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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy, Mini White Cake recipe. Indulge in a moist, tender, and vanilla flavored treat just for you!

Indulging in a little treat just for yourself is always a delightful experience. Whether it’s a quiet evening at home or a celebration of a personal milestone, this delightful single layer small white cake is the perfect way to treat yourself. With a tender crumb and a hint of vanilla, this single serve cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you with leftovers for days.

Searching for delightful mini cake recipes designed for one or two? Explore our moist and flavorful Carrot Cake, rich and decadent Devil’s Food Cake, sweet and tangy Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and our unique “Quarter” Pound Cake, perfect in size and taste for small servings.

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Why You’ll Love This Small White Cake Recipe

  • No leftovers: This single serve white cake recipe is perfect for when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to make an entire cake. The recipe is specially designed for one or two servings, so you won’t have to worry about leftovers or overindulging.
  • Easy to make: This mini cake recipe uses pantry staples and baked in a ramekin.
  • Recipe doubles well: We bake this small white cake in a 10-ounce ramekin. If you’d like to make a larger cake just double the ingredient amounts and bake it in a 5×5-inch baking dish or in two 10-ounce ramekins.
  • Perfect for celebrating: This simple white cake is anything but simple! It’s the perfect birthday cake for a small birthday celebration.

For chocolate lovers, try our decadent Chocolate Lava Cake which is also baked in a 10-ounce ramekin.

a slice of white cake on a plate next to a jar of sprinkles.

What Is A White Cake?

A white cake is a delicate, moist, and tender cake made with simple ingredients like flour, sugar, egg whites, and butter. It’s often flavored with vanilla and has a light, fluffy texture. White cakes are known for their pale, almost white appearance, which comes from using only egg whites and clear extracts in the batter.

Cake & Frosting Ingredients

ingredients for a white cake and white cake frosting on a kitchen counter.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this single layer white cake recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Butter: Use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe. I use salted butter because this is the type of butter I always have on hand. Since you will be using such a small amount of butter, salted or unsalted butter won’t make much of a difference in this recipe. Use what you have or what you prefer. If you are on a low-sodium diet, by all means, use unsalted butter. Melted butter is used in the cake batter and softened butter is used in the frosting. Softened butter should still be cool to the touch but when you press your finger into the butter, your finger will leave an indentation. Just leave the butter out on the counter for about 30 minutes before you are ready to use it and it should be softened enough for this recipe.
  • Flour: I use self-rising flour in this small white cake recipe. If you would like to use all-purpose flour, add 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch (less than 1/8 teaspoon) of salt to 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. Stir the mixture together in a small bowl and use in place of packaged self-rising flour.
  • Egg whites: Use 2 large egg whites. This recipe is great when you have egg whites leftover from another recipe. If not, be sure to save the egg yolks and use them in single serving Chocolate Banana Bread, M&M Cookies, a Brookie, and even Potato Gnocchi!
  • Vanilla extract: Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor. Clear vanilla extract can also be used for a whiter cake.
  • Heavy cream:  I recommend using heavy cream (double cream) or heavy whipping cream. Both of these ingredients are essentially the same – they both have over 36% milk fat, and the name often depends on the brand. In a pinch, you can use whole milk instead but heavy cream gives the cake a soft texture and adds a much richer flavor. We use heavy cream in many of our single serving and small batch recipes, consider using up any leftover cream in Lasagna Soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, a small No-Bake Cheesecake, and a mini French Silk Pie.
  • For the frosting: Use powdered sugar, softened butter, vanilla, and heavy cream.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

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How To Make A Small White Cake

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make a small white cake and white cake frosting. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Heat the oven to 350° F (177° C). Lightly butter a 10-ounce ramekin and set it aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, egg white, and vanilla until smooth.
egg white, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  1. Stir in the self-rising flour.
flour, an egg white, vanilla, and melted butter in a mixing bowl.
  1. Add the cream and stir until smooth.
flour, an egg white, vanilla, and melted butter in a mixing bowl.
  1. Pour the cake batter into the lightly buttered ramekin and place the ramekin on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any possible spills.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
white cake batter in a small ramekin.
  1. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool completely.
a small white cake on a cooling rack on a kitchen counter.
  1. While the cake is cooling, make the frosting. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the sifted powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and cream by hand with a spoon or with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. After the cake has cooled, either frost the top of the cake while still inside the ramekin, or remove the cake from the ramekin and frost it. To remove the cake, loosen the edges by running a thin, sharp knife along the edge of the cake to loosen it. Place a plate on top of the cake and turn the cake over so that the cake slides right out.
a small white cake on a white and gold plate.
  1. Spread the frosting over the top and sides of the cake and top with sprinkles, if you’d like.
a small white cake on a white plate topped with colored sprinkles next to a ramekin.

Easy Decoration Ideas For Your Single Serving White Cake

Personalize your single serve white cake with these decoration options that are as delightful to look at as they are to eat.

Choose from a range of toppings like sprinkles, chopped nuts, or fresh berries to add pizzazz to your cake. While the recipe includes vanilla frosting, feel free to swap it for the chocolate frosting we use in our chocolate cupcake recipe or the cream cheese frosting we use in our carrot cake cupcakes recipe to suit your palate. For a less sugary alternative, complement your mini white cake with homemade whipped cream and a handful of fresh fruit.

a slice of white cake with the fork on the side and a jar of sprinkles in the background.

