Christmas is the perfect excuse to eat more cake (as if any of us need one!) and when We Love Maple got in touch I couldn't resist the chance to have a go at making a festive wreath cake. Pure Canadian maple syrup is a healthy alternative for use in sweet (and savoury) treats. Deliciously Ella's recipes frequently make use of it as an ingredient - it's natural, suitable for vegans and high in antioxidants and minerals. Maple syrup is a Canadian staple and Quebec produces 90% of Canada's maple syrup.
I love maple syrup in porridge and on healthy pancakes for a touch of sweetness but I've never used it in a cake before. The wreath recipe-builder offers 500 combinations of cake bases, fillings, icings and decorations - phew! I spent a while setting on a maple angel cake, filled with maple-lemon cream, iced with dark chocolate and maple icing and topped with chocolate shavings. You can see my recipe result and instructions on how to make it here. I am definitely a novice baker and have to admit that this recipe did feel quite daunting - my lack of knife skills and baking implements resulted in a round cake rather than a wreath but it still tasted amazing! Let me know if you give any of the recipes a go - I'd love to see your final results and there are so many options to suit different tastes and skill levels.
|The four varieties of Pure Maple Syrup - extra light for a sweet delicate flavour, light for drizzling over pancakes, medium for cooking and amber for sauces and glazes.|
|The finished cake - the bronze sprinkles are edible, the star anise are not!|
|Ready for impressing Christmas guests - even if it doesn't have a hole in the centre (but that means more cake)!|
|The lemon-maple cream in the centre of the cake - yum!|