Moist Fruit, Nut and Maple Cake

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14 portions
Metric Imperial


  • 1 cup dried dates, quartered
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried figs, diced
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup rum (or brandy)
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup maple sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/ 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich flavour)
  • Maple candy for garnish


  1. In a bowl, combine dried fruit and 125 ml (1/2 cup) alcohol. Cover and macerate for 12 hours.
  2. Add almonds and cranberries. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 150 °C (300 °F).
  4. Cover 4 empty maple syrup cans or a spring-form pan with 20 cm (8 in) of wax paper; allow paper to extend an extra 2.5 cm (1 in).
  5. In a large bowl, beat together butter and maple sugar. While beating, add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla.
  6. In another large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt, and then add to egg mixture. Finally add the macerated fruit.
  7. Stir the batter, then pour into the cans or the pan. Bake for 2 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean. Set aside.
  8. In a casserole, heat maple syrup and 125 ml (1/2 cup) alcohol. Remove from heat, and then pour over cake.
  9. Sprinkle with maple candy. Let sit in the fridge for 14 days.

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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More about Maple

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.