A Mother’s Day Vanilla Maple Cake

This past Sunday I went home to my parents to celebrate Mother’s Day. I asked her what she wanted and she said something vanilla and maple. So I made a double layered vanilla cake with a maple buttercream frosting. It was quite the hit. I also made gluten free snickerdoodles for my sister, but they did not turn out as photogenic as I would have liked so I have no pictures of them.
I am still working on my frosting techniques. I finally got an off set spatula which definitely helps, I didn’t have quite as much frosting as I needed (I was down to my last couple of cups of powdered sugar)
The cake was light and fluffy and delicious. I spread maple syrup in between the two layers for some extra maple flavour.
A glass of champagne goes well with cake and let’s be honest with everything. Everything is just fancier and better with champagne. It’s my life motto. I’m sticking to it.
But enough about the food and the bubbly. Let’s talk about the reason for the season. The raison d’etre. Mothers. Specifically my mother because I don’t know yours. My Mum is by far one of the kindest, most generous, thoughtful, self-sacrificing, classy people that I know. The world is honestly a better place for having her in it and all who know her are better for it. She loves high tea and BBC television and reading books of all kinds. She is the kind of Mum who cared more about spending time with her kids then having a perfect house. She is the kind of Mum who baked her allergy filled daughter cupcakes every time said daughter went to a birthday party, so the allergic daughter could have something sweet like the other kids. She bakes the best chocolate cake in the world (I dare you to eat it and know that it is dairy and egg free) and the best apple pie you will ever have the privilege to taste. She is a woman of dignity, intelligence and endless patience and I am incredibly lucky to be her daughter.

Vanilla Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups soy milk
1 cup canola oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbl vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350
Grease two 9 inch round baking pans
Mix together the dry and wet ingredients separately
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to combine
Do not over mix
Pour batter evenly between the two pans
Bake for 26min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
Maple Buttercream
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 shortening
1-2 tbl maple syrup
1-3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp maple extract
Cream together margarine and shortening
Add maple syrup and beat together
Add powdered sugar and maple extract
*Use your judgement when it comes to the powdered sugar people like different consistencies and sweetness with their frosting

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