Our Red Velvet Mini Cake Recipe is an easy from scratch cake recipe for your Valentine's Day dessert. Mini cake layers have a deep intense red color and are flavored with cocoa powder for a delicious chocolate flavor. Frost with a homemade buttercream frosting and decorate with Valentine sprinkles and you'll have adorable mini layer cakes that are perfect for sharing on Valentine's Day.
Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until blended and reserve.
With mixer at medium-high, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
Gradually add eggs one at a time until blended.
Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add reserved flour mixture. Beat until combined then slowly add milk and red gel food coloring and beat until a thick cake batter forms.
Divide batter evenly between prepared muffin cups, about 1/3 cup batter per muffin cup.
Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers come out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pans. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
With mixer on medium-high speed beat butter until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add confectioners’ sugar beating until blended.
Add milk and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, occasionally scraping sides of bowl.
Spread ¼ cup frosting over tops of 5 cake layers. Top with remaining cake layers and frost tops and sides with an additional ¼ cup frosting for the “naked cake” look. Our buttercream frosting makes about 4 cups of frosting if you want to use more frosting and completely cover your mini cakes. Save any remaining frosting in refrigerator, covered, for another use.
Decorate as desired with assorted valentine sprinkles, jumbo heart sprinkles and/or cake sparkles.
Makes 5 mini layer cakes. A mini layer cake can be shared by two people or one hungry person!