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27 Adorable Mini Cakes for Every Occasion

Whether you choose to share them or not, these adorable mini cakes are too cute not to make.

They’re great for birthdays, picnics, potlucks, and more!

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Sweet Homemade Pink Mini Cakes with Berries

I love all things mini.

From mini muffins to mini donuts, they may take a bit more time to decorate, but they’re so worth it when you see them all lined up.

And these mini cakes are no exception.

They’re ideal for celebrating with just a few people. And they’re perfect for parties when you want single-serve desserts.

Plus, they taste just like their bigger cousins! So give them a try and let me know which is your fave.

27 Easy Mini Cake Recipes from Chocolate to Pumpkin

Mini Cheesecake Bites

1. Mini Cheesecake Bites {+5 Flavors}

Is there anything better than cheesecake? It’s rich, creamy, sweet, and to die for.

And that’s true of these minis too!

Use any cookies you like and the recipe provided. Then top them off with all kinds of sweet things.

Go for strawberry jam or cherry pie filling. Or maybe spiced baked apples or salted caramel and cookies.

There are no wrong answers. So let your imagination run wild!

2. Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes 

These pineapple upside-down cakes look like something from a magazine, but they are deceptively easy to recreate. 

A box of yellow cake mix, a can of pineapple rings, and maraschino cherries are pretty much all you need. 

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They’re so incredibly moist and earn a tart zing from pineapple. Plus, you don’t ruin the effect by slicing a big cake!

3. Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes 

Pumpkin cheesecake is a wonderful way to celebrate the fragrant flavors of autumn.

They taste like extra rich pumpkin pie with the creamy and crunchy textures of cheesecake.

What’s not to love?

Nutmeg and cinnamon ensure every bite is warm and sweet. Meanwhile, the classic cracker crust adds a delightful crunch. 

For a show-stopping presentation, top each pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon. 

4. Baby Sweet Potato Cakes with Sticky Caramel Sauce 

Want to celebrate fall flavors but don’t love pumpkin and apple? Or maybe you’re just on the hunt for something unique?

Either way, these baby sweet potato cakes with sticky caramel sauce will make you forget about that pumpkin spice latte. 

The cakes are impossibly moist, and that drizzle of caramel will make your mouth water.

Pair warm cakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a wonderful treat after a long day of raking leaves. 

5. Mini Bundt Cakes 

Bundt cakes are always impressive. And that’s all thanks to the fun baking pans.

But these minis are something else!

You can get mini bundt pans online, and they’re fluted to give you a nice finish on the sponge.

Then, make a batch of these little vanilla cakes with a delicious swirl of chocolate that oozes into every bite. 

Leave them naked, or get creative with chocolate ganache or sugar glazes. Yum!

6. Mini Strawberry Cake 

Sheet cakes are the holy grail of simple baking.

But the downside is you have to make an entire sheet…right?

Wrong! This mini strawberry sheet cake recipe is the perfect amount of batter for an 8×8-inch square pan.

And with a roasted strawberry puree in the mix, it’s overflowing with fruity flavors.

Sweet Oreo Cheesecake Bites

7. Oreo Cheesecake Bites

Any cookies and cream fans in the crowd? Then this is the recipe for you!

You’ll put a whole Oreo at the bottom. That way, you get the same taste and crunchy texture, but don’t have to worry about making crumbs.

Plus, there’s chopped Oreos in the cheesecake filling too. So there’s no escaping the dark chocolate goodness.

That said, you can use any cookies you prefer here. I’m a big fan of Golden Oreos, and seasonal flavors are always fun for holiday parties.

8. Mini Peanut Butter Cake

Bust out that much-neglected 4-inch cake pan, and say “hello” to this peanut butter mini cake!

It’s the perfect cake to serve when you want to impress a party of two (and don’t want any leftovers).

And with peanut butter in the cake and frosting, it’s about as sweet and nutty as it gets.

Needless to say, this mini peanut butter creation is a cake reserved only for the peanut butter fanatics in your life (which is everyone, right?).

9. Texas Sheet Cake Bites

Texas sheet cake is usually pretty big, and it’s ideal for bringing to parties and potlucks.

But how stinkin’ cute are these little bites?

Thanks to the buttermilk, they’re impossibly tender. And baking the batter in mini muffins tins means you don’t need to worry about cutting portions.

Getting the glaze on is a bit messy, but they’re more than worth it!

10. Mini Strawberry Chiffon Cake 

Chiffon cake is similar to angel food cake but is a little more buttery and fatty. Yes, please! 

And if you want to whip up a cake for one or two people, this mini strawberry chiffon cake is a must-try. 

The crumb is light and airy and demands a soft vanilla whipped cream icing. It’s pretty and summery, and you don’t have to share if you don’t want to!

11. Swedish Almond Cake

If you’ve ever tried any European cakes before, you’ll know they’re not typically smothered in glazes and frosting.

But that doesn’t make them dry. Quite the opposite, in fact!

This Swedish almond cake is soft and fluffy with the most heavenly blend of spices.

The mix of almond and cardamom is to die for. And the cake itself couldn’t be easier to whip up!

12. Praline Mini Cakes 

If pecan pie is your Thanksgiving go-to, you’ll fall in love with these sweet and nutty praline mini cakes at first bite. 

They’re moist, nutty, and super tender, thanks to brown sugar, toffee bits, and pecans. 

The sponge is lovely on its own, but the brown sugar icing takes them over the top!

13. Mini Lemon Blueberry Cheesecakes 

What I love most about these mini lemon and blueberry cheesecakes is that they aren’t overly sweet. 

