Monday, August 23, 2010

Laura's Little Maple Cakes

We are winding down our summer of "unschooling" and getting ready to begin our First Grade Sonlight Curriculum. One of our last summer reading books is Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am not sure who has enjoyed the book more, me or Connor! I have found so many resources for teaching this book that it has been overwhelming. We could probably spend the entire year on this one book and not run out of fun & educational things to do. Our favorite activities have definitely been the recipes. We made Homemade butter, Maple Candy, Buttermilk Cornbread & later this week we will be making Vinegar Pie.

Today we made Laura's Little Maple Cakes and they were delicious! We found the recipe in My Little House Cookbook that we checked-out from the library.

Laura's Little Maple Cakes

  • 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter 
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2.  Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt & ginger in a bowl.

3.  Combine melted butter, maple syrup, egg & sour cream in a small bowl.

4.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mis until thoroughly blended.

5.  Lightly grease the cups in a mini-muffin tin.

6.  Fill the mini-muffin cups using two tablespoons, one to scoop the batter and the other to push it off into the tin.

7.  Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cakes are a light golden color. When the muffins are cool enough to handle, remove from the pans.

Maple Icing
  • 1 cup Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Softened Butter
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup

1.  To make the Maple Icing, blend sugar butter, salt and vanilla. Add maple syrup and beat until completely smooth.

2.  Decorate each cake by dipping the top of each muffin into the icing and giving it a twist.

This post is linked to:

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Tuesdays at the Table


  1. I'm a Little House fanatic! I love that cookbook although I've never tired that recipe. Your son is adorable!

  2. I loved the Little House books too - I still remember reading about the maple cakes! Thanks for bringing back some great memories - and sharing the recipe!

  3. It is so much fun bringing the story to life by making recipes from the book! Thanks for the complements April & Melinda.

  4. NEAT!! I am going to get that book!!

  5. what fun!! I love Little House -- we used to stop at all the homestead sites during our summer travels.


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