Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake for One. Happy 4th Birthday Picky Palate!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚  Let’s take a look.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!




Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake for One

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 large egg

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon milk

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spry 12.5 ounce can with non stick cooking spray.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Makes 1 serving…unless you wanna share ๐Ÿ™‚


Have a great day! Come back soon!

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104 Responses
  1. Omg what a sweet post! I actually almost started crying with your opening lines because I am truly so, so, so very happy for anyone and everyone I know who is doing what they love and that blogging was the jumpstart.

    Your recipes, your cookbook, your blog, your photography…Jenny, you should be soooo proud of yourself! I wish I could give you a big hug!

    Or snag a bite of that cake. Spectacular photography! Love the sprinkles ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Congratulations Jenny! You have such a great blog here and you can be so proud of everything that you’ve achieved! I can’t wait to see the cookbook ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. libbywilko

    Wow Happy 5 years, Congratulations!

    Love your blog… each day I can’t wait to see if you have any new posts.

    It’s wonderful to see someone who is following their passion and has found their dream job too.

    Best wishes with the cookbook.

  4. happy birthday! this looks amazing! i love the idea of baking a mini cake in a can. my sister and i made your pumpkin chocolate cake with pumpkin buttercream this weekend and it was unbelievable!

  5. Yay! Happy Birthday. Thanks for 5 wonderful years of fabulous recipes. Your blog and talent has been such a great resource for meal time and beyond!

  6. Congratulations! I love your site so hopefully lots of years coming up! And I love these cute individual cakes, they would be perfect for a high tea.

  7. Jennifer

    Congrats….I love your website! At first I freaked out a bit when I saw the canned chicken until I began reading it. HAHA

  8. Happy birthday Picky Palate! Congratulations! Love your blog and the cake looks amazing. Gotta get me some peanut butter frosting now! I made a bowl last week and have been eating it off by the spoonfuls!

  9. Congrats on 5 years! I have enjoyed all your recipes, stories and adventures over the years. Look forward to your cookbook and many more years of Picky Palate! PS: Using the little chicken can is a perfect little cake mold. What a great idea! This little cake is too cute!

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  11. It looks delicious!! It’s so tiny and cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Birthday Picky Palate, I’m so glad you started this blog and that we were lucky enough to meet through it!! Lots of love, sweet friend! xoxoxo

  12. OMG!!! I couldn’t tell how small it was until I read the post.
    Adorable!!!! Absolutely adorable. I’m making one… or two… or ten….
    and a lot of chicken salad!!!!!

  13. Amye Kelly

    Picky Palate was the first food blog I started reading about 2 years ago. You opened up my eyes to the world of food blogging. Although I haven’t started my own, I am an avid reader of many food blogs now. I love cooking for my family and friends, and you have helped me to take it up a notch. Thank you. And, congrats on the milestone! Many more…

  14. Congratulations on your 5th birthday. Quite an accomplishment! And what a way to celebrate. I’ll have a 5-month anniversary in February for my food blog and I don’t want to wait five years, so I’m definitely checking back for this recipe in 2012!

  15. jules p

    Happy Happy Birthday! And I am glad that you are writing this great blog/fulfilling your dream too!

    I love love love the idea of the can for your cake pan. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Tracy R

    Congratulations and Happy 5th Birthday! I just started reading your blog and have throughly enjoyed all of your posts. I am especially loving all the mini desserts; as I am a single person, and making regular sized desserts is just too much. Love all the step by step pics too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 5 years! That’s almost older than the Internets. Also, this will teach me not to casually scroll through posts to peruse the pictures: I thought this cake recipe included chicken! Tricky, tricky…

  18. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Woo hoo! Happy 4th bday picky-palate! ๐Ÿ˜€ This couldnt have been better timing! I’m making this right now for my friend, it’s her birthday tomorrow, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great idea for individual cakes for kids!

  21. 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.

  22. 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. 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 )

  23. 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!!

  24. 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!

  25. 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. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. 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.


  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. Penelope

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

  30. 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.


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