happy sunday & happy father's day! my family has developed a father's day tradition over the years. ribfest in niagara falls takes place on father's day weekend every single year, as does the U.S open (golf, blah). since all my dad ever wants to do is play golf or watch golf, we celebrate fathers day by letting him have dibs on the TV all weekend long so he can watch the entire U.S open. then we go out to ribfest and bring him back all the smoked & bbq goodness available: ribs, pulled pork, bbq chicken, and the ever so greasy blooming onion. however, things changed this year. not only did ribfest NOT fall on father's day weekend, (seriously though niagara, who is responsible for this? show yourself!) but my dad decided to ditch the TV, head to the west coast with my mom and attend the actual U.S open! now i am stuck in toronto, with no father to celebrate with, no ribfest to scarf down and with a maple snack cake. so i guess i will have to eat the entire cake to myself to make up for all of this!


  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk
  • 1 1/2 cups al purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
  • maple butter, for drizzle


  • preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • in a mixing bowl add raw sugar, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, egg and milk. stir until well combine.
  • sift in flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. stir until flour is evenly mixed in, but do not over mix.
  • pour into a greased 9 inch cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • once cake has cooled dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with maple butter.
  • have some espresso & snack away!