Sunday, August 31, 2014

Single Serving Cake

Hungry for only a small serving of cake? Looking for a romantic dessert for two? Low on ingredients? Birthday cake just for you? THIS is the cake recipe you were looking for!

In my house, cake goes bad before we can eat it, besides, who wants all the calories of a whole entire cake? But sometimes you just want a little something after dinner for your sweet tooth. If you've tried that yucky cake recipe in a mug--this is not it. This single serving cake recipe is actually GOOD!

Tin Can Cakes, The Ultimate In Tin Can Baking

Cake For Two The Easy Way

You'll need two 14-15 oz tin cans to serve as your baking pans. Wash them and remove the paper label. You can either do it the hard way (I haven't done this since the 70s) and rub the inside with butter then tap in flour or simply spray with Baker's Joy. Poof! That's it! Welcome to the 20th century, kids. You won't believe how easy this two serving cake recipe is to make!

Cake For Two So Many Ways
Decorate Like Crazy!

Cake Recipe
A Basic Yellow Cake Can Become Anything
I know chocolate is a big favorite, but because these cakes are so tiny, a little flavor goes a long way. A yellow cake can be decorated with shaved chocolate curls, frosted with mocha frosting, sprinkled with mini chocolate chips, or dusted with cocoa powder. This cake is a fine blank canvas to run wild with all your secret cake decorating ideas.

If you MUST have chocolate, add 2 tbls unsweetened cocoa powder to mix. Voila--chocolate cake!

Tin cans should be washed, label removed, and sprayed with Baker's Joy
  • Serves: 2
  • 2 tin cans
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tbl buttermilk
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbl butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix everything together BUT not by hand. If you do not use a mixer, either a stand mixer or a stick mixer, the cake will be a nice sweetened biscuit. It can be cut in half, filled, and frosted, but the texture will not be cake, it will be a biscuit. You must get air into the batter.
  2. Half the batter into each tin can and to avoid tipping, place the cans on a cookie sheet to bake. 30 minutes.
  3. When they're done, the trick to turning a cake out of the pan is to place the pans on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Then, turn upside down and the cake will drop out without a problem. If you wait too long, the oils will harden and the cakes will not pop out cleanly. Wait 5 minutes, then flip them out.
  4. In case you were wondering- 432 Calories per cake.
Without a Mixer 

With a Mixer
Light and Fluffy

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Dessert For Two
Make It Pretty! 
Frosting? Remember, these little cakes are sweet and small so a lot of frosting will cause you to fall into a diabetic coma!  Go light and airy and be creative!
  • Whipped cream frosting--1/2 cup cream with a touch of sugar, whipped to stiff peaks will frost both cakes.
  • Decorate with a smooth topping of sweetened cream cheese and mandarin orange slices arranged in a wheel over top
  • Cut them in half and fill with jam mixed with cream cheese.
  • Fill and drizzle with blueberry sauce-1 tsp grated lemon peel, juice of 2 lemons, 1 1/3 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh), 1/2 cup sugar. Heat and cook into a thick chunky sauce.
  • Mix Key Lime juice and powdered sugar to make a glaze to pour over top.
  • Just sprinkle the cakes with powdered sugar.
  • Serve with a dollop of ice cream!
  • Serve with a spoonful of candied kumquats!
  • Nutella as cake filling!
  • Apple Butter filling!

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Single Serving Cake! 

Filling is apricot jam with cream cheese and a dash of almond extract 

Lime juice with powdered sugar glaze over top. Pineapple, cherry, and orange marmalade mixed with cream cheese as the filling inside.

Cake Recipe, Cuban Style
A Single Serving Of The Tropics!

Guava jelly as filling, cream cheese frosting, toasted coconut sprinkled on top!

Cream Cheese Frosting For Single Serving Size Cakes
You will have leftovers. Try it the next night on a new cake!

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbls butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • dash of vanilla
Whip it up in your mixer. Use while room temperature. Top with toasted coconut!
Toasted Coconut Topping

Toasting coconut is too simple! Put the amount of shredded bagged coconut you want in a frying pan. Heat it until golden! That's it!

Single Serving Cake and Buttermilk

Did You Know...?

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Want more ideas?

Stay tuned for my Christmas Cakes for 2 coming soon