On the 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.
First, 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.
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.