This easy cake recipe by Cajun food authority Marcelle Bienvenu is studded with pecans and is typical of Cajun cooking--it's rustic, humble and made with ingredients that are always on hand. Serve this easy cake recipe for breakfast with cafe au lait or as a simple dessert accompanied by whipped cream or ice cream. Cane syrup comes from cane juice that has been cooked until it's golden and toasty-flavored. You can use molasses or honey in its place. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2012

Marcelle Bienvenu


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a 7-by-11-inch (or 9-inch round) metal baking pan in the oven to heat.

  • Beat egg in a large heatproof mixing bowl. Add syrup, white whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour and salt; mix well to blend. Stir in butter. Combine boiling water and baking soda in a bowl, then pour into the batter; stir just to combine. Carefully coat the preheated pan with cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan. Top with pecan halves.

  • Bake the cake until a knife inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached to it, 30 to 32 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Wrap cooled cake airtight and keep at room temperature for up to 2 days

Nutrition Facts

327 calories; 12.5 g total fat; 2.8 g saturated fat; 31 mg cholesterol; 162 mg sodium. 97 mg potassium; 50.7 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g fiber; 27 g sugar; 5.6 g protein; 130 IU vitamin a iu; 51 mcg folate; 16 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 20 mg magnesium; 26 g added sugar;