The Carpenter’s Birthday, Part Two

May 2010

The Carpenter’s Birthday arrived, and it all came together like a mortise and tenon [cake]!

The Maple Wood Mortise and Tenon Cake Recipe

Cake Ingredients
½ cup local pure maple syrup
¾ cup organic vanilla lowfat yogurt
½ cup local maple crumb sugar
4 local, free-range eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon organic orange zest
1 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup olive oil

Frosting Ingredients
1 package organic cream cheese
1 stick organic butter
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons local maple crumb sugar

For the Cake

Preheat oven to 350ºF

Combine the syrup, yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla and orange zest.  Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir to incorporate.

Add oil, and fold gradually until oil absorbs the batter.

Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the cake is golden and toothpick comes out clean.

Cut around the pan sides to loosen the cake and allow it to cool completely.

For Frosting

Blend all of the ingredients in a mixer until smooth.  Ice the cake!

Happy Birthday Carpenter!  May there be many, many, many mannnnny more!

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