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40 Cute Cakelets Recipes You Can’t Resist

40 Cute Cakelets Recipes You Can’t Resist

Are you trying to find the best cakelets recipes? We’ve rounded up cakelets recipe ideas that are sure to inspire you. The only question is which recipe will you want to make first? 

Sick of the hassle that comes with neatly slicing cakes

Instead of using your fist to take chunks out of the next layer cake you see, it may be time to give cakelets a try. 

These nifty little desserts have all the flavors of a full-sized cake but in a smaller and more convenient package. 

Cakelets come in various flavors and textures; some are sweet, others are salty, and some are a little bit tart. 

If that wasn’t enough, many cakelet pans allow you to make these desserts in fun shapes! 

If you’re having trouble finding the right cakelet recipe, you’ve come to the right place.

I have compiled the best cakelet pan recipes for you to try from Honey Lemon Cakelets to Mandarin Upside-Down Cakelets!  

Whether you like your desserts super-rich and sweet like #10 or are looking for something with a hint of booze like #14, there’s a cakelet recipe on this list for you. 

Ready to start baking? Let’s get started! 

This snowflake-shaped cakelet is simply delicious. 

It’s a great addition to a festive holiday party, but nothing is stopping you from making one in the middle of the summer, either. 

With chocolate chips and a drizzle of powdered sugar, it’s a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Chocolate lovers won’t want to miss out on these cakelets! 

They’re jam-packed with cocoa powder and have an intense, dark chocolatey flavor. 

This cakelet recipe includes Greek yogurt, so you can expect these cakes to be super moist and melt in your mouth. 

No flavor pairing compares to honey and lemon. These flavorful cakelets make an excellent addition to a springtime picnic. 

For an even more relaxing experience, consider pairing these cakelets with a steaming cup of tea!

With its colorful rainbow sprinkles, this cakelet pan recipe is perfect for birthday parties and potlucks. 

Of course, you don’t need a special occasion to make them–craving something sweet is a good enough reason to bake some of these mini cookie cakes.

These tasty red velvet cakelets are rich and full of flavor. Be sure to top them with some cream cheese frosting for the complete experience! 

Their bright red color makes them perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween–any occasion involving red.

Sick of the standard cake flavors? These chestnut-shaped cakelets may be worth a try. 

They have a filling of sweet red bean paste, a common staple in Japanese desserts. 

Overall, this cakelet’s sweet yet earthy flavor is simply delicious! 

If you’re in the mood for a fruity dessert, then this cakelet pan recipe is the way to go. 

The rich and juicy cherry topping gives this cakelet its moist texture and decadent flavor!

Looking for something sweet, savory, and just a little bit tart? 

You’re looking for some apple cornbread cakelets. 

The result of this southern-style cakelet pan recipe is a flavorful, crumbly treat that goes well with a tall glass of milk. 

While most people would never think to put olive oil in a dessert, this cakelet recipe delivers a moist and flavorful result. 

Topped with almonds and a dusting of sugar, it’s the perfect mix of sweet and savory! 

Those who find other cake flavors a bit too much may want to give these olive oil cakelets a shot. 

You’ll want to pour yourself a glass of milk, because this chocolatey cakelet is as rich as it gets. 

It has the perfect balance of chocolate and vanilla. 

With a hearty dollop of frosting and a Hershey’s kiss on top, it’ll satisfy even the hungriest sweet tooth.

This lemon-lavender pound cakelets recipe not only tastes good, but it’ll make your house smell extravagant

While you can enjoy them year-round, these cakelets are an ideal summertime treat. 

They also pair well with a fresh glass of lemonade or a cup of aromatic tea.

Regardless of whether you celebrate Passover, you should give this cakelet pan recipe a try. 

The apricot, carrot, and other dried fruits give this dessert an earthy taste and a chewy texture! 

Are you looking for a fruity dessert? This citrusy cakelet is bursting with flavor. 

The tangerine topping gives it a moist and fluffy texture.

It also includes a little bit of the fruit peel, which adds some chewiness and a bit of zest!

