I first shared the recipe for this maple spice cake topped with wine poached pears on my Instagram feedback in the fall of last year but thought it would also be a nice offering for Valentine’s Day.
What’s In Maple Spice Cake
The maple spice cake is super easy to make, vegan-friendly, and flavored with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, allspice, and vanilla bean. It’s frosted with fluffy maple buttercream frosting that’s made with 4 simple ingredients and whips up in minutes. The red wine poached pears lend a dramatic and elegant presentation to this humble cake. Serve with your favorite red wine for a romantic Valentine’s dessert.
The maple spice cake is moist and fluffy. This recipe makes one 3-layer 6-inch cake. The base recipe can also be used to make 12 standard-sized cupcakes or 1 single layer 8 or 9-inch round or square cake. The baking time should be about the same for cupcakes, 20 minutes. For a large single layer cake up the baking time to 35-45 minutes.
The maple buttercream frosting is light and fluffy and comes together with just a few simple ingredients. It can easily be made vegan by swapping dairy butter with your favorite plant-based butter. Another yummy frosting option for this cake is cream cheese frosting.
Red Wine Poached Pears
Red wine poached pears are a delicious dessert on their own but really send this cake over the top, flavor, and presentation-wise. Reducing the poaching liquid to a syrup makes the perfect flavorful drizzle and sauce to serve with this cake.
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