I whipped this new cake mini recipe up the way I usually come up with most of my cake mini recipes. I wanted dessert, and I wanted it fast. Aaand I want to try a new flavor. The Chocolate “Depression” Cake Minis are often my quick-fix dessert of choice, but sometimes you just want to try something new. For whatever reason, fall has me thinking about using spices and nuts, so I threw them into a basic cake batter to see how it would turn out. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d share this recipe because it seemed so simple, but hubby and I really enjoyed them. I thought maybe some of you guys would, too.
- 3 teaspoons water
- 1 teaspoons flaxseed meal / ground flaxseeds
- 6 tablespoons flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- pinch salt
- small handful pecans, chopped (about 2-3 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil (or sub a similar oil), plus more to prep baking dishes
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk (or vegan milk substitute)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- powdered sugar, optional
- non-stick spray
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush two ramekins (3 inch diameter) with oil. Note: I pour a bit (maybe ½ teaspoon) into the bottom of each dish and brush around, adding more if needed.
- Mix flaxseed meal and water together and set aside to bind while you continue with the rest of the recipe.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until ingredients are well-combined. Stir in pecans.
- In a medium bowl, mix oil and sugar. Stir in flaxseed/water mixture, then milk and vanilla until well-combined.
- Stir wet mixture into dry mixture until just combined (careful that no flour bits remain, but that you also do not over-mix).
- Evenly distribute batter into the two ramekins. Bake until top is golden brown and cake is cooked through (or a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean), about 16-20 minutes.
- Cool cakes to room temperature. Run a knife around the edge of the cake in the ramekin to loosen the cake (circling a couple times until you see the cake loosening from the bottom). Place the cake minis on serving plate.
- If using, dust the tops of the cakes with powdered sugar and serve. Enjoy!
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the dip in the middle, I thought it would look cool if there was a whole pecan sitting the top of the cake. Unfortunately, the cake batter swallowed it. So, it looks a little weird, but it still tastes good.
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