Mini Yellow Cakes with Malt Chocolate Frosting

Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts

I have finished The Crown (I am a professional binge-watcher) and I LOVED IT. I love history and fell right into the series because of Wallis Simpson. I watched a documentary on her a few years ago so I felt like I already knew a small piece of the puzzle. I will admit that it was rather slow in the beginning but if you stick with it, it’s fascinating.

Now I’ve moved onto ABSTRACT. It’s like chef’s table but for artists and I’m so very into it because I find the process of any and all artists so interesting. I even love finding out how my food blog friends work. Like, oh you use fake light?! COOL! You get your surfaces and props from where? Interesting. I love the behind-the-scenes; I find it so very interesting.

I’m gonna be honest: these lil’ cakes look so neat and tidy but decorating them blew up my kitchen. I had five piping bags and somehow forgot to put twisty-ties on the end and frosting was gushing out the other end. I had like a pile of towels all filled with chocolate frosting and my hair was a hot mess. VERY grateful I was home alone because Amelia passes no judgement!

But when I finally came up for air and dug myself out of the mess, I loved how these little cakes turned out.

The yellow cake is delicious and rich. And the frosting is my absolute new-favorite.

It starts making a small batch of yellow cake batter and pouring it onto a quarter baking sheet. It bakes up in 15 minutes and after it cools, I stamped it out with a 3-inch biscuit cutter. I should’ve (and you definitely should) chilled the stamped out cake so it was easier to decorate.

Cold cake is ALWAYS easier than warm and soft cake. I know this but for some reason I thought I could get away with it and I so couldn’t.

The chocolate frosting is my absolute favorite because the addition of malt powder makes my eyes turn into hearts. They taste like whoppers.

When I went to the movies when I was little, whoppers were always my go-to candy. I never chewed them; I always just sucked on them until they completely dissolved. So strange that I remember those little things from childhood. Little habits that have no real significance.

But when I ate a spoonful of this frosting, I was like Oh! That tastes like the movies.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mini Yellow Cakes with Malt Chocolate Frosting

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serving Size: 3 to 4 mini cakes


Yellow Mini Cakes:

  • 1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk

Malted Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon malted milk powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla paste or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and line a quarter baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • To a medium bowl, add the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and beat until completely combined, about 2 minutes. Next, add the vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour and milk, alternating between the two, starting and ending with the flour. Mix for about 20 seconds, until you no longer see any little speckles of flour. Pour the batter into the prepared quarter baking sheet and smooth out the top.
  • Transfer to the oven to bake for 17 to 20 minutes, until a cake skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar, malted milk powder, melted (but cooled!) chocolate, vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • To arrange and decorate: Using a 3-inch cookie or biscuit cutter, stamp out cake rounds. You should get about 12. Transfer to the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.
  • Decorate the cakes as you like. I made one 4-layer cake, two 3-layer cakes and one 2-layer cake. I added sprinkles to the sides, to the tops and piped on little flowers and dollops. Get creative!
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  • Reply Rachael February 13, 2017 at 8:07 am

    These look so delicious and CUTE!

    Rachael xx.

  • Reply youthfoodblog February 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Cute and cozy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Celia Becker @ February 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Malted chocolate frosting OH MY!!! I’m such a sucker for anything with malted milk powder. It somehow reminds me of going to the malt shop as a child and asking for extra malt powder. What is it about that flavor that just sorta kicks things up a notch! And your baby cakes are so darn cute. Good job!

  • Reply Kristie February 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm


  • Reply Carlos At Spoonabilities February 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    These mini cakes are so cute and, as always beautiful photography!

  • Reply katie February 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Perfectly wonderful and exactly what I’ll be making this week. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Sandra February 12, 2017 at 11:01 am

    The cutest thing is that you actually cut a slice out of that little cake, like that would stop anyone from devouring the whole thing in one sitting.

  • Reply Lady Lucas February 12, 2017 at 10:57 am

    These look divine! I love the color palette most – soft chocolate with the rainbow sprinkles. Super cute 😉

  • Reply Mary February 12, 2017 at 10:24 am

    So Cute! I too loved Whoppers at the movies-and ate them the same way! Think I need to make a bowl of your frosting! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lori February 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

    These are the cutest and I love your photos! Love the idea of a Malted Chocolate Frosting 🙂

  • Reply michelle @ hummingbird high February 12, 2017 at 7:07 am


  • Reply Gabi Valladares February 12, 2017 at 4:05 am

    These cakes are ADORABLE! Especially the one covered in sprinkles

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food February 12, 2017 at 3:13 am

    These are the cutest!! Tempted to whip them out for my daughter’s 2 year birthday party but I am sure the tots would not appreciate the cuteness as much as the adults.

  • Reply heather (delicious not gorgeous) February 12, 2017 at 12:52 am

    i love mini cakes! i tend to have too much dessert around anyways, so a full sized cake in the house tends to create unnecessary self-control tests.

  • Reply Izzy February 12, 2017 at 12:27 am

    These are so cute! x
    I love the idea of a mini cake – means you can eat more 😉
    Izzy –

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