Imagine a cake so small that it could fit in your hand? A mini cake is that cake and it is moist, delicious and the perfect size for an individual gift/a mini birthday cake. Variations included!
A Mini Cake makes the cutest cake/gift ever. Imagine getting a Mini Birthday Cake that is all for you and maybe one more person if you are feeling generous?
Mini Cake Size
I use 2xs 4 inch cake tins in this recipe. If you don’t have 4 inch cake tins, you can make them in 6 inch cake tins.
Can the batter be made into cupcakes
It actually works really well. You will get around 8 cupcakes from this recipe. Just bake them for 19 – 20 minutes.
Flavours – You can swap out the Lime and Pineapple in this recipe for Vanilla, Lemon or any extract flavour you like. You can add spices to the batter too. A small amount of choc chips will work well as will nuts. You can skip the browning of the butter altogether.
Yoghurt/Buttermilk/Sour Cream/Milk – These are interchangeable so if you don’t have one, use another.
Oil – Use any flavourless oil in this recipe.
How to make a Mini Cake
There are 2 ways you can make this cake. The standard way, where you sieve and add your dry ingredients to one bowl and then cream the butter and sugar together in another bowl before adding the eggs one by one. After they are fully incorporated, you would then fold in the dry ingredients.
All in one method?
Or you can add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix using a hand mixer or wooden spoon for 5 minutes until a smooth batter is formed.
This is the method I used for this recipe. Maybe a slight slowed down version.
I preheated the oven and lined my tins.
I added all the dry ingredients to a bowl and then added the browned butter, oil, and eggs and beat it together until combined.
I added the milk and vanilla and mixed again.
I divided the batter between 2 tins and baked for 40 minutes.
I made buttercream with a little pineapple juice in it.
Once the cake was cool I decorated it.
Decorating a Mini Cake
I decorated this cake with a browned butter and pineapple buttercream. I used an offset spatula to spread it on. I didn’t use a turntable. I used a plate instead because I couldn’t reach my turntable! Short arms you see.. Not really. Please don’t measure them or eye them up, if we ever meet.
I pan fried the pineapples with some brown sugar to caramelise them. I lightly toasted some coconut flakes and grated the zest of some lime. You can decorate the cake however you like.
A tip for making the Best Mini Cake
- Freeze the mini cakes for 20 minutes before assembly. It makes it easier to stack and frost because this is a very soft cake.
Storage and baking in advance
- You can make this cake in advance and freeze the layers and then thaw and decorate when needed.
- You can make the buttercream 2 – 3 weeks in advance and keep it in an airtight container or freeze it for up to 3 months.
- If you have decorated it already, you can keep it in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.
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A cake so small that it can fit in your hand, flavoured with browned butter, pineapple, lime and a little coconut.
- 120 g Plain Flour Sieved
- 225 g Caster Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 55 g Unsalted Butter Browned (see notes), Browning is optional. If not browning, use melted butter
- 55 g Vegetable Oil Or any flavourless oil
- 1 large Egg
- 125 g Milk
- 1 tbsp Pineapple Juice I used the juice from a pineapple tin
- 1 tsp Lime Juice
- 170 g Unsalted Butter Room Temperature. I sometimes brown the butter. (See notes)
- 1 tbsp Pineapple Juice I used the juice from a pineapple tin
- Pinch Salt
- 370 g Icing Sugar
- 1.5 tbsp Double Cream
- Pineapple Chunks from a tin
- Lime Zest
- Coconut Flakes
Preheat oven to180 °C/Gas Mark 4.
Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder,salt) in a bowl.
Add butter, oil, and egg into the dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Add the milk and pineapple juice, and mix until just combined.
Divide the batter between the tins and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Allow the cakes to cool for 15 minutes, then run a knife around the inside of the cake tin edges before putting into the freezer.
Place cakes into the freezer for 25 minutes and once cooled, carefully remove the cakes from the tins.
Whilst the cake layers cool, make the buttercream frosting by beating the butter on medium low for 30 seconds until smooth, add the pineapple juice and salt.
Slowly add in the icing sugar before adding the cream. Continue to mix on low for a few minutes, until your desired consistency is reached.
Stack and decorate cake layers on a small plate by adding an even layer of buttercream between cake layers and around the cakes with an offset spatula. Put the cakes in the freezer for 10 minutes. Add a second, thicker layer of buttercream to the cake, and smooth using a scraper. Then decorate as you wish.
To use caramalised pineapple chunks, I add the chunks and some brown sugar to a pan on medium high and just cook till it begins to brown. Add to the top of the cake with lime zest and toasted coconut flakes.
How to brown butter - Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Swirl the pan occasionally to ensure the butter is cooking evenly. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam and then smell nutty when it begins to brown. Once you smell that nutty aroma, remove the pot off the heat and transfer too a heatproof bowl.
Buttercream - I sometimes use browned butter to make the buttercream in this recipe but it is optional. The reason I say this is because it extends the time quite a bit. So after browning the butter, I put it in the fridge for 3 hours and then beat it and continue as per the buttercream recipe above.
You can make this cake in advance and freeze the layers and then thaw and decorate when needed.
You can make the buttercream 2 - 3 weeks in advance and keep it in an airtight container or freeze it for up to 3 months.
If you have decorated it already, you can keep it in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.
Flavours - You can swap out the Lime and Pineapple in this recipe for Vanilla, Lemon or any extract flavour you like. You can add spices to the batter too. A small amount of choc chips will work well as will nuts. You can skip the browning of the butter altogether.
Yoghurt/Buttermilk/Sour Cream/Milk - These are interchangeable so if you don't have one, use another.
Oil - Use any flavourless oil in this recipe.