18 Small Batch Treats Perfect for Celebrations During Social Distancing

Celebrations these days are looking a bit different, aren’t they? Facetime play dates and Zoom birthday parties are the new, temporary norm as we all do our part and stay home.

But one of the things that makes celebrations so fun – the treats! – can be a challenge while social distancing. Making a cake for each virtual celebration can be a drag if you don’t have enough people to share it with – but so can skipping the cake completely.

In this case, small-batch desserts are an awesome answer.

I’ve rounded up eighteen awesome small batch dessert recipes for you today – perfect options for making for your next celebration during social distancing special without burying you in leftovers!

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Baklava Cake for Passover #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

I just love baklava – it’s definitely one of my favorite desserts to get when we go out – but it only gets made at home sparingly. Baklava can be a lot of work!

This beautiful cake has the great flavors of baklava – with significantly less work. A nutty cake is soaked in a honey-citrus syrup and then topped off with candied orange slices and nuts.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I get to make a lot of fun things, but cakes? Cakes are something special. When I realized that our rescheduled soup swap was the same day as a friend’s birthday, I was pumped to make something special to celebrate her!

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Her only request? Something chocolate. That I can do!

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Buttermilk Passion Fruit Pound Cake with Blood Orange Glaze

It’s the final #FreakyFruitsFriday of the year, and I’ve saved the best for last! How do I know this one is good? Well, I brought it to book club and came home with one slice. If you saw the spread our book club puts on, you’d understand what a feat that was!

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This cake featured two of the awesome “freaky” fruits Melissa’s Produce sent – passion fruits and blood oranges.

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24 Peanut Butter Chocolate Treats

What’s better than chocolate? Chocolate and peanut butter.

24 Chocolate + Peanut Butter Treats

Seriously, it’s my favorite combo – and by blog shows it. Below, I’ve rounded up two dozen of my favorite chocolate and peanut butter treats that I’ve blogged so far.

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Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler is one of my favorite summer desserts.  Fresh Jersey peaches are plentiful right now, so this easy dessert always seems to find it’s way to our table around this time of year.

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This cobbler has just a few simple ingredients, but the batter helps the fruit shine beautifully – I especially love the extra boost from the almond extract.

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Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

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Both kids got cookbooks for Christmas, so for the past several weeks, both kids have been obsessed with playing restaurant. They browse through their stack of cookbooks, deciding what to make, and then cook and serve it out of their play kitchen.

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It’s adorable, and I’ve been eating up every second of it.

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Chocolate Poke Cake

I don’t think any of my regular readers are surprised I’m posting in honor of National Chocolate Cake Day today. Chocolate cake and I are practically BFFs.

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I’ve shared recipes for impressive chocolate layer cakes and chocolate melting cakes perfectly sized for two; triple chocolate cheesecake and deliciously boozy chocolate cupcakes. I’ve yet to meet a chocolate cake I don’t like – but this poke cake is something special.

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Black Forest Cheesecake #ChristmasSweetsWeek

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I always feel a little more nostalgic about my German heritage at Christmas. I think it’s a remnant of Opa’s Christmas cookie packages, which were synonymous with Christmas for all of my childhood. Without even thinking about it, I end up planning some German-inspired dessert for our holiday table – like this Black Forest Cheesecake.

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This is obviously not traditional, but the flavors are there – and, I’ll be honest, this is going to be easier than your traditional Black Forest Cake.

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Chocolate Witch’s Brew Cupcakes #Chocotoberfest

Note: I received complimentary product for this post. All opinions are my own.

Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble…

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What shall we add to the witch’s brew today? Essence of mummy? A pumpkin picked at midnight?

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These adorable cupcakes are reminiscent of a witch’s cauldron, so of course, there’s a magic potion inside – courtesy of Sprinkle Pop! I used two of their sprinkle mixes in these cupcakes and they were so, so perfect for getting the desired effect.

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I used the Lime Green Sprinkle Mix on top of the cupcakes to give the image of a bubbling cauldron. The cupcakes are stuffed with their Monster Mashup Sprinkle Mix. The kids had so much fun biting into the cupcakes to see what the witch had cooked up in her cauldron – ghosts, eyeballs, mummies, and pumpkins!

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These were a quick from-scratch batch of cupcakes and buttercream, but you could always use a boxed mix and icing if you’re more comfortable – the sprinkles are the real stars here!

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This is also the first recipe I’m sharing for this year’s #Choctoberfest – you can check out a TON of other chocolaty goodness from my fellow bloggers right here: An InLinkz Link-up

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Chocolate Witch’s Brew Cupcakes
(adapted from Sugar Spun Run and Wine and Glue)
Makes 12 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot coffee

For the icing:
1/2
 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup milk
Green food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Whisk in the oil and milk until combined. Add the egg and stir to combine. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Add the coffee and stir until evenly combined – it will be quite thin.

Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pan, filling each well 2/3 of the way.

Bake for 20-24 minutes, until a knife inserted  comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the buttercream, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar 1 cup at a time and beat. Add in the vanilla, milk, and food coloring. Beat until fully incorporated.

After the cupcakes are cooled, use an apple corer or small knife to cut holes into the cupcakes. Fill the holes with sprinkles. Ice with the butter cream then dip each cupcake into the green sprinkles. Top with additional sprinkles if desired.

These are best served the same day.

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