Delicious Maple Pecan Cakelets

Delicious Maple Pecan Cakelets

Tis the season for Tea-Time, maple-glazed sweets, and pecan-flavored treats!

With leaves falling off the trees, now is the time to bake maple-flavored goodies! These delicious maple pecan cakelets are nutty-flavored, naturally sweetened, and insanely cute! Made with crushed pecans and 100% maple syrup, the oak leaf cakelets are dipped in a homemade maple glaze, while the acorns and pinecones are topped with chocolate drizzles and crushed pecans! An excellent treat for any autumn or winter tea party! Yum!

The Cakelet Pan!

I love investing in Nordic Ware pans because the quality and detail are outstanding, and the cakes ALWAYS come out easy! For this recipe, I picked the Woodland Cakelet Pan featuring beautiful oak leaves, acorns, and pinecones!

The Woodland Cakelet Pan has a 2.25-cup capacity, yielding nine cakelets. Because my recipe yields about 5 cups (18 cakelets), I cleaned the pan after the first batch, regreased it, and used the remaining batter again.

Delicious Maple Pecan Cakelets

My Maple Pecan Cakelet Recipe!

My family is a big fan of pecans, maple syrup, and chocolate for dessert! Hence, I always try to include at least one ingredient in new recipes! When I developed this cakelet recipe, I combined all three ingredients. Needless to say, these maple pecan cakelets were gone in a jiff! My whole family loved them, and we all wanted more the moment the serving platter was empty!

The recipe for these cakelets is quick, easy, and doesn’t require washing many dishes afterward! While the recipe below highlights all the ingredients in detail, here is all you need in a nutshell:

  • Pecans – finely crushed using a food processor.
  • Maple Syrup – 100% maple syrup, please! There are so many varieties out there that include unnecessary additions. So, be careful not to get something full of sugar.
  • Light Brown Sugar – adds a beautiful flavor and a nice texture to these cakelets
  • Whole Milk – makes these cakelets moist, soft, and fluffy.
  • Basic Baking Ingredients – baking powder, all-purpose flour, eggs, and salt.
  • Canola oil – you may use unsalted melter butter instead. However, in my experience, oil keeps the cakes moist for longer.
  • Vanilla sugar – is optional.
  • Glaze – is optional as well. However, it takes both the flavor and texture to another level. Interested in making the glaze? Keep reading!
Maple Pecan Cakelets

Let’s Decorate!

Maple Glaze is usually made with powdered sugar, maple flavors, and milk. In my recipe, I use powdered sugar, 100% maple syrup, and heavy cream for a smooth consistency and an incredible maple flavor. Because this glaze thickens quickly, it’s vital to use it as soon as you’re done preparing it.

Chocolate Pecan Glaze is my other favorite option to decorate these cakelets, and it doesn’t get any easier than making this glaze! Melt a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave or use the bain-marie technique. Next, add half a teaspoon of coconut oil and whisk until combined. Finally, brush your cakelets with the melted chocolate and top them off with chopped pecans. Yum!

Delicious Maple Pecan Cakelets

An Autumn Favorite!

Do you know what they say? There is no better way to end a chilly fall day than a warm mini cake! These cakelets do not disappoint; they are perfect for tea time, breakfast, and even as a midnight snack on a Saturday Netflix n’ Chill night! Pair your cakelet with herbal tea, a chai latte, or a mega mug of hot cocoa! An absolute fall dessert fave!

Maple Pecan Cakelets

Maple Pecan Cakelets

Laila Benjelloun Bailey
These delicious maple pecan cakelets are nutty-flavored, naturally sweetened, and insanely cute! Made with crushed pecans and 100% maple syrup, the oak leaf cakelets are dipped in a homemade maple glaze, while the acorns and pinecones are topped with chocolate drizzles and crushed pecans! An excellent autumn treat!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cakelets


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 – 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 – 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup 100% maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Maple Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp 100% maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream

Chocolate/Pecan Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pecans, crushed


  • Whisk all dry ingredients except for the brown sugar. Set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 F, and generously grease a 2.25 cup cakelet pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs with brown sugar and maple syrup. Whisk until it's combined. Add oil, milk, vanilla extract, and whisk a second time.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, gently whisking with every addition. Careful not to over-whisk.
  • Pour your batter into the prepared pan, leaving about 1/2 cm of space at the top.
  • Cook for 15 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakelets to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting them onto a cooling rack.
  • Wipe your pan, regrease it, and repeat with the remaining batter.

Making the Maple Glaze

  • Whisk together the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and heavy cream in a small, wide bowl. Immediately dip your cakelets into the glaze, front side down. Like all types of glaze, the longer it sits, the thicker it gets. Therefore, using the glaze as soon as you prepare it is best.

Making the Chocolate/Pecan Glaze

  • Melt the chocolate chips in a small bowl using a microwave or bain-marie technique. Next, add coconut oil and stir until it's all combined. Brush your cakelets with the melted chocolate and sprinkle some chopped pecans over the top. Yum!


  • This recipe should yield 18 cakelets. I used a 2.25 cup cakelet pan yielding nine cakelets. Therefore, I wiped the pan clean, regreased it, and used the remaining batter a 2nd time. 
  • These cakelets taste amazing on their own. However, you may use other types of glaze to give them a different flavor or add some sprinkles for a fun touch.
  • Store your cakelets in an airtight container at room temperature, and enjoy them within two days.
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