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Mini Cocoa Cakes

Baby chocolate cakes, baked in mini muffin pans, offer a blank palette for your inner artist. Dress them up with raspberries, a dab of icing topped with a pecan, chocolate curls, or toasted coconut.

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  • Yields: 48 mini cakes
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cool: 10 mins
  • Bake: 15 mins 325°F per batch

Mini Cocoa Cakes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Allow butter, eggs, and sour cream to stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease 48, 1-3/4-inch muffin cups; set pan(s) aside. In medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Add sugar, beating 7 minutes or until fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating 1 minute after each and scraping bowl. Alternately add flour mixture and sour cream to butter mixture, beating on medium speed after each addition until combined.
  4. Fill each cup with about 1 tablespoon batter. Using a wooden pick, stir desired flavor into each cup.
  5. Bake 15 minutes or until tops spring back when touched. Cool on rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Brush with corn syrup. Add desired toppers. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 days. Makes 48.

From the Test Kitchen

With just a dash of ground spices, a few drops of any liqueur or extract, or dab of any other batter mix-in, nearly every baby cake becomes sublime. Heres whats in our treat box.

1. Orange extract

2. Peanut butter

3. Coconut extract

4. Peppermint extract

5. Minced peanut brittle

6. Grated orange peel

7. Apricot brandy

8. Mini chocolate pieces

9. Cherry liqueur

10. Ground cinnamon

11. Raspberry liqueur

12. Flavored honey

Nutrition Facts (Mini Cocoa Cakes)

    Per serving:
  • 54 kcal cal.,
  • 3 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 19 mg chol.,
  • 39 mg sodium,
  • 7 g carb.,
  • 4 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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