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We make mini chocolate truffles as a result of they’re lovely, there’s a wonderful ratio of frosting to cake, and also you get the entire thing to your self! With 3 layers of chocolate cake smothered in fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting, these are the proper special day dessert.

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Mini Chocolate Muffins

These lovely mini chocolate truffles are a petite 7cm/2.75cm dimension that’s made for not sharing with household and buddies. Proper within the spirit of particular events that I’m suggesting you make these for! 😂

So, let me converse frankly. Particular person portion mini truffles do take extra time to embellish than a single chocolate cake. However they’re extra particular. They give the impression of being so nice lined up on a platter. You don’t need to take care of the mess of chopping an enormous cake.

And there’s a excessive ratio of frosting to cake. These mini truffles name for half a batch of chocolate cake however a FULL batch of frosting! Not simply because I’m being grasping, however just because mini truffles have extra floor space to cowl.

So, to your subsequent special day, there’s no must spend $12 for a single mini cake from that posh patisserie down the street, solely to be dissatisfied with how dry the sponge is and the way meh the frosting is as a result of it’s not made with actual butter for price chopping causes. Let’s make our personal!

(PS This recipe makes 7 mini truffles which is $84 price for round $13 of elements).

Inside of 3 layer Mini chocolate cakes
3 layers = wonderful frosting to cake ratio!

Elements in Mini Chocolate Muffins

We’re utilizing my traditional chocolate cake batter right here. It’s the proper cake to make use of for mini truffles as a result of it’s moist and stays moist (small truffles dry out quicker than giant ones) with the bonus that it’s a actually fast and simple batter.

Chocolate cake layers

Right here’s what you want for the chocolate cake batter:

  • Flour – Simply plain / all-purpose flour. The cake gained’t be as delicate utilizing self-raising flour.

  • Sugar – Both superfine / caster sugar or strange white sugar (granulated sugar). They work the identical.

  • Baking powder and baking soda (bi-carb) – This cake particularly makes use of each as a result of it makes the softest cake with a good rise (relatively than a dome). Nonetheless, in the event you’ve solely obtained baking powder, you possibly can substitute the baking soda with an additional 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

  • Cocoa powder – Simply strange unsweetened cocoa powder. Not dutch processed, not sizzling chocolate sweetened cocoa!

  • Milk – Full fats cow milk is greatest, although low fats works too.

  • Massive egg – A 55-60g/2oz egg from a carton labelled “giant eggs”. Extra on eggs for baking right here.

  • Oil is the fats on this cake which is what retains this cake extremely moist for days upon days. The stone is drier in the event you use butter. Any pure flavoured oil can be utilized.

  • Espresso powder – Enhances the chocolate flavour, however you possibly can’t style espresso! Be happy to skip it.

  • Vanilla – For additional flavour!

chocolate buttercream frosting

And right here’s what you want for the chocolate buttercream frosting.

  • Unsalted butter – Softened to room temperature so it may be whipped right into a fluffy frosting. Don’t let it get too delicate and sloppy else your frosting can be too! Technically in baking phrases, “softened butter” needs to be 17°C/63°F – firmer than you suppose! 🙂 That is delicate sufficient to whip into creamy fluffiness however agency sufficient so it doesn’t flip frosting into slop.

  • Mushy icing sugar / powdered sugar – As famous above, make sure to get delicateicing sugar! When you use pure icing sugar the frosting is not going to be delicate and fluffy, it units laborious.

  • Cocoa – As with the cake, use plain unsweetened cocoa. Not dutch processed or sweetened.

  • Vanilla – For flavour.

  • Pinch of salt – To deliver out the flavours within the frosting.

Overhead photo of Mini chocolate cakes

make Mini Chocolate Muffins

It truly is simply your favorite chocolate layer cake in mini kind. However I’ve some little tricks to make your mini-baking-life slightly simpler as a result of it will possibly get slightly fiddly!

1. The cake half (tremendous straightforward!)

That is my traditional chocolate cake batter with minor alterations to make a smaller batch baked in a skinny layer that we minimize rounds out of.

  1. Whisk dry – Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda right into a bowl. Add the sugar and salt, then whisk to mix.

  2. Add moist – Add the egg, oil, milk and vanilla first, then whisk. Stir the espresso powder (if utilizing) into the new water then whisk that into the batter. It is going to be VERY skinny!

  3. Baking tray – Pour right into a lined baking tray. I take advantage of a 40 x 28.5 x 2.5cm cm tray (15.8 x 11.3 x 1″ – US normal jelly roll pan). This makes a cake which is about 12mm / 1/2″ thick which is right for a 3 layer mini cake. Any tray round this dimension will work although smaller pans will make thicker sponges and bigger ones will make thinner ones.

