Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake for One

This Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake is adorable! It’s a lot of fun to make, and it’s the perfect cake to surprise a friend with on their birthday!

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake

Thank you for all of your sweet congrats, I must say I am a bit embarrassed, I was so sure I had been blogging for 5 years that I never bothered to really check. I did go back and check and have been blogging for 4 years, not 5. Thanks!!

Someone is turning 4 years old this month….can you guess who? Picky Palate, yay!

Boy, does time fly. I remember the very first night I started Picky Palate on blogspot not having the foggiest idea what I was doing or what the future would hold for me. If someone would have told me I would have a cookbook in the works 4 years ago, I would have never believed it.

It’s funny how life takes you in unexpected directions. I am so grateful to be able to write this website for all of you, it is truly my dream job.

Ok, enough of the sappy stuff, can we talk about this fun little cake…for one? I love individual servings and this tiny cake is peanut buttery chocolatey delicious 🙂  Let’s take a look.

How to Make This Tiny Cake

Start with the dry ingredients. Flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

Add your oil, vanilla….

…egg and

melt your chocolate chips and…

add to the bowl.

Give it all a good mix.

Ahhh, perfect!

To bake the little cake, I used an empty 12.5 ounce can of Chunk Chicken Breast from Costco. Remove the paper wrapper, wash and dry.

Pour the cake batter into your prepared can, and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Loosen edges with a knife, let cool for 10 minutes then remove from can 🙂

Once cooled cut cake in half lengthwise.

Time to whip up the peanut butter frosting layer. A little peanut butter, powdered sugar and splash of milk.

Spread peanut butter layer over bottom cake.

Place second cake on top. How cute!

Whip up the chocolate buttercream. Butter, melted chocolate and powdered sugar….Yum!


Place frosting on top and frost evenly. Top with your favorite sprinkles and….

Tada! Love this cute little cake. Happy Birthday Picky Palate!



Image of My Son Tasting My Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake for One

This Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake is adorable! It's a lot of fun to make, and it's the perfect cake to surprise a friend with on their birthday!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 2291kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spry 12.5 ounce can with non stick cooking spray.
  • Place flour, cocoa, sugar, salt, baking soda, egg, oil and vanilla into a large mixing bowl. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals until smooth. Pour into bowl and mix all ingredients until well combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared can and bake for 25-30 minutes or until baked through. Remove and loosen edges with a knife. Let cool for 10 minutes then remove from can by flipping over firmly. Let cool completely then cut in half lengthwise.
  • Place peanut butter, powdered sugar and milk into a small bowl and mix until smooth. Spread over bottom cake and place second cake on top.
  • Place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl and melt in 30 second intervals until smooth. Place butter and powdered sugar in small bowl, mixing to combine and add melted chocolate, mixing until combined. Spread evenly over cake and top with sprinkles.


Calories: 2291kcal | Carbohydrates: 227g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 146g | Saturated Fat: 60g | Cholesterol: 291mg | Sodium: 1280mg | Potassium: 1066mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 177g | Vitamin A: 1657IU | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 10mg
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104 Responses
  1. Katherine

    I am making this little cake tonight. I can’t wait. Is there a way to modify it to make it a vanilla cake? My niece has been asking to cook with me and I thought this would be a fun little treat, but she is not a fan of chocolate cake. I know what is wrong with her. LOL

    Thanks…I can’t wait to try the chocolate version.


  2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

    Well, what a cute as heck little cake! I love that you baked this in a chicken can, that is awesome!

  3. Penelope

    Yummy! I tried this yesterday. Is there a recipe for a full cake? I would love to make this cake for my Birthday.

  4. Monica

    Tried this and I’m not sure where I went wrong
    But my cake overflowed the container
    And it took a while to even set.

  5. Hannah

    Hi, Jenny! I made this cake some weeks ago and it was incredibly delicious. I just wondered if it was possible to double or maybe triple the recipe to make it a regular sized cake, and if so you, do have any suggestions to what degrees it should be baked and for how long? I am having a small party and this cake in big-size would be perfect!

  6. Todd

    This looks amazing and I’m hoping to make it for my wife for Mother’s Day. Is there a “full size” recipe for this, as I’d like to make it for the whole family.


  7. tiffany

    HI! I had a question for you. I just made your chocolate peanut butter cake for one- which is very good- sinful good- but it had a big hole in the middle of the cake. I made it twice and it did the same thing again. so i had to use half of the one cake and half of the other. I was just wondering if you knew why this happened? Thanks for your help! Tiffany

    1. Jenny

      Hmmm, my guess is that it wasn’t baked long enough. If you make it again, try baking it for 10 or so more minutes to see if that helps 🙂

  8. Chirag

    I made this for my mom’s Birthday! And Jenny thank you so much for this recipe! I multiplied the amount of ingredients to make a bigger cake of three servings and it worked perfectly. She loved it and said it was one of the best cakes she’s ever had! I do recommend everyone who reads this recipe to go try it at once. It’s very simple and rewarding. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you Jenny and congratulations on your milestone!

  9. Jenn

    I was cruising your recipes and found this adorable little cake!!! I can’t wait to try it!! Perfect topper for a cupcake display I am doing!! One question: Do you have a suggestion as to how I could make it without the cocoa? Need it to be vanilla/yellow/white/ or pretty much ANY flavor except chocolate… just leave out the cocoa? Or would I need to substitute?? Any input would be great! Thanks for the creative idea!!

  10. Jan Cargill

    Live alone, 82 years old and if I made a whole cake I wouldn’t be able to keep away from it.. Couldn’t find the Chicken, but did find the same size can of Tuna.. so will make that up and then scrub and scrub again the can.. I plan to make this and be able to have my cake and eat it too. Always looking for small amounts to make, without “leftovers”..

    1. Jan Cargill

      Just an added comment… to cut the cake in half horizontally, place toothpicks around at the halfway point.. Place a thin string or heavy thread JUST under the toothpicks, then pull the 2 ends across each other.. a very neat cut and EVEN.. ( Pull the left end with your right hand and the right end with your left hand and atretch out the ends )

  11. Lauryn

    I went to the supermarket to buy the canned chicken but could only find canned tuna and the can stunk! I thought after soaking it with soap overnight and washing it a few times the next day would help, but after trying two times to bake the cake it always had a weird fishy smell to it. Did you not encounter this issue with the chicken can? I’ll have to go out and try to find some at another local store.

  12. Regina

    I think this is a great idea! I was browsing through looking at the pictures and wondered why there was a can of chicken in it, until I reread everything. 🙂 Great idea for individual cakes for kids!

  13. Casey

    Woo hoo! Happy 4th bday picky-palate! 😀 This couldnt have been better timing! I’m making this right now for my friend, it’s her birthday tomorrow, thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. Nicole

    Congrats! Your Blog looks incredible and that caked looks to die for. I just launched my own site… I hope to be celebrating as well in 5 years. To many more years of food blogging 🙂

  15. Hannah

    Congrats on five years! I don’t know where I would be without all of your crazy delicious ideas like this little cake.

  16. bridget {bake at 350}

    Happy, happy 5th birthday!!! I cannot wait for your cookbook…I know it will be beautiful (and dangerous)! 😉

    Love this little cake!

  17. Sibylle

    What a beautiful little cake!!! Congrats for five years Picky Palate!
    Awesome blog!!
    Greetings from Switzerland,

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