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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Maple Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel and Maple Glaze





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I spent some time last evening baking for friends we were going to visit today. I made three coffee cakes, all of which will be featured here over the course of the next few days. All the cakes are delicious, but the one I'm focusing on tonight is a bit different than most you've encountered. It is a sour cream cake and, as such, is wonderfully moist, but what makes it unusual is its lovely maple flavor. That flavor is neither easy nor cheap to come by. Under no circumstances can maple-flavored or pancake syrup be used to make this cake. You need the genuine article and to extract the best flavor you are going to want to use Grade B syrup. In the United States maple syrup is divided into two major grades: Grade A and Grade B. Detailed information about the various grades of syrup, here and in other countries, can be found on Wikipedia. For our purposes, all you need to know that Grade B syrup is darker and more flavorful than Grade A. Not surprisingly, it is more expensive. I first saw this cake on the blog the Bookcooker. The recipe for this cake originally appeared in Gourmet magazine and can be found on the Epicurious website. The recipe for the maple glaze is from a recipe developed by Martha Stewart and it can be found on her site. I used my infamous cut and paste technique to make the cake you see above. I do have a few tips to share with you. Be sure to use a paper lined spring form pan and follow directions for releasing and cooling the cake. If you plan to glaze the cake, drizzle the glaze over the cake before it has a chance to cool and set up. You may have to play with the timing as well. My cake took 70 minutes to bake. If you enjoy maple flavor I suspect you'll like this coffee cake. If not, stay tuned , I have others coming. Here's the recipe for today's cake.

Maple Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel and Maple Glaze...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Gourmet Magazine and Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
Streusel
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup toasted walnuts
2 /3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 /4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon maple extract
Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1-1/2 teaspoons maple extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
Glaze
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions:
1) To make the streusel: In a food processor blend flour, walnuts, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and salt until nuts are ground and mixture is crumbly. Stir maple extract into syrup, then add syrup to mixture in processor bowl and pulse until combined. Set aside.
2) To make cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan. Line bottom with parchment paper. Butter paper. Dust pan with flour, tapping out excess. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Place butter and brown sugar in bowl of an electric stand mixer. Cream until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup, maple extract and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with sour cream. Beat batter after each addition just until combined. Spoon 1/2 of batter into prepared pan. Top with half of streusel mixture. Cover with remaining batter and spread with reserved streusel. Bake in middle of oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove sides of spring form. Carefully invert cake on a cooling rack and remove bottom of pan and parchment paper. Turn cake right-side up onto another rack and cool completely.
3) To prepare glaze: In a small saucepan, melt butter and syrup together over medium heat. Whisk confectioners' sugar into hot mixture until smooth, and immediately drizzle over cooled cake. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.








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This post is being linked to Sunday Spotlight at You Made That?

87 comments:

My Little Space said...

Mary, this cake is simply amazing. I love coffee cake and am drooling over this marvelous looking cake. I bet every bite of it is such a goodness. Thanks for sharing it. Have a fun day!
Kristy

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

This cake looks so pretty.I love maple & sour cream both..what yum flavors.Thanks for sharing!

Lora said...

What a gorgeous streusel coffee cake! The maple sounds so delicious.

Alessandra said...

First I have to say that I have a weakness for walnut cakes, I just love them!!!

The I agree about Maple syrup, better to have less but always the real thing, for everything!

ciao and have a great Sunday, here it is nearly finished!

Alessandra

PS
My kids cooked for my new post :-)

A Paix√£o da Isa said...

mas que maravilha adorei ficou 5* beijinhos e bom domingo

Ana Rita said...

I always like your cakes!!!This is just wonderfull also....

Kisses and have a nice Sunday,
Rita

Plateful said...

Your love for baking is infectious, Mary! The first picture is such a beauty, ah!!

Ruth said...

This looks fantastic - we have friends over next weekend so the cake is decided! Thanks!

Angie's Recipes said...

Mary, your coffee cake looks indeed gorgeous with the combination of ingredients and flavours. That nutty streusel with glaze looks so irresistible.

Clint said...

That's what I'm talkin' about! Really beautiful, Mary.

kitchen flavours said...

This is a divine looking cake! Maple syrup is really very expensive over here! Would love to try this out one day. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely week!

Maris (in Good Taste) said...

How I wish I had a slice (or 2) with my coffee this morning of your beautiful cake!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

You come up with the best coffee cakes, this one looks like a winner!

Heather said...

Wow... that looks so delicious for a Sunday morning!

Pam said...

Oh my goodness, Mary. Will you come visit me!

Karina said...

That looks absolutely incredible!

Linda Starr said...

Just perfect to see coffee cake on Sunday morning, love the shot of the layers and maple is one of my favorites and not seen often enough nowadays.

Tracy said...

Wow, it looks and sounds delicious. I've never seen grade B maple syrup, though. Where do you get it?

