Gluten Free Mini Maple Almond Tea Cakes

August 15, 2012

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#GlutenFree Mini Maple Tea Cakes | @Susan Salzman | The Urban BakerI think you all know by now that I like mini desserts. Mini cheesecakes, mini doughnuts, mini potato kugelettes, mini cupcakes, and so much more.

One of my favorite desserts growing up were these little square tea cakes from Martino’s Bakery in Burbank. My dad would pick them up from time to time and surprise me with a little after dinner treat. Their flavor and their shape were distinct. They were moist, not too sweet, and oh so addicting. When I was pregnant with my first, I craved them; couldn’t get enough. Weekly my dad would bring me a few and I would covet them and eat them all by myself, one by one.

Gluten Free Mini Maple Tea Cakes are hard to resist | @Susan Salzman | The Urban BakerFor years I have been making this Caramel Cake. The first time I bit into it, it brought back so many childhood memories. It felt like I had come home. And it reminded me of my dad. Recreating many of our favorite family recipes and converting them into gluten free versions has become a weekend hobby.

Maple almond tea cakes are every bit as good, if not better, than the originals from my childhood. I made the first batch last week. Eli ate 90% of them. Today, he saw the photos on my computer and begged for more. I made him a deal;  if he gathered all the ingredients I would make more. Never saw him move so fast!

Gluten Free Maple Almond Tea Cakes
original recipe here
yield: 16 mini bundts

ingredients:
for the tea cakes:
4 ounces | 114 grams | 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted, organic butter
6 1/2 ounces | 180 grams | 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons maple sugar
2 large, organic eggs
3 ounces | 80 grams | 1 1/4 + 1 tablespoon greek yogurt
3 ounces | 80 grams | 1/2 cup millet flour
2 1/2 ounces | 70 grams | 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon almond meal
1 ounce | 30 grams | 3 tablespoons sweet rice flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
for the glaze:
6 3/4  ounces | 189 grams | 1 1/2  cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

instructions:
for the cake:
• preheat oven to 350*. spray 2 mini bundt pans and place on two parchment lined jelly roll pans. set aside.
• in a medium bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients. set aside.
• in the work bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar until combined.
• add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each egg.
• add the yogurt and mix until all ingredients are incorporated and you no longer see any white streaks in the batter.
• with the mixer on medium speed, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix well.
• using a 2 tablespoon ice cream scooper, place batter into prepared pan.
• bake 24 – 28 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes come clean.
• let cool completely on wire racks before glazing.
for the glaze:
• sift confectioners’ sugar into a medium sized bowl. add milk and maple syrup and whisk to combine (eliminating bumps).
• spoon glaze over cooled tea cakes set over a wire rack.
• let set completely before eating.
• store in fridge for up to 3 days.

More Tea Cakes around the Web:
Pineapple Tea Cakes – Lemons and Anchovies
Marmalade Almond Tea Cakes – The Little Teochew
Blueberry Tea Cake - Technicolor Kitchen

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim August 16, 2012 at 5:44 am

These little cakes looks sooooo great!!!

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2 marla August 16, 2012 at 5:51 am

These are so pretty and I love the little drizzle of glaze ~ makes ‘em extra special :)

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3 Deliciously Organic August 16, 2012 at 7:35 am

What beautiful little cakes!

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4 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) August 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

These tea cakes are so pretty and I love the flavors you’ve put together.

Thanks so much for adding the link to my Pineapple Tea Cakes. :)

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5 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] August 16, 2012 at 7:53 am

You had me at “maple” and “cake.” I am a big fan of mini desserts as well. These look so so tasty!!

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6 aida mollenkamp August 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

I too love mini desserts, Susan!

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7 Megan August 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

I can’t tell you how much I love when people use metric in their recipes! Thank you!!! And I’ve been noticing that I really like maple things. Just had some maple salted caramel gelato in Laguna Beach yesterday. These little cakes are in my “must make” list. Thanks again!

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8 Susan August 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

Maple Salted Caramel Gelato has sounds heavenly! I may just have to take a trip to Laguna just to get a taste of that sweet treat!

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9 Bill Peeler August 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

So pretty – and I’m sure they’re bursting with flavor. Yum!

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10 Brooke @ Food Woolf August 17, 2012 at 6:46 am

Looks so good!

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11 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Mmm, maple and almond sounds great together, I can see why he would be begging for more!

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12 najwa kronfel August 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Perfect for tea time indeed!

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13 Nicole @ the Dirty Oven August 22, 2012 at 5:25 am

So adorable, little and yummy. Gotta try these out!

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14 Susan August 22, 2012 at 8:36 am

Thanks, Nicole. They have become a household staple!

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15 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 22, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Your photography is just gorgeous! wow!

And the recipes – and making this GF and the maple + almond….mmmm good!

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16 Susan August 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

Hi Averie – thanks so much. These truly were the easiest thing I have made in months. And with it being so darn hot here in L.A., not turning on my oven was a bonus!!!

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17 Susan August 23, 2012 at 7:01 am

Avery – ooops a faux pas on my part. Yes, I had to turn the oven on for these! And yes, they are a yummy combo. Thanks so much for the visit and I look forward to getting to know you via your blog!

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18 HeatherChristo August 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

what a wonderful combination! Maple and almond? my favorite :) These are so pretty- they remind me of a tea party!

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19 marla September 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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