The cheesecake is light and tart, thanks to an infusion of fresh lemons.

And though the blueberry swirl is sweet, it’s also fruity and tart, making them beautifully balanced.

Plus, you can’t beat that color on top!

14. Mini Funfetti Cake 

Speaking of great color: it doesn’t get more colorful than funfetti!

This one is an excellent option for an intimate birthday for one (or two). You’ll love the sweet vanilla cake and silky frosting.

Add sprinkles to the cake batter and sprinkle them on top, and you’re all set.

15. Mini Apple Cider Cakes 

Are you hunting for a show-stopping dessert to bring to your next holiday party?

Well, not only do these mini apple cider cakes look like something from Martha Stewart’s Insta, but they taste just as good as they look!

The sponge features the bright flavors of apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

And that cinnamon sugar coating? My mouth waters just thinking about it. 

16. Super-Moist Mini Red Velvet Cakes 

As the name suggests, this recipe leaves you with super-moist red velvet cakes that’re so moist, your fork glides through them like butter.

Bright and tart, you’ll add buttermilk and apple cider vinegar to ensure the crumb is tender and flavorful.

Pair it with homemade cream cheese frosting, and watch it disappear before your eyes.

17. Mini Chocolate Cake 

Believe it or not, Valentine’s day is right around the corner. And if you plan to celebrate at home, this chocolate cake for two is just the ticket.

It’s like one of these mini cakes they bring out at a fancy restaurant.

Two forks, and one perfect end to a lovely meal.

You’ll pair the rich chocolate cake with tart raspberries and a decadent chocolate frosting. 

It comes together in a flash, leaving you more than enough time to get creative with the decorations. 

18. Mini Vanilla Cake 

This mini vanilla cake is another delightful option for an anniversary or birthday.

And it’s for those of us on Team Vanilla!

I love chocolate cake as much as the next gal, but it can be overwhelming sometimes.

In contrast, vanilla is lightly sweet and warm and has just the right amount of sugary goodness to end your day.

So let’s celebrate the humble vanilla bean with a light and airy cake topped with even more vanilla frosting. 

The best part? You don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen because this cake comes together in under an hour. 

19. Salted Caramel Mini Layer Cakes 

Before you make yet another batch of cookies this weekend, check out this recipe for salted caramel mini layer cakes

They incorporate a delightfully light vanilla sponge with a salted caramel syrup that’s out of this world. 

And the proverbial cherry on top? Delicious caramel buttercream!

20. Mini Lime Pound Cakes 

This isn’t your grandma’s pound cake recipe – unless your grandma likes to get a little boozy, that is. 

These mini lime pound cakes taste like a beachy cocktail in cake form. Do I need to go on?

Infused with coconut oil and rum and topped with tart lime icing, they’re the perfect balance of sweet and tart. 

I made a batch last weekend, and they were gone before I could blink!

21. Caramel Apple Mini Cakes 

If pumpkin has worn out it’s welcome this fall, it’s time to switch things up!

Caramel apple mini cakes capture the essence of autumn and give pumpkin the night off. 

Tart apples shine in this delightfully sweet and fragrant cake infused with cinnamon, pecans, and honey. 

They’re so insanely moist, you won’t believe it. The caramel topping oozes into every nook and cranny, making them pretty hard to resist.

22. Mini Triple Chocolate Mousse Cakes 

Calling all chocolate addicts!

Nothing tames that chocolate sweet tooth quite like these triple chocolate mousse cakes. 

You’ll pair decadent layers of chocolate mousse on a chewy brownie crust.

They’re creamy, light, and the perfect chocolate dessert for dinner parties and holiday feasts.

Serve them with whipped cream and chocolate-covered strawberries!

23. Mini Chocolate Icebox Cake 

I love a good icebox cake. And this recipe captures the magic without massive portions. 

You’ll only need four simple ingredients: whipped cream, chocolate wafers, powdered sugar, and vanilla. That’s it!

Once chilled in the fridge, the crispy wafers achieve a cake-like consistency that melts in your mouth. 

24. Mini Rum Cake 

Rich, tender, and deliciously boozy, I first fell in love with rum cakes in Jamaica. And I made a batch as soon as I got home!

Dangerously simple, all you need is a simple yellow recipe topped with rum.

They’re so moist, tender, and absolutely delicious. 

Top them off with a dusting of powdered sugar and a cherry on top. Delish!

25. Mini Pumpkin Cake 

Looking for a stellar centerpiece for Thanksgiving?

Don’t let the impressive decoration fool you, these lightly spiced pumpkin cakes are a cinch to recreate.

The scrummy cake is filled with a tart cream cheese frosting, so it tastes exactly like a pumpkin roll

To take them over the top, pipe orange buttercream around the whole thing. It takes some practice, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time!

26. Mini Coffee Cake 

Dessert for breakfast, anyone?

If you love those little Hostless single-serving coffee cakes, you’ll go gaga for this homemade version. 

It pairs a simple moist yellow cake recipe with a sweet brown sugar crumble. 

As the name suggests, these mini cakes go great with a morning cup of coffee. 

27. Mini Banana Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 

It’s like banana bread in mini sheet cake form! What’s not to love about that?

This simple banana cake is so deliciously moist, it doesn’t even need frosting. But we’re frosting it anyway!

And if you don’t love chocolate and banana, feel free to use peanut butter, caramel, or vanilla frosting.

It’s delectable either way!

27 Adorable Mini Cakes for Every Occasion

Whether you choose to share them or not, these adorable mini cakes are too cute not to make. They’re great for birthdays, picnics, potlucks, and more!

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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