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Tiniest Birthday Cake

Fancy buttercream flourishes topped with nonpareil gumdrops make this dainty cake look grand. Fill a five-inch cake pan with two cups of your favorite batter, then cut finished cake in half horizontally to form layers. Bake leftover batter into mini cupcakes.

  • Yield: Makes One 5-inch Round Cake and 64 Mini Cupcakes; Cake Serves about 6
Tiniest Birthday Cake

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Spring



  1. Prepare batter for Yellow Cake as directed; fill a 5-inch-round, 3-inch-deep buttered cake pan with 2 cups batter, and use the remaining batter to fill 64 cups of three 24-cup mini muffin tins lined with paper liners (1 tablespoon batter per cup). Bake until golden and a cake tester inserted in middle comes out clean, 10 to 11 minutes for the cupcakes and 45 to 50 minutes for the cake.

  2. Using a serrated knife, trim top of cake level, then cut in half horizontally. Place 1 cake layer on a small cake stand or a cardboard round wrapped in parchment paper. Spread with 1/3 cup frosting. Top with remaining layer. Thinly coat top and sides with 1/4 cup frosting. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Remove from refrigerator, and frost with 1/2 cup frosting. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Frost mini cupcakes with remaining frosting (about 1 1/2 teaspoons frosting per cupcake).

  3. Place 1 cup buttercream in a small bowl; tint buttercream pink. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a coupler and a small plain round tip (such as Ateco #5). Using a toothpick, make an outline of a garland on the side of the cake. Pipe buttercream over design, doubling back and forth over the line to create a crocheted effect. Ruffles along the bottom border of the cake can be made by switching to a ribbon tip (such as Ateco #44). Gently press rounded gumdrop halves into frosting at the top of each garland strand; reserve flat gumdrop halves for another use.

Reviews (4)

  • flickchick 30 Jan, 2009

    my corningware set came with two little bowls that are about 4 or 5". i'm not sure how to adjust the cooking time, but i've baked cake in my corningware before and it worked well.

  • bskts4ewe 22 Jun, 2008

    You can also find a 6" at most any cake decorating store.

  • Flourgirldev 9 May, 2008

    Hey there Diane, you should be able to purchase a 5" cake pan at Sur La Table. They have a fabulous cake baking and decorating section. And I've seen that size pan there. Good luck!

  • dmacd 23 Mar, 2008

    Dear Martha:
    For this 'Tiniest Birthday Cake' you mention that the baker usse a 5" cake pan. Where would one find a 5" cake pan?
    Thank you for all your recipies and tips, they are terrific!

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