Mini Carrot Cakes

A carrot cake recipe that is made with a panini press and is perfect for one or two people.

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Contributed by: Kathy Strahs

On my blog, Panini Happy, I continually challenge myself to find new ways to use my panini press – everything from sandwiches to ice cream cones. Once I discovered that I could bake with my panini press, using simple ramekins right on the grill, it opened up many new possibilities. This Mini Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting is small enough to satisfy the craving of just one or two people.

Frist, heat panini maker to 350°F (make sure panini maker sits flat on your work surface). Spray 2 (6-oz) individual baking dishes (ramekins) with cooking spray.

In small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside. In medium bowl, beat egg white, brown sugar, oil, milk and vanilla with wire whisk until blended. Stir in flour mixture until combined; stir in carrots, raisins and walnuts.

Mini Carrot Cake

Divide batter evenly between ramekins.


Mini Carrot Cake


Set ramekins on lower grill of panini maker; close lid until upper grill makes contact with tops of ramekins. Bake 17 to 19 minutes or until cakes are set and spring back when touched lightly in center.


Mini Carrot Cake

Mini Carrot Cake 


Cool in ramekins 5 minutes; remove from ramekins to cooling rack. Cool completely.


Mini Carrot Cake


Meanwhile, make maple-cream cheese frosting. In small bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat in powdered sugar and maple syrup until smooth.

Fill and frost layers with maple-cream cheese frosting.


Mini Carrot Cake


Sprinkle with toasted walnuts and enjoy!


Mini Carrot Cake

Blogger Kathy Strahs of Panini Happy shares a carrot cake recipe that is made with a panini press and is perfect for one or two people.

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sweetsunshine685 said: Posted: 5/17/2012 9:33 AM
Where is the recipe? They sound delicious!
member1949 said: Posted: 4/14/2012 6:02 PM
How every nice. But I'm sorry, not everyone has a Panini Maker nor do they particularly want to own one. How about giving directions to make the mini cake another way.
zitascott said: Posted: 4/6/2012 2:52 PM
Which Panini grill is this one. (Name Brand please)
Willsmama said: Posted: 4/5/2012 9:01 PM
What is your recipe???
GREAT! EASY! said: Posted: 4/5/2012 3:37 PM
If you don't have this machine - buy one it's the best Panini maker on the market. The uses are endless and it's so easy to clean. Well worth your investment. The recipe sounds wonderful I can't wait to try it.
sketchofthenile said: Posted: 4/5/2012 12:25 PM
I do not have the machine that you used but you have given me an idea. Thanks for sharing.
sammys22 said: Posted: 4/5/2012 12:15 PM
I bet you could use the large cupcake pans & bake in a 350degree oven for 20 min. Or just put the ramikens in the oven @350 degrees for 20 min. The frosting sounds delicious.
lovedbytwo said: Posted: 4/5/2012 11:13 AM
But what if you don't have a Panini maker?
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