Maple cinnamon cake

Every time I see a moving truck parked in front of my building, I get excited: maybe today is the day that I will meet my “future husband” who just so happens to be moving into my building. It’s a pretty convenient scenario that I have dreamed up. Of course, my little daydream has yet to pan out into anything real. Sometimes, it’s an older boy-girl couple moving into my building; sometimes it’s a younger boy-girl couple; sometimes it’s a boy-boy couple moving in, and sometimes it’s a girl-girl couple (great, but neither are really helping my singledom situation). I’m sure singles move into my building too, but I just never see them. Oh well.

Last week, a really cute boy moved into my building, and right down the hall from me. I was most optimistic and initially quite excited. My excitement fizzled to nothing when I saw that somebody had left him an orchid with a note (I am not a stalker, I am just very observant). I am now assuming that he either doesn’t swing my way, or he is off the market since, really, how many single, straight men do you know that receive orchids as home welcoming gifts. I’m crossing my fingers that he is actually just an avid orchid-lover who is just dying to meet me.

In the meantime, I have a kit to transform a frog into prince charming (more on that later), as well as a light, moist maple cinnamon cake. And, I have liters of maple syrup to drown my singledom sorrows. I will continue to observe the world through glasses coated in amber maple syrup (made in Quebec, of course), and one day, my “future husband” will cross my path and love me, maple syrup and all.


At least I have maple cinnamon cake and liters of maple syrup for now…

I mean, realistically, it could be a while!

By the way, my photos were inspired by this post from Cannelle et Vanille. This blog is full of jaw-dropping photos and mouth-watering recipes. As I learn to get in touch with my artistic side and to photograph food, I cannot help but imitate those sites that I love and browse constantly. They inspire and teach me.


Maple cinnamon cake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Janice


  • 185 grams all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 57 grams unsalted butter 1/4 cup, room temperature
  • 100 grams dark brown sugar 1/2 cup
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 200 mL maple syrup medium grade
  • 100 mL evaporated milk
  • 25 mL yogurt I used 2.5% fat yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare a 9-inch square metal pan by greasing and flouring. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside for later.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and the brown sugar.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition, and scraping the sides as necessary. The batter may look a little curdled if the eggs were a little too cool. That’s okay.
  6. Add the maple syrup and mix again. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  7. In a separate measuring cup (or a small bowl), mix together the evaporated milk and yogurt. Set aside.
  8. To the bowl of the mixer, add one third the dry ingredients, mix until incorporated, then add half the dairy, mix again and scrape the bowl as needed. Continue with another third of dry and the other half of the dairy, and end with the last third of the dry ingredients, mixing well and scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. The cake will also pull away slightly from the sides of the pan.
  10. Remove the cake from the oven and cool completely in the pan before serving.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit’s recipe for a “gâteau de sirop” featured in the March 2011 issue.
This cake is perfect as is, but would be great with a drizzling of maple syrup and some maple-sweetened whipped cream. This would also make a great layer cake with maple buttercream. Oh yes!
P.S. If you want to remove the cake from the pan, you might want to line it with some parchment on the bottom, just to make it easier to get out in the end.


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12 Responses to Maple cinnamon cake

  1. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having March 4, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    That cake sounds awesome. I love maple season
    My Mr. Right fantasy involves meeting a guy on the metro. Completely ridiculous because I think people who talk to me on the metro are creepy.
    Your Mr Right will show up one day, in your building or somewhere else 🙂

  2. soapparently March 4, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Sounds delicious! You really can’t go wrong with anything maple. I actually recently made some maple glazed donuts.

    Forget the guy down the hall, pick a guy up in a bakery. Maybe he’ll have a great food blog too.

  3. Torviewtoronto March 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    love the way you have presented looks wonderfully delicious

  4. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom March 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    I didn’t meet my husband in my building but we did live across the street from eachother when we started dating. So keep that dream alive. Baking more cakes like this will keep you happy while you wait for him.

  5. Janice March 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Another maple fan here. Yum!

  6. ravienomnoms March 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    That looks and sounds so incredible!

  7. Joy March 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    That looks delicious.

  8. Wilde in the Kitchen March 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    None of the cute guys live on my floor, just weirdos. Great looking cake though, I love how my maple is in it!

  9. Jan March 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    @Lynn @ I’ll Have What She’s Having I’m pretty asocial on the metro because I’m usually reading. Maybe I should put down my books…

  10. briarrose March 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    Mmmm…I can so see this as a frosted version. It looks delicious.

  11. The Mom Chef March 8, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    Honestly, I think you need to drop some of that amazing cake of at cute single guy’s apartment as a welcoming gift. You’re not doing anything but being a good neighbor.

  12. Spice Sherpa March 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    You’d think by March I’d be tired of maple and cinnamon: two quintessential autumn flavors. No Way!! This looks delicious. And actually, I take that back–maple syrup is all about spring. 🙂

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