Maple Pound Cake

This Maple Pound Cake is a classic dessert that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Made with simple ingredients like butter, sugar, flour, and of course, maple syrup, this cake has a sweet yet subtle flavor.

slice of maple pound cake on a small plate with a bite missing.

We love maple-flavored treats, Whether it’s pancakes, muffins, or cookies, there’s just something about that sweet and slightly nutty flavor that we can’t resist.

slice of maple pound cake on a small plate.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This cake is great for birthdays, holidays, or just to help satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • You only need simple ingredients so you don’t have to worry about spending too much money at the grocery store to make a homemade dessert.
  • This cake can also be made ahead of time, so you can spend less time in the kitchen for your event.

Do you love maple desserts? If so, next time you may want to give this Maple Bacon Caramel Crack or these Maple Pecan Blondies a try next time.


While this ingredient list may seem a little long, the best thing about this is that most of these ingredients are common pantry staples so you don’t have to worry about having a long grocery list to make this sweet treat.

bowls of vanilla, maple extract, butter, baking powder, salt, sugar, maple syrup, eggs, walnuts, and cake flour on a counter.

Ingredients for the cake:

  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • maple syrup
  • maple extract
  • vanilla extract
  • cake flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • walnuts
bowls of maple extract, butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, maple syrup, and walnuts on a counter.

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • butter
  • heavy cream
  • maple syrup
  • powdered sugar
  • maple extract
  • Extra walnuts

See the recipe card below for quantities.

🔪 How to Make This Maple Pound Cake

This is a quick overview of the steps to make this homemade pound cake. You can find the full recipe in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

ground walnuts in a medium sized bowl.

Grind the walnuts into fine crumbs and set aside.

maple syrup being poured into creamed butter and sugar.

In a large mixing bowl mix the wet ingredients until well combined.

crushed walnuts being added to cake batter in a glass mixing bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients and then add them to your cake batter. Including the ground walnuts.

cake batter in a bundt cake pan ready for the oven.

Grease and flour your bundt cake pan, and then pour the batter into the pan. Bake in the 350 degree preheated oven for 50-60 minutes. Cool the cake completely.

glaze being heated in a saucepan.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan make the glaze for the top of the cake.

uncut maple pound cake on a serving platter.

Pour the glaze over the top of the cake, and garnish with walnuts if desired.

🥄 Equipment

This is a list of the equipment that you will need to help you make this easy recipe:

  • Food processor
  • large bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Whisk
  • 10-cup bundt pan – A 12 cup bundt pan will also work.
  • Saucepan

🥫 Storage

Storage – Pound cake should be stored in an airtight container like a cake stand or wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Freezing – One great thing about this recipe, is that you can freeze it. We like to freeze it in slices. Wrap the slices in plastic wrap and then place them in the freezer-safe bag. Thaw on the counter for a couple of hours.

Serve With

This delicious cake is great on its own as a sweet dessert. You can also serve it after a meal like this Easy Creamy Buritto Casserole recipe. We like to enjoy a slice with a cup of coffee as a snack.

uncut pound cake on a serving platter.

💭 Tips

Here are a few tips that you can use to help you make this maple-pound cake recipe.

  • It’s important when making a pound cake that you use room temperature ingredients. This will give you a smooth batter.
  • Make sure that you grease and flour your baking dish well so that your cake doesn’t stick and comes out cleanly.
  • Once you add the dry ingredients to your cake batter, be careful to not overmix the cake batter. Mix until just combined.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Is a pound cake the same as a Bundt cake?

There are some differences between the two. A pound typically contains a pound of flour, butter, sugar, and eggs. However, a bundt cake is just the shape of the cake. So, they are not the same thing.

Can you use a Bundt pan instead of a tube pan for a pound cake?

Yes, a bundt can pan or a tube pan can be used.

What is the difference between cake flour and all purpose flour?

Cake flour is lighter, and has cornstarch added to it.

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🧾Recipe Card

Want to make this recipe? Print the recipe card below, or pin this recipe, so you can find it later.

slice of maple pound cake on a small plate with a bite missing.

Maple Pound Cake

This Maple Pound Cake is sweet, moist, and full of maple flavor. It's topped with a delicious glaze and extra walnuts for a beautiful look.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 356kcal


  • Food processor
  • large bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Whisk
  • 10 cup bundt pan
  • Saucepan


Ingredients for the cake:

  • 1 ¼ cups butter softened
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ¾ cups walnuts

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 10 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon maple extract
  • Extra walnuts for decoration


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grind the walnuts into fine crumbs using a food processor. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Add in the maple syrup and extracts and beat until well combined.
  • The batter may look a bit curdled, but that’s normal.
  • Whisk together the flour and the baking powder and salt.
  • Add it to the butter mixture and combine, but do not overmix.
  • Fold in the ground walnuts.
  • Grease a 10-12 cup capacity bundt pan using cooking spray with flour.
  • This is a very important step if you want your cake to release!
  • Pour batter into the pan and place in the oven to bake for 50-60 minutes, test it at 50 minutes to see if the skewer comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to rest for 10 minutes before inverting it to place on the rack to completely cool.
  • To make the glaze, place the heavy cream, butter and syrup in a saucepan and bring to a low simmer.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the maple syrup and extract until the glaze is smooth.
  • Let cool slightly before pouring over the cake.
  • Arrange walnut pieces as desired.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

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