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Monday, September 22, 2014

Vermont Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Have you ever walked into some one's home for the first time and felt immediately welcome and comfortable right away?  This is exactly how I felt this past month with my Secret Recipe Club assignment.  I was completely delighted to be in the "home" of Sarah of Fantastical Sharing of RecipesHonestly, I didn't want to leave! And I truly feel that the title of her blog is beyond perfect as EVERY. SINGLE. recipe that she shares is fantastically delicious!

 My list for recipes to make from Sarah's blog started with her Coffee Cake Pancakes - what a brilliant pairing! I then went onto marking her recipe for a Blueberry Breakfast Braid - blueberries are always wonderful to bake with!  But then I found a recipes for Chicken Parm Meatballs along with Soft Raisin Cookies - both delicious comfort foods in my book.  My world stood still when I discovered Sarah's recipe for Vermont Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.  Not only did this recipe call for pumpkin but also for maple syrup.  TWO ingredients that are near and dear to my heart.  I love them.  I really do! 

 This cake is the perfect cake to make for this time of year.  Pumpkin seems to be the theme of all things good and yummy right now and then add in a fluffy sweet frosting with hints of maple syrup and cinnamon you truly can't go wrong! 

Vermont Spice Cake with 
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting 

Cake Ingredients:

3 cups flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder  
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin spice 
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1/2 cup evaporated milk (I used 2% milk as I didn't have any evaporated milk...worked fine!) 
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1/4 cup water 
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:
11 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tsp maple flavoring (I used 1 tsp maple flavoring and 1 TBSP real maple syrup)
a squeeze of lemon juice

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease a 9x13 pan or two 9" round pans and set aside.  

2. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin spice and salt. Set aside.

3.  Cream together butter and sugar until nice and fluffy.  Add in eggs, one at a time beating well for each egg.   Add in pumpkin puree, milk, water and vanilla extract and mix well all together.

4. Gradually add in flour mixture into the wet ingredients and mix just until all is combined.  Pour into prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

5. Make frosting by creaming together cream cheese and butter.  Gradually add in powdered sugar and then maple flavoring (and maple syrup if you wish) and squeeze of lemon juice. Beat all together until light and fluffy.  Frost cake and enjoy!  

Happy Vermont Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Baking!


  1. Oh my gosh - that looks so amazing. I am definitely saving that one to give a try sometime this fall season... I can smell it baking now. :)

  2. I love how so many recipes this month are celebrating the season... it is a great season for cooking, even if I get more and more depressed as the weather cools down... one cannot have everything. (sigh)

    beautiful cake, love everything about it, and what a nice write-up about her blog!

  3. This is PERFECT for all the Fall occasions. Great SRC choice!

  4. What a pretty cake! Great choice this month.

  5. I love Fall, especially the smell of fall spices cooking or baking.

  6. So perfect for fall... all the best flavors!! Great pick this month!

  7. Perfect SRC pick for September~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  8. Perfect fall flavors for a perfect fall day! Awesome pick this month :)

  9. Oh yummy!! I am so excited Fall is finally here. It is my favorite time of the year and I love treats like this to celebrate. Happy Reveal Day!

  10. Mmmm I haven't had spice cake since I was a child and my mom made them. I love the addition of maple syrup to the frosting. Perfect for Fall!

  11. Perfect for the first day of fall!

  12. I am just getting around to commenting today, but I looked at this post on Monday--and the cake has been stuck in my head ever since. That maple cream cheese frosting?? I have to have it. Great choice!

  13. Yum!! This is the perfect fall cake! I need to find an occasion to bake it (mostly because I'd eat it all myself if I didn't have anyone to share with)!

  14. This so perfect for fall! I love snack cakes like this!! Perfect SRC pick!!



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