Mini Vanilla Pound Cakes

This mini pound cakes recipe is perfect for your mini bundt cake pan or a loaf pan. Just like my regular pound cake recipe, these mini pound cakes are moist, flavorful, and wonderfully buttery. Plus, the addition of vanilla bean and raspberry icing is irresistible!

Mini pound cakes with raspberry icing and sprinkles

I have a mini bundt pan obsession and after 1 taste of these mini vanilla pound cakes, you’ll understand why. Don’t they look like donuts?

Let’s Talk Pound Cake

Pound cake isn’t my top choice of desserts UNLESS it’s done right. Pound cake must be 2 things: moist and flavorful. There’s no worse dessert than dry pound cake. Having said that, I have a few pound cake recipes on my site and each is… you guessed it… moist and flavorful.

Raspberry swirl pound cake is my favorite and where I began today’s mini pound cakes recipe.

Mini pound cakes with raspberry icing and sprinkles

Mini Pound Cake Ingredients

Mini pound cakes don’t require a lot of ingredients, but the ratio of those ingredients is imperative.

  • An abundance of moisture and the pound cake will taste wet.
  • Too much flour and the pound cake taste dry.
  • Too many eggs and the pound cake will taste eggy.

Here’s the ratio that works best: 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of butter, and 4 eggs. This yields a wonderfully balanced pound cake. Add sour cream for extra moisture, vanilla extract for flavor, and vanilla bean for even more flavor. (Homemade vanilla extract is fantastic in these!) Also, if you’re craving it, almond extract tastes great too.

How to Make Mini Pound Cakes

Like most cake recipes, these mini pound cakes begin by creaming room temperature butter and sugar together. This step guarantees a soft crumb. Next, add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Lastly, mix in the dry ingredients. The cake batter is very thick, so you know the end result will be perfectly dense. If you use the same mini bundt pan I have, you get about 8-9 mini bundt cakes. Mini bundt pans differ in size, so the yield varies. Whichever pan you use, fill each about 2/3 full.

If you don’t have a mini bundt pan, use a mini loaf pan. If you don’t have a mini loaf pan, use a regular loaf pan. A full size bundt cake pan is a little too large. No matter which pan you use, one thing’s certain: this pound cake is fabulous. Super tight crumb, dense, extremely buttery and moist, and flecked with vanilla bean.

Pound cake batter

Mini bundt cake pan

I find the trick to bundt cakes, no matter which pan or size, is to REALLY grease the pan. Even if the pan is labeled as non-stick! I typically use a generous spray of nonstick spray.

Mini pound cakes on cooling rack

Mini pound cakes with pink icing

Let’s Decorate!

These mini pound cakes are wonderful with a simple dollop of whipped cream and some fresh berries. But you could also try a lemon icing, vanilla icing, chocolate ganache, or even red wine chocolate ganache for a decadent treat.

Pink is the way to my heart and sprinkles speak to my soul, so FRESH raspberry icing and sprinkles is my topping of choice. I showed you this fresh raspberry icing with these raspberry almond buttermilk scones. This time I used a few more raspberries to produce a stronger flavor and darker color. I also used milk instead of cream, so that’s why it’s a little thinner here.

Mini pound cakes with raspberry icing and sprinkles

These mini cakes make me so happy and I would love to know if you try them!

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Mini pound cakes with raspberry icing and sprinkles

Mini Vanilla Pound Cakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8-9 mini cakes
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These mini vanilla pound cakes have a super tight crumb and are dense, extremely buttery and moist, and flecked with vanilla bean. Top with fresh raspberry icing and sprinkles!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120g) full-fat sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • seeds scraped from 1/2 of a vanilla bean
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional but recommended!)

