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Easy and delicious cakes in the viral mini loaf tins – so easy to make and such a cute baking idea!

Mini loaf tins

So these tins have gone viral in the baking world, and I just can’t keep up with them… honestly, they are everywhere! Like the bronuts, I thought it was about time that I gave them a go to give the rest of you a chance to try them as well.

I, obviously, didn’t invent this idea but they are so fun and I really wanted to give them a go as much as possible. They look cute, they’re great for mini gifts and you can have so much fun.

There are a variety of them to buy online, but these are the exact ones I used for the bakes in the photos – but here is another set that I tried as well when testing out recipes.

I do re-use my tins after they have had a bake in them – I wash them out and use again or use them for storage or sprinkles, piping tips, etc – try not to throw them away after one use! 

Cake recipes

For the main recipe for this post, I went for a vanilla cake as I wanted to show the basics of a cake sponge, and how much it takes to fill a certain amount of mini cake tins.

For 12 mini cake tins I used a 5 egg recipe with 275g butter, sugar, self raising flour, 5 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract mixed together and split between the 12 mini tins. I found putting 80-85g of cake mix was ideal for these tins.

When baking these you don’t want to overfill them as you need to be able to fit the decoration on top of the cake and under the lid of the case so the 80-85g is perfect. Some little tins may vary, but this has worked well so far.

I also made some using my chocolate fudge cupcake recipe and found the batch of 12 cupcakes made 8 mini cake tins perfectly – so this may help if you want to convert a cupcake recipe to these tins.

Cheesecake Recipes

The good thing about all of these mini cake tins is that you can basically put whatever you want in them as they are oven safe, but also they can be used for delicious things such as cheesecakes.

I decided to try out my no-bake Rolo cheesecake in the tins, and using half of the cheesecake recipe made 6 Rolo cheesecakes and it was perfect. I split the biscuit base between the 6 mini tins, and then piped the cheesecake mixture on top.

I put the Rolos on top of the cheesecake mix, instead of mixing into the cheesecake mix as I nearly forgot to put them in, but after they’d set I decorate with some swirls of sweetened cream and extra Rolos like always, and they looked great.

Traybake Recipes

Another delicious example I tried was brownies – I tried my triple chocolate brownie recipe and oh wow they were absolutely delicious. They baked so well into the tray, and then I decorated with a drizzle of some extra chocolate and some decoration.

I found that half of the brownie recipe made six brownies, so the full brownie recipe would make 10-12. You can afford to fill the brownie tins slightly more as they don’t rise much, and the decoration is a lot less compared to a cake.


I used a standard decoration of an American buttercream frosting, because it’s so easy to make and again these are based on a basic vanilla cake/cupcake recipe. You can of course decorate them with whatever you fancy.

I used my favourite 2d closed star piping tip to decorate all of these beautiful mini cake tin bakes, but it worked well. I did some swirls, some stars, and decorated with a variety of sprinkles and it worked wonders.

Tips & Tricks

Adapting other recipes

  • A 12 cupcake mixture makes – 8 mini cake tins
  • A full cheesecake mixture makes – 12 mini cake tins
  • A brownie/blondie mixture makes – 12 mini cake tins

Filling the mini cake tins

  • For cake mixtures you want to use 80-85g worth so you have enough room for decoration
    Brownies you can fill more as they don’t rise as much or need as much decoration

Tips & Tricks


Mini loaf tins!

