How to Make Mini Cakes

Mini Cakes

Have you seen a cake the same height as a toothpick? No? Well here is your chance to make one! I made a cake that is nice and gooey from scratch. The good type of gooey, not the undercooked type.

Before we jump into this recipe, let’s talk about baking.  If you are new to it, it might seem a bit too difficult to try.  Have no fear! We reached out to North’s very own culinary teacher Ms. Prettyman for some pro tips.

She says that one of the most important things when baking cakes is measurements!

She told us to be especially attentive to making sure we prepare the pans correctly so the cake does not stick. Just imagine following a great recipe and when it is time for you to get the cake out of the pan, it gets stuck and crumbles to pieces.

We wouldn’t want that or anything else happening, so here is a link with some tips Ms. Prettyman uses with her students! https://www.bbcgoodfood .com/howto/guide/how-make-cake-top-10-tips-success

If you like a cake that is more on the dry side while still staying moist inside, then I definitely would recommend the Betty Crocker cake mix. You can use a round cake pan or a rectangular one like I did.


Baking Soda
Cocoa Powder
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Gather all the dry ingredients together. This includes flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  3. Measure out 1.5 cups of flour and dump into a big bowl
  4. Add the 1.5 cups of sugar, be sure to sift to remove lumps! 
  5. Sift in the 1/2 tbsp of baking soda and 3/4 tbsp of baking powder
  6. Add the 1/4 tsp of salt
  7. Whisk together and set aside, get another bowl ready for wet ingredients
  8. Add 2 eggs (you can beat them now or after all wet ingredients are added)
  9. Add 3/4 cups of milk
  10. Add 3/4 cup of water
  11. Add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  12. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract
  13. Whisk wet ingredients together
  14. Pour wet ingredients onto dry
  15. Use a hand mixer (if you do not have one you can also use a fork, just watch out for lumps)
  16.  Pour mixture into cake pan (Be sure to grease it by rubbing butter all over it or by using a nonstick spray!!) and place in the oven, set timer for 35 min
Refer to step 2
At steps 1-7 you should have this
Make sure it does not look like this! Mix correctly
After adding your wet ingredients, you should have this
Stick a toothpick or fork in and make sure it comes out dry!
Use a cup to cut out a round shape for the mini cake








Add food coloring (optional) to frosting
Frost the cake!
Yay! You just made a cake shorter than a toothpick