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. This looks delicious. And I have no mini loaf pans at all, so if I don’t win I’m going to have to go buy some.

  2. This sounds delicious, and awesome, and I love all your reasons and… I WANT TO BE THE WINNER! I love minis too! I have a Pink Grapefruit cake in my blog I made in mini bundt form. Fun and cute!

  3. This cake looks delicious! I would love to make in mini pans!

  4. I love minis! And you’re right, little food is cute! ;)

  5. It looks delicious. I love mini-loaf pans.

  6. OMG so like why has it taken me forever to come back to your site. Silly I know. THis looks so amazing!

  7. I love anything mini too!…especially mini cupcakes with the mini cupcake papers!

  8. Pepi Coleman says:

    I love anything mini! This looks so good. Thanks for the great recipe’s!

  9. Amanda C. says:

    I would love to have some mini loaf pans, but I am just too cheap to buy them!

  10. love this idea! i agree with you on the mini loaves, so cute and easier to share!

  11. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it.
    Mini-loaves make great gifts too, and other women don’t make you feel bad about giving them a gift with a zillion calories, like they do with a whole loaf ;)

  12. What a simple and lovely MINI cake! Can’t wait to try it. (p.s. I made the pumpkin whoopie pies the other day and they were miraculous.)

  13. yum i love mini baked goods pick me

  14. Mini is adorable. And wonderful. Just like foods on sticks. Can’t go wrong.

  15. I share your love for mini-loaf pans. Please send me one!

  16. Wow, those cakes look yummy! I love the idea of mini- fun to eat and beautiful to serve!

  17. your baking is always so unique and your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! thanks for posting; i love your blog.

  18. ha, you’re a riot. I want me some mini loafs so I too can feel powerful.

  19. Love cake and I’m sure the mini aspect would be great for me!

  20. I love all the mini loaves you do! I’ve contemplated making some many times but don’t have the loaf pans. Maybe I’ll get some now :) If not, I’ll keep watching yours pop up and get around to getting my own one of these days.

  21. I haven’t commented in awhile, even though I read every post, so what better time to get back on the bandwagon than when there is free stuff! You’re hilarious. But also that knife picture is a bit creepy. Sorry. (c:

  22. I agree with you on the minis…they are just better in every possible way!

  23. sounds fantastic!! I know what it’s like to feel like taffy!! I also love the mini loaves!

  24. I was just thinking that I need to invest in some mini-loaf pans because I always seem to let the last 1/3 of a normal loaf go to waste.

  25. pam noonan says:

    As a kid I ate brussel sprouts only because they were cute and little and I didnt want to hurt their feelings. Yup I was a weird kid!

  26. Mini is always better! Great giveaway :)

  27. Debbie Lee says:

    I’m new to your blog and everything looks absolutely delicious, esp that loaf cake. They are definitely one of my favorite things to make… but I don’t have any basic mini loaf pans, so I’d sure love to win yours. :) Thank you! I can’t wait to see more of your yummy creations. :)

  28. I want to win.

    and the knife picture cracked me up. maybe Im evil?

  29. I was just planning on buying some mini loaf pans just for your recipes! I ended up making the pumpkin cheesecake bread in one regular loaf and two ramikin (which turned out quite well!) Pick me, pick me!

  30. Love the cake and love your reasons for the mini loaf pans. :)

  31. Yogurt cake, huh? Sounds interesting–I’ll have to try it sometime :3

  32. I have never used mini loaf pans! These look delicious, and I definitely agree with the ‘eating a whole mini loaf is a lot better than eating a whole regular loaf’ :)

  33. Melissa F says:

    I love making mini loaves!!! And I always share the extras :)

  34. you have given me all these reasons to bake in mini pans and now i dont have any. pick me! :)

  35. Smaller treats mean eating seconds or thirds are OK! Love the blog.

  36. I am a new reader and I love the concept of mini loaves. And not just because I have embarked on a get-healthier journey (e.g. trim down my sizable curves) but because “miniature” is both a delightful word and delightful in execution. Thanks!

  37. I love the idea of mini-loaf pans. I have agree that everything is better when it’s miniaturized! That cake looks awesome!

  38. I do a lot of extra deep breaths when I feel like taffy – seems to help a little :)

  39. My cupboards are overflowing with mini pans…tarts, cheesecake (2 sizes), springform… Those mini loaf cuties would be right at home!
    And, Peabody, even your “simple” creation is wonderful!

  40. mini loaves are the way to go!!

  41. I too love baking in my mini loaf pans as I find the cake bakes faster and look better.

  42. Love, love, love the mini loaves. I bake a lot of your recipes for a senior care home near my house and the mini loaves work out perfectly for many reasons.

    One: older people like little things (maybe because smaller things make them forget their shrinking).

    Two: individual little cakes makes each of the ladies feel like they’re getting their own special present.

    Three: it makes it easy for the care givers to serve.

    And Four: I can leave the glaze off a couple of the loaves for the few ladies that don’t like things “too sweat”.

    Keep up the wonderful and inspiring work! I keep meaning to take a picture of everyone at the home enjoying your recipes but never remember to bring my camera. I’m definately going to make this one and will try to get a group photo to send you.

  43. Sheryl S. says:

    Yummmm. I’m usually a “strictly chocolate” girl :) but this looks fabulous!!

  44. My kids love everything when baked in mini-form!

  45. Yummy! Mini is always better as far as I’m concerned ;)

  46. Long time reader, first time writer. Love anything that comes in mini-form, but I love your work even more! Thanks for all the inspirations, and keep up with the good work!

  47. I’ve always wanted to bake something using a mini-loaf pan! :D

    That cake looks insanely good by the way. Mmm…

  48. The Vanilla cake sounds delicious, and the mini-pans would be perfect for baking for the two of us. The rest of the batches could be wrapped and frozen to enjoy on other day(s)!

  49. At 4 ft 11 I qualify as a mini-person….

    I need need need this mini-loaf pans!

    :-)

  50. Mini loaves are much tastier than their regular counterparts!

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