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.

Comments

  1. Love mini loaves!

    Vanilla + orange = perfect recipe!

  2. I love to give away mini loaves as gifts!

  3. This looks so good, no big surprise, everything on your blog does! I am new to the whole “cooking” thing… actually I can’t cook! I can only bake (explains the waist line) and definitely need some tools to add to my arsenal

  4. Wow this looks amazing – yes please to the cake AND the mini pans :)

  5. This looks amazing. I’m adding it to my ever growing must-make list.

  6. I agree, miniature desserts are adorable! And I love loaf cakes.

  7. This mini loaf sounds great, and I have never baked using yogurt, but have always wanted to. I know I would love the flavors in this loaf too!

    When I moved in my apartment I had 4 mini loaf pans… I’m down to 1 somehow. Would love to win!

  8. My full size loaves never cook in the middle….I’m goin’ mini!

  9. I secretly love mini pans but can never justify having them in my cupboard. These are great!

  10. Minis are the best! I’ve been meaning to get a mini-cheesecake pan for awhile now and now I need to add mini loaf pans to the list :)

    Your cake looks so super moist and tasty – I love the orange glaze too!

  11. Ha I love that last picture–too funny! And I would also love the mini loaf pans :)

  12. You don’t suck Peabody, you rock! Don’t listen to people who say otherwise. Or else just do to them like you did to the loaf in that last picture.

    Just kidding. Really.

    It’s illegal to stab people for being stupid. I checked.

  13. I love cute, small treats!

  14. Ariana from Chicago says:

    My little man loves vanilla cake. Something fierce, I tell ya. I love that I have a great loaf cake recipe and do not have to bust out the layer cake pans. Thank u!

  15. I love yogurt cake! I also adore ‘mini food,’ so the diminutive cakes are just fine by me :-)

  16. Mini loaf pans are great! That cake looks heavenly!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  17. I LOVE mini loaves and think they are a great choice :)

  18. That looks yummy. I would make a huge loaf it though and eat it in a day.

  19. I love mini loaves for all the reasons you mentioned. But mostly, so I can share the love.

  20. I love how the icing looks on the cake. This looks great!

  21. Mini food is awesomer than big food! No idea why. :3 I would love mini loaf pans, they’ve been on my list of things to get for a while now! My loaf cakes always end up gooey in the middle. :/

  22. What if I don’t want to share? What if I want to eat it all by myself? Okay, so I’ll just have to have lots of mini-loaves….

  23. You may call it “just another loaf cake” but oh my goodness, I nearly took a bite out of my screen! I love it in all of its vanilla goodness!

  24. I also feel like taffy–I just never thought to describe it that way, but it’s so appropriate!!!

    I looooove mini things, including mini loaf pans. I’m a college student, so my kitchen supplies are quite limited; I would LOVE to win some loaf pans!
    Not to mention that, as you wrote, mini is better for sharing or at least for eating less in the event that I choose not to share. ;-)
    That cake looks great too!

    Thanks for holding this giveaway and for your great blog! Hope I win! :-)

  25. looks good, i’m going to try some right now!!
    thanks

  26. oh, how cute would miniloafs be for my daughter?

  27. Gasp! I have been coveting mini loaf pans for pretty much all the reasons you mentioned, plus I just love mini things and giant things in general. And also so I can make your neapolitan swirly cake :)

  28. Jacqueline says:

    Wow! Looks yummy, and you’re argument for mini-loaves is quite compelling. :)

  29. I love using mini loaf pans. It makes it easier for gift giving (I can give split a single cake recipe for 4 different recipients.)

  30. I need some mini loaf pans!

  31. You’re reason for baking in smaller loaf pans was so cute! I’ve been wanting to buy a big one to make 1 big bread, but I think I’ll take your advice instead and save the cash!

  32. This pound cake looking yogurt cake looks so good and moist. I wan tto be coated in that glaze too!

  33. How long do the loaves usually keep? More than likely they will not last the day, but, since they are so moist, do they spoil very quckly?

  34. =D yummy!
    i miss the days when my grandma made her sherry pound cake. ooh! idea, im going to try and get that recipe too!. <3

  35. I love your stories and recipes!! We just finished off a batch of cookie dough truffles and I think the hot chocolate cake might be next. It is finally cool enough in Florida to think about hot cocoa.

  36. I can’t enter because I live at an APO address in Italy but I just wanted to stop by and say these are super cute.

    Good luck to the participants!

  37. I totally agree with all your points re mini-food! I love my mini-madeleine pan because there are 24 instead of 12, which means that I get to make lots of cute little packages for my neighbors. And also, I never feel guilty eating 2 instead of 1! I’ve been holding out for mini loaf pans, but budget hasn’t allowed. Dreaming of mini pumpkin loaves and mini nutella swirl loaves.

  38. Not only are your recipes delicious, your photographs are amazing! I always marvel at the artistry of your photos … keep ‘em coming! You make me hungry!

  39. These are a “must-make”. Thanks for the chance to win the mini pans!

  40. I like mini!
    Wish I lived in USA. So sad. :<

  41. i couldn’t agree with you more about the mini loaf–it’s my go-to shape, mostly because it does indeed make me feel like a powerful giant when i tear into one. :)

  42. It looks delicious, I’ve been wanting to try baking a yogurt cake for some time but I’ve never gotten around to it. And those mini-loaves look adorable!

  43. I, too, am feeling stuck in the mediocrity swamp. Hang in there!

  44. I make lunches for my wife and 4 children (read Mr Mom). I have played with all kinds of tricks to send cake and always ended up with cupcakes. The mini-loaf pans would solve that crumbling problem without having to glaze an entire slice (top, sides and bottom). Reading other blogs your blog is constantly referred to which is why I can always trust your recipes. Thanks for taking the time to make me a better cook.

  45. You sold me with the bit about avoiding gooey middles! I remember a disastrously moist banana bread that refused to cook in the middle despite all my blandishments and threats. Eventually, tying in to your point #3, I ate the ENTIRE (delicious) 10×5 loaf in an effort to hide the evidence of such an ugly baking project. And then I couldn’t fit into my jeans. So… you’ve convinced me!

  46. debcurlydog says:

    I love mini loaf pans, great for gift giving at the holidays!

  47. you had me at not buying bigger jeans! fabulous looking loaf, and no leftovers for the already packed with baked goods and hardly any real food freezer! (stress baking has got to stop!)

  48. Hi Peabody! I’m sorry that people still fuss at you when they screw up a recipe! Sometimes people just suck!!

  49. I happen to love the mini loaves. They are so cute! Plus your mini loaves always look amazingly delicious and I probably couldn’t get away with not sharing them, so making a bunch of little loaves makes giving some to my friends that much easier. I’ve never heard of using Greek yogurt in baking, but that sounds like a neat idea!

  50. mini loaves are so cute! :) this looks lovely. i might make this today in my inferior regular loaf pan! ;)

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