Mini Chocolate Cakes!

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A Delicious, Light, and Moreish version of one of my Favourites! Mini Chocolate Cakes! Chocolate Sponge, Chocolate Buttercream, Chocolate Drizzles!

So after making and posting my Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes the other week, I knew I had to post the Chocolate version. In all honesty I baked them on the same day as the Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes as these were also part of a mini Afternoon Tea I baked for, but I didn’t want to post them on the same day. I am quite a fan of Mini Cakes now after these two recipes, and all I want to do is bake in mini. Literally I want EVERYTHING in Mini!

I decided to base this recipe on my Chocolate Cupcakes recipe as its a classic, and it always bakes perfectly for me. These Mini Cakes when baked into the special tin, can sometimes take a little less time to bake in comparison to baking in cupcake cases. I’m not sure why, but they’ve always baked a little quicker for me! I do love these tins though. They’re perfect for Mini Cakes, Cheesecakes, and more.

I decided to drizzle over some chocolate as I wasn’t too sure how to decorate these cakes. I usually decorate Cupcakes with Buttercream on top, and then a chocolate bar of sorts for example. However, with these, I didn’t want to put buttercream on top as well as I thought it would be too much. You will probably still have some buttercream left over so be warned! (If in doubt, buttercream does freeze well!)

You can use any cocoa powder you like in chocolate cakes, but supermarket wise Bournville is my favourite! It gives such a lovely chocolate taste. The one I buy from Makro/Online is the Cacao Barry Extra Brute one and its delightful. Yes, it is quite expensive, but its a big bag and its definitely my favourite cocoa powder ever! The lucky thing is though, these recipes are so adaptable it honestly doesn’t matter too much! Either way, I hope you love this recipe as much as I and my friends did! Enjoy! x

Mini Chocolate Cakes!

A Delicious, Light, and Moreish version of one of my Favourites! Mini Chocolate Cakes! Chocolate Sponge, Chocolate Buttercream, Chocolate Drizzles!
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Category: Dessert
Type: Cakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Decorating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 12 Mini Cakes
Author: Jane's Patisserie


Mini Chocolate Cakes

  • 175 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 175 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 135 g Self Raising Flour
  • 40 g Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 125 g Unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • 225 g Icing Sugar
  • 25 g Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • 50 g Milk Chocolate (melted)
  • 50 g White Chocolate (melted)
  • Sprinkles


  • Preheat your oven to 170C/160CFan and grease and flour, or cut mini circles and line the bottoms of your cups in your 12-Hole Mini Sandwich Tin!
  • Cream together the Butter/Stork and Light Brown Sugar with an electric beater till smooth – add in the Beaten Eggs, Flour, Cocoa Powder and Vanilla and beat again for about about 20-30 seconds on a Medium Speed – it really doesn’t take too long, you don’t want to overbeat it!.
  • Spoon into your tin evenly per cup and Bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes or until cooked through! Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Once the cakes are cool, make the frosting – beat the softened Butter until smooth – this can take a couple of minutes. Add in the Icing Sugar and Cocoa Powder 1/3 at a time, making sure the sugar is fully incorporated each time until moving on! I use my KitchenAid for Frostings as the machine can make it so much lighter and fluffier!
  • Keep on beating the Frosting but add the Vanilla, and then add 1 tbsp of Boiling Water at a time till you reach your desired consistency! I usually use about 1-2 spoonfuls!
  • Cut each cake in half carefully – using a piping bag, pipe on some buttercream for each cake and then add the other half of each mini cake on top!
  • Decorate your cupcakes how you like – I melted over some white chocolate, milk chocolate and then some sprinkles! ENJOY!


I use this 12-Hole Mini Sandwich Tin tin for this recipe! You can easily use cupcake cases instead, and take them out and cut them that way, but it doesn’t look nearly as good!
These Mini Cakes will last in an airtight container for 2-3 days!
Nutrition Facts
Mini Chocolate Cakes!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* These are only estimates and can vary dependant on brands of ingredients and serving sizes.


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  • Amanda Soar
    March 15, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Jane love your recipes , I wanted to make some miniature cakes in lemon and was wondering if measurements would be the same as lemon and poppy seed for example. Thanks Amanda x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 16, 2019 at 7:42 am

      Have a look at my mini victoria sponge cakes, and then add lemon to those! x

  • Saj
    January 28, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    These along with the mini victoria sponge cakes are so pretty. I can not wait to try these for my friends engagement party! Although i do have a question.. which nozzle did you use to pipe out the buttercream?

  • Jessica
    October 17, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Do these need to be kept in an airtight container in the fridge to last?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      No, never keep cake in the fridge as it dries it out. Very few cakes should be in the fridge.

  • Sammie
    September 26, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    These look absolutely beautiful and full of chocolatey deliciousness. Congratulations on your new site. It’s clean, easy to navigate and full of your yummy recipes. X

  • Sandy
    September 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    This looks so pretty, I am excited to make this.

  • Emma @ Lights, Camera, BAKE!
    September 18, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    These look so cute and fun! I love mini desserts and mini cakes are no exception!

  • Adele
    September 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Hi, Jane how much mix would u recommend putting in the tin, about 3/4 s ?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 18, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      I split the mixture evenly between the 12 cakes, so whatever that is!

  • Carolyn
    September 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Jane these look adorable and so yummy! I definitely want to try making these over the next couple of weeks! Also, I didn’t realise that you have a Sweet Treats book available?! This actually makes me so happy – I can’t wait to have a look through your recipes!

    Carolyn x


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