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This cake and frosting are sweetened only with pure maple sugar. Together they are a celebration, but they are great separately too. Halve the cake recipe and make one with just a bit of powdered maple sugar on top for an afternoon snacking cake, or use the frosting recipe for any cake or cupcakes that would benefit from a little maple upgrade.



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  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature​
  • 1 3/4 cups maple sugar​
  • 4 large eggs​
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract​
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour​
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour​
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg​
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda​
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder​
  • 1 teaspoon salt​
  • 1 cup milk​
  • 2 apples, peeled and grated​


  • 8oz cream cheese, at room temperature​
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature​
  • 2 1/2 cups maple sugar, powdered (see Instructions)​
  • Pinch of sea salt​
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract​


  1. Heat your oven to 350°F. Grease 2-9″ cake pans and line the bottoms with a circle of parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, place the flours, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer or a large bowl if you’re using a handheld mixer or wooden spoon, combine the softened butter and maple sugar and beat until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition, followed by the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and milk alternating in three batches until fully combined. With your mixer on low or by hand, fold in the grated apples.
  5. Divide the batter into the two prepared pans and bake for about 40 minutes or until a butter knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. To powder your maple sugar, simply use a coffee or spice grinder and grind the maple sugar about 1/3 cup at a time (more if your grinder allows) until fine. If you do not have a grinder, you can also powder sugar in your blender or food processor. In that case, you can add about a cup at a time until you’ve reached the amount that you need.
  2. To make the frosting, add the cream cheese, butter, maple sugar, salt and vanilla to the bowl of your mixer and beat until light and fluffy.

Recipe By: Jessica Lewis Stevens

Jessica Lewis Stevens is a quilter, baker, and mother making a home and tending a small homestead in Vermont. For a glimpse of current projects, kitchen stories, and life at home, follow her on Instagram or visit her website.


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