Parsley Sage said...

I like sour cream anything, but especially cakes! That being said, I'm even more excited about a week of coffee cakes! Woo hoo! Can't wait for the rest of them. Thanks for sharing :)

Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

That is my kind of coffee cake. it looks just so moist with that gorgeous glaze. Interesting points about the different maple syrup.

What's next said...

Beautiful cake! And it sounds delicious!!

spontaneous-euphoria said...

This looks soooo delicious. Especially the streusel. Yum.

Sanjeeta kk said...

Maple and sour cream! what a lovely combo, Mary. The cake looks gorgeous.

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

That is one beautiful coffee cake....(drooling). Another bookmarked recipe. I need to get busy! Thanks for sharing it, Mary.

Max said...

I just stated useing pure maple syrup and I'm hooked! I do love a good coffee cake--and this one looks the best. Tho I can;='t wait to see the others! I just used pure maple syrup ia a recipe. It's on my blog--Crunchy Granola. I have several granola recipes, this is my favorite. Glad I found your blog. I'm now a follower and off to explore. Smiles! Have a great Sunday. It is snowing in Utah.

cindy said...

I'm really not max--that is my son!

Priya said...

Cant take my eyes from ur clicks, cake looks super gorgeous..

June said...

Only 3 words needed for this one Mary "oh, good heavens". I LOVE maple anything and can't wait to make this.

The Words Crafter said...

I began reading the title of this post, and I swear, my mouth started watering! This looks divine!

Suman Singh said...

Oh my goodness...that looks simply amazing...I love the recipes you post everyday..its always so interesting and delightful...Thankyou for sharing! I hope you enjoying your weekend..take care!

lena said...

sounds delicious! i do not know there's different grade of maple syrups and i'll be looking out for your the rest of the coffee cakes in your coming posts!

Elaine said...

Oh, my, Mary. This looks wonderful! It must be incredibly moist with the sour cream. I love how it looks like it has layers of maple syrup in it.

bellini said...

I do love maple syrup that's for sure and a slice of this coffee cake first thing in the morning would start my day off right Mary.

Rita said...

The post I am working on for Wednesday, this week is Maple Syrup and I am also writng about the dark syrup because it is hard to come by and is my guy's favourite. The say "Great minds think a like" ah ah! This recipe of your coffee cake is a keeper.

whozyerdanny said...

10 perfect bites!

Tracy said...

If the proliferation of "the blog" causes human dna to evolve to the point the body can utilize the calories found in pictures like these, I'm going to stop following your blog. I'm sorry. I'd prefer not to weigh 300lbs.
in the meantime, dayum... just dayum. Now I have to go get something to wipe the drool off my laptop. excuse me

Anna A. said...

Love anything maple. Maple on maple even better!

Cooking Creation said...

Oh, this coffee cake looks delectable! I've never used Grade B syrup before but that's about to change. I love seeing how your photography has progressed throughout the past few years :) Thank you for sharing!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Maple walnut is an irresistible flavor combination, and one of my favorites. This cake is gorgeous- I'm definitely saving this one! :)

Claudia said...

Not like maple syrup? Is that possible? Grand advice on avoiding pancake syrup. Real maple syrup is a wonder and all should try it at least once. Gorgeous cake. Happy Sunday.

Big Dude said...

That looks so delicious, I'll bet even the photo would taste good.

Design Wine and Dine said...

Three different cakes?! I wish you were visiting me today! Thanks for the lesson on Grade A&B Maple syrups, I didn't know that fact and LOVE to learn! Grade B all the way! I look forward to your other cakes this week too...

Willoughby said...

That looks soooooo good!

Katerina said...

I bet your house smelled like a pastry shop when you made those cakes Mary! It looks delicious, i can't wait for the others!

Miri Leigh said...

Yum! Looks simply scrumptious! Can't wait to try this one out!

Martha said...

Looks simply delicious! You could bring this cake when you join us for our Chicken Cordon Bleu supper :)haha. Have a great weekend!

Jen_from_NJ said...

Your coffee cake looks so moist and I love the maple glaze idea! I am looking forward to the other coffee cake recipes too.

Joanne said...

This looks absolutely positively well worth the expense of the maple syrup! Definitely the most decadent coffee cake I've seen to-date!

Foodycat said...

I do like maple flavoured things, so I know I would love this! it looks delicious Mary.

That Girl said...

Really we should all be using the real stuff for everything. Now if only I could convince my husband of that fact.

Sunanda said...

Cake looks amazing...Feel like having a piece right away...

Buttercup said...

Growing up in New England, maple is one of my favorite flavors. I feel like getting out the flour and baking. The cake looks completely delicious.

Gloria said...

Mary this cake look absolutely delicious,I love cakes with glaze and streusel, yummy, have a lovely day, gloria

David said...

