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. Mini loaves are perfect for giving away!!

  2. I never thought to use Greek Yogurt in a recipe like this! I love Greek Yogurt. MMMmmmMMM that little loaf looks so tasty!

  3. Yay for mini loaf pans! I could use some of these!

  4. Mini! Loaves! Cute!

  5. I’ve never used mini loaf pans before….here I am–ready to be converted to a mini-loaf-lover ;)

  6. I love your recipes. I am very excited to try your snickerdoodle shortbread, I’m not a great fan of just regular shortbread but this has to be good, I love shortbread and cinnamon.
    I would really like those pans too.

  7. Hi Peabody!
    The mini-loaves are adorable! I would use them at christmas to make rum cake loaves to give to friends.

  8. Ooh, mini loaf pans! Just the right size for a college student with a mini kitchen…but friends with giant appetites!
    These loaves look delicious (and so moist!); can’t wait to try them out.

  9. My mom uses nothing but mini-loaf pans. She ALWAYS has some mini-loaves of bread in her freezer to give as gifts in a pinch.

  10. I keep telling myself I should buy the mini loaf pans but I think my evil butt is telling me to keep baking in the two full size ones I have since I usually keep one and give the other away.
    I should definitely get said butt to the store and buy some minis so this behind of me will stop expanding. (Its not good for its ego)

    Then it’ll be as cute and compact as these mini loaf pans! Or so I hope.

  11. i love mini loaf pans! i could definitely use a set. i always buy those decorative disposal ones when i bake for other people. i find that people are more willing to accept a mini loaf rather than a regular sized loaf. probably because they’re so darned cute! and they aren’t confronted with the possibility of eating/throwing away a whole loaf of something they’re not sure they’ll like. yay for mini loaf pans and all the goodies to be baked in them!

  12. That cake looks so good. Makes me want to make something with a glaze. :)

  13. Tere Given says:

    Peabody – you’re the bees kneees. These look insanely delicious. My husband was wondering how many he could shove in his mouth at the same time. (boys!)

  14. mini loaf pans are fabulous when you’re making cupcakes and you have too much batter left over and don’t want to fill another few cups. then you can give it away, or eat it all yourself, and pretend that you meant it that way. not that i just did that, or anything.

  15. My grandmother used to make mini loaves for all of her friends around the holidays. I would love to carry on her tradition!

  16. That looks so yummy!

  17. I’ve been wanting a set of mini loaf pans! Thanks for the give away!

  18. oooo Mini Loaf pans. Brilliant! Those would make my holiday giving of lemon pound cake so much simpler. Also that vanilla bean cake is making my mouth water.

  19. the cake looks delicious ….slurp

  20. This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it…(as a mini loaf!)

  21. Sharlotte says:

    I almost always use my mini loaf pans for quick breads. I also feel like I’m eating more when I eat, let’s say, half a mini loaf rather than two muffins, even though that it’s about the same amount of batter. I’m tricking my brain into thinking that I’m eating more than I am…

  22. Yum!

  23. Down here in Texas we have Jack-in-the-Box, which has this great commercial with little people sitting on little ponies and roping little cows – singing “mini sirloin burgers…” When I think about your mini loaves, I think about this song.

  24. Life is crazy sometimes. Doesn’t matter what you do, you just have to get through the day and start it all over again. Love the mini.

  25. I love the idea of making many loaves to share. It would keep me from eating a whole loaf by myself.

  26. Oooh how fun! I always have to borrow mini loaf pans from my gramma, but I make pumpkin chocolate chip bread every year.

  27. Looks super yummy….and easy! Can’t wait to try it!

  28. I love mini loaf cakes but I’m too cheap to buy more pans. haha, yours sure are pretty though!

  29. Yay I would love these for holiday baking!

  30. Another present idea! Yay!

  31. Looks yummy!

  32. Yummy! I am ready to try these!

  33. That cake looks delicious! I would love to have some mini loaf pans! I use my mini muffin and mini cheesecake pans all the time. All desserts are better mini as far as I’m concerned!

  34. Love the blog! Want the pans!

  35. Wow, what a beautiful cake and a give away! You rock!

  36. I’m a college student, and my favorite way to procrastinate is by reading food blogs like yours. My friends and I would love some mini loaves.

  37. I love all things mini!

  38. I’ve never used mini-loaf pans, but I think you’ve convinced me. Those are good reasons, especially because I give away most of what I bake (so I don’t eat it myself).
    That cake above looks luscious!

  39. MMMM Greek Yogurt in here, YUM. The loaves don’t look so mini until you see that last picture with what looks like a GIGANTIC knife sticking out of it, hahaa. I always ALWAYS bake mini… usually in minicupcakes, or minibundt or minispringforms since i don’t have mini-loaves yet. But Mini is better, I agree!

  40. I love mini stuff! I totally agree about the portion control and sharing points as well. We must spread the love! Those cakes look great.

  41. Great reasons to own a mini pan!
    I can’t wait to try this recipe out.
    I wonder how the glaze would taste with pomegranate?

  42. I love mini-loaves. Such a sweet give-away!

  43. This recipe looks incredible!

  44. There is another good reason to bake in a mini pan…you don’t have to feel guilty if you don’t share. A mini pan loaf is just right for one :)
    Great yogurt vanilla cake!
    It looks moist and I’ll bet it smells wonderful, too.

  45. I love to bake and don’t have any mini pans. It would be fun to have some. Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. Yum! This looks seriously scrumptious!! I can’t wait to try this recipe myself, maybe in a mini loaf pan! By the way, I LOVE your photos- they make me want to grab a fork and attack my laptop screen…

  47. I have to agree that mini loaf pans are fantastic. When I use standard sized ones, the center of my quick breads are always undercooked and the outside well done!

  48. I’ve never used mini-loaf pans before, and I confess I’ve never had problems with undercooking with the standard loaf pans, but I definitely see the utility of mini loaves since I’ve made quickbreads as gifts and ended up making double recipes in order to be able to gift to multiple people since each recipe only makes 1 or 2 normal loaves. Love your site and humor and creativity.

  49. I love baking in mini-loaf pans too – and you are so right about the gooey middle in the larger pans. I have that problem a lot!

  50. You won’t hear me complain about minis. I love them, it means you can eat more.

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