Tiny Chocolate Velvet Cakes with Vanilla Frosting

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, January 13, 2010

There’s something about miniature, well, anything that makes me swoon.  My mom knows this and she got me the cutest cookbook that’s all about tiny desserts.  Thanks, Mom!

This cookbook has so many recipes I want to try; here’s a look at the first.  These itty bitty, moist, subtly chocolate wonders are yummy and the vanilla frosting is icing on the cake,  quite literally.  And when you apply the frosting like this, it takes mere seconds and is soooo stinkin’ cute.  A perfect way to end dinner with a group of friends, which is where I took these last week.

And for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, these would be adorable as a red velvet cake.  Just add one tablespoon red food coloring to the cake batter and you’ve got yourself a festive treat.


Chocolate Velvet Cakes

recipe from Petite Sweets by Beatrice Ojakangas
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes.
  • Ready in 30 Minutes.
  • Makes: 24 Servings
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Frosting (recipe follows)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coat 24 miniature muffin cups with cooking spray or line with miniature paper liners.
  • Cream butter and add the sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and mix in the cocoa.
  • In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda.
  • In a 1-cup measuring glass, mix the buttermilk, vinegar and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture. Beat until batter is smooth and fluffy.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, dividing equally. The batter will come nearly to the top of each cup.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cakes feel firm when touched in the center. Remove from the oven and cool.
  • Frost with vanilla frosting (recipe follows).

Vanilla Frosting

recipe from Petite Sweets by Beatrice Ojakangas
  • Ready in 0 Minute.
  • Makes: 24 Servings
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a small saucepan, combine the flour and milk. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Cover and chill.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, beat the sugar, butter and vanilla until thick and light.
  • Add the chilled flour mixture to the creamed mixture and blend until smooth.
  • Frost each cooled cake and enjoy one little cute cake at a time!

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