Not sure what to make for your next autumn event? 

These pumpkin rum, red velvet, and chocolate cakelets have all the festive flavors of the season. 

Earthy spices and pumpkin combine with the chocolate and red velvet to create a truly decadent dessert!

With a rich, brown-butter base, the perfect combination of spices, and a sweet bourbon glaze, these cakelets taste just like autumn. 

You’ll want to cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot apple cider when you tear into these cakelets! 

With its orange blossom base and whipped cream topping, this cakelet is sweet yet light, making it perfect for days when you don’t want something too rich. 

The grilled apricot topping adds a little extra flavor to this cakelet–and it looks pretty, too.

Nothing says autumn more than maple-pecan desserts! This cakelet pan recipe will make you want to run outside and play in the fallen leaves. 

It has a fluffy base and a sprinkle of pecans on top, so those looking for a varied texture are sure to enjoy this one. 

These almond-flavored cakelets are a delicate and delightful treat. 

These call for cake flour, which is why they turn out so delicate, and the combo of the almond paste and Amaretto provide a delightful aroma.

The pink glaze is a beautiful combination of pomegranate arils, Amaretto, and powdered sugar.

Ingredients include: Cake flour, almond paste, Greek yogurt, buttermilk, and unsalted butter.

If you want a bit of tropical paradise, this is the recipe for you.

These cakelets are made with caramelized bananas and warm spiced rum.

They might be small, but these treats have a rich flavor with a hint of nutmeg, and they’re a perfect dessert to share with friends and family. 

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a sweet treat, these cakelets are sure to brighten up your day with their sunny, tropical flavor.

Ingredients include: Dark brown sugar, spelt flour, half and half, ripe bananas, and dark rum.

These cakelets are a must-try for anyone who loves light and refreshing desserts. 

The ingredients just work well together and are admittedly surprising in a cake. 

Combining lemon, thyme, and olive oil in a cakelet was rather brave but also brilliant.

The lemon and thyme add a touch of bright flavor, while the sugar and almond flour keep them moist and flavorful.

Ingredients include: Almond flour, olive oil, milk, lemon zest, and dried thyme.

Not all cakelets recipes have to be sweet. 

Who knew?

Crab cakes are a special occasion food, but they make great bite-size appetizers for parties. 

I don’t know about you, but I tend to save crab for special occasions, so our hot tip is to use real crab in this recipe.

These are best served warm, so consider prepping these in advance and then cooking them up right before serving.

Ingredients include: Lump crab meat, scallion, chili flakes, paprika, and Italian bread crumbs.

These delicious buttery cookies make a perfect appetizer or snack. 

The combination of Parmesan cheese, black olives, and herbs provides a wonderful flavor that is sure to impress.

Hot tip: To get the best results, make sure to use cold ingredients and chill the dough before baking. 

For an extra treat, try serving these cookies with different dips such as hummus, guacamole, or cheese spread. 

Ingredients include: Flour, parmesan cheese, black olives, sea salt, and fresh rosemary.

Don’t let the odd-sounding ingredients intimidate you because this recipe is a sure winner.

Now to be fair, I am a sucker for any cake that has stars on top of it, but this one also brings the flavor.

The cakelets are made with a simple batter that is flavored with yuzu zest and blackcurrant juice. 

Then the glorious glaze is made from yuzu juice and black currant preserves.

Quick tip: Don’t overmix the batter. If you do, the cakelets won’t be light and fluffy. 

Ingredients include: Crème fraîche, confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, eggs, and Yuzu zest.

The cakelets are moist, flavorful, and have a lovely hint of vanilla that will have your taste buds dancing. 

The glaze is a light drizzle of vanilla extract, heavy cream, and powdered sugar mixed together. 

Making these cakelets is a piece of cake (pun intended)!

Ingredients include: All purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, and buttermilk.

This cakelet recipe provides a lovely combination of sweet and tart. 

Whomever has said that gluten-free desserts can’t be light and fluffy, haven’t tried this recipe.

I love the use of fresh raspberries in this recipe. 

