Friday, June 25, 2010

Brown Sugar Cakelets with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese and Berries

Brown Sugar Cakelets with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Filling and Berries

Apparently my blog has turned into a baking blog. Not really, but I have many baked goods recipes to share so bare with me. Despite all the cookies I baked last week, I was craving something sweet towards the end of the weekend so I made these little cakelets. I couldn't justify all the fat for just me so I used nonfat milk and nonfat yogurt in the batter. The batter comes together so quickly and these cakelets are a really great alternative to shortcakes which I personally don't like because I detest whipped cream. Call me crazy, but it's true. Despite the substitutions, these cakes came out light and moist and surprisingly not too sweet. The brown sugary cream cheese was the perfect compliment to highlight the summer berries. The original recipe calls this an alternative to coffee cake for breakfast, but I think it makes an excellent summer dessert.

Brown Sugar Cakelets with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese and Berries
(Adapted from Serious Eats)

Makes 6 cakelets

For the cakelets:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 fine sea salt
1 egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk mixed with 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the brown sugar cream cheese filling:
2 ounce cream cheese at room temperature
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon plain yogurt

Seasonal berries, roughly chopped if desired

To make the cakelets:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease six cups of a standard muffin tin and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg until frothy. Add the brown sugar and whisk well to combine.

Add the flour mixture to the egg, mixing until just incorporated. Stir in the milk and yogurt mixture, the melted butter, and the vanilla extract.

Fill each muffin tin about halfway full. Bake for about 15 minute or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pan for one minute then turn out to a wire rack. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

To make the filling:
In a small bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, brown sugar, and yogurt until fluffy and smooth.

Cut each cakelet in half. Spread each half with some of the cream cheese mixture. Top with berries and serve.

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Kelly said...

I love it. These sound gorgeous.

Engineer Baker said...

Ooo, I'm a fan of all things brown sugar-y. Reminds me of my favorite frosting - brown sugar cream cheese frosting :) They look wonderful!

Joanne said...

It really is amazing the things that people characterize as breakfast. These would definitely be an ideal dessert though! Berries and brown sugar...can't go wrong.

Jenn said...

They look soo cute and delectable. I need to stock up on some berries asap!!!

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Wait...what was that about whipped cream??!

Oh well, I love cream cheese frosting so we can agree on that. :-)

Joy said...

Those are adorable. Personally, I opt for anything that has brown sugar in it.

vanillasugarblog said...

yes you are crazy....are you sure you tried the good whipped cream you know from scratch and all? lol

Unknown said...

Man~ your deserts look so good. I would love to invite you the Cupcake Camp OC! I wanted to send you information on the event but I couldn't find your email address. Please visit our blog, Thanks!

Janet said...

Oh, these look lovely! I'm going to have to remember the brown sugar cream cheese for other things as well. I bet it would be really nice on toast!

Sherry G said...

Those look adorable! Very cute;)

Val said...

Wow, I might have to wipe the drool of my key board!!! Amazing!!

shaz said...

Oh yum, gorgeous cakelets, I could definitely eat this for breakfast :D I love brown sugar - when measuring it out for recipes it often goes like this: "one for the cup, one for me".

CC Recipe said...

These not only look pretty, I think they will taste pretty good, The cakelets look wonderfully delicious!

M. said...

oh, yum the cream cheese filling sounds super delicious.! nice and summery. :)

Banana Wonder said...

Hah, you go lil miss baker! I think all the stuff I make is either baked or its a salad :) I can't believe you DETEST whipped cream. I will be sure to sit next to you during future deserts :) Cakelets look yummy!

Kerstin said...

What cute little desserts - they look perfect for a summer dinner party! And I like the brown sugar cream cheese twist :)

Sippity Sup said...

Very nice. Congrats on Top 9 GREG

Unknown said...

I love these sweet cakelets, congrats on top 9!

Lynn said...

Yum! Love the cream cheese filling!

Diana said...

I actually don't *love* whipped cream either. It's fine, but I'd much prefer my desserts topped off with ice cream if there's going to be cream involved.

Lauren said...

These are so simple and charming and I love that you've just left the fruit to shine as it is... Sometimes all those syrups and glosses and whatever just compete with amazing, fresh produce. I'd definitely love to try this recipe, or at least some variation of it. Yum!

-- Lauren, Lauren's Little Kitchen

kellypea said...

Dang cute and totally yummy looking. I love brown sugar with anything that has a tang -- especially yogurt. Great photo!