Chocolate-Glazed Maple Spice Cake

Chocolate-Glazed Maple Spice Cake
Servings: 12 Prep 20 mins Chill 15 mins Bake 350°F 28 mins

Ingredients

Cake:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon imitation maple flavor
  • 3/4 cup milk
Filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon imitation maple flavor
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Whole walnuts, to garnish

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat three 8 x 2-inch round layer-cake pans with shortening; dust with flour, discarding excess.

Cake:

2. Whisk flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in bowl.

3. Beat shortening in second bowl until smooth and creamy. Beat in sugar and maple syrup. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Add maple flavor; beat until smooth. On low speed, beat in half of the flour mixture, then milk, then remaining flour mixture. Spread batter in prepared pans, dividing evenly.

4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 28 minutes, until golden brown. Cool in pans on rack 10 minutes. Remove cakes directly to rack to cool completely.

Filling:

5. Beat cream cheese, butter and maple flavor in bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat until good spreading consistency. Place cake layer on serving dish. Top with 1-1/4 cups filling. Place second cake layer on top, then remaining 1-1/4 cups filling. Top with third layer.

Frosting:

6. In saucepan, heat cream just to a simmer. Pour over chocolate in a small bowl; whisk until smooth. Cool 5 minutes, until thicker but still pourable. Pour over cake, spreading to allow some to dribble down sides. Top with walnuts. Refrigerate 15 minutes before serving.

Note

  • For sparkly walnuts, brush with corn syrup; dust with gold sanding sugar, available at: countrykitchensa.com. Check the baking aisle for imitation maple flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 540, Fat, total (g): 28, chol. (mg): 75, sat. fat (g): 12, pro. (g): 5, sodium (mg): 225, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.