taste it once it combines with all the other flavours. Thanks and if you need anything else, please contact me anytime!

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