Maple Walnut Pound Cake

Maple Walnut Pound Cake combines the deep, rich flavors of maple syrup with the crunchy texture of walnuts, creating a delightful treat that’s perfect for the autumn season or any time you crave the comforting taste of maple. This recipe is designed to be straightforward, resulting in a moist, dense cake with a harmonious balance of flavors. Here’s how to make this irresistible Maple Walnut Pound Cake.


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (whole milk preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (plus extra for topping)

For the Maple Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk (adjust for desired consistency)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preparing the Cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan or two loaf pans.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. This will take about 4-5 minutes.
  • Gradually pour in the maple syrup while continuing to beat the mixture.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Alternately add the dry ingredients and milk to the creamed mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and chopped walnuts.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s) and smooth the top with a spatula.

2. Baking:

  • Bake for about 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. If the cake is browning too quickly, tent it with aluminum foil.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

3. Preparing the Maple Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Adjust the consistency with more milk or powdered sugar as needed.
  • Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the maple glaze over the top. Sprinkle with additional chopped walnuts for garnish.

4. Serving:

  • Allow the glaze to set before slicing and serving the cake.

Tips for Success:

  • Maple Syrup Quality: Use pure maple syrup for the best flavor. The depth and richness of pure maple syrup cannot be matched by imitation flavors.
  • Walnut Size: Chop the walnuts into pieces that are small enough to be evenly distributed throughout the cake but large enough to provide a satisfying texture.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your butter, eggs, and milk are at room temperature to achieve a smooth and evenly mixed batter.

This Maple Walnut Pound Cake is a perfect dessert for gatherings, holidays, or as a special treat to accompany your coffee or tea. The warmth of the maple syrup combined with the texture of the walnuts makes every bite a delightful experience. Enjoy baking and sharing this cozy and delicious cake!

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