French Cream Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon Pecans

Our daughter was married in Paris this last July. Her beautiful wedding and the stunning location inspired this recipe for luscious French Cream Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon Pecans. The perfect cake for any celebration!
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The Inspiration:

My daughter (the bride) was born and raised in Southern California, the groom is from Paris. His mother’s beautiful farmhouse just outside the city in the town of Barbizon was chosen as the spectacular backdrop for this celebration!

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The grounds are exquisite, simple and romantic.

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And the interior of the house was no different, understated, elegant, tasteful and unique.

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The yard and the house were the perfect venue for the simple ceremony and the party that followed.

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Wedding photography by Logan Cole.View wedding video by Max Cutrone here.

The Cake!

The colors and earthy vibe of this occasion inspired the creation of this French Cream Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon Pecans.

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Cream, french vanilla, and buttermilk come to together for an elegant creamy cake that is finished with a silky maple cream cheese frosting and decorated with cinnamon pecans.

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Flour Options:

You can make this cake with any flour you wish. I made this one with Jovial Foods Einkorn Flour. Einkorn is an easily digestible ancient form of wheat that bakes up like a dream. BUT if you live gluten free, take heart, I make this cake for myself using Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour and honestly, it’s amazing. (I buy the six pack to save a little money)

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The recipe: French Cream Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon Pecans

What you need: three 8″ non stick cake tinsvanilla paste (optional but I like it better than extract) a hand mixer or stand mixerYou will also need a cookie sheet and parchment paper for baking pecans.

5 from 10 votes
French Cream Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon Pecans
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

A simple, elegant French Cream Cake that you can make deliciously gluten free if desired.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: cream cake, dessert, Gluten free cake, holiday cake
Servings: 10 servings
Ingredients
The Cake
  • 2 cups flour ( all purpose, Einkorn or Gluten free)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup room temp butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or your favorite baking oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temp
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Frosting
  • 1/2 cup room temp butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla pasta or extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 -3 cups powdered sugar
Cinnamon Pecans:
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt
Decorations: add flowers, leaves, cinnamon sticks to top of cake if desired
Instructions
Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in center position

  2. Use a paper towel to wipe the bottom and sides of non stick pans with butter. Lightly coat with flour. Set aside.

  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt, set aside

  4. Place butter, coconut oil (or other baking oil), sugar and vanilla in mixer and mix until well combined

  5. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions

  6. Alternate adding flour mixture with buttermilk until well combined, mix for one more minute

  7. Add cream, mix well

  8. Pour equal amounts of batter into prepared pans, tap pans firmly on counter to take out any bubbles

  9. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool. While cooling make Frosting and pecans

The Frosting:
  1. Place soft butter, cream cheese, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla into a bowl and mix well. Add powdered sugar, starting with 2 1/2 cups and adding more if necessary. When frosting is preferred consistency and very smooth, stop mixing and set aside

Pecans:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place parchment paper on rimmed cookie sheet and set aside.

  2. Place pecans, melted butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and a generous pinch of sea salt into a small bowl and mix well

  3. Spread nuts out on parchment covered cookie sheet in a single layer, place in oven and bake for six minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool

Put it all together:
  1. Carefully remove first cake from pan and place on cake plate

  2. Frost the top of cake, then add second cake, frost, then add third layer

  3. Frost the sides of cake, then add pecans by the handful, pressing them gently into the soft frosting, spinning the cake as needed. Top with flowers, leaves, cinnamon sticks if desired

 

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Post tags: gluten free, wedding, holiday, dessert

Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Platter

Three of my favorite foods combined on one gorgeous platter… Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese!

Fruit, Cheese and Chocolate Platter

HOLY. COW.

Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Platter

Gasp…

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Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Platter

How to Make The Ultimate Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Platter

It’s so simple really. We start with dried fruit “crackers” and then either dip in chocolate or top with cheeses, nuts, honey, berries etc… Incredibly gorgeous! Unfortunately the company that made the dried pears and apples went out of business three years after I posted this recipe, BUT you can find dried oranges here. You may be able to find crispy dried apples and pears in the gourmet section of grocery stores or dehydrate your own.

Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Platter

The Recipes: Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Platter

Tips and what you will need: Unfortunately the company that made the dried pears and apples in this post went out of business three years after I posted this recipe, BUT you can find dried oranges here. You may be able to find crispy dried apples and pears in the gourmet section of grocery stores or dehydrate your own. You will need wax paper. This platter is gluten and grain free.

 

5 from 6 votes
Fruit, Chocolate and Cheese Dessert Platter

A lovely fruit, chocolate and cheese platter that requires very little prep. You can make all the suggestions or just one. Keep dried fruit in wrappers until just before serving so they stay crispy. The oranges stay crispy for days so no worries there!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy appetizer recipe, easy dessert recipe, party recipe
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Dried fruit crackers:
  • I use Simple and Crisp pear apple and orange.
Fresh Fruit:
  • Ripe Strawberries washed and dried, kiwi, blackberries
Cheeses:
  • Soft goat cheese chevre
  • mascarpone a soft, sweet Italian cream cheese
  • five year aged gouda
Toppings:
  • walnuts chopped
  • peach preserves
  • vanilla paste
  • roasted salted pistachios chopped
  • dried cranberries chopped
  • honey
  • melted dark and white chocolate
Instructions
Orange Crisp Suggestions:
  1. Melt good quality chocolate according to package directions, when melted stir and the dip orange crisps (covering about 1/3 of crisp) Set on wax paper, leave plain or sprinkle with chopped pistachios and cranberries. Allow to cool and firm up before serving.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:
  1. Melt white or dark chocolate according to package instructions, stir well. Dip berries and place on wax paper until chocolate cools and begins to firm up. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Apple Crisp Suggestions:
  1. Spread apple crisps with mascarpone and top with diced strawberry and kiwi.
  2. Mix two parts soft goat cheese with one part peach preserves and a drop or two of vanilla paste. Spread on apple crisp, dab with a little more preserves and top with chopped walnuts.
Pear Crisp Suggestions:
  1. Spread with soft goat cheese, top with a blackberry and drizzle with honey
  2. Top with aged gouda and drizzle with honey.

For more information about Simple and Crisp please visit their website.

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