Not only do they make it yummy, but they also make it a pretty treat to serve for any occasion.

Ingredients include: Almond flour, teff flour, egg whites, vanilla extract, and raspberries.

When I first saw this, I thought about how you can get a sweet dessert at the end of a lovely meal, or you can get a fruit and cheese plate.

More often than not, I get that fruit and cheese plate.

If you are looking for a unique cakelet recipe, this is the one to try.

Ingredients include: Green onions, garlic, chickpeas, dijon mustard, and coconut oil.

These cakelets are a perfect way to use up those extra apples that you have in the kitchen.

The cloves, cinnamon, and allspice mixed with the apples will smell wonderful baking in the oven.

But what gets me most excited is the maple drizzles that go on top of these little cakes. 

It is made with confectioners sugar, water, and maple syrup.

Check out this Star Wars cakelet pan on WS, though.

Ingredients include: Peeled apples, coconut oil, egg, walnuts, flour, and baking soda.

A nice note about this cake is that the cake itself isn’t overly sweet.

This is because the glaze is made with honey, apple juice, and powdered sugar.

It has the perfect balance of sweetness and the sliced almonds on top are a perfect touch. 

Ingredients include: All-purpose flour, almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh apples.

These adorable little fluffy cakelets will bring joy to your day. 

The buttermilk and warm spices used in this recipe make it a perfect choice for the autumn season.

You can elevate these cakelets further by adding a decadent cream cheese frosting on top or simply enjoy them with a hot cup of coffee. 

Or you could create a delicious glaze and drizzle it over them for an extra special treat.

No matter how you choose to enjoy them, your taste buds are sure to be delighted.

For the holidays, this gingerbread house cakelet pan is pretty adorbs.

Ingredients include: Unsalted butter, sugar, pumpkin puree, all-purpose flour, and cinnamon.

Get ready for a treat with these delicious and unique pumpkin pie spiced carrot cakelets!

The frosting is a creamy and indulgent pumpkin pie spiced buttercream. 

You can add a dollop of frosting on top of each cakelet, or pipe it out using a pastry bag. 

As an added treat, pulverize walnuts and dust them on top of the cakelets.

Ingredients include: Carrots, pumpkin pie spice, confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, and eggs.

Upside-down cakes are fun, but usually, pineapple gets all of the glory.

Not this time, though!

This time, it is all about cherries.

They’re great for a summer barbecue or even as a sweet treat for breakfast or brunch. 

So go ahead and indulge in these delicious and adorable cherry upside-down cakelets!

Ingredients include: Fresh cherries, light brown sugar, almonds, almond extract, and butter.

Get ready to impress your guests with these delicious mini cranberry upside-down cakelets! 

Made with fresh cranberries, light brown sugar, and a blend of spices, these cakelets have a sweet and slightly tart flavor that will delight your taste buds. 

Ingredients include: Fresh cranberries, nutmeg, fresh orange zest, buttermilk, and eggs.

Mini pumpkin bundt cakes are a delicious and easy-to-make treat. 

They are made with a box of spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, and a few other simple ingredients. 

It’s always pumpkin season, because the flavor truly comes from the warm spices more so than the squash itself, which is nearly flavorless on its own. 

But pumpkin puree supports the aromatic flavors of vanilla, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and more, and that is a year-round welcome profile in my book. 

These are lovely drizzled with a simple glaze, but they were also just as good without it.

This mini-bundt pan is what we used to make this set of cakelets.

Ingredients include: Spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, white icing, eggs, pumpkin-pie spice, and oil. 

I’ve got some kind of weird love affair with Williams-Sonoma. 

I have yet to set foot in one of their stores, but every year I ask for a new cake pan or anything in their Fleur de Sel scent. 

But I digress.

This recipe is for adorable, simple cakelets with or without a lemon glaze. 

Here’s the rosebud pan on Amazon.

Ingredients include: Lemon zest, cake flour, butter, heavy cream, and lemon oil.

These little layer cakes are the cutest things. 

A simple buttercream and a few sprinkles and it’s a teddy bear picnic where the biggest, bestest teddy bear is about to have the most AMAZING birthday. 

