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Maple-Pecan Snack Cake

Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1 piece)
Syrup in the cake batter and the frosting yields tasty results in this moist cake. Walnuts would also play up with maple's distinctive taste.

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 11 1/4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 261
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • fat 8.4 g
  • satfat 3.6 g
  • monofat 3.1 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 3.8 g
  • carbohydrate 43.2 g
  • fiber 0.9 g
  • cholesterol 27 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 208 mg
  • calcium 44 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cake, combine first 5 ingredients, stirring well with a whisk.

  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, 1/4 cup pecans, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add syrup mixture to flour mixture; stir until well blended. Pour batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.

  4. To prepare frosting, combine sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons syrup, cream, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Spread frosting evenly over cooled cake; sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans.