Mini Cakes for Every Occasion

Tuesday has become a favorite day of the week in our home, since we started the #tinytradition of “Tuesday Treats!” It is the one day of the week that the kids know they are going to get a sweet treat after school, whether from a bakery or something we make together (and then they don’t beg for sugar the rest of the week!). We’ve gathered 20 mini cake recipes for special occasions (like Valentine’s Day coming up!), as well as fun and easy recipes to make with kids to inspire your own Tuesday Treats tradition as the new year gets going!

Oreo Petite Fours

Photo / Recipe via The Cake Girls

Making fancy petit fours can be difficult, especially with your Kitchen Kids! These super easy and quick chocolate covered Oreos with bows are a great substitute and come out perfectly every time without even having to turn on the oven. Top with an easy-to-make bow and you have yourself an adorable baby shower treat (change the color of the bow for celebrating baby boys, or make the topping a flower for Easter celebrations!).

Mini Rainbow Cake

Photo / Recipe via Gluesticks

If you are looking for a fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen, look no further than this Mini Rainbow Cake! Simply bake up 2 small round pans, stack and frost them, and then let your kids use their toppings of choice to create their very own masterpiece!

Red Velvet Cake In A Jar

Photo / Recipe by Sugar Hero!

We’re loving this latest mini cake trend! Cake in a jar is not only portable and adorable, but it also makes a great gift (with built-in portion control!). These mini Red Velvet Cake Jars are the perfect sweet treat to make with your Kitchen Kids this Valentine’s Day (and can be gifted to their teachers or classmates, too!).

Instant Pot Cheesecake

Photo / Recipe by Dessert for Two

If you are a fan of Instant Pot recipes, this mini cake is for you! Make a delicious (and impressive!) cheesecake in under an hour, without even turning on your oven. This small 6″ cheesecake is made in the 3 quart instant pot mini!

Mini Flower Cakes

Photo / Recipe via Jenny Cookies

These look almost too beautiful to eat! They’re pretty simple to put together and can be replicated in a variety of colors or cake flavors. No mini cake pan? Use a round cookie cutter to cut “layers” from a baking pan. Sweet piped frosting blossoms complete the effect for a cake that’s perfect for a flower-themed birthday or sweet Mother’s Day treat. You can pick up floral icing nozzles at Michael’s or other craft stores if you want to really get fancy!

Mini Hydrangea Cakes

Photo / Recipe via Sugar Hero!

Speaking of something that looks too beautiful to eat, these mini hydrangea cakes combine realistic-looking piped hydrangeas with a dreamy tinted cake for a single serving that’s a symphony of color. And the best part is, decorating them is surprisingly easy!

Mini Raspberry Chocolate Cakes

Photo / Recipe via Vegan Family Recipes

Short on time? These mini cakes are done in only 15 minutes!

Baby Banana Cakes with Vanilla Caramel Glaze

Photo / Recipe via Mom Foodie

These little Banana Cakes are soft buttery banana sponge cake formed in mini bundt cake pans, and topped with an easy Vanilla Caramel glaze. Serve as a breakfast bread or tea cake in the afternoon for a delicious treat!

Rainbow Cake in a Jar

Photo / Recipe by Make Life Lovely

Looking for a fun (and delicious!) way to upcycle your baby food jars? Bake a cake in them! The cake colors can be customized to fit the occasion, party colors, favorite colors, etc., and is a great way to regulate the amount of cake a child eats!

Mini Two-Tier Birthday Cakes

Photo / Recipe via Aww Sam

Whether you decide to dress up your dessert table with multiple smaller cakes, make a pint-size cake just for the birthday boy or girl (who might just smash it!), or offer each guest a single-sized cake, you’ll be sure to impress with these adorable and delicious treats.

Wacky and Wild Mini Smash Cakes

Photo / Recipe via Wilton

And while we’re talking about birthday cakes, these fun animal cakes are ready for one wild party! Decorated in varying shades of a single color make beautiful smash cakes for a first birthday, or make all three for a jungle or animal-themed party!

Mini Vanilla Bean Bundt Cakes

Photo / Recipe via The Harried Cook

If you have vanilla lovers in your family, this light and easy recipe is sure to be a hit! They would also be cute individually wrapped in cellophane for a party favor idea!

Chocolate Cake (for two)

Photo / Recipe via Dessert for Two

When we think of ramekins we usually think of creme brûlée, but they can be used for so many more desserts, like small portions of cake! When you (and your special someone!) are craving chocolate, this chocolate cake for two made in ramekins is sure to hit the spot!

Mini Ombre Cakes

Photos / Recipes via Hello Little Home

These Mini Ombre Cakes are cute, easy to make, and very affordable! If you are looking for creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, look no further than this pink and red Mini Ombre Cake with customizable chocolate word cake toppers! You can easily change up the colors for different holidays and occasions, such as St. Patrick’s Day, July 4th and so on!

Mini Lemon Layer Cake

Photo / Recipe via Dessert for Two

Small batch 6 inch cakes are perfect for celebrating date nights at home, anniversaries and even can serve as small wedding cakes!

Mini Pumpkin Cakes

Photo / Recipe via Dessert for Two

Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Whether you’re hosting a Halloween or Thanksgiving gathering, or just find yourself in the mood for some seasonal sweets and treats, these mini pumpkin cake bites are sure to be a hit for all ages!

Mini Strawberry Shortcakes

Photo / Recipe via Hello Little Home

These Mini Strawberry Shortcakes are perfect for parties or anytime you’re craving something sweet! Petite and delicious, your kids will have just as much fun making these bite-sized treats as they will eating them!

Birthday Party Hat Cakes

Photo / Recipe via Better Homes & Gardens

A birthday party wouldn’t be complete without birthday hats and cake — and now you can combine the two! Bake up a batch of cone-shaped cupcakes and let the kids decorate their own personal cake!

Watermelon Cake in Mason Jars

Photo / Recipe via Pizzazzerie

Looking for the perfect summer dessert? Look no further than these adorable watermelon cake parfaits made in mason jars! You can easily see the fun, layered colors right through the jar. Plus, you can tie on a cute mini spoon or fork for easy eating.

Little Chicken Cake

Photo / Recipe via Gluesticks

A cake that is as delicious as it is cute! This Little Chicken Cake is perfect for a first birthday party and simple enough for a child to make. The details are made out of Starburst candies, making it super easy to decorate! You could also make many animals using this same shape. Add some ears, a curly tail and a cupcake snout to make a pig, add whiskers for a little mouse, and so on!

With the right utensils, get ready to serve up a petite treat that’s fun, easy, and affordable to create!

Who’s ready for a #TuesdayTreat? Let us know if you try any of these mini cake recipes (or your own!) by tagging @Lolliandme in your posts on Facebook and Instagram!

Featured photo by A Beautiful Mess

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