Maple Nut Sheet Cake

We have always loved my mom’s chocolate sheet cake, amazing.  So, when I see another flavor it’s fun to try it out and see how the family likes it.  This recipe is wonderful, a lot like eating a maple bar in cake form.  Sheet cake is easy to make, moist and flavorful, and  serves a lot of people.  My husband says sheet cake has the perfect amount of cake with the perfect amount of frosting in every bite, I agree!

Maple Cake:
3/4 cup butter
1 cup water
2 eggs
1½ cups sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1½ tsp maple extract

Preheat oven to 350°.  Boil butter and water in microwave.  In large bowl with electric mixer cream eggs, sugar, and sour cream.  In medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.  Add butter/water mixture alternately with dry mixture to egg/sugar mixture.  Add maple extract and mix well.  Pour into sprayed 15″ x 10″ pan.  Bake for 22-25 minutes or until cake tests done in center.  Cool.

Maple Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3½ cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp maple extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

With electric mixer, cream butter, powdered sugar, milk, and maple extract.  Mix until smooth, adding more milk by tablespoon until perfect frosting consistency.  Spread over cooled cake and sprinkle with walnuts.  Adapted from

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