I struggled with how many stars to rate this cake. I was not impressed with the cake itself or the recipe directions but the frosting was a real winner. Traditionally, a cake of this type has pretty standard directions: cream the butter or shortening and sugar(s), add eggs one at time, then add the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the liquid, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. The second problem is that the baking time as directed is far too long. Even at 25 minutes, I believe my layer cake was overbaked, which I'm sure contributed to the third problem, which is that the cake was not nearly as moist as it should have been. The flavor was great, and I did add 1 tsp. of double-strength vanilla. Now the frosting is perfect - silky, fluffy, light and smooth, with just the right amount of maple flavor. But even here there was a problem. Other reviewers have commented they had too much frosting for their 9x13" cake. I, on the other hand, made a layer cake and did not have enough frosting to frost the sides. Unfortunately, given the issues with the mixing and baking instructions and the fact that this was on the drier side, I can only call this an average cake, even though the frosting was simply perfect and beautiful.
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I struggled with how many stars to rate this cake. I was not impressed with the cake itself or...