A good and descriptive storytelling could really captivate an audience attention and inspire her to try something new. My friend Leena and I would engage in a food talk once in a while. We’d discuss…well…good food, restaurants and their cuisines, and recipes. Recently, she talked about her favorite cupcakes in such great details that images of cupcakes started to float around in my mind. For days! And I wasn’t even a cupcake person. She’s really good, that Leena :). It was a sign for me to bake again.
So I studied a few recipes and combined the two that I liked the most. I wanted something that had a great combination and wasn’t too sweet. Inspired by Giada De Laurentiis’ Spiced Apple Walnut Cake (that she turned into a cupcake recipe in her Weeknights with Giada book) and Mascaporne Mini Cupcakes, I present my latest baked goods: Mini Mascaporne, Hazelnut, and Honey Cup Loaf Cake sans frosting.
Jeff and I simply love the firm and nutty texture of the cake. The aroma and taste of honey and hazelnut are just delightful. These little cakes make a perfect pair with morning coffee. Watch them disappear quickly from the tray 🙂
Here’s the ingredients list:
- 8 ounces of Mascaporne cheese (1 cup)
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup of vegetable oil
- ¾ cup of light brown sugar
- ½ cup of honey
- 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt
- 1 cup of chopped hazelnut (or Filbert)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line two 24-mini muffin tray with paper baking cups.
- In a large bowl and using a hand mixer, mix Mascaporne, eggs, and vegetable oil until they become one creamy mixture. Add brown sugar, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix all wet ingredients well.
- In another large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
- Mix the combined dry ingredients with the wet mixture. Fold the chopped hazelnut.
- Using a spoon, scoop the batter to fill the mini cups well below the rim
- Bake for 15 minutes. The cakes will have this beautiful light golden shade. (To make sure the cakes are done, I insert a skewer into the cake. When it comes out clean, I know the cakes are ready to cool down.)
- Let the cupcakes cool down for 20 minutes before serving.
Make 48 mini cup loaf cakes