Fresh Raspberry Icing

  • 1/2 cup (85g) fresh raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (180g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) heavy cream or milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and generously grease a a mini bundt cake pan (or another pan, see note).
  2. Make the mini cakes: Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on high speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. With the mixer running on low speed, add the eggs one at a time, then add the sour cream, vanilla extract, vanilla bean, and almond extract (if using). Beat on medium-high speed until combined. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients. Beat everything just until incorporated. Do not over-mix. Batter will be very creamy and thick with lots of vanilla bean specks.
  4. Spoon batter into pan, filling each bundt cake cavity 2/3 full. If you need to make a 2nd batch, loosely cover the leftover batter and keep at room temperature until your pan is ready again.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cakes are lightly golden and spring back when lightly poked with your finger. Remove from the oven and allow to cool inside the pan for 5 minutes. Carefully invert the pan on the counter or wire rack. Give the pan a little shake so the cakes release. Allow bundt cakes to cool completely on a wire rack before icing and serving.
  6. Make the icing: Toss the raspberries and granulated sugar together. Vigorously stir to break up the raspberries. Allow to sit for 5 minutes as the raspberries let out their juices. (You can also use a small food processor for this step.) Strain the raspberries through a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl. Use a spoon to press them through, extracting all the juices and removing the seeds. You’ll have about 3 Tablespoons of juice. Whisk in the confectioners’ sugar and heavy cream. Add a little more confectioners’ sugar to thicken or more cream to thin, if desired. Drizzle over cooled pound cakes.
  7. Cover and store leftover iced cakes at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions: You can make the mini pound cakes ahead of time by freezing them. Bake, cool, wrap in aluminum foil, and place in a large Tupperware (that’s what I do!). Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before icing and serving. Freeze well up to 3 months.
  2. Pans: If you don’t have a mini bundt pan, you can use a mini loaf pan. If you don’t have a mini loaf pan, you can use a regular 9×5-inch loaf pan. A full size bundt cake pan is a little too large. The bake times and yields vary with the pan you use. Fill the pans 2/3 full with batter. If using a regular 9×5-inch loaf pan, fill with all of the batter (which is about 2/3 full anyway!). The suggested bake time in this recipe is for the bundt cake pan that I own. When the cakes are lightly brown and spring back when lightly poked with your finger, they are done. If you’re using a 9×5-inch loaf pan, the bake time is about 1 hour. Use a toothpick to test for doneness. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out *mostly* clean with zero raw batter.
  3. Vanilla Bean: If you don’t have vanilla bean, simply leave it out and add another 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
  4. Room Temperature Ingredients: All refrigerated items should be at room temperature so the batter mixes together easily and evenly. Read here for more information. It really makes a difference!

Keywords: pound cake

99 Comments

  1. Antri C. | Beauty Blogger & Reviewer says:

    They look so amazing and yummyyyyy 🙂 Send me some hahahaha
    xoxo

  2. These are so cute I totally want a mini bundt tin now! *goes to Amazon to search for more baking supplies* Thanks for sharing this cute recipe, I’m off to plan some sprinkle themed bakes now!
    Cx

    1. I hope you got one – you will use it all them time!!

  3. Hi Sally! Do you have an idea of how long you think these would take to bake in a regular loaf pan? Or should I just keep a close eye on it?

    1. Yes! See the recipe notes at the bottom of the recipe 🙂

  4. Can you substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream?

    1. Sure can!

  5. Jelshy George says:

    Hi 

    Instead of sour cream what can be the substitute for mini pound Cake can we use youghurt 

    If I use loaf tin is also ok for this mini pound cake receipe then how much should be my heating temperature and how long?

    1. Plain yogurt is a great sub for the sour cream. See my note about using a loaf pan. Enjoy!

  6. Hi there! I want to use this recipe for an upcoming event… vanilla bundt cakes are one of the 6 items ill be making (including a three tiered cake) so to help my sanity- do you know how far in advance I can make these (ill be needing 40 mini bundt cakes)?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. These mini vanilla bundt cakes taste best fresh, but you can always freeze them if you need to make them in advance. See my make ahead tip 🙂

  7. Amy Kolesnik says:

    Loving the full width format!! <3

  8. I love the new site! Congrats!

  9. I’m trying to find the right cake to practice a mirror glaze on. Do you think this would work well? What would you suggest?

    1. I haven’t used a mirror glaze but they look so pretty! Be sure to report back if you try it!

  10. Peter f. Vitrano says:

    Made the cakes for guest that we had over for dessert. They came out excellent. They were surprisingly moist, especially for a 4 egg pound cake recipe. The raspberry glaze was delicious, and the natural red tinge from the berry enhanced the appearance of each cake. I topped each of the cakes with a swirl of fresh whipped cream that I stabilized with a bit of gelatin. The topper, a fresh raspberry on each of the cakes. Everyone enjoyed these little bundt cakes. We are going to make these for our daughters graduation, and will do different fruit glaze for each batch of cakes that we make.