Easy and delicious cakes in the viral mini loaf tins - so easy to make and such a cute baking idea!
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Category: Cake
Type: Cakes
Keyword: Loaf cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling & Decorating: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 12 mini loaf tins
Author: Jane's Patisserie


Cake mixture

  • 275 g unsalted butter (or baking spread)
  • 275 g caster sugar
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 275 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 250 g unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 500 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc/160ºc fan and prep 12 of the mini cake tins onto large trays. I put 6 per tray. 
  • Add the butter and sugar to a bowl and mix together until creamy
  • Add the eggs, flour and vanilla and mix together again until thick
  • Add the mixture to a piping bag (or you can use spoons) and add 80-85g of mix to each mini cake tin. I put each mini cake tin onto my scales so it was accurate 
  • Bake the mini cake tins in the oven for 20+ minutes until baked
  • Once baked, remove the trays from the oven and leave to cool on the side fully
  • Add the room temperature butter to a bowl, and beat until smooth
  • Add the icing sugar and vanilla extract and beat again for 5 minutes or so until light and fluffy
  • Add to a piping bag with your chosen piping tip and then decorate the cupcakes with the frosting
  • Add sprinkles to decorate and enjoy. 


Adapting other recipes (it can vary) 
  • A 12 cupcake mixture makes - 8 mini cake tins
  • A full cheesecake mixture makes - 12 mini cake tins
  • A brownie/blondie mixture makes - 12 mini cake tins
Filling the mini cake tins
  • For cake mixtures you want to use 80-85g worth so you have enough room for decoration
    Brownies you can fill more as they don’t rise as much or need as much decoration
Tips & Tricks



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  1. Anthony on May 16, 2024 at 3:44 pm

    5 stars
    Always loving the recipes. Has anyone else ordered the second tins on the recommendations and had the first five or so completely dented on the sides? I only ordered those ones due to Amazon Prime next day delivery. Have messaged the company selling but no reply. Apart from that these go down a treat no matter what cake I bake in them from Jane’s collection 👨‍🍳

  2. BA on April 28, 2024 at 4:21 pm

    Hi! If you frost them and then freeze, how do you defrost them? I don’t want them to get soggy, but I have a large order and I need to bake ahead. Do I keep them wrapped until defrosted to prevent condensation, and can I defrost on the counter rather than the refrigerator? Thank you!

  3. Zed on April 4, 2024 at 3:48 am

    Hiya, are these loaf tins classed as air tight containers?x

  4. Sarah on January 28, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    Could you send the link to buy these pans? Am I missing it?!

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 29, 2024 at 2:46 pm

      It’s in the notes and on the recipe!

  5. Ginny on November 27, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    5 stars
    I am about to use these tins and your tips to do a charity bake sale.
    Can you let me know how long you baked the brownies for please? I don’t really have the time to trial and error with them.
    Thank you in advance
    Ginny x

  6. Fathima on October 24, 2023 at 9:55 am

    Hi Jane! Your tin cakes look amazing. Would love to try them for the first time. Im planning on a pop up at an event. I might have to bake a big batch of these tins. Do you think i can bake them a week ahead and freeze , frost the day befo event? If yes, whats the process for freezing?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 28, 2023 at 11:48 am

      Yes for sure! Once cooled completely, freeze covered x

  7. Lora Turner on October 12, 2023 at 1:58 am

    Love your recipes!! I have a event Saturday October 14,2023 and so much to do!! Still!! lol
    How far in advance can a mini loaf pan cake be baked and decorated??
    I always bake fresh for orders but with this there is no way to do it all in one day. Thank you! And thank you for sharing your

  8. Julie on October 10, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Jane ,using these mini tins could you tell me if I make xmas cake mix how much per min tin and roughly how long do I bake for please.? Thank you for any help advice 😊

    • Julie Billington on March 25, 2024 at 10:56 am

      Hi Jane, I had a go at baking these lovely cakes but they stuck to the tin (not same supplier as yours). Would you advise greasing or use flour inside the tins?
      Thank you

  9. Leah on October 3, 2023 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Firstly I love your recipes.
    Would it be possible to do your old school cake as mini loaf cakes. If so are the measurments the same or do I have to alter them? Also how many would it make?. And what is the baking time? X

  10. Leah on September 30, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Can I use your old school cake recipe and put it in these tins. If so, would the measurements of the ingredients be the same and how many would it make? Also would the baking time be the same?

