These tasty little maple-flavored cakes would make a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving or fall party. They can be made in a muffin tin, but a special pan from Nordic Ware creates cute 2-inch leaf, acorn, pumpkin and turkey shapes. We've tried a couple recipes in the pan and have yet to find one that really sets off the shapes. We think if you overbake the batter, it will show the shape better. But we'd rather have a tasty cake than a cute shape!
This is the recipe the company suggests for the pan. We preferred our own cinnamon swirl pound cake for flavor, but this recipe showed off the shapes a little better. It's tasty, too.
We tried using a thin icing and a light cinnamon sugar coating to boost flavor, but that obscured the cute shapes. We'll try more batters in it soon, and will update this post with additional results. Let us know if you have any suggestions!
Makes 14-15 cakelets or 12 small muffins (not mini).
If you want to eat them the same day: Brush with maple syrup while the cakes are still warm. This helps bring out the design and add a little moisture to the cakes.
If you are baking for a later date: Freeze the cakes un-glazed in a tightly sealed container for up to two weeks. Thaw overnight in the fridge and glaze with maple syrup when they're ready to serve.
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