Delicious little cakes. Makes 16.
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk, extra
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup grated pear
16 pecan halves, to decorate
1. Preheat oven to 160C. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until pale and creamy.
2. Add the vanilla bean paste, eggs and extra yolk and beat well to combine. Add flour, baking powder and maple syrup and beat until just combined.
3. Fold through the pecans and pear.
4. Spoon into baking cups and top cakes with a pecan half. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.