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small chocolate cake recipe by british girl bakes

Small Chocolate Cake Recipe

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  • Author: Emily


This small chocolate cake recipe is not only versatile, it’s also absolutely delicious! It’s rich and moist and super chocolatey but not too sweet. Follow these directions to use it for small cakes (4 inch or 6 inch), cupcakes, mini bundt cakes or a tray bake cake!


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  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


1. In a small bowl, whisk cocoa powder and hot water together until the cocoa powder dissolves. Set aside to cool.

2. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and mix to combine.

3. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Add to the mixing bowl and mix on the lowest speed setting for one minute. Scrape down to the bottom of the mixing bowl with a spatula to loosen any ingredients. Mix again until you can't see the flour in the batter.

4. Add the cocoa powder mixture to the mixing bowl and mix on the lowest speed until the batter is smooth. It will be runny!

4. Follow these baking times and temperatures:

  • For a three layer 4" cake: 21 minutes at 350F
  • For a two layer 6" cake: 16 minutes at 350F
  • For 7 cupcakes: 14 minutes at 375F
  • For 6 mini bundt cakes: 19 minutes at 375F
  • For a 9" x 6" tray bake cake: 29 minutes at 350F