Mini Chocolate Cakes

This post is sponsored by Dixie Crystal Sugar. All opinions expressed are all my own. #choctoberfest

I made these so-easy-to-make Mini Chocolate Cakes just in time. I was searching for a perfect chocolate cake recipe; I wanted something very, very good. Mediocre would definitely not do. 

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While I was looking through my cookbooks, I found something perfect, but it wasn’t actually from the book. It was folded up inside the book. I have a ton of these, and some are VERY special.

Backstory: Ok, so here’s the thing; I had a bad baking experience a few weeks ago.

You know, one of those kitchen experiences that make you lose your ladylike mouth?

Nothing works the way it’s supposed to, everything is ridiculously complicated despite the “straightforward” instructions, and the “precise” baking time is so damn off. I really could go on and on.

That’s when I remind myself that savory recipes are my forte and baking is definitely NOT, and it’s not the end of the world.

Give me a few good cuts of steak and some fresh asparagus and I’m in my cooking happy place.

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However…something happened.

As I was looking for a good chocolate cake recipe, I found a handwritten recipe for chocolate cake in one of my cookbooks (I only have a thousand), and I thought OK I’m definitely trying this. 

I have no idea where I got it from, but I can tell it was from the early 90’s based on my handwriting and the recipe in the book I saved it in.

I worked at SouthTrust Bank (Wells Fargo bought it a few years ago), and I worked with several awesome women at the time in a corporate environment as an administrative assistant.

I was so young, and they were all such awesome ladies that were like big sisters to me.

It has to be one of them.

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Ok, back to now.

So, I made the cake from the recipe, and it was ridiculously easy. The cake came out SO beautifully moist, and sprung right out of the pan. Instead of making a whole cake, I made itty bitty cakes with my mini muffin pan.

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They’re so stinkin’ CUTE!!! 

Some of these I added sprinkles on top, which you could totally do, or even sanding sugar would be fun.

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Instead of making a frosting, I used a very high quality coating and dipping milk chocolate that I’ve used for several things.

This was also a huge time saver, and it hardens up to be a beautiful chocolate shell, so transporting it is much easier than a regular cake.

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I love the sheen on this chocolate. 

What’s better than chocolate on chocolate??

After all, this is #Choctoberfest! 

I want to thank Imperial Sugar and Dixie Crystal Sugar for sponsoring the event, and for the sugar, the fantastic measuring cups and baking mat.

I can never, ever have too many measuring cups!


I stuffed some of these with caramel and some with coconut filling. These were so good, but the caramel ended up on the bottom of the little cake pan and didn’t want to come off.

The coconut was just fine, and was devoured by my coconut-loving friend, Susan.

This cake was sooo moist. 


Here’s your printable – 

Mini Chocolate Cakes

Mini Chocolate Cakes

Yield: 40 Mini Cakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes



  1. Preheat oven to 325, and spray a mini muffin pan with baking spray.
  2. Mix dry ingredients, except for cocoa powder, in a bowl of a stand mixer on low, just until combined.
  3. In a small microwave safe bowl, combine butter, water and cocoa powder with a whisk. Microwave until gently boiling, about 2 min.
  4. Pour cocoa mixture into dry ingredients and mix on low until combined.
  5. Fold in milk and eggs.
  6. Place 1 tbsp in each muffin cup and bake for 10 min.
  7. Remove gently with a butter knife releasing around the edges of cake, allow to cool before frosting.
  8. Melt candy according to package directions and pour over each cake. Allow to cool.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 5g

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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  1. Aishmanu

    Wow, yummy cupcakes, Thank you for sharing.

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