Maple Belgian Waffle Cake

My husband calls me 'Breakfast Princess' and although that sounds like a cute pet name, he's really referring to the fact that I make breakfast for dinner about 3 times a week. Sometimes I make a quick healthy version of breakfast and other times I go all out. Many nights we have puffy Belgian waffles, and that's what inspired this cake!

The idea came to me after I'd made a batch of Cabin Waffles, and my 8-inch cake pans were sitting on the counter right beside them. I noticed the pans were just a little larger than the waffles, and so the Belgian Waffle Cake experiment began. I whipped up some maple syrup cake batter and baked the waffles in three cake layers. I was surprised at how evenly the cakes baked. The waffles placed in the centers of the pans discourage crowning, so no leveling is required!

You can find ready-made Belgian waffles in the freezer section at the grocery store, but I highly suggest making a batch of my Cabin Waffles (with buttermilk!). They are perfect in this cake. The tops of the waffles become crisp as the cake bakes. If your oven has a tendency to over-brown, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the cake pan before baking.

I suggest using grade B maple syrup in this recipe. Grade B has bold maple flavor that holds up well through baking. You could use more maple syrup to cover the cakes, but I prefer to use the brand of pancake syrup I grew up eating. I am nothing if not sentimental.

I'd whipped up a batch of maple frosting for covering the cake, but it absolutely did not need any additional sweetness. Each cake is covered with pancake syrup before stacking, so the layers hold together well when sliced.

This cake is a true marriage of breakfast and dessert, and brings a whole new meaning to 'Eat Cake for Breakfast'. The maple cake is tender and the waffle center is slightly chewy, but soft enough to cut with a fork edge. It's lovely on its own but even more delicious with a cup of strong coffee, if you ask me.

Maple Belgian Waffle Cake
Yields one triple 8-inch layer cake

Make the cake layers a day ahead of time (if time allows) and wrap well in plastic wrap. This will improve the texture of the cake and the waffles will become soft. If your oven has a tendency to over-brown, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the cake pans to protect the waffles.

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (110g) light brown sugar, packed
2 3/4 cups (345 g) all-purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) pure maple syrup, preferably grade B
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups (310 ml) buttermilk (or 1 cup whole milk)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 prepared Belgian waffles (store-bought or see this recipe I use)
1 cup (250 ml) Pancake syrup or more or less to taste
1 pat of salted butter (about 1/2 tablespoon)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans, or spray them with flour-based baking spray.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar together until well combined. Beat in the maple syrup. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and beat to combine. Add the buttermilk and vanilla extract and mix until combined.

Divide batter between the three prepared pans. Center a Belgian waffle in the batter in each pan; press it down into the batter slightly. Bake until golden and a cake tester inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cover the cake pans with aluminum foil halfway through baking if the waffles begin to over-brown. When done, transfer pans to a wire rack to cool.

Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Cover the cake with 1/4 cup pancake syrup. Add a second layer and repeat; top with the final layer and pour the remaining syrup on top. Place pat of butter in the center of the top layer.

Store covered in plastic wrap.
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  1. magnificent! you are my cake queen.

  2. I can’t even imagine what this must taste like!

  3. Okay, this is absolutely STUNNING and looks SO delicious! I love breakfast for dinner, too, and waffles happen to be one of my faves!

  4. You totally amaze me with your creativity, Heather!

  5. I want to try this recipe but I don;t really care for maple. Is there another type of syrup you would recommend for this?

  6. Being a breakfast princess myself I can't wait to try this! I have all of the ingredients so I may make it tomorrow! I can't wait! Thanks for your brilliance of combining breakfast and cake!!!!!

  7. Genius! My #1 craving during pregnancy is waffles and cake. I bow down to you! Nom nom, making this TOMORROW :)

  8. This is gorgeous! SO creative. It sounds absolutely heavenly. :-D

  9. This is perfect!! I'm in the process of planning my boyfriend's annual breakfast birthday party (he's a breakfast lover too) - every year we have a breakfast themed cake, and in previous years we've had a cinnamon roll cake and mini-donut cake - this year it might have to be a belgian waffle cake!!

  10. I can’t wait to try this! Looks so good :)

  11. awesome I'm always on the lookout for something amazing like this breakfast cake, on my way to make it. ..

  12. Question did you fully bake the waffle or leave it a little under?

    1. Hi Valerie, I cooked them until lightly golden. They were done through their centers.

  13. This literally looks like a dream come true. :D

  14. OMG! This is so amazing! Love this!

  15. May I ask what brand of maple syrup that is? My husband had a can of it once and i used it one morning not knowing how special it was. I would love to be able to surprise him and replace it. Thanks!!

  16. This recipe is for a 3-tier cake. Does anyone know how to modify This for a 2-Tier cake? I'd love to make it but I only have two cake pans

  17. Has anyone made this cake? How did it go?

  18. thank you for sharing this. i am so excited to make this for my family when we go to cabin next weekend.

  19. This looks amazing and I'd love to make it for a friend's birthday! Does it store ok or do you need to eat it immediately?

  20. really want to make this cake. would this recipe work using 9 inch cake pans?

  21. I think I'll start experimenting with this and if all goes well put it on my Christmas morning breakfast list! Thanks in advance.


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