Acadian Syrup Cake

Ken Smith, the executive chef at Upperline restaurant and an avid home baker, often serves this spiced, cane syrup-sweetened cake. On special occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas he pairs it with a sauce made from satsumas, a clementine-like citrus fruit that grows in Louisiana and is available in the late fall.

Acadian Syrup Cake Acadian Syrup Cake
This spiced, cane-syrup sweetened cake comes from Ken Smith, the executive chef at New Orlean's Upperline restaurant and an avid home baker.
Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 2 12 cups flour, plus more for the pan
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 12 tsp. ground cloves
  • 12 tsp. fine salt
  • 12 tsp. finely ground black pepper
  • 1 12 cups dark cane syrup, preferably Steen’s brand
  • 12 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 12 tsp. baking soda, dissolved in 1 cup boiling water
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Butter a 9″ round metal cake pan and line bottom with buttered parchment paper. Sprinkle in a little flour; turn and tilt pan to coat the inside. Invert pan and tap out any excess flour. Set pan aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, cloves, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, whisk together syrup, oil, and egg. Beat one-third of the flour mixture followed by one-third of the soda mixture into the syrup mixture; repeat twice more, to make a smooth batter. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in middle of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cake cool completely in pan. Invert cake onto a plate; dust with confectioners’ sugar.