Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes with Nutella Glaze...from a Boxed Cake Mix!


Happy Wednesday, Friends! When my family visited for Easter, we also celebrated my mother's birthday. Remembering the many birthday cakes she's baked for me over the years, I wanted to make something special for her. At the same time, since I was preparing a lot of other food for the brunch, I needed something simple. Today I'm sharing how I made these tea room pretty mini cakes using a boxed cake mix...


Dark chocolate mini cakes with Nutella glaze



When I share the occasional recipe, I usually lean toward healthy but I always opt for simple. Cake is the exception when it comes to healthy--at my house it's a special occasion dessert--so why not indulge? However, I do stand by my simple rule and often dress up boxed cake mixes with homemade frosting. In previous posts, I've used vintage mini molds to create everything from Christmas Silver Bells to a Repurposed Garden Beehive. Well this time I actually baked with them--imagine that!


Dark chocolate mini cakes with Nutella glaze


I prepared a dark chocolate cake mix, and used oil to prepare the pans, but since I had never baked with them before, I started with just one to be sure it didn't stick. I filled the pan a little more than half full with batter and baked it for about 10 minutes. Then I let it cool a full 10 minutes before removing it from the pan--no sticking! 



Dark chocolate mini cakes with Nutella glaze



While the mini cakes baked, I concocted the glaze. I decided to use Nutella because the hazelnut would complement the dark chocolate cake. Here's the recipe:



Dark chocolate mini cakes with Nutella glaze



By the time I removed the cakes from the pans, they were cool to the touch and ready to drizzle with the glaze. As I mentioned before, I wanted to make this really special for my mom and I think the popular naked cakes with fresh flowers are really lovely, so that was my inspiration. For my mini versions, I used fresh garden mint, placing it on top of the Nutella glaze...


Dark chocolate mini cakes with Nutella glaze
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...then I added small dried rosebuds--also from my organic garden.


Dark chocolate mini cakes with Nutella glaze


Frosting a full size cake is not my favorite thing to do, but I had fun decorating the minis. They were simple, tasted decadently delicious and tea room pretty!



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Dark chocolate mini cakes featuring Nutella glaze


Enjoy! 


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13 comments:

  1. Your cake looks yummy and so pretty Cecelia . I haven't made a cake in a while . Happy day . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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  2. Those look absolutely delicious, Cecilia! Love how pretty they are but easy too. I bet they were enjoyed by everyone.

    Hugs, Cecilia

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  3. These look just scrumptious and my kids are Nutella nuts!! ;) No pun intended! Ha!

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  4. I enjoy your recipes but never use them because there is no easy way to print them on your site. I'd have to print this entire post and that's just silly. Maybe you need to put together a "print" just for the recipe.

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  5. Oh my goodness, that looks so good, Cecilia - and beautiful too!

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  6. You know I've nber had Nutella...perhaps I should change this...and soon!

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  7. These look and sound so good! I just bought a bag of 24 of these tart pans from Restore. Now I know what I can make with them. Great idea to make them small and personal.

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  8. Your mini cakes look yummy and I love nutella. So cool that you used your vintage molds!

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  9. This look delicious! And I love that a smaller cake allows for a bit of portion control.

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  10. Oh my goodness! How yummy! You are speaking my language!

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