Cappuccino Mini Loaves - light and moist coffee sponge topped with a divinely sweet coffee and vanilla frosting. These vegan mini loaves are incredibly moreish! #vegan #veganbaking #coffeecake | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 23.10.2018

Cappuccino Mini Loaves

prep: 20 mins / cook: 25 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 45 mins / quantity: 12 mini loaves Print recipe?

Light and moist coffee sponge topped with a divinely sweet coffee and vanilla frosting, these vegan cappuccino mini loaves are incredibly moreish!

Have you ever bought something not knowing exactly what you want to use it for but loving the very thought of it so much that you have to have it anyway?  I was very much like that with this mini loaf tin.  Oh the possibilities.  I’m apologising now for the many (many) more mini loaf shaped things to come!

I’ve also had a fair few misses when it comes to vegan baking.  As a recent challenge on the Great British Bake Off highlighted, just because you can bake, doesn’t mean you can vegan bake.  It’s mostly about adapting.  Many of the ingredients are still the same – flour, sugar, flavourings such as spices, vanilla, chocolate.

Cappuccino Mini Loaves - light and moist coffee sponge topped with a divinely sweet coffee and vanilla frosting. These vegan mini loaves are incredibly moreish! #vegan #veganbaking #coffeecake | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

The most common issue is the raising agent.  I’ve had varying results from using various combinations of ‘flax eggs’, baking powder and baking soda reacted with apple cider vinegar.  Most of the failures I’ve had has come from trying to reinvent the wheel every time I bake something.  So now I go with what I know just seems to work to make vegan cakes as delectably light and moist and “just as good” as non-vegan cakes.

And these cappuccino mini loaves were almost a bit too successful!  We’ve also just had a new oven which has a very big, very clear glass window so I’m now finding myself in traditional GBBO style sitting in front of the oven watching things rise!

Cappuccino Mini Loaves - light and moist coffee sponge topped with a divinely sweet coffee and vanilla frosting. These vegan mini loaves are incredibly moreish! #vegan #veganbaking #coffeecake | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

And these little cappuccino mini loaves rose and rose!

I can’t tell you the feeling when a recipe you’re developing just works first time *bounce* ?

I was worried the bananas might make them too doughy or overpower the flavour of the coffee but they are SO light and moreish.  The coffee flavour comes from a lovely company called Truestart, a wonderfully ethical company based in the UK.  Their coffee is packed with naturally occurring antioxidants and minerals with an energising kick from their signature measured caffeine dose.  It’s also super clean and hyper-selectively sourced to make you feel amazing with no crash or jitters.  Their packaging is also completely recyclable!  Win win right?!

So don’t just serve your cake with coffee, put the coffee IN your cake ?

Cappuccino Mini Loaves - light and moist coffee sponge topped with a divinely sweet coffee and vanilla frosting. These vegan mini loaves are incredibly moreish! #vegan #veganbaking #coffeecake | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Cappuccino Mini Loaves

prep: 20 mins / cook: 25 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 45 mins / quantity: 12 mini loaves

Ingredients

    Mini loaves

    • 6 tsp TrueStart Premium Instant Coffee
    • 1/2 cup (120ml) boiling water
    • 2 medium bananas (slightly over-ripe)
    • 1/2 cup (120ml) unsweetened almond milk
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
    • 2 cups (320g) plain flour
    • 1/2 cup (90g) coconut sugar
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    Frosting

    • 2 heaped tsp TrueStart Premium Instant Coffee dissolved in 5-6 tsp boiling water and left to cool
    • 1 cup (100g) icing sugar

    Optional extra frosting

    • 2 heaped tblsp icing sugar
    • 1-2 tsp cold water
    • Mini loaves tin

    Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 170 Fan / 190 C / 375 F / Gas 5 and lightly oil your tin - I just used a little avocado oil but you can use olive oil, melted coconut oil or spray oil.  Set aside
    2. For the sponge, melt the 6 tsp coffee in the 1/2 cup (120ml) boiling water in a cup or mug and set aside to cool slightly
    3. Peel the bananas and break into chunks in a large bowl.  Mash with a fork or potato masher
    4. Add the almond milk, vanilla and vinegar, cooled coffee and whisk together
    5. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate and use a rubber spatula to mix everything together very well.  Stir up from the bottom of the bowl, making sure no pockets of flour remain
    6. Divide the mixture evenly between the tin holes and bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer or cocktail stick inserted into the center of one of the cakes comes out clean
    7. Leave to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes before carefully pushing up from the bottom of the tin to remove the mini loaves and put on a wire rack to cool completely
    8. Check to make sure none of the removable tin bottoms have stuck to the bottom of the cakes!
    9. While they're cooling mix the 2 heaped tsp coffee with 5 tsp boiling water and stir till dissolved.  Set aside to cool
    10. Once the cakes are cold mix the icing sugar with the coffee.  You want a thickish, spreadable paste - if it's too dry add a little more cold water, too wet, add a little more icing sugar.  Only add small amounts at a time as a little goes a long way!
    11. Spread the icing on top of the cakes with a butter knife or palette knife, smoothing across the top
    12. You can add a little drizzle of white icing for a contrast to all the brown - just mix the extra icing and water together though this time you want a thinner, more runny texture
    13. Spoon into a paper piping bag or into a sandwich bag and snip the end or corner off.  Pipe diagonal lines across the top of each cake.
    14. Alternatively you can release your inner Picasso and just use a teaspoon to drizzle random patterns across the top of the cakes!  
    15. Leave to set at room temp then store in an airtight container

    Notes

    • I experimented with not oiling a couple of the holes of the tin and whilst they did turn out with no sticking, they weren't as easy to remove as the ones I'd oiled
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