Maple Walnut Cake

Maple Walnut Cake 

Cake Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups finely chopped, lightly toasted walnuts

2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup Earth Balance (or butter/margarine)--softened

1 8 oz. container Greek yogurt (plain, vanilla, honey)

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 whole egg

1 egg yolk

1 1/4 cups maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup almond milk

Streusel Filling Ingredients:

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (lightly toasted)

1 tablespoon flour

Maple Glaze Ingredients:

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup confectioner's sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch cinnamon

garnish: finely chopped walnuts

Method:

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bundt pan. Set pan aside. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix butter, sugars, and maple syrup. Mix in the egg, then mix in the egg yolk.

*Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Mix in the yogurt. Add the second third of the flour mixture. Mix thoroughly. Mix in the milk. Add the final third of the flour mixture. Fold in the walnuts. Add 1/2 of batter to the prepared bundt pan.

*Mix all streusel ingredients in small bowl. Add streusel mixture to the top of the batter in the bundt. Swirl with knife. Add the remaining batter to the pan. Tap the pan lightly to release any air bubbles. Bake the cake 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Unmold cake and let cool completely before glazing.

*Chop walnuts for garnish. Mix all glaze ingredients and drizzle over cooled cake. Working quickly (you do not want the glaze to harden before you add the nuts!) sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the glazed cake.

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