Crazy Easy 15 Minute Mini Cake for One

It's a common misconception that proper cakes can only be consumed in groups. 

When I say "proper cake", I mean a delicious, moist, three-layered cake with fluffy buttercream frosting. 

I'm here to tell you that you can eat a cake like that any dang time you like. When I first came up with this recipe, I imagined someone whipping it up for a Friday night in. A cute, decadent, but EASY alternative to the usual block of chocolate. 

This recipe is also very handy for colleague's birthdays. Imagine the joy they'll feel when they see this tiny treat waiting on their desk as they walk into the office on their birthday! 

15 Minute Mini Cake for One Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons/28g melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (for cooking - don't put in cake!)

15 Minute Mini Cake for One Instructions

1. Put a large frying pan on medium-high heat with the vegetable oil

2. While it heats up, mix together all the cake ingredients in a small bowl (by the time the batter is done, the pan should be hot)

3. Plop three scoops of batter onto three separate parts of the pan

4. Cook for 4 minutes then very carefully flip them and cook for 4 more minutes on the other side - when they're done, remove them from the pan and place somewhere to cool

5. While they cook, make your frosting real quick

Quick Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons / 28g butter
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 drops food colouring (I used pink!)

Quick Buttercream Frosting Instructions

1. Microwave butter in a small microwave safe bowl for 15 seconds (should be just soft)

2. Mix in the powdered sugar until smooth (note: if your powdered sugar is lumpy, sift it or break up the lumps with a fork first!!!)

3. Add the vanilla and food colouring and mix well

15 Minute Mini Cake for One Assembly Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons jam (to go between cake layers)
  • Candy, sprinkles or whatever you want to decorate with!

15 Minute Mini Cake for One Assembly Instructions

1. Use a cup or round cookie cutter to cut out a perfect circle from each cake (about 9cm/3.5 inches)

2. Put one tablespoon jam on the top of one cake and spread around

3. Place the next cake on top of the jam, spread the other tablespoon of jam on top of it and place the third cake on top

4. Carefully frost the entire cake with your buttercream frosting and decorate however you like

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