This mini vanilla cake recipe is baked in a 6-inch cake pan and is the perfect size for 2-4 people. Topped with a few buttercream flowers and sprinkled with fresh berries this cake makes a nice presentation.
- Butter - Use room temperature butter, but it should still be firm and indent easily if you press on the surface with your finger. I use salted butter, the added salt will lessen the sweetness of the buttercream so that's another reason I use it. I do keep a couple of sticks of unsalted butter for those rare cases when it might be especially important to use unsalted butter.
- Flour - As a general rule, I use King Arthur's all-purpose flour for most cakes, because this is what most people buy and have available.
- Sugar - Two types of sugar are used, granulated sugar is used to cream the butter. The confectioners or powder sugar is for the buttercream frosting. Both types are easily available in the local grocery store.
- Sour Cream - I'm a Knudsen girl but Daisy is in a cuter package. 🙂
- Cream Cheese- Use cream cheese in a block, don't use whipped.
- Vanilla Paste & Extract - For the cake, I use paste because it's a nice deep vanilla flavor, and the little flecks of vanilla bean are a nice touch. For the frosting, I use Extract because I want a smooth creamy white appearance.
Frosting - Sometimes I make the frosting the night before, it really easy and stores wells. Use a hand mixer on medium-low and place the softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl and the butter and cream cheese using until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Next add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and cream cheese.
If you make the frosting ahead of time, to remove any air bubbles before frosting the cake.
To make the cake first preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare the cake pan then set aside.
Next cream the butter and sugar and add the vanilla and egg and mix together.
Add the dry ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to mix.
Add half the dry mix to the creamed butter and mix until just blended, add the buttermilk and then mix in the remaining dry mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared 6-inch cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a cake tester or toothpick into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean or with just a couple of moist crumbs, it's done!
Don’t over mix the batter. Mix on low speed just enough to blend. Over mixing will cause a dense cake.
Spray your pans with cooking oil & line bottoms with parchment. To help ensure cakes come out cleanly.
Use baking times as a guideline only. Every oven is different. Some run hot, some run cold, and only you know how your oven bakes. For best results use an oven thermometer and adjust the temperature as needed.
Cool cakes completely before frosting. Don’t rush here, if the cakes is warm your frosting will warm and thin making it difficult to properly frost the cake.
If you like my mini vanilla cake recipe, try my small carrot cake recipe, it's one of my favorites!
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Tips for using store bought frosting?
Sometimes I just don’t want to take the time to make my own frosting so I'll use store bought and make a few simple adjustments. Adding cream cheese and mixing it in with the store bought frosting lessens the sugary flavor. I also add just a tad of vanilla extract to up the vanilla flavor.
When using store-bought my go-to is Duncan Hines, however, the Betty Crocker brand is also good. I don’t recommend using any of these straight out of the can, they all need a little work. You spent the time to bake a cake from scratch so you want the best flavor possible.
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