Maple Syrup

Grandma's White Cake with Maple Syrup Frosting

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October 23, 2013
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

My Grandmother, who is 98 years old, used to make this cake for us when we were little. She lived in Upstate New York & Montreal where they have delicious maple syrup which she used in the frosting of this cake. —jvcooks

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 40 minutes
  • Makes one 9x13-inch cake
Ingredients
  • Cake
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • Maple Syrup Frosting
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs, whites only
  • 1 pinch salt
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch cake pan.
  2. Using a standing mixer, cream together the sugar and shortening. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the salt, baking powder and flour. Add the dry ingredients into the sugar/egg mixture alternating with the milk until the flour is completely incorporated.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. To make the frosting, beat two egg whites to stiff peaks and set aside. In a sauce pan, bring maple syrup to a boil. Add a pinch of salt (I like to use flaky sea salt). Add hot syrup in a slow steady stream to the beaten egg whites continuing to whisk the whites while adding.
  6. Frost cooled cake.

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jvcooks

Recipe by: jvcooks

My true passion is anything that centers around food and cooking. I love to entertain and cook with family and friends. A juicy summer tomato sprinkled with sea salt is my idea of the perfect food and though I have tried it many times, I just can't get myself to like coconut. Braising is my cooking method of choice and I love salt! I prefer to cook then to bake, but regardless, I just love to be in the kitchen. I live in Manhattan with my husband and two children. For more about Jennifer Vogliano, check out the Behind Food52 Page.