Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Maple Cream Cheese Cakelets ~ Giving Thanks

Aren't these little acorn cakes sweet? Many of you know how much I love acorns, so when I saw this Williams Sonoma pan, I couldn't resist it.

It was ridiculously expensive, especially for someone who is used to finding muffin tins at the thrift store, but we've been using it often and have each cakelet down to 20 cents
each. ;0)


Last week I made some buttery brown sugar cakelets filled with maple cream cheese and topped with crunchy turbinado sugar.

The good news is, they can be made with mini muffin pans and are just as yummy!


~Maple Cream Cheese Cakelets~
Makes 24 mini muffins

For the cakelets:

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup milk

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

8 tbs. (1 stick) butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

For the glaze:

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tbs. water

For the frosting:

2 tbs. butter, softened
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 tbs. maple syrup

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Raw (turbinado) sugar for decorating

1. Preheat oven to 350F. To make the cakelets, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 30 seconds.

3. Add the brown sugar and white sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

4. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

5. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk mixture and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition just until incorporated, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

6. Spoon batter into 24 greased mini muffin pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakelets comes out clean, about 10 minutes.

7. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then removed to wire rack.

8. Meanwhile make the glaze: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, maple syrup and water. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

9. Set the rack with the cakelets over a sheet of waxed paper. Using a pastry brush, brush the warm cakelets with the glaze. Let cool completely.

10. To make the frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk, beat the butter and cream cheese on high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, add the maple syrup and confectioners' sugar and beat until combined, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping the beater occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

11. Frost cakelets and sprinkle with tubinado sugar.

Let me know if you try them!

More Thanksgiving Recipes:
Pumpkin Roll
Refrigerator Dinner Rolls


GlorV1 said...

Ah, the first again. Wow those pans are great. I love Williams Sonoma. For awhile I had them on my favorites. Those cakelets are delicious looking. Mmmm. Take care.

threesidesofcrazy said...

These look so scrumptious!!

Brenda said...

That recipe is being put in my favorites as I speak ur...write. The little acorn tin is really neat, perfect bite-size cakes.
Thanks and I can't wait to try them.
God bless,
Oh, and thanks so much for hosting this, Kelli. It has been so much fun to connect with new people and get wonderful ideas and such.
God bless you and your family!
Brenda :)

Kathy said...

I'm in love with your acorn pan, Kelli - I may have to make a trip to William Sonoma! Your little cakelets are darling and look yummy too. Thank you sharing your recipe.
Happy Thanksgiving!

marie said...

My goodness ~ I think I gained some weight just looking at those pictures! I will definitely be giving this recipe a try!

I'm giving thanks for many things ~ including this lovely place to visit!

Happy Thanksgiving Kelli!

Susie Homemaker said...

I bet these are delicious..I am going to try them...I love maple!

Warm wishes,

Grammy said...

I love the pan. What fun they look like. I have mini bunts and others. I had a corn and it was cast iron and I could never get it to work right.

P. said...

Wow! Lovely and yammy!


Jodi said...

The acorns are darling and the recipe looks scrumptious!

Juanita said...

Love your acorns! And OHHHHH I am going to have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing! have a blessed day!

Terri said...

I love William Sonoma but boy, oh boy, are the prices hefty. Those cakelets are so cute!

Jenn said...

WOW-WEE those look wayyyyy to good!

I'm using their brine and brining bags for our turkey this year ;-)

Judy said...

What a cute pan. I wouldn't have been able to resist getting that either. The recipe looks wonderful and just in time for a Christmas Tea Party I'm going to.

Kim @ Home Is Where The Heart Is said...

My mouth is yummy!

Becky said...

I want to reach through the screen and grab a bite. LOL!!! Look delish!!!

Heather said...

you are so creative! they look delicious!

Linda C said...

The little acorn cakeletts are adorable!
Linda C

Val R said...

I love the acorn pan and I have the same one! I agree...expensive...but I also love acorns and bought it as soon as I saw it at William Sonoma. I think it would be cute to make some cornbread acorns to garnish around the turkey on Thanksgiving. We always make a pan of southern cornbread dressing instead of actually stuffing the turkey so the little cornbread acorns would be so cute to garnish the turkey!

Anonymous said...

Oh I want that pan!! Thanks for the great recipes. I'm actually making a pumpkin roll for Thanksgiving, it's one of my favorites.

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Those acorn cakes are the cutest things ever!! That recipe sounds so yummy, too.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I'm going to try these soon.

My printer is in Christopher's room for awhile so I may have to write it out by hand but it looks worth it. :)

Lady Katherine said...

How delicious! Your acorn pan is so cute! I will have to try these, they look so wonderful! Never heard of the sugar.

Sherrie said...

Those look so good! I will be putting the recipe in my file of recipes to try. Hope you don't mind if I copy it. Take Care!!


Heather said...


I love that acorn pan!!! I will have to be on the lookout for that. I can't wait to try that recipe.

Have a blessed day!!!

Love, Heather

Needled Mom said...

They sound as good as they look. I love the acorn cake pan. How perfect is that for the job?

Jules said...

I am trying this one out for sure and certain! Looks GRRREAT!

Lady Farmer said...

OH! Bestill my heart! You know I love acorns ;~}, and now Maple Cream, too?!
I'm off to visit Williams Sonoma! (Then I will try your "cakelets"!)

Gen said...

everything looks so yummo. You've been nominated for a blog award:

Anonymous said...

Oh how adorable!! I love them! Thank you for posting the recipe too. I have so many recipes I want to try when I get my kitchen back!

love, Tina :)

Laurie said...

These look yummy. I love that acorn pan!

Cris said...

These are the cutest things! I love the pan!

Paula said...

What adorable little cakes! I think the acorn pan was definitely worth splurging for! :)

Brooke said...

This recipe looks delicious, and I'm so glad you shared it, because I need one more idea for a Thanksgiving dessert. I think I'm going to give these a try, although I think they are so much cuter in the acorn pan! :) Sometimes a splurge is so worth it!

Anonymous said...

They Look sooooooo delicious!
I'm sure to try out this recipe. I love your acorn muffinpan.


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Those little cakelets are just too cute! I'm glad you bought the pan. I always think of your when I see acorns!