Like Taffy…

No, this cake has nothing to do with Taffy. But taffy is what I feel like. I feel like I am being pulled in 20 different directions lately. And what does that leave me, besides being tired? It leaves me doing a whole lot of stuff mediocre and all round half ass. And oh how I hate that.

I focus on one thing, all the others go on the back burner. So then I start to concentrate on something else, but then the first thing I was focusing on is now going to crap. And it seems to be a never ending cycle as of late. I’ve got cookbooks to review, magazine pictures to shoot, products to feature, a insanely dirty house to clean, a large pile of laundry that mocks me daily, baking for my blog, baking for my side project. And well, none of it is being done.

So with my life in perpetual mediocrity I decided to stick with something simple. Yes, I know, another loaf cake. What can I say, they are easy, and you don’t have to frost them. One thing people always bug me about is why don’t I make a full size loaf ( I usually use 6 x 3.2 x 3.4 inch loaf pans). Perhaps we can clear this up once and for all.

Peabody’s Reasons for Baking In Smaller Loaf Pans

1. When you make mini loaves, you can share the love. More loaves, means more people can get them. Not just you. Stop being greedy. :P

2. You hardly ever get the problem of a gooey middle when you bake in mini loaf pans. I like people to actually be successful when they bake my stuff, so go mini, you have better odds of it working out. Which means less emails/hate mail to me telling me something didn’t work out.

3. Portion control. Eating a whole mini loaf is way better than eating a whole regular size loaf. Therefore I don’t have to buy bigger jeans. So really, it’s helping my budget. ;)

4. They fit in my freezer so much easier.

5. Mini food is cute.

6. Makes your hands feel huge when looking down and holding a whole loaf of bread in your hands. Which in turn makes you feel powerful. Well, okay, maybe not powerful.

7. I’m holding out one day that they fine people of Chicago Metallic (along with the Jif people) will give me kick backs for always using their mini pans.

8. They photograph way better than a full size loaf.

So there you have it. My reasons for using mini loaf pans. And with that I will giveaway a set of 4, Chicago Metallic Professional Mini Loaf Pans, in hope of shutting up one person about my use of mini loaf pans. ;)

Sorry to say that this contest is for US residence only. I know, I suck. Simply leave a comment and the winner will be chosen at random. You have until Friday October 23rd, 12:00pm (PST) to enter. Good luck.

As for this cake, it is a simple yogurt cake (I used Greek) with both vanilla beans and vanilla extract and coated in orange glaze. This has both oil and yogurt so it is super moist. Simple. Moist. Good.

Vanilla Yogurt Cake with Orange Glaze

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, seed scraped out, pod discarded
1 ½ TBSP vanilla extract
7 oz Greek Yogurt
½ cup vegetable oil
4 TBSP orange juice, divided

Spray two 6 x 3.2 x 3.4 inch loaf pans with baking spray. Or coat with butter and flour.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using a stand mixer (or a large bowl and and electric hand mixer), beat together the egg, egg yolk, and sugar on medium-high speed, until it turns pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla beans, vanilla extract, and oil, beat another minute, until fully incorporated.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

With the mixer on low speed, add half the amount of dry ingredients. Then add half the amount of Greek yogurt, and 2 TBSP of the orange juice. Add remaining dry ingredients and followed by the remaining yogurt. Remove from mixer and finish mixing by hand using a spatula until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Pour into prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Remove from oven. Using a toothpick or large wooden skewer poke holes into the cake. Using a pastry brush, brush orange juice over hot loaves.

Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan. Place on wire rack to finish cooling. When cool, glaze cakes.

Orange Glaze

2 cups sifted powdered sugar
6 TBSP orange juice

Combine the two ingredients together with a whisk. Pour over cakes.

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  1. All great reasons to make mini loaves, and this recipe looks delicious!

  2. The cake looks so tasty and moist. I love anything mini, especially baked goods.

  3. Ahh, hang in there with the busyness!! Be sure to focus on one thing at a time and not overdo it. Hugs!!

    And yes, mini food is very cute and fun to bake :-D

  4. mary mcmahon says:

    Mini-pans? Do I get to eat the WHOLE cake?

  5. I enjoy reading every one of your posts. You are so much fun. I think the cake looks delish and I love anything vanilla & orange.

    How’s the football pool going?

  6. you had me at mini, but then vanilla and moist and glaze were added into the fray. This looks like a winner!

  7. Oh great gods of food blogdom, PICK ME!! Love your site and recipes. And I agree with your mini philosophy. The last thing my hips need is an entire loaf of cake.

  8. I love baking mini-sized things. They are a lot cuter and I feel less guilty after I eat a mini dessert (even if I eat 2). This cake looks delicious and fits the bill for the type of sweets I have been craving lately.

  9. I always bake in mini-loaf pans, too. It’s definitely a portion control issue for me — if the cake is good, I’ll want to eat it all, so why not start with a smaller portion? And I like to freeze most of what I bake, so I’ll have things on hand when people drop by for afternoon tea (which they do, out here in the wilds of Rhode Island).

  10. I have a pan that makes odd, half-mini loaves…bigger than a cupcake, smaller than a mini loaf. All of which means that my daughter throws a mean tea party!

  11. i *heart* mini loaf pans!

    i *heart* chicago metallic!

    i *heart* culinary concoctions by peabody!

    thanks for including me in this giveaway!

  12. This looks delicious. I love things baked in mini pans but have not acquired any for myself yet – christmas is coming though!

