Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Donna's Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes

First I just want to say, "Mum! You will LOVE these!!!"

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Second, Donna... these totally ROCK!!!!!

When I saw this recipe over at My Tasty Treasures I knew I HAD to make them!!!

I'm so glad I did!! They are so good!! Not too sweet, pecany, light, fluffy, super yummy!!

I would make everyone go to My Tasty Treasures to read Donna's recipe first hand over there, but I know my mom can't read Blogger at work and I know she'll love these. (Mum subscribes to my blog via email... you can too! Sign up on the left!) But if you are able, go to My Tasty Treasures and check out this recipe and everything else she has over there. You will be glad you did!!

I would happily eat at Donna's house every single day!!

Donna's Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes
1 C butter, softened
1 1/2 C granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
2 1/4 C flour
1/2 C pecans, toasted & ground
1 1/4 C milk
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 24 - 2.5in muffin cups.

In a large bowl beat butter for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, beating until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
Beat in baking powder, vanilla and salt.
Add eggs one at a time, beating on low after each addition, just until combined.

In a medium bowl combine flour and ground pecans. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until well combined. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake for 15 - 18 minutes or until pick stuck into center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

Note: To make ahead, prepare Pecan Baby Cakes and cool completely. Place in airtight container. Seal & label. Freeze for up to one month. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour up to 24 hours before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!!

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I wanted to make these heart shaped for Valentine's Day and my muffin cups were slightly on the small side. I should have just filled them a little less and make more cakes... but I didn't!
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Since I filled them too full... they came out a little pregnant looking.

They were so puffy on top that they were no longer really heart shaped. So I decided to sugar the bottoms and let them lean up on their puffy toasted pecan bellies.
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This is definitely going to be a 'go to' dessert recipe for me.

These are wicked quick and easy and seriously delicious!!!

Donna this is for you!!!
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15 comments:

Joelen said...

Those pans are adorable as is the cakes you made using them!

Spryte said...

Aren't the pans cool? I have sooo many different kinds of heart pans, but those looked perfect so this, so I bought them!

thumbbook said...

I should get one of those! Sarap naman! Hope you could join us over at Foodista.com and share this recipe with us!

Bob said...

Mmmmm, pecan cake. Looks good!

Donna-FFW said...

SPRYTE! You made my day! Thank you. How very nice of you. I am so glad you liked these. Yours look so much prettier than mine!! And thank you for the badge. Am I allowed to pass it on? You know what is funny? I just posted today with a link to your blog in it .. about your chocolate frosting. Check it out. Thank you again! I am honored:)

Spryte said...

thumbbook...I'll check out foodista!

Bob... mmmm is right! They're so good!

Donna... you can totally pass along the badge... I saw one once and couldn't find it again, so I asked Jon to make me one. =)

I really really love these!! I'll go look at your new post!

Maria said...

I love the hearts!! Super cute!

Natashya said...

I love your little hearts! So cute!

Culinary Alchemist said...

Those look REALLY yummy! I am gonna have to try these out.

Tangled Noodle said...

These are adorable and so munchable! I'll take a half-dozen, please!!

Spryte said...

Maria & Natashya - they were perfect for Valentine's Day.

Shane... they totally rock... your office mates will thank you!!

Tangled... I wish I had half a dozen left... I almost made more last night!! And I'm not ruling out making some tonight!

ChefBliss.com said...

These look scrumptious!!! And check out recipe-bliss.blogspot.com (the recipebliss.com link is under construction! LOL!!) --- is that the award you saw once? It's there to share but also to build a fun database to help give everyone more exposure!! Great post!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

Did you make the little green "badge" that says "I tried your recipe"? It's so cute. I'd love to create such a thank you graphic.

jwright said...

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comfycook said...

I love shaped pans. They make cakes look even better and this one sounds like a real seller.