Mary, that is one beautiful coffee cake! I am drooling just a bit... Keep those great recipes comiing! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

dr.antony said...

Wow..a bite size in that picture!
I am lost my time looking at your pictures !

Ginny said...

It looks just lovely!! Now I am confused about maple syrup grading, I have a big jug in the fridge that I got at Costco. And it Costcoed $11.00!!! Ha ha!! One would think that grade A is the best!!! Mine is either a or AA. Also, you are just the person to ask about duck eggs. I saw some at Whole Foods and was tempted to buy a carton. They sell six to a carton. But, do you fix them the same was as regular eggs? Do they have more cholesterol? And is there a taste difference??

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Oh Mary this looks wonderful!

I am thinking I would love to eat this while visiting with a friend.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Three coffee cakes? That sounds like heaven!

Mickey said...

Looks delicious, especially since I love maple so much:)
mickey

Maria said...

Streusel topping just makes all cakes look and taste so fantastic! I love walnuts, this cake sounds like a perfect treat!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

pancake syrup? What's that?! I am a true convert to pure maple syrup, and I'd never go back to that cheap stuff. I love coffee cakes, so I'm going to be anxiously waiting to see what you post, next. This one is a beauty! Anything with sour cream is okay by me, and pretty much guarantees it will be moist. Bookmarked!

briarrose said...

This looks simply incredible. All that lovely maple flavor and the streusel topping....perfection. I do believe my tummy issued the gimmie grumble of approval. ;)

PeggyR said...

This sounds heavenly!

Ronda Kisner said...

Wow! That looks tasty!

Ronda Kisner said...

Wow! That looks tasty!

Ronda Kisner said...

Wow! That looks tasty!

teresa said...

a while ago i took a trip to vermont, which was heaven because i can't get enough of all the maple flavored goodies out there! this looks SO good, and so pretty.

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

This is such an outstanding cake! I'd so love a slice of that right now with a cup of coffee . . . a perfect ending to a lovely spring day! Thanks for the recipe!

yummychunklet said...

The cake looks good, but you had me at that yummy looking streusel topping!

Mary said...

Delicioso pastel me gusta mucho

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Pondside said...

I love maple syrup and maple sugar and recently heard about a study that has shown that maple syrup (pure) is full of antioxidents - bonus!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I just finished menu planning and shopping for a 3 day retreat of 8 guys that will be at our house this week. This coffee cake would have been perfect. I will save it for their next visit.

Have a wonderful week, Mary.

Fondly,
Glenda

Pacheco Patty said...

I am a maple syrup lover so this coffee cake is for me, can't wait to see the rest of your line up;-)

Holly said...

Mary, this cake is beautiful! Sounds heavenly!

thenewlywedchefs.com said...

Yum! This not just ONE perfect bite- but lots and lots of perfect bites! Great post!

penny aka jeroxie said...

Oh lala... love coffee cake but have enough of it as I hardly have morning or afternoon breaks.

Laura Jeanne said...

Mary, oh my heavens this looks out of this world delicious. Even the title had me drowned in on the taste and your pictures capture the wonderful things you cook so nicely.
Thank you so much for sharing as this is one I will have to try. Happy cooking :)

Michelle said...

Oh my! Look at how moist that is!! Looks delish!

From the Kitchen said...

We have several waves of guests arriving over the next month and I think they would greatly appreciate these muffins on the breakfast buffet!

We were back at the U. of Chicago for a concert yesterday and parked in front of the Oriental Institute. I thought about your roller skating in the building!!

Best,
Bonnie

www.you-made-that.com said...

Mary, I'm loving this coffee cake, maple flavor is a favorite of mine. Thank you for linking this recipe up at Sunday Spotlight Recipes. Also that onion tart looks fabulous too, I will have to try that out. Have a great week.

Lin Ann said...

What a wonderful cake! You have a beautiful blog and I love how it opens to, what looks like to me, a perfect bit of veggies. Great photography too. The information on maple syrup is a nice addition to your post. We love maple syrup here and I'm always using it and talking about it. I'll be back soon!

Wendy Irene said...

That glaze sounds like it would be delicious on many things! My mind is turning. Have a beautiful evening :)

The Food Hound said...

Um... this is about the best-looking baked good I've ever seen!! Love maple, love walnuts, and love maple a second time in the glaze!! I will totally make this for a tea or just come up with a reason on my own!

Lucie said...

I adore sour cream cakes. This is on my list for weekend baking!!

Hazel said...

Wow what a dream! Sounds absolutely perfect.

Ben's Sugar Shack said...

Hello Mary!
This cake looks marvelous! Would you mind if I post it on my facebook, twitter, and website... and of course link your blog to it???

Thanks!
Ben from Ben's Sugar Shack
www.facebook.com/benssugarshack

Anonymous said...

I made this coffeecake for brunch today, and it is delicious! Thank you so much.

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