  13. I love the idea that it is much better to eat a whole mini loaf as opposed to a whole regular loaf.

    I need to try that.

  14. I like making smaller loaves and sharing them. Makes sense in a one-person household.

  15. Wow. I am always so floored by your elaborate looking stuff, but something about the simplicity of this loaf is just sublime. I also love mini loaves and love that I can tell people that I ate an entire loaf (among other things) for lunch. The best part about minis is that you can make different glazes and adornments for each!

  16. I always want to use smaller loaf pans but I am never quite sure how to adjust the recipe for quantity and cooking time.

  17. whoa. whether i win or not, i’m making this cake next weekend. if i can last that long. yogurt, orange, vanilla, YUM.

  18. I saw your post in Reader and said ohhhhhh when I saw your tasty little mini loaf and immediately stopped in to read your post! It looks fabulous! I’m a fan of the mini too. But really shouldn’t the recipe have made four mini’s! ;-)

  19. I love using mini loaf pans for all of my quickbreads and cakes like this. Sharing the love (and keeping portion sizes in check) is ideal… and of course, they always turn out perfect!

  20. I love mini loaf pans, like everyone says you can share the love, and the elves that continue to eat my snacks when I am at work apparently enjoy mini loaves as well…come to think of it they enjoy full size loaves, full size cakes, pies, cookies….etc…..

  21. Ha…I feel like taffy except I’m only being pulled in about two directions, but VERY forcefully! Mini pans…I would LOVE to have some. That would be awesome. The cake looks wonderful, glaze makes it even better.

  22. This is a great idea… we always get through about half a loaf of bread/pound cake before I’m ready to try something new. Mini loaves would completely solve this problem so I could freeze or give away half.

  23. The last image makes me giggle :D The cake is so pretty!

  24. 9. Mini loaf pans are easy to store in a tiny apartment kitchen like mine.

    Thanks for another fabulous recipe!

  25. This looks so amazingly good! I am finding that yogurt does so much good for baked goods! Your bread looks dense and moist and fabulous!!!!

  26. I totally understand your love of mini things… they’re just that much more interesting. Not to mention more satisfying to eat (you can gobble one entire cake down no prob) :)

  27. YUM! I want some.

  28. I love all things mini too! It makes me happy to see that I’m not the only one. :)

  29. That cake looks great! I love mini desserts and the pans they are made in. I’m tired of saying I’m tired.

  30. I think this cake looks and sounds delicious. I am with you on baking things mini.

  31. You are more than welcome to continue posting loaf recipes…they are perfect additions to my afternoon teas. :-)

  32. These look great! This cake is now at the top of my “to bake” list. I have been buying paper mini loaf pans to give cakes away in, but it is probably time to buckle down and get some real ones.

  33. Ooh, a recipe I can use the vanilla beans my sister gave me! Now I have to wait and see if I win the adorable pans first, though… :-) Hope the laundry and other yucky stuff magically disappears so you can keep on baking!

  34. I love mini loaves too! It is always tempting to eat the whole thing!

  35. These mini loaves look amazing!!

  36. Looks yummy… I never realized using a mini pan would make it so the middle isn’t goey. Off I go to try this one out! thanks!

  37. Spitzmaus says:

    Another mini-loaf gal here, and from waaaaaaaaay back (trust me, you don’t wanna *know* how far back!). I’ve always used disposable pans, but Chicago Metallic might cause me to rethink the issue!!

    Great photo, great blog.

  38. stephanie says:

    i love mini loaves!

  39. I like mini baking pans because I can bake in smaller quantities just for my husband and myself. This looks like a great cake- sometimes simple and delicious is just right!

  40. I’m right there with you on your reasons for using mini loaves, especially with regards to portion control – as I am more than capable of eating a regular sized-loaf all by myself.

  41. Don’t forget that they’re easier to wrap up if you’re giving them away.

  42. I will admit that I was a little bit disappointed when I read at the end of the post that this was a vanilla yogurt cake because I was hoping it was lemon. I love lemon cake. Then I saw it had an orange glaze and felt better.

    PS. Love the last photo.

  43. Simple can be good as seen in this recipe. Another wonderful recipe from Peabody and I just picked up some vanilla beans last weekend. I love the idea of mini loaves for all of the reasons you mentioned.
    Life can get chaotic at times and I guess you just have to prioritize, and you know where dirty laundry goes on that list :). Remember don’t sweat the petty stuff and don’t pet the sweaty stuff.

  44. Ooo! I love mini-loaves! I’ve been experimenting with a variety of mini meatloaves lately. They are great for portioning!

    And the cake looks absolutely delicious!

  45. Peabody….US residents only?!? Seriously, I’m hurt! But on a happier note, I’ve been thinking constantly about the neapolitan pound cake since I saw it. I’m really wishing I had some strawberry jam! :)

  46. wow, that looks wonderful!

  47. I love mini loaf pans! I used to bake with them all the time, but alas, I only have a large one now.

    Your bread looks fantastic ;-)

  48. I LOVE mini! Pick me! AND, if I win, I will send 2 of the pans to Katie (if you’ll get her address for me…)


  49. Caralynne says:

    I’m still trying to get around to making your mini pumpkin spice maple cheesecake loaves…now how am I to choose which to make first? Looks delicious!

  50. I love your list of reasons why it’s good to bake in mini pans. I don’t own any so this is a great giveaway! This recipe looks absolutely drool-worthy! Yum!


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