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Maple Walnut Pound Cake

Maple Walnut Pound Cake

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: International


A wonderful pound cake, chock full of ground walnuts and maple flavor.



For cake:

  • 1 ¾ cups (215g) coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 ¼ cups (315g) cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups (280g) unsalted butter, room tº
  • 1 ¼ cups (250g) sugar
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon maple flavoring (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For glaze:

  • ¼ cup 65g unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1-2 Tbs cream
  • 6 Tbs powdered sugar (sifted)
  • Walnut halves for decoration (optional)


For cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Butter and flour 12-cup Bundt pan.
  2. Finely ground walnuts in processor.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl
  4. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Beat in maple syrup, maple flavoring (if using) and vanilla extract (batter may look curdled).
  7. Mix in dry ingredients. Fold in ground walnuts.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake cake until top is golden and tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
  9. Transfer pan to rack; cool cake 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto rack and cool completely.

For glaze:

  1. Melt butter with maple syrup and cream in heavy small saucepan. Remove from heat.
  2. Add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
  3. Cool glaze until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
  4. Drizzle glaze over pound cake. Arrange walnut halves decoratively if using.
  5. Let cake stand 15 minutes until glaze sets.


You can sub almonds for the walnuts, but it really is not the same.

Keywords: maple pound cake, walnut bundt cake