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

16 thoughts on “French Cream Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon Pecans

  1. These photos are so beautiful, what a special occasion and a lovely way to capture the memory of the day. And the cake!!! So yummy with that delectable maple cream cheese frosting and cinnamon pecans on the outside! Thanks for including a GF option too.

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