Here’s where you can get the tiny layer cake pan, too.

Ingredients include: Sugar, flour, vanilla, buttercream frosting, jimmies, and milk.

I can hear it now: What is this, a cake for ants??

This adorable cakelet is meant for all of us, but of course it’s so small because it’s that much more precious. 

Gather up a few and make a big gift basket of these tiny gifts that will wow the receiver and you’ll be the hero of the day.

And if you’re going to let the ants walk off with one, well, you’ll make their day, too.

Ingredients include: Cocoa powder, cinnamon, sour cream, and vanilla.

Rich with flavor and whole ingredients, this cute cakelets recipe is going to wow you.

Lots of delicious fall-flavor ingredients come together in this one.

We found the cakelet pan for you here.

Ingredients include: Almond coconut milk, flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar.

Yep, these look like chocolate Twinkies, alright, but homemade takes this flavor profile to the next level.

Since you are beating egg whites for the luscious, thick filling, be sure your mixing bowl is spotless or any fat will cause the whites to collapse. 

Ingredients include: All-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, egg whites, and vanilla extract.

Taking the tiny cake craze to the brownie side, here’s a great way to get that desirable chewy, crisp top. 

With just a hint of flour and LOTS of chocolate, these are going to be a hit!

Use this mini tartlet pan for the same look.

This recipe uses a simple jelly-roll pan, but the layers are sliced and iced, thus becoming cakelets.

These tiny square layer cakes don’t use a cakelet pan as we may be familiar, but this is the name for what is also called a petit four.

These make a beautiful presentation for high tea or ladies’ brunch, 
even without the edible flowers.

Ingredients include: Butter, sugar, lemon zest, raspberry preserves, and buttermilk.

The bottom line

Have these cakelets recipes got your mouth watering? That’s a sign that you should give them a try! 

Making cakelets isn’t all that difficult, especially with these step-by-step recipes. 

Just bear in mind that you’ll need a cakelet baking tin–fortunately, you can find them just about anywhere you buy other kitchen necessities. 

Whether you’re dealing with a sweet craving or looking for something to bring to your potluck, these cakelet pan recipes are the way to go!

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40 Cute Cakelets Recipes You Can’t Resist

40 Cute Cakelets Recipes You Can’t Resist

If you need some tiny cake inspiration, this list will help you find the perfect cakelets recipes.


  • Wintery Snowflake Cakelets
  • Midnight Chocolate Cakelets
  • Honey Lemon Cakelets
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakelets
  • Red Velvet Cakelets
  • Easy Asian Chestnut Cakelets
  • Cherry Upside Down Cakelets
  • Apple Cornbread Cakelets
  • Olive Oil Cakelets
  • Double Chocolate Hershey’s Kiss Cakelets
  • Lemon-Lavender Pound Cakelets
  • Passover Apricot Carrot Cakelets
  • Mandarin Upside-Down Cakelets
  • Pumpkin Rum, Red Velvet & Chocolate Cakelets
  • Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cakelets
  • Apricot & Honey Cakelets
  • Maple Pecan Cakelets
  • Almond Cakelet With A Pomegranate Glaze
  • Banana Rum Upside Down Cakelets
  • Lemon Thyme Cakelets
  • Crab Cakelets
  • Savory Sables
  • Yuku And Black Currant Cakelets
  • Vanilla Cakelet
  • Raspberry Brown Butter Cakelets
  • Chickpea Cakelets With Harissa Aioli
  • Harvest Apple Cakelets
  • Honey Apple Cakelet
  • Buttermilk Pumpkin Spice Cakelets
  • Pumpkin Pie Spiced Carrot Cakelets
  • Cherry Upside Down Cakelets
  • Cranberry Upside Down Cakelets
  • Easy Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakelet
  • Lemon Bouquet Cakelets
  • Tiny Vanilla Layer Cakes
  • Chocolate Gift Cakelets
  • Vegan Maple Cakelets
  • Chocolate Cream Boats
  • Raspberry-Lemon Cakelets


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