Cooking at the cottage - maple syrup pouding chômeur

It’s spring and it’s sugaring off season or cabane à sucre as we like to call it! For me that means maple syrup! Here is a traditional Quebecois cake that I’ve enjoyed all of my life but have never attempted to make until now. Good God it’s divine and decadent! Pouding chômeur translates to poor man’s cake; there is nothing poor about this cake. I sifted through several recipes online and pieced together the following recipe. It took less than an hour to make and the house smells simply divine. Give it a try!


  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1.5 tsp of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 egg


  • 1 cup of maple syrup
  • ½ cup of cooking cream (35%)
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps of butter

Mix the cake ingredients with a fork and pour into an 8in x 8in pan.

In a pot, stir sauce ingredients over medium-high heat until it comes to a rolling boil.

Carefully pour the sauce over the cake mix and into the oven it goes for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and prepare for pure bliss.

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