  4. Bake for 13 minutes at 180°C/350°C (160°C fan-forced).

  1. Cool within the pan for 10 minutes then use the paper to raise it out onto a cooling rack. Go away to chill on the paper for not less than 1 hour, then refrigerate for an additional 1 to 4 hours (uncovered) to completely, absolutely cool.  ⚠️ Cooling correctly is a crucial step as a result of in any other case the cake could also be too recent and crumbly to chop out neat circles.

  2. Invert – ⚠️ One other necessary step – flip the cake the wrong way up earlier than chopping circles! Cowl the floor of the cake with baking paper (it’s fairly sticky, so utilizing paper is necessary). Then flip it the wrong way up onto a chopping board so the sticky floor of the cake is facedown.

    Why does this matter? As a result of if the sticky floor is dealing with up, it’s tough to chop out neat circles because the sticky floor will get caught on the ring then drags down the cake as you press down.

2. Reducing rounds

Use a 6cm / 2.4″ spherical cutter to chop circles out of the cake. Lower the circles as shut to one another as you possibly can to minimise wastage. You need to be 21 circles. Be happy to make use of a distinct dimension cutter to make extra smaller ones, or much less bigger ones!

3. Chocolate buttercream

That is your normal buttercream, so the one issues to be careful for is to begin the beater on low when you add the icing sugar (to keep away from a snow storm!) and to beat, beat, beat for an excellent jiffy on the finish to get the frosting good and fluffy!

  1. Cream butter & icing sugar – Beat the butter first till good and fluffy (an excellent 3 minutes), then regularly add the icing sugar and beat it in.

  2. Fluff it! Beat within the cocoa powder, milk and vanilla, then as soon as it’s all included, beat on excessive for a full 3 minutes. This creates quantity and makes the frosting fluffy so don’t skip it!

  3. Proof of fluffiness. Attempt to not eat an excessive amount of!

  4. Piping baggage – Switch the frosting to a piping bag to use to the truffles. That is the quickest and best approach to frost the truffles! With out, you can be tearing your hair out and cursing me. Right here’s why:

Belief me – piping bag is greatest!

The quickest and best approach to frost these mini truffles is to make use of a piping bag. This avoids the necessity for a two step “crumb coating” that we’d in any other case must keep away from crumbs smearing into the frosting as we unfold it throughout the cake.

That is my normal means of frosting truffles today, mini and full dimension!

The crumb smearing frustration – The chocolate cake is delicate and delicate as a result of it’s a moist, springy cake (relatively than dry and stiff!). What this implies is that in mini kind, and particularly when you’ve minimize rounds, the cake may be very prone to crumbs smearing into the frosting as you unfold it throughout the floor, which makes it look untidy.

Getting across the crumb smear – One approach to get round that is to do what is known as a crumb coat whereby a skinny layer of frosting is unfold everywhere in the cake to catch and “glue down” the crumbs, and create a clean floor for the ultimate layer. The cake is then refrigerated to set the frosting, then the ultimate layer of frosting is utilized.

The piping bag answer! Nonetheless, we are able to bypass that fiddly two step course of just by utilizing a piping bag. By piping the frosting on, we basically keep away from contact with the floor of the crumbs on the cake layers when spreading!

So, belief me on this. A piping bag is the way in which to go! You may even simply use a freezer bag as a result of this frosting is so clean. Simply one thing to pipe it on. You don’t want a piping tip. 🙂

4. frosting

OK, now that you just’re absolutely on board the frosting piping practice (which, by the way in which, is my normal means of making use of frosting to truffles today, mini or not), let me present you ways straightforward it’s to do for these mini truffles!

  1. First layer – Place a layer on a small piece of paper on a cake turntable in the event you’ve obtained one (or lazy Susan). However it’s nice in the event you don’t, it’s straightforward to make use of this technique on small truffles even with out one. Then a snail on the primary layer. No spreading wanted.

  2. Layer – Place the 2nd cake layer on prime, pipe one other snail then cowl with the third layer.

  1. Floor – Pipe a snail on the highest which would be the floor.

  2. Sides – Then pipe the frosting across the aspect of the cake, beginning on the backside. No should be meticulous right here as a result of we’ll unfold it.

  1. Spreading – Now, to unfold the frosting, use a gentle contact and unfold simply the floor. Keep away from making contact with the cake which can dislodge crumbs that smear into your frosting! No should be meticulous with the frosting in the event you plan to cowl the floor. And the perimeters are good when they’re left slightly rustic!

  2. Voila! Crumb-free frosting mini chocolate truffles, prepared for adorning!


Enhance as you please! The best could be a dusting of cocoa or icing sugar / powdered sugar, or vibrant sprinkles for cheerful mini birthday truffles. Pictured in publish are chocolate shavings. Right here’s easy methods to do them:

  1. Chocolate blocks – Use chocolate of alternative. Within the video I take advantage of primarily darkish chocolate with a little bit of white for color.

  2. Shave – Stand the chocolate on a forty five diploma angle then use a knife to shave shards.

  3. Stated shards!

  4. White chocolate is softer than darkish chocolate so you’re going to get good curls. Whereas darkish chocolate is tougher so is extra flaky.

