Very Small Batch Yellow Cake Recipe with Chocolate Frosting
I recently published this small batch yellow sheet cake with chocolate for Patreon supporters of Hummingbird High. My Patreon supporters were looking for a way to celebrate birthdays and special events under our current situation. That meant limiting the yellow cake’s serving size to just 2 to 4 people! As a result, this yellow cake recipe is VERY small batch. What does that mean exactly?
Unlike other small batch cake recipes that are baked in an 8 x 8-inch pan (which typically results in 16 servings, so I’m not really sure why that qualifies as small batch!), this yellow cake is baked in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. The result is a very small sheet cake that’s an eighth of the size of a typical 9 x 13-inch sheet cake! That means the resulting yellow sheet cake is the perfect amount for 2 hungry (or 4 more reasonable) folks.
What Does This Small Batch Yellow Cake Taste Like?
The small batch yellow sheet cake recipe is loosely based on the yellow cake recipe in my cookbook, Weeknight Baking. But to make it more accessible for my Patreon supporters, I swapped out less common pantry ingredients like cake flour and buttermilk for more pantry friendly ones like all-purpose flour and regular milk. Even with these changes, the yellow cake is super moist, with a tender and buttery crumb. It’s paired with an easy chocolate buttercream frosting that comes together in less than 5 minutes. And of course, let’s not forget the sprinkles!
Why You Should Make This Small Batch Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
In addition to making delicious a delicious and VERY cute scaled down cake, this recipe also has other advantages:
- This small batch yellow cake recipe is based on a popular recipe in my cookbook, Weeknight Baking.
One Amazon reviewer described it as her new default birthday cake recipe thanks to its super soft and extra moist cake crumb. Another friend of mine made the cake for her boyfriend, a James Beard Award-nominated chef. He heartily approved of the recipe and claimed that it was the best yellow cake he’d ever had. Need I say more?
- This small batch yellow cake recipe has been adapted to use more commonly found pantry ingredients.
Although I love the original yellow cake recipe in my cookbook, it uses specialty ingredients like cake flour and buttermilk. Since many of us are trying to minimize our trips to the grocery store, I’ve adapted the recipe to use ingredients that are more likely to be in our current pantries. The new version now uses staples like all-purpose flour, whole milk, and vinegar.
- This small batch yellow cake recipe is VERY small batch, making the perfect amount for only 2 to 4 people!
Most small batch cake recipes still make an 8 x 8-inch cake pan’s worth of cake. But when sliced, an 8 x 8-inch cake pan still makes 16 portions! As a result, I’ve decided to scale down the original recipe EVEN FURTHER. This small batch cake recipe is VERY small batch and only makes an eighth sheet pan’s worth of cake, serving between 2 to 4 people!
Very Small Batch Yellow Cake: An Exclusive Recipe for Patreon Subscribers
Now that I’ve convinced you to make this small batch yellow cake recipe, I have some potentially bad news. You’ll need to support me on Patreon to access the recipe. Before you click out, please either check out this post about why I started a Patreon and/or learn more why below.
But the TL/DR is this: Patreon supporters of Hummingbird High get exclusive access to extra recipes like this small batch yellow cake with a basic $1 or $5 subscription. Supporters also have the exclusive ability to choose what recipes I develop for Patreon by participating in a monthly poll. Previous recipes have included this small batch blueberry scone recipe, and today’s yellow sheet cake recipe (whose flavor and frosting was voted on by over 100 Patreon supporters). Hooray!
Learn Why Becoming A Patreon Supporter Helps Me Create Recipes
By becoming a patron of Hummingbird High, you are enabling me to keep developing the baking recipes that you have been using and relying on during these critical times. You’ll also enable me to shift my focus away from pitching to sponsors and working on branded content, and instead spend more time creating recipes and tutorials that are specifically made for you and your needs. You can see examples of this work on my Instagram profile with small batch recipe tutorials like the Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie for Two, and these recipe blog posts for Small Batch Brownies and Flourless Chocolate Cookies.
I’m hoping that, through Patreon, I can continue to develop more personalized recipes thanks to the generous support of viewers and readers like you. Please learn more by either reading this Instagram post and/or the About section of my Patreon page. If you’re unable to financially support my work right now, don’t worry! I completely understand—it’s a tough time out there for everybody. Check out this blog post about the other ways you can support my work for FREE with nothing more but a few minutes of your time.
Stay safe and healthy, and thank you for your support!
Other (Free!) Yellow Cake Recipes
- Birthday Cake with Chocolate Frosting (for Two!)
- Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Crème Fraîche Frosting
- Fault Line Cake Tutorial
- Old Fashioned Yellow Birthday Cake
- Saffron Butter Cake with Chocolate Cardamom Fudge Frosting
- Yellow Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Crème Fraîche Frosting and Flaky Sea Salt
Other (Free!) Small Batch Recipes
- Better-Than-Supernatural Fudge Brownies (makes 2 large brownies, or 8 petite ones)
- Chaffle Recipe (makes 1 large waffle, or 2 medium ones)
- Dalgona Coffee (makes 1 large drink, or 2 medium ones)
- Flourless Chocolate Cookies (makes 4 large cookies)
- My Best Snickerdoodle Recipe (makes 10 medium cookies)
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NO TIME TO BAKE?!
Over the past several years of running Hummingbird High, I kept a crucial aspect of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extremely demanding job in the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I finally reveal the secrets to baking delicious desserts on a tight schedule.