  11. Samantha Carter on August 12, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Jane
    I only have large eggs – how many would I use please?
    Thank you

    • Priscilla on September 27, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      Hey @ Samantha Carter 5 medium eggs = 4 large eggs

  12. Claire on August 10, 2023 at 11:21 am

    To freeze do you just pop the lids on or do I need to wrap in foil as well aa I would normally do with sponge??

    • Marianne Rolfe on September 2, 2023 at 10:36 pm

      Hello you can freeze with the lids on but I would put them in a large freezer bag too x

  13. Carol on August 1, 2023 at 3:04 am

    5 stars
    Jane’s Patisserie has hit the mark with these Mini Loaf Tins recipes! The mini loaf tins are a genius idea, offering a fun twist on traditional loaf cakes. The post is a treasure trove of delectable flavors, from classic to innovative, all made in perfectly portioned sizes. The lemon blueberry and raspberry almond loaves are calling my name for a delightful afternoon tea, while the triple chocolate and Nutella-stuffed loaves are the ultimate treats for chocolate lovers. Jane’s easy-to-follow instructions and helpful baking tips make it a breeze to recreate these scrumptious mini loaves at home. Thank you, Jane, for sharing your baking expertise and bringing joy to our kitchens!

  14. Jenny on August 1, 2023 at 3:03 am

    5 stars
    Jane’s Patisserie has done it again with these adorable Mini Loaf Tins! The post is not only filled with delicious and creative mini loaf recipes but also showcases the versatility and convenience of using mini loaf tins in baking. From classic lemon drizzle and chocolate chip banana bread to indulgent triple chocolate and raspberry almond loaves, there’s a flavor for everyone to enjoy.

  15. NiamhUK on July 26, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    Sorry I meant to ask do you grease and line these tins?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 28, 2023 at 8:29 am

      Hey! I do not x

    • Donna Desmond on September 22, 2023 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Jane,
      When you freeze these little cakes, do you freeze them with the frosting on?
      Thank you, recipe is excellent!

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 26, 2023 at 8:39 am

      I do, yes.. but you can without!

  16. Niamh UK on July 26, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring. Can’t wait for my tins to arrive tomorrow and start to experiment. Amazing as always Jane x

  17. Jill on July 26, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane’s, could I do mini banana loafs in these? Is so, how long would you cook for?

  18. Jo H on July 25, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    I used cake release oil in these but can’t get them out! Is the idea to eat it from the tin?

  19. Katy on July 23, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    Hi jane just bought these and was looking for a recipes so amazing you have added this
    If im halving a recipe how does that work if you need 3 eggs ?
    Thanks katy

    • Abby on January 14, 2024 at 6:16 am

      Hi, Do you take out the cake from the pan after baking or you leave the cake to cool in the pan?

  20. Leah on July 20, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jayne, firstly just want to say I love your recipes! I was hoping to bake brownies using these tins. Would the oven temp and time be the same as the triple brownie recipe? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 28, 2023 at 9:43 am

      Hiya! About 18-20 minutes is perfect! x

  21. Abdullah on July 19, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Wow, can’t wait to try this.
    Just got a question about brownies. How long will you bake the brownies for in these mini tins?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 28, 2023 at 9:43 am

      Hiya! About 18-20 minutes is perfect! x

  22. Peta Ashbee on July 19, 2023 at 9:45 am

    5 stars
    These cakes look amazing, I would change the topping, instead of butter, I would use Mascapone or Ricotta cream cheese, it’s not so rich and sweet, and works very well. Do you think it would work on these little cakes?
    I will go to Amazon Shop to see if I can buy the mini loaf tins from there. I will also buy your book when it becomes available.

  23. Judy on July 19, 2023 at 9:30 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane they look so nice and so glad you gave recipes and ideas of what to fill them with how long would you bake the brownies for in the tins and at what oven temperature thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 28, 2023 at 9:44 am

      Hiya! About 18-20 minutes is perfect! x

  24. Hayley Stephenson on July 19, 2023 at 9:25 am

    What measurement would you put in these from your school cake recipe?

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