Kat from Brooklyn, NY (2018 Week 10: Wisconsin Week)




Brooklyn, NY

Baking Challenge

Wisconsin Chiffon Cake

Give your dessert a clever name — and tell us about your recipe.

Wisconsin Maple Syrup Walnut Chiffon Cake – It's a classic chiffon cake using maple syrup and vanilla as the flavoring.

What was the biggest surprise during your baking journey? Did you use any unconventional approaches? What did you learn along the way? Tell us about it!

When I was making the glaze, I must've not been paying attention, but my glaze separated when I put it on the cake. It was an unfortunate surprise. I'm not exactly sure why, but it might have been because I added maple syrup and it didn't like mixing with the water and butter. I also couldn't find any maple flavoring, so I decreased the amount of water in the recipe and replaced it with maple syrup.

How did you add a Wisconsin twist to your flavors or decoration?

I used 100% Wisconsin Maple Syrup. Being out in NYC, I mainly see Vermont Maple Syrup on the grocery store shelves, but I love my maple syrup to come from Wisconsin. Our family friends own a sugarbush, and I've been enjoying their Weiss Woods Maple Syrup for years or at least since I gave up on the fake maple syrup of my childhood. About once or twice a year, I'll fly a quart back in my suitcase, so I never run out.

How did you do?

It’s not pretty, but it’s edible.