Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf

Looooookie who baked! (hint: me)

Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf / Bev Cooks

I am proud to say this is 100% my own baking creation. You know what a feat this is for me, n’est ce pas? MAJ. It’s nothing genius, but there’s a secret ingredient in this loaf that just gives it that OOMPH. Basically don’t look at the title of this post. Crap you already did. It’s mascarpone cheese! Yay! Yay yay yay!

I’ll chill.

Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf / Bev Cooks

I had the idea for this mini loaf while I was napping last week. It came to me in a dream. But I was awake. So it was a daydream. A wake dream. So basically a thought.

I wanted to keep the ingredients straightforward and simple, pretty much because I’m a moron when it comes to baking. However, I do know what when you mix this with that, and you slide it into the oven, stuff happens! Good stuff.

But my problem is, how MUCH of this and how MUCH of that. So I experimented. And rubbed my hands together slowly like a mad scientist when no one (everyone) was watching.

Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf / Bev Cooks

It took me two gos at this, the first loaf yielding an odd, fudgy density and an underwhelming sweetness.

My second try? Hooooold meh.

Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf / Bev Cooks

I upped the sugar a bit, to four tablespoons. Even still, this isn’t all that sweet! Not sure why I used an exclamation point there. It’s more semisweet, so if you crave maaaajor sweetness, add a little more. But then you get into the whole, “Well if you up the sugar, it may affect the molecular malarkey of the end result” blah BLAH, aaaand my head just exploded.

The mascarponnnneeeee, you guys. It’s fabulous in this. Subtle, but adds a rich creaminess that’s like nothing else.

I also added a teensy pinch of cayenne, because I have to have heat in basically everything in my life. You dig? That’s right you do.

Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf / Bev Cooks

My favorite part of this loafy desserty bliss? It’s mini! A rustic, slightly warped thrifted 3×7 loaf pan fit the bill for this baby.

My other favorite part of this tiny loafalicious beaut? The pepitas! I bought them pre-salted, so they add a crunchy depth that’ll make ya weep.

Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf / Bev Cooks

You’ll know you did it right when the top cracks and splits, and you can fit Lois Lane’s little red car right down in it.

Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf:

What it took for one 3×7 loaf:

* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 4 Tbs. sugar (more if you want it a little sweeter!)
* 1 tsp coarse salt
* 1 pinch cayenne pepper
* 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
* 3/4 cup whole milk
* 1 egg
* 1 tsp lemon juice
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 2 Tbs. melted butter
* pepitas for garnish
* sugar in the raw for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, sugar, salt and cayenne pepper.

In another large mixing bowl, whisk together the mascarpone cheese, milk, egg, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix until the mixture is smooth.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to your wet ones. Ha! Like the wipes. Not really. Once combined, add the butter. Mix to incorporate.

Pour into a lightly greased and lined (I used parchment paper) 3×7 loaf pan. Sprinkle the top with pepitas and a little bit of sugar in the raw, for extra sweetness and a tiny crunch! Bake for about 45 minutes (check at 30), or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Boom. Dessert.

Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf / Bev Cooks

Get your face in that.

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18 Responses to Mini Chocolate Mascarpone Loaf

  1. Ashley Renee May 14, 2015 at 8:41 am #
    SO CUTE! I want a mini loaf pan now. thanks a lot bev. my boyfriend's going to kill me if I buy anymore cooking/baking utensils. SIGH. but really, thank you bahahahahah.
  2. Liz May 14, 2015 at 11:19 am #
    "But then you get into the whole, “Well if you up the sugar, it may affect the molecular malarkey of the end result” blah BLAH, aaaand my head just exploded." - love this because I have thought something very similar before.
  3. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee May 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm #
    adorable mini loaf! I need to get some small loaf pans now!
  4. Steph May 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm #
    Definitely have to try this! However, I wish I could post a photo in the comments here to show you this ad that show up in the middle of the blog post next to the food. It's terrifying.
    • Bev Weidner May 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm #
      Oh Lord, I don't even want to know.
      • Steph May 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm #
        I sent you an email, because I shouldn't be the only one who can't unsee this.
  5. Jamie May 14, 2015 at 12:26 pm #
    EUREKA! I now have a use for the tub of mascarpone this non-foodie bought one day on a whim. I might add some pumpkin spice instead of cayenne - no, I can not get off that wagon apparently. = )
  6. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog May 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm #
    Chocolate and cayenne go together like mac and cheese ... it just works!
  7. Amber | Loves Food, Loves to Eat May 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm #
    I'm definitely going to make this TONIGHT and i'm for sure adding chocolate chips to the inside and powdered sugar to the outside... and then i'm going to eat the whole thing by myself in one sitting.
  8. Seng May 14, 2015 at 9:49 pm #
    Oh man...this looks delicious. I'm not a baker...but I might have to try this... xo, Seng
  9. Liv B May 15, 2015 at 2:10 am #
    How many times would I need to multiply this recipe to make this in a standard loaf tin? This wouldn't last half a second in my house!
    • Bev Weidner May 15, 2015 at 7:07 am #
      I think just doubling it would be good!
  10. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough May 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm #
    You had me at mini and mascarpone. And chocolate (DUH). I needs this loaf!
  11. Jeff May 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm #
    Hello, Came across this recipe in Pintrest. Just popped up. Randomly, I had a 1/3 of a cup of marscapone in the fridge that I didn't know what to do with left over from another meal. And, since my wife is allergic to nuts, the pumpkin seeds on top sold me. I followed the recipe but baked in a normal loaf pan. Amazing! Defiantly adding to my regular baking list. Thanks, Jeff
  12. Maureen June 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm #
    What a wonderful mini loaf! It looks so adorable! And it looks really delicious!


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