Maple Spice Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vanilla, Cinnamon & Star Anise


  • Spice / Coffee Grinder or Mortar and Pestle



  • 1 whole five point star anise
  • 2 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup PURE Infused Maple Syrup – Vanilla, Cinnamon and Star Anise
  • 1 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs

Optional Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar (sifted)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp PURE Infused Maple Syrup – Vanilla, Cinnamon and Star Anise


  • To start, grind your spices, you’ll want them very fine. You can use a spice/coffee grinder or a heavy mortar and pestle to do the job. Obviously, the mortar and pestle would be more work, but crushing things can be great fun.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Prepare your bundt pan by greasing it with butter or a nonstick cooking spray.
    Combine all of the dry ingredients (spices, flour, and the baking powder and soda) in large mixing bowl, and whisk to evenly distribute all of the ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and maple syrup.
  • Beat the butter and sugar using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes on medium/high speed.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat at medium speed for another minute or two. Be sure and scrape down the sides of the bowl, so everything is evenly incorporated.
  • Add about a third of the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, and beat on med/low speed for a minute or two, until combined. Next, add about half of the sour cream mixture to the batter, and mix to combine. Continue with another third of the flour mixture, combine, and the rest of the sour cream mixture, and finally the last of the flour mixture. Continue to beat the batter for another minute or two, it should be smooth, and free of lumps.
  • Pour the batter into your greased bundt pan, and bake for 50-55 minutes at 350F. A cake tester or bamboo skewer should come out clean once inserted into the center of the cake.
  • Let the cake cool for about 20 minutes in the pan before inverting it over a plate or cake stand to remove. If the cake looks like it’s stuck to pan along the top, just run a butter knife around the edge to loosen it. Sometimes, if the batter sloshes around going in the oven, the edges will stick, but usually this just slides right out of the pan without any fuss.

Vanilla, Cinnamon & Star Anise

We created this flavour profile to deepen the silky sweetness of maple syrup and give it an exotic twist. Starting with pure vanilla, cinnamon bark and just a touch of star anise, this infusion creates a familiar yet unique taste that will transport you to the spice markets of the Orient. Use it to give a distinct twist to bread puddings, ice cream or your morning oatmeal. Better yet, transform your everyday pancakes, waffles or French toast into something extraordinary.

How To Use

  • Bread puddings, to give them a distinct twist
  • Drizzled over ice cream
  • With pancakes, waffles and French toast
  • On any number of warm breakfast cereals – cream of wheat, oatmeal, kasha
  • As a exotic sweetener for whipping cream
  • Over cheesecake
  • In smoothies and yogurt
  • To replace simple syrups in warm and cold beverages (vanilla steamers, iced coffees, etc.)