Mini chocolate-espresso pound cake

I was planning to give this recipe a miss but since I seldom submit something to the Bake-Along event , I'm afraid the 3 ladies will bar me from participating again if I won't do this .....

So I  persevered eventhough I'm too lazy to take photos lol

Truthfully , I'm glad that I baked this cake .....

Despite substituting and adding some ingredients - with fingers crossed - that it won't go to waste , the cake baked beautifully .

Yup , another instant coffee lovers must bake .....

I have to attend Instant Coffee Lovers Anonymous meeting tomorrow .

As always , I've baked it in a smaller pans , which was time-consuming , by the way , ( and more things to wash after ) but the upside is less cooking time and the cake baked evenly .

I know , I know , I shouldn't have bought those loaf pans since I'm fond of using small baking tins these days  ^___^ ''

From now on , when the loaf cake recipe calls for loaf pan er except when baking bread , that is , I'll use smaller tins .....

I think I'll stop going to Shanghai St . from now on -___-

Please check original recipe @ Bon Appetit

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup UHT whole milk
1/2 cup evaporated milk plus about a tablespoon lemon juice ( I leave it overnight in the fridge )
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 generous tablespoon instant espresso
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 generous teaspoons coffee paste
2 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick / 113 grams unsalted butter at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
125 grams milk chocolate bar , roughly chopped

* Preheat oven to 350 °F / 180 °C . Butter the baking tins and silicone pan ; set aside .

* In a medium bowl , whisk the flour , baking powder , salt and baking soda . Whisk milk and soured cream er milk in a small bowl .

* Sift cocoa powder in another bowl , whisk in honey , golden syrup and boiling water , mix well to combine then add in the coffee paste , stir well ; let cool completely .

* In a large bowl , beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy , about 3 minutes . Beat in eggs , one at a time , scraping the sides of the bowl after each . Beat in vanilla . Add the cocoa mixture , stir until smooth , scraping the sides occasionally . By hand , using a rubber or silicone spatula , add in the flour mixture alternately with soured cream mixture in 2 additions , stir until well blended , mix in the chopped chocolate

* Pour batter in the prepared pans and bake for about 24 minutes ( silicone pan ) and about 30 minutes for three ( 3 1/2 by 1 1/2-inch ) tins . Let cool in pans on a wire rack before removing .

I made 11 cakes , 2 was baked in a muffin liners 

I'm submitting this post to the Bake-Along blog hop event hosted by  Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids , Joyce of Kitchen Flavours and Lena of Frozen Wings



  1. Love these mini bundt/pound cakes! Smaller look cuter :-)

  2. I love to use mini pans too. You've made a great choice using mini pan for these flavorful cakes as they look so cute & yummy!!

    1. Kit , yeah ! I'm always drooling over your minis ! :D

  3. Hi Anne,
    Your mini cakes are looking great! And we would not bar you, never, we are three very nice ladies! Haha!
    And maybe I'll join you at the next Instant Coffee Lovers Anonymous meeting!
    Making this with coffee is a super wonderful idea, I think that it would at least cover a little of the strong honey taste, for me!
    Great bake, Anne!
    Thank you for linking!

    1. Joyce , lol .... Initially , I'm planning to omit the honey coz of its strong taste ( same as your honey ;D ) but since I'm going to add golden syrup , I added just a bit and yup , it did cover up the honey's undesirable taste :D

  4. Morning Anne, I love those mini cakes. Look very pretty making my hand itchy now... hahaa..

  5. Hi Anne, you really have the loveliest mini cakes, they look absolutely beautiful :)

  6. I just bought a mini loaf pan too lol! we bakers are such hoarders of baking pans! If I see that silicon mould here I would get it too! Your cake bakes up evenly, so lovely!

  7. oo i love that rose cake! and the little bar of chocolate on top. you always have the cutest touches!

  8. Anne, i love the first shot with the chunk of chocolate stuck into the top, so pretty and kinda vogue :) wait for me, i'll go with you to shanghai st k? LOL :)

    1. Esther , that place is such a bad influence tsk tsk lol

  9. Love your little bundt pans! Makes such dainty cakes.

  10. rally nice baking forms, by the way!

  11. Your rose molds and mini Bundts both make lovely cakes! And I know I'd love this recipe!!!

  12. LOL! you will only be barred if you are a stubborn blogger that never keeps reading the rules!! hehe...

    mini cakes are always so dainty looking . hey infact i have that similar kind of flower mould too..only used it once. Nice to hear that you enjoyed the cake and with your addition of coffee here and there, i know it must be a great one for coffee lovers!

  13. Love the pictures of your cakes and your post! Yes, small is definitely good!

  14. Hi Anne,

    Barred you from BA??? I love you so much that I wouldn't dare! - LOL! I would be "begging" you to stay... :p

    I remember stumble into Shanghai st when I was in HK. I told Lena this place and wonder did she went there when she visited HK 2 years ago... All your mini chocolate cakes are so pretty! Seeing your post makes me think... Why didn't I buy more when I'm Shanghai st?


  15. You know, I have some instant coffee in my cupboard that I don't know what to do with. I think I found my solution, thank you!

  16. This is look so delicious..:) I'm gonna try it sometime

  17. It might be time consuming but baking in small pans make you bake less quantity and eat less. They look lovely.

  18. Anne I love small pans and your cakes look just beautiful!!!

  19. Lovely mini cakes, Anne...especially the rose one!
    I should really find cute molds like yours! All I have are big traditional ones! LOL

  20. Me too. Starting to get baking pan smaller and smaller, because they look cute and handy , furthermore give away also look nice right,,hehehe..nice moulds you have there, and your cake sound good !

  21. Hi Anne, your mini cake look so cute and pretty. Love the rose silicon mould, very nice. Off course your this cake must go with a good cup of coffee too.

    Best regards.

  22. Anne,
    I love mini moulds too.
    Looks nice, cute and easy to serve :D
    Like like like your first picture a lots.


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