Expert Tips

  • Read through the entire recipe and the Ingredient Notes section of the post and gather your ingredients. We provide a lot of information within the body of this recipe post to ensure that your small white cake comes out perfectly every time. This cake comes together quickly so it’s a good idea to fully understand the recipe and have everything ready before beginning.
  • Measure ingredients correctly. This is so important. To measure flour correctly, stir the flour in its container with a spoon. Then, use a spoon to scoop flour into a dry measuring cup and slightly overfill. Then, use the back of a knife or other straight-edged utensil to level the flour across the cup. Do not scoop the flour. When you scoop, the flour gets packed too tightly and you will end up with more flour than the recipe calls for.
  • Don’t overmix: Mix the batter just until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can develop gluten in the flour, resulting in a tough cake.
  • Preheat your oven: Make sure your oven is properly preheated to 350° F (177° C) before baking. An oven thermometer can be helpful to verify accuracy.
  • Use the right pan: When making a small white cake use a 10-ounce ramekin for best results.
  • To make a white layer cake, double the ingredient amounts and use two 10-ounce ramekins.

Frequently Asked Questions

What size baking dish should I use?

I’m mentioning it again because it is so important. The success of this recipe depends on using the correct baking dish. We recommend using a 10-ounce ramekin.

Can I double this mini white cake recipe?

Yes. If you’d like to make a larger white cake simply double the ingredient amounts and bake the cake in two 10-ounce ramekins or use a 5×5-inch square baking dish. This dish can be found on our Store page.

a white cake in a small black baking dish

What is the difference between a white cake and a vanilla cake?

The primary difference is the use of egg whites in a white cake, while a vanilla cake typically uses whole eggs. This gives the white cake its signature light color and delicate texture.

How do I ensure my cake is moist and not dry?

Make sure to measure ingredients accurately, especially the flour, and avoid overbaking.

How should I store a white cake?

Store the cake in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

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Calorie And Portion Info For Your Single Serving Cake

Our nutrition facts are estimated using an online calculator, offering a ballpark figure for those conscious about their caloric intake.

This cake recipe is designed for a single, generous serving, making it ideal for those moments when you want to indulge. However, the portion is quite large—easily enough for two people to share. The cake is baked in a 10-ounce ramekin and is perfect for enjoying immediately or over a span of a few days.

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White Cake For One

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Cool: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy White Cake recipe. Indulge in a moist, tender, and vanilla flavored treat just for you or to share!

Ingredients 
 

For the cake

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter , melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract (or use clear imitation vanilla extract for a stark white cake and frosting)
  • ½ cup self-rising flour
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

For the frosting

  • ½ cup powdered sugar , sifted
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter , softened
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon heavy cream
  • Optional for topping: candied sprinkles

Instructions 

  • Heat the oven to 350° F (177° C). Lightly butter a 10-ounce ramekin and set it aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, egg white, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Stir in the self-rising flour.
  • Add the cream and stir until smooth.
  • Pour the cake batter into the lightly buttered ramekin and place the ramekin on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any possible spills.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Place the cake on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the cake is cooling, make the frosting. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the sifted powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and cream by hand with a spoon or with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • After the cake has cooled, either frost the top of the cake while still inside the ramekin, or remove the cake from the ramekin and frost it. To remove the cake, loosen the edges by running a thin, sharp knife along the edge of the cake to loosen it. Place a plate on top of the cake and turn the cake over so that the cake slides right out.
  • Spread the frosting over the top and sides of the cake and enjoy!

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Read through the entire recipe and the Ingredient Notes section of the post and gather your ingredients. We provide a lot of information within the body of this recipe post to ensure that your small white cake comes out perfectly every time. This cake comes together quickly so it’s a good idea to fully understand the recipe and have everything ready before beginning.
  • Measure ingredients correctly. This is so important. To measure flour correctly, stir the flour in its container with a spoon. Then, use a spoon to scoop flour into a dry measuring cup and slightly overfill. Then, use the back of a knife or other straight-edged utensil to level the flour across the cup. Do not scoop the flour. When you scoop, the flour gets packed too tightly and you will end up with more flour than the recipe calls for.
  • Don’t overmix: Mix the batter just until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can develop gluten in the flour, resulting in a tough cake.
  • Preheat your oven: Make sure your oven is properly preheated to 350° F (177° C) before baking. An oven thermometer can be helpful to verify accuracy.
  • Use the right pan:When making a small white cake use a 10-ounce ramekin for best results.
I use self-rising flour in this small white cake recipe. If you would like to use all-purpose flour, add ¾ teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch (less than ⅛ teaspoon) of salt to ½ cup of all-purpose flour. Stir the mixture together in a small bowl and use in place of self-rising flour.

Nutrition

Serving: 1entire cake, Calories: 1492kcal, Carbohydrates: 157g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 94g, Saturated Fat: 59g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 24g, Trans Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 256mg, Sodium: 671mg, Potassium: 256mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 111g, Vitamin A: 3085IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 79mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. This is a very VERSATILE recipe. For instance, by adding 1/4 cup of chocolate chips or chopped nuts or chopped fruit, you can make several different flavors of cake.

    1. Take a look in the section of the recipe post entitled, “What To Do With Leftover Ingredients”. There we list several recipes that can be made with egg YOLKS.