Maple-Walnut Layer Cake with Easy Maple Frosting

Recipe for Maple-Walnut Layer Cake with Easy Maple Frosting
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

For the cake:

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups walnut halves, plus extra for garnish
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for pans
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups cake flour, plus extra for pans
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350°. Butter and flour three 8-inch cake pans.

First, prepare the walnuts: In a medium-size skillet over medium heat, toast nuts lightly until light brown and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Cool nuts; then pulse in a blender or food processor until nuts have the texture of bulgur. Set aside.

Next, make the cake: In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. In another bowl, beat eggs and yolks lightly with vanilla; then add to butter mixture and beat until incorporated. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In a fourth bowl, whisk together maple syrup, milk, and sour cream; set aside.

Add one-third of the dry ingredients to the butter/egg mixture and stir until just moistened; then add one-third of the maple/sour-cream mixture. Repeat until all ingredients are combined. Gently fold in walnuts. Divide batter among the three prepared cake pans. Bake 30 minutes, or until cake springs back to the touch.

For the frosting:

Yield: 

12 servings

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The recipe calls for 3 large

The recipe calls for 3 large eggs, and 3 egg yolks.
Are the egg yolks from large eggs too? Or from medium eggs?
Thanks in advance, for your reply.

Hi, Joan. When cooking, we

Hi, Joan. When cooking, we tend to opt for large eggs.