  5. Pile onto the truffles. Keep away from touching the chocolate as a result of it’s going to break / soften simply. A fork makes transference and pilling straightforward.

  6. Embellished and able to impress!

Platter of Mini chocolate cakes
Eating Mini chocolate cakes

I do know, you’re already visualising the look on everyone’s face once you stroll into the room with a platter of those mini truffles.

Shock. Delight.

And naturally, so, so impressed. So if the eat half isn’t sufficient to spur you on to make these, do it for the reward! Folks can be speaking about your mini truffles for days to come back. Weeks! Month! (I actually need to develop up. Who encourages individuals to bake issues only for the reward? 😂) – Nagi x

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Close up of Mini chocolate cakes

Mini chocolate truffles

Servings7 mini truffles

Faucet or hover to scale

Recipe video above. We make mini chocolate truffles as a result of they’re lovely, there’s a wonderful ratio of frosting to cake, and also you get the entire thing to your self! With 3 layers of chocolate cake smothered in fluffy chocolate buttercream frosting, these are the proper special day dessert.No spherical cutter? Make sq. layer truffles as an alternative!Makes 7 x 3 layer truffles which can be 7cm / 2.8” large.


  • Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F (160°C fan-forced).

  • Baking pan – Butter a 40 x 28.5 x 2.5cm cm tray (15.8 x 11.3 x 1″ – US normal jelly roll pan) then line with baking paper (parchment paper).

Cake layers

  • Whisk dry – Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda right into a bowl. Add the sugar and salt, then whisk to mix.

  • Combine in moist – Add the egg, milk, oil and vanilla. Whisk to mix. Dissolve the espresso within the sizzling water, then add into the batter. Whisk to mix. The batter can be VERY skinny!

  • Bake – Pour into the pan and bake for 13 minutes.

  • Cool for 10 minutes then use the paper overhang to raise the cake onto a rack and funky for half-hour (go away it on the paper). Then refrigerate uncovered for not less than 1 hour earlier than chopping rounds (cake is simply too delicate when freshly baked).

Assembling & frosting:

  • Reducing rounds – Cowl the sticky floor with paper. Then flip the wrong way up onto a chopping board (ie sticky aspect down). (Notice 5) Peel the paper off the bottom. Then press out 21 x 6cm / 2.4″ rounds (or different dimension or form as you want).

  • Pipe frosting – Place a chunk of cake on a small piece of paper, utilizing a dab of frosting to cease it from sliding. Pipe coils of frosting on the layers, utilizing 3 rounds for every cake. Pipe frosting across the sides and on the highest. (A cake turntable is helpful in the event you’ve obtained one however not important.)

  • Clean frosting – Clean the frosting utilizing a small offset spatula or knife, taking care to solely contact the floor. Keep away from touching the cake as a result of it’s going to dislodge crumbs that can find yourself in your frosting!

  • Enhance with piles of chocolate shards. I additionally used raspberries and rosemary for the pictures within the publish!

Chocolate buttercream:

  • Beat butter for 3 minutes on excessive till delicate and fluffy. Add icing sugar in 3 tons. Beat it in, beginning on low pace then rising the pace (to keep away from a snow storm). As soon as included, add extra icing sugar and repeat.

  • Beat 3 minutes – As soon as the icing sugar has all been added, added the cocoa powder, milk and vanilla. Beat once more, beginning on low pace then rising the pace regularly. As soon as the cocoa is included, beat on excessive for 3 minutes to make it very nice and fluffy.

  • Piping baggage – Switch to a piping bag for frosting. (That is the quickest and simplest way, belief me on this. Even a ziplock bag will work right here).

Recipe Notes:

1. Cocoa – This recipe requires strange unsweetened cocoa powder, although the pricier dutch processed cocoa powder (which has extra intense chocolate color and flavour) can be utilized.
2. Baking soda – Might be substituted with 2 1/4 tsp additional baking powder (baking soda is an insurance coverage coverage to make sure even rise).
3. Espresso in chocolate is a typical observe today to reinforce the chocolate flavour. You may’t style it. Non-obligatory!
4. Flipping the wrong way up is necessary to assist minimize out neat rounds as a result of the floor of the cake is sticky so it sticks to the cutter and you find yourself with relatively untidy circles.
5. Storage: If leaving cooked truffles in a single day, make certain it’s 100% cool then cowl the highest with paper (it’s sticky) then cling wrap. Refrigerate till required – you possibly can really do that 5 days forward as a result of the cake stays recent for five days. Or freeze for 3 months.
Assembled truffles will keep recent within the fridge for five days – the cake sponge has wonderful shelf life!

Lifetime of Dozer

In at this time’s recipe video, you get to look at Dozer following me round the home whereas I eat the chocolate cake then ultimately trapping me in a lifeless finish (laundry). No chocolate cake for Dozer!!




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