Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Mary Berry is one of the queens of baking in the UK and this is what she calls her Canadian inspired cake. Sounds very yummy indeed.
For The Cake
- 8 ounces butter, softened
- 8 ounces brown sugar
- 1 orange, zest of
- 4 eggs
- 3 1⁄2 ounces maple syrup
- 12 ounces self-raising flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 1⁄2 ounces pecans, chopped
For The Filling And Topping
- 15 7⁄8 ounces heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 orange, zest of, shredded
- You will need a deep, round, 8 inch cake tin.
- Lightly grease the cake tin and line the base with a circle of nonstick baking parchment.
- Pre-heat the oven to 325.
- Put all the ingredients for the cake except the pecan nuts into a large mixing bowl and mix well until evenly blended; an electric mixer is best for this but, of course, you can also beat by hand with a wooden spoon.
- Stir in the chopped pecan nuts.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the surface.
- Bake for 1-11⁄2 hours, until well risen, golden and springy to the touch.
- Allow to cool slightly, then turn the cake out onto a wire rack, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool completely.
- Whip the cream until it just holds its shape and then fold in the maple syrup.
- Split the cake horizontally into three and fill and cover with the cream, using a small palette knife to smooth it evenly over the top and sides.
- Decorate the top with the shredded orange zest.
- Store in the refrigerator.
I made this cake 3 times, yes 3 times, hence I wasted 12 Eggs, 11/2 Pounds of butter etc. The first time I followed the recipe, it rose beautifully and then flopped in the middle, I thought it was odd putting 2 teaspoons of baking powder in as well as self raising flour so the second time I missed out the baking powder, cake was greasy and crumbly. Third time I did'nt do the all in one bowl method and creamed the sugar and butter then added the eggs, mixed and then added the flour. It was better but not brilliant, I iced the cake and it looked better, icing covers a lot of mistakes, if no-one eats it on Xmas day into the bin it goes. I would not recommend this recipe