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Acorns are an icon of Fall and these maple spiced acorn cakes with maple glaze and colorful sprinkles are the perfect treat to celebrate its arrival. Make a double batch of the acorn cakes so that you have some to share with family and friends.
Good morning friends, Fall has finally arrived. A couple of weeks ago we had a glimpse of it but Summer wouldn’t relinquish it’s hold and the heat and humidity persisted. The last two days though have proven that summer has moved on and it is time for cashmere sweaters, warm flannel pj’s, and a pair of slippers waiting my the bed. My pups are already running from rug to rug in the morning and refusing to walk on the hardwood or tile because their feet/paws are cold.
This weekend I made the most scrumptious treats, acorn cake or cakelets using my Williams Sonoma cakelet pan. I have had this pan for years, I purchased it at Williams Sonoma, and every years I take it out and make a few versions of the I was unpacking a few boxes this weekend and there it was, serendipity I guess.
How to Maple Spice Acorn Cakes or Cakelets
Cakelets are basically little cakes, I made them using this special baking pan, but if you do not have one you can use a mini-muffin tin. Nordic Ware makes a variety of seasonal shapes, like apples, sunflowers, acorns, pinecones and more. You can find cakelet pans at Williams Sonoma, Amazon and several other stores. Again, If you do not want to buy a special pan you can also make these little cakes in mini-muffin pans.
What You Need to Make Maple Spice Acorn Cakes
One of the great things about this recipe is that not only is it easy but it has so many of the quintessential flavors of fall, including spices and maple syrup.
- maple syrup
Maple Spice Acorns Cakes with Maple Glaze
11/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
8 Tbs. unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
Have all of your ingredients at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease the acorn pan or other cakelet pan very well.
In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, salt, and cloves. Set aside.
In another small bowl or cup whisk together the milk and vanilla, set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium until creamy and smooth, about 30 seconds. Stir to be sure that you have the butter off the bottom of the bowl. Add the maple syrup and both sugars, continue beating until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Stop the mixer occasionally and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs a little at a time and beat well after each addition.
Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions alternating with the milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition until just incorporated.
Spoon 1 Tbs. batter into each well of the prepared pan, spread the batter into all areas of the pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 10 minutes.
Let the pan cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Then tap the pan gently on a hard surface to looses the cakes. Place another wire rack on top of the pan and invert, lift off the pan. Wash and dry the pan well, then prepare it again and use the rest oof the batter.
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp. water
1 Tbs. bourbon(optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
Set the rack with the cakes over a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper then use a pastry brush to brush the warm cakes with the glaze. Then dip into coarse raw sugar or sprinkles
To ensure the cakelets come out of the pan in one piece liberally spray or grease the pan.
You can skip the glaze and make your own or you can make frosting and sandwich two cakes together.
Do you have a cakelet pan? Have you made any of these little cakes? Do you have a favorite recipe to make them?
I hope that you have a wonderful day!
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