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Cake For One (or Two)

November 1, 2011


Making a tiny cake for one or two people makes just AS MUCH mess and take just AS MUCH time as making cake for a lot of people and there are no delicious cake leftovers to eat later on!   Just thought you should know!


I wanted to make my mom a tiny cake for her birthday when she stopped by for tea.  I chose to bake a tiny cake as I knew she was having birthday cake later on in the day at my sister’s house and I didn’t want her to feel like she had to eat too much cake (not that I think there’s such a thing as too much cake)  So I went to my favorite online hangout and found a link to Picky Palate and “cake for one” baked in a tuna can.  I didn’t have a tuna can and needed cake for 4 so I doubled the recipe and baked it in a 5″ round pan.

Cake is filled with raspberry preserves and frosted with an almond and vanilla flavored buttercream. 

Cute and Delicious!

Chocolate Cake for One  (I doubled this recipe for a 5″ pan)

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, melted ( I used nutella)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your pan. (or clean, empty tuna can)

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and baking soda.

In a seperate bowl, whisk together the egg, oil and extract.

Stir the two together until the batter is smooth.  Stir in the melted chocolate (or nutella)

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester poked into the middle comes out clean.

Let cake cool slightly before un molding from pan.

Once cake is completely cooled, slice in half and spread a tbsp of jam in the middle.

Like usual, I didn’t measure my buttercream ingredients, I started with 1/4 cup of unsalted butter then added icing sugar and some milk as well as a few drops of almond extract and some vanilla! 

Frost your cake as desired.


One Comment leave one →
  1. September 23, 2012 4:52 pm

    little cakes are cute. Just like the bakery called Miette. They specialize in smaller cakes because they bake better. YUM!

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