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single serve small red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting on a marble serving board. picture from an angle


  • Author: Zoha
  • Total Time: 45 min + cooling
  • Yield: 1-2 servings


A soft, moist and delicious mini red velvet cake with lots of cream cheese frosting perfect for one or two people!



  • 1/4 cup sugar (55g)
  • 1/4 cup flour (35g)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg white (for a richer cake, add 1 egg)
  • 3 tbsp buttermilk (mix 3 tbsp milk with 1/2 tsp vinegar to make your own)
  • 1-2 tsp red food color (or as needed)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp hot water

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened (56g)
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature (113g)
  • 3/4 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla



  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (conventional) and prepare 2 4" cake pans with butter / parchment paper
  • Add the sugar, flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a bowl and whisk to combine and get rid of any lumps
  • To the same bowl, add the oil, melted butter, vanilla, egg white, buttermilk and food color. Whisk gently until combined
  • Separately, mix the cocoa powder with the hot water to bloom it
  • Pour the bloomed cocoa powder to the cake batter and gently mix it in
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the 2 cake pans
  • Bake for ~15 minutes or until the cakes are done
  • Let the cakes cool down


  • Whisk the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until combined. Add the icing sugar and whisk until a frosting is formed


  • Trim off the tops of the cakes. Place one cake on your serving stand and cover with a thick layer of the frosting
  • Top with the second cake and frost again! You can cover the full cake or pipe the frosting on top in dollops like I did
  • Serve and enjoy

Video Tutorial:

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  • You can reduce the cocoa powder if you want the cake to be more red and less chocolatey
  • Make sure not to overmix the cake batter, or over bake the cake, for best results
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Single Serve Red Velvet Cake