    1. I’m so glad that they were a hit! Be sure to share a photo and tag me in it so I can see them! 🙂

  11. Hi Sally!
    Could this recipe be used for mini cupcakes?

    Thanks!
    Shawn

    1. Yes, absolutely! Bake time for any kind of mini cupcake is about 11-13 minutes, but use a toothpick to test.

      1. Thanks so much, Sally!

        I know your redesigned site is still fairly new (and this could just be me), but I no longer receive an email when you reply to a comment/question on your site.

        Not a huge deal, but figured you might like to know!

        Thanks again 🙂

  12. I thought they turned out well, but a couple of my coworkers said they lacked flavor… I wonder if adding some additional sugar would cause any problems? (I did use the almond extract & vanilla bean as shown.)

    1. Hi Caryn! You can certainly try adding more sugar to the cake batter next time. Thank you for trying my recipe!

  13. What size is your mini bundt pan? How much water will each little bundt hold? Each mini in my pan holds about 7/8 cup of water.
    Thanks!

  14. I have to say I was disappointed with this recipe. I’m an experienced baker and make cakes quite frequently. I used a heritage mini bundt pan. The cakes came out dense, chewy, and eggy. Somehow, they also didn’t really brown at all. I followed the weight measurements. After looking at other pound cake recipes, I feel like the ratios in this recipe might be a little off. The butter and eggs here are almost double what they are in some other recipes (especially my MIL’s, which has a very good reputation). While I wouldn’t say they were inedible, I certainly wouldn’t serve them. :'(

  15. I made these in a loaf pan and it turned out great!

  16. Ingrid Velasquez says:

    Hey Sally! I just made this and it’s fabulous! I do want to note one thing: The first batch that went in rose higher and didn’t brown as much as the second batch. (I only had one pan so I had to do two batches.) For the first batch, I greased the pan using the butter’s wrapper paper. For the second batch, I sprayed with it a canola oil blend. I baked both for 20 minutes, at the bottom rack. Do you think this could have made the difference? Thanks!

    1. It’s likely, yes. I usually use an oil blend spray when greasing pans. Whichever you prefer, stick to that! I’m so glad you tried these mini pound cakes. 🙂

  17. Hi Sally, I was wondering if I could use cake flour for this recipe like you do in your cream cheese pound cake? Thanks!

    1. Shouldn’t be a problem. I recommend adding 1 Tablespoon of cake flour just to ensure there is extra sturdiness.

      1. They turned out great, super soft and moist

  18. I made this recipe today and it was WONDERFUL! I loved the rich, buttery taste and the pound cake-like density of the little cakes- just fantastic. It’s been surprisingly hard to find a good vanilla cake recipe that doesn’t end up too dry when using the mini Bundt pans so this one is an absolute keeper:) I made the cakes for my nieces 1st birthday and they were beautiful and a huge hit!

  19. Made this today. I couldn’t let everything get to room temperature, and they still tasted delicious. I just dusted with powdered sugar. So pretty. Thanks for the great recipe.

  20. I made these over the weekend and they were delicious! My icing turned out pretty runny though and I wasn’t really able to thicken enough simply by adding more powdered sugar. Maybe my ratio of raspberry juice/milk to powdered sugar was off? I think if my icing were thicker, these would be perfect!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed them, Meghan! If you try the icing again, try adding less cream instead of more sugar – that should help make it thicker.

  21. Delicious little cakes Sally!. Followed the recipe to a t including the icing. I’m going to double the recipe next time because they were so good!!

  22. I have a mini angel food cake pan (6 count, same as your mini bundt pan), will that work same as the mini bundt pan?

    1. I can’t see why not!

  23. This recipe looks really good and I can’t wait to try it! I would love to add some jam inside of the cakes but would that make them too moist?

  24. Can we use buttermilk instead of sour cream? If yes what quantity?

    1. Yes, you can use the same amount of buttermilk (1/2 cup/120ml) in place of the sour cream. The bake time may be a little longer since the batter will be a bit thinner.

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