Maple Forest Cake

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Recipe — Maple Forest Cake
Cooling Time:
12 portions
Metric Imperial



  • 1/ 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup maple sugar
  • 7 eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk


  • 1 cup maple syrup (preferably very dark syrup for its strong flavour)
  • 1 tablespoon plain gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 4 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream (35%)

Dark and White Chocolate Bark

  • 8 oz dark chocolate (70% cacao), broken into pieces
  • 4 oz white chocolate, broken into pieces


  • 1/2 cup Coureur des Bois maple cream
  • 2 cans of 398 ml (14 oz) of pitted Bing cherries, strained
  • Fresh cherries



  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F).
  2. Butter two 20-cm (8-in) springform pans and line with parchment paper.
  3. Sift together the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and 190 ml (3/4 cup) maple sugar.
  5. Add the egg yolks one at a time, then the vanilla, then half the dry ingredients, the milk, and the rest of the dry ingredients. Set aside the chocolate mixture.
  6. In another bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks and gradually add the rest of the maple sugar. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture then pour into the buttered pans. Bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pans. Set aside the 2 cakes.


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan bring the maple syrup to a boil. Dissolve the gelatine in the water and stir into the syrup. Keep warm.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks then add the hot maple syrup in a thin stream and beat for 5 more minutes.
  3. Add the vanilla and salt, then beat in the butter a little bit at a time. Beat for 1 more minute. Set the buttercream aside.
  4. In a bowl, whip the cream and fold into the buttercream with a spatula. If the mixture seems too loose, refrigerate it for several minutes then whip again. Set aside.

Dark and White Chocolate Bark

  1. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler.
  2. Form a cone with parchment paper, pour in the melted dark chocolate, snip off the tip and draw dark lines on a sheet of parchment, using a back-and-forth movement.
  3. Repeat with the white chocolate, drawing white lines perpendicular to the dark chocolate lines.
  4. Let the chocolate set then gently break it into large pieces of bark for the sides of the cake. Make sure they are taller than the cake by 2.5 to 4 cm (1 to 1 1/2 in).


  1. Halve the cakes horizontally and brush each half with maple cream.
  2. Spread a thin layer of buttercream on the first half, dot with some of the canned cherries and repeat with the other three layers (but do not put cherries on the fourth layer).
  3. After the cake is assembled, ice the cake with the remaining buttercream, then press the chocolate bark pieces against the sides of the cake all the way around. Garnish with fresh cherries.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.