Small Batch Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peppermint Frosting

Have you thought about your Christmas menu yet? Now’s the time! Christmas Eve is only 2 weeks away!

I was chatting with a friend about it last week and she mentioned how hard it feels to create a menu for just a few people when you’re used to having a crowd for the holidays. I totally understand – we usually celebrate with our big families! – but it’s also the perfect opportunity to let small-batch treats shine.

This cutie is the perfect example! A petite chocolate cake that is perfectly sized for just 2-4 people and topped off with fluffy peppermint frosting – what more do you want for Christmas? It’s a great option for this year’s sized-down celebrations.

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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 4 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoon milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

The key to a smooth, fluffy frosting is making sure you sift your powdered sugar before beating it in. There’s nothing worse than lumps in your frosting!

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Grease your pan – it can be any small baking pan or large ramekin. I used a small pyrex.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking soda.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the semi-sweet chocoate chips at half-power for 30 second intervals, until melted.
  • Add in the eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and melted chocolate chips into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
  • Transfer batter to greased pan and bake until a knife inserted comes out clean – the time will vary based on your pan, for me it was 40 minutes.
  • Let it cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, beat the butter until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the powered sugar. Scrape down again and beat in the milk and peppermint extract until combined and fluffy.
  • Spread frosting over the cooled cake. Decorate with sprinkles and crushed candy canes, if desired.

The size of your pan is going to dictate your cook time. My pan was about 3×8″ so I had a pretty high cake and a longer bake time. If you go with a longer, lower pan, you’ll have a shorter bake time.

More Christmas Sweets

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Recipe

Small Batch Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peppermint Frosting

Small Batch Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peppermint Frosting

Yield: 2-4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 4 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoon milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Grease your pan - it can be any small baking pan or large ramekin. I used a small pyrex.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking soda.
    3. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the semi-sweet chocoate chips at half-power for 30 second intervals, until melted.
    4. Add in the eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and melted chocolate chips into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
    5. Transfer batter to greased pan and bake until a knife inserted comes out clean – the time will vary based on your pan, for me it was 40 minutes.
    6. Let it cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.
    7. To make the frosting, beat the butter until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the powered sugar. Scrape down again and beat in the milk and peppermint extract until combined and fluffy.
    8. Spread frosting over the cooled cake. Decorate with sprinkles and crushed candy canes, if desired.

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