Little Maple Cakes from ‘Little House On The Prairie’

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Oh, Laura Ingalls.  You were my first literary crush.  Scrappy and smart, you paved the way for so many other awesome ladies upon whom I would literally crush (Lizzy Bennet! Una from Ahab’s Wife! Kinsey Milhone!)

Of course, the difference here is that Laura Ingalls was a real, live girl (in Minnesota!) carving out a life for herself on the prairie.  Her books were the first chapter books  I ever read and even now, they’re my literary equivalent to comfort food.  Whenever I visit my parents and sleep in my childhood bedroom, I paw through my adolescent bookshelf and pull out those books to have a peak.

One of my favorite parts of the Little House books was all that food. Dripping maple syrup on the snow and eating it!  Home-churned butter!  Let’s have a try at some of Laura’s maple cakes, shall we?

“The cakes were too pretty to eat.  Mary and Laura just looked at them. But at last Laura turned hers over and she nibbled a tiny nibble from underneath, where it wouldn’t show.”
Looking for a recipe from Little House On The Prairie? Click through for an easy, delicious recipe for little maple cakes!
Looking for a recipe from Little House On The Prairie? Click through for an easy, delicious recipe for little maple cakes!

Little Maple Cakes from Little House On The Prairie


Dry ingredients
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Wet ingredients
1 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1/2 cup (real!) maple syrup
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. In one bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.  In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and give them a quick mix – just until they’re thoroughly blended.

3. Using cupcake tins, either grease them or line them with cupcake papers and fill.
4.  Bake for about 12 minutes or until the whole house starts to smell like heaven.

Maple frosting

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon room temperature butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup maple syrup


1. Blend sugar, butter, salt and vanilla

2. Add maple syrup and beat until it’s completely smooth

{recipe courtesy of My Little House Cookbook} These cupcakes are a bit muffin-y, so you could absolutely justify eating them for breakfast.  Just sayin.’

Did you read the Little House books when you were a kid?  Do you remember the first chapter book you read?

P.S. teacakes from To Kill A Mockingbird!



I felt the same way you did about Laura! I still read through the books and she is on my classroom shelves today! For some reason I always felt like her life tasted great! And the peppermints they bought at the store? You can bet your bottom dollar whenever I am at cracker barrel I imagine them to be the same treats!

Thank you for this entry it truly brought a smile to my face!


*wistful smile* Oh, how I LOVE the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and one of my favorite things about them was how vivid her descriptions of everyday life were, especially the FOOD. I too revisit these books often 🙂 Every Christmas Eve I pull my Little House on the Prarie books down off the shelf and read through the Christmas chapters in each book 🙂 These Maple cakes look delish and I can't wait to try them! Thanks Sarah!


Yes! Another series that I loved! I remember trying to make the syrup on snow candy, and found out that Log Cabin syrup didn't work… you needed the real stuff!

The Naked Redhead

I was always just the littlest bit mad at Pa for eating the candy when he was stuck in the snowbank. I mean, I GOT it, but the way LIW wrote about candy…well, it was a hard pill to swallow. 🙂


I read those books in the 4th grade in my English class. I loved them! I remember when she made molasses, we also made it as a project in class. I wonder what it would be like to read them now…

Liz @ Just About Home

Oh I love your literary nibbles series! Loved reading Little House on the Prairie (in MN!) as a kid, though I think my first chapter books were the Boxcar Children.
Also! I'm surprised that you mention Una from Ahab's Wife, because that book is so good, but I don't know too many people who have read it. I read that one as I spent time on Nantucket island, and I think it really adds something to read a novel in the land that it takes place.
Keep it coming, please!

Alli (One Pearl Button)

I always, always, always wanted to drip maple syrup on snow to make candy. Like so many other girls of my generation, I learned the hard way that it just doesn't work with Mrs. Butterworth. Sad face!

The Mighty RandR

Hooray for maple cakes! And those books…classics. I recently read Erica Bauermeister's 'The School of Essential Ingredients' and drooled the entire time b/c the recipes sounded divine. She's posted some of the dishes featured in the book on her website and I'm tempted to give them a try. But first I'll attempt the maple cakes. Thanks for the recipe!


These look good – maybe we'll try them for my daughter's Little House on the Prairie birthday party. I loved these books when I was a kid, and have really enjoyed reading them with my daughter. She loves them too!


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