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Mini Maple Pecan Cake

You’ll love the scent and taste of the maple pecan bread mix from Williams Sonoma. Turn their easy mix into an adorable fall-inspired mini maple pecan cake for everyone to enjoy!

mini maple pecan cake

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Fall, fall, fall! I’m LOVING it this year!! I’ve probably already gushed about it in an earlier post but I can’t help myself. We’re just having the most beautiful fall weather ever – at least the nicest I can remember in a long time. I’ve gotten so used to expecting it to snow at the end of September or the first week of October, but we’re having long, sunny warm days and the end is still not in sight. Hooray!

Most of you know that I’m a summer girl through and through, but I truly do bask in the splendor that fall has to offer (a proper fall, not a one-week fall like we usually get). The colors of the leaves are just spectacular, the days are warm but the nights are chilly and cozy. There’s a definite crispness to the air in the morning, and everything just smells wonderful. 

Weather aside, I ADORE the flavors of fall. What usually comes to mind for you? Pumpkin spice obviously, but chai, ginger, apple and maple are some of the best fall has to offer as well. This mini maple pecan cake is PERFECTLY fall – and the super cute Nordic Ware bundt pan helps too!!

mini maple pecan cake

What is a mini maple pecan cake?

These mini little cakes are actually more of a bread, since they’re made with the quick bread mix from Williams Sonoma. They’re so sweet though, that they definitely taste like more of a little cake to me! This dessert is the EASIEST. Literally just dump, mix and bake. 

I jazzed things up a little bit by filling the insides of these little cakes with cream cheese. YES I did! So good. The cream cheese filling is a subtle surprise when you bite into a little cake.

How do you make mini maple pecan cakes?

Start by stirring together the maple pecan quick bread mix, along with 2 eggs, melted butter and milk. 

At the same time, make the cream cheese filling by whisking together 6 ounces of softened cream cheese with 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. 

Spray the bundt pan well with non-stick spray, and lightly dust it with flour. Then scoop about 2 tablespoons of batter into the bottom of each pan cavity, followed by a tablespoon of the cream cheese filling. Top the cream cheese filling with an addition tablespoon of batter; you want the cavities to be about 3/4 full, not full to the brim or overflowing.

How long does it take to bake a mini maple pecan cake?

The cakes take about 18-20 minutes in the oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean! If you are using a different mini bundt cake pan then the one pictured above, you’ll have to adjust the bake time accordingly. If the cavities are deeper than this one, you’ll need to bake the cakes a little longer, and use more batter to fill them!

The cakes can be decorated with cream cheese frosting, or eaten just the way they are. I liked using the icing to follow the lines of the cake pan, to really emphasize the shape of the pan. The addition of crushed pecans on top was just the “icing on the cake”!

mini maple pecan cake

Does this have to be a MINI maple pecan cake recipe?

No! Follow the instructions on the bag of the Williams Sonoma mix, and you can bake this in a loaf (quick bread) pan and swirl the cream cheese filling throughout the middle, OR bake this in a smaller-sized bundt cake pan. 

Since it’s technically a quick “bread” recipe, you can definitely eat this for breakfast (icing and all)!

The little cakes will stay fresh in an airtight container, at room temperature for 2-3 days. You could also freeze them for up to 2 months!

Happy fall baking!

mini maple pecan cake

mini maple pecan cake

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mini maple pecan cake

Mini Maple Pecan Cake


  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 18 mini cakes 1x

Description

You’ll love the scent and taste of the maple pecan bread mix from Williams Sonoma. Turn their easy mix into an adorable fall-inspired mini maple pecan cake for everyone to enjoy!


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Ingredients

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 6 oz softened cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 egg

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 oz softened cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray the inside cavities of a mini bundt cake pan and lightly dust it with flour. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the maple pecan bread mix, the milk and melted butter followed by the eggs, one at a time.Β Scoop two tablespoons of batter into each bundt cake cavity.
  2. In another mixing bowl or using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and egg until smooth. Place one tablespoon of cream cheese filling on top of each bundt cake cavity. Top each cavity with an additional tablespoon of quick bread batter.
  3. Bake the cakes for 18 minutes, then check with a toothpick inserted in the center to see if it is done. If the toothpick comes out wet, bake for an additional 1-2 minutes. Allow the cakes to rest in the pan for 5 minutes before quickly inverting the pan on to a cooling rack and releasing the cakes from the pan to cool completely. Repeat above steps with remaining batter.
  4. Prepare the cream cheese frosting by whisking together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and heavy cream. The consistency should be slightly drizzly, so add more cream if necessary to achieve this. Drizzle each cake with cream cheese frosting, then top with crushed pecans if desired.

Mini maple pecan cakes can be kept in an airtight container, at room temperature, for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Notes

*If using a different mini bundt cake pan, adjust batter amounts in the cavities as necessary.

  • Category: cake
  • Method: oven bake
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: mini maple pecan cake // mini bundt cakes // maple pecan cake // maple pecan bread

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24 Comments

  1. I love fall too, Katherine. Not that wet, slushy, and gloomy kind of autumn that usually arrives in the mid of November or so (sometimes we can witness this around Christmas too) – a beautiful, colourful, sunny, and comfortably warm/refreshing one. Also, these mini cakes (or sweet bread) look fabulous! Even though spring is the time to produce maple syrup, it is really associated with early fall to me. Needless to say, I am into this cream cheese frosting which is a great addition to the flavours.

  2. Fall is my jam!! And these little cakes are just too cute! I know I’d totally eat more than one though πŸ˜‰ Perfect to go along with my cup of coffee right about now!

  3. Sign me up Katherine! I love Williams Sonoma mixes. Can’t wait to give this one a try! Such a festive fall pan too!

  4. All those flavors are such a treat, Katherine. Those mini bundt pans are a beautiful way to celebrate the season. Love the finely chopped pecans on top, for the crunch!

  5. As a foodie, I LOVE shopping at William Sonoma… and their maple pecan bread mix looks so fabulous. Talk about the perfect, tasty baking shortcut! β™₯️

  6. So very kid friendly for lovely and so pleasant autumn we have, over here !

  7. Maple and pecan together is a dream come true in my book! These mini cakes make such a beautiful presentation for Fall too! YUM!

  8. Fall is my fave, especially October! And these are the cutest cakes for fall. Love the maple pecan flavour. These are perfect timing for the Canadian thanksgiving. My family would love the individual servings. Now I just need to get my hands on some of Williams Sonoma’s beautiful bakeware!

  9. I love this recipe, Katherine! These little cakes are just adorable! I have a bit of a Williams-Sonoma Addiction, so I’m completely on board here. So delicious!

  10. These maple pecan cakes are just so cute!! And I love visiting the WS in Chinook Centre!

  11. I am really enjoying the maple pecan flavours in these little cakes! So perfect for fall time

  12. These are absolutely adorable fall mini-cakes and I love the flavors going on. I was just shopping at WS this morning, I guess will need to get several of one more thing after seeing these babies:)

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