A comprehensive dessert for two guide about Small 6 Inch Cake Recipes For Two People made from scratch for beginners.
Baking a small cake for two people is one of the hardest things to do.
Most cake recipes require an 8 inch pan or larger. Some are even two or three layers.
I love cake but my waistline certainly doesn’t. And I feel really guilty over food waste if I can’t find people to eat the leftovers.
There aren’t many cake recipes for a 6 inch cake pan, which is why I started focusing on them and the inspiration behind this dessert for two guide about Small 6 Inch Cake Recipes For Two People.
I rounded up all of my small cake recipes for two so you don’t have to go digging through my archives.
Now my 6 inch cake recipes may not be literally two servings, but they’re catered for two people because they make a small amount.
That means you can eat your cake now then eat a little more later without having to throw away stale cake. Cake for dessert, cake for breakfast.
This guide will be updated as I post more 6 inch cake for two recipes. Bookmark this page or pin it to your Pinterest board and check back often!
Buying A 6 Inch Round Cake Pan
In order to make a 6 inch cake, you need to buy a 6 inch round cake pan. Easy enough, right?
A 6 x 2 inch round cake pan holds about 2 cups of batter. You can buy one online from Amazon (affiliate link) or from your local craft store in the cake decorating aisle.
Although my recipes are mostly for one layer 6 inch cakes, I highly recommend buying two pans. That way you’re ready for a 6 inch double layer cake.
Plus if your current pan is in use, you have another one ready to go. Did you know you can make chicken pot pie for two in a 6 inch pan? Now you can make both dinner and dessert!
What if I don’t have a 6 inch pan?
If you don’t have a 6 inch pan, some readers have successfully made the cakes in 8 inch pans. The cake will be a lot thinner, so you may want to reduce the baking time by 5 minutes and check for doneness.
If the toothpick has wet batter on it, then you can continue with the normal baking time.
Don’t have that either? Check out my Small Batch Cupcake Recipes for more dessert for two options.
How To Make a 6 Inch Cake
Most cake recipes follow the same steps: Cream together the butter and sugar, add the egg and any flavorings, then gradually add your dry ingredients.
Then you transfer the batter to a greased 6 inch round cake pan lined with some parchment paper. This ensures your cake won’t stick when you invert it after cooling.
Depending on the batter, you bake a 6 inch cake at 350F for about 20-25 minutes.
It’s important your oven temperature is accurate. Just because your dial says it’s 350F degrees doesn’t mean it actually is 350F.
Case in point: My old gas oven heats 25F hotter than what the dial says. That means if I set it to 350F, it actually heats up to 375F.
Baking my 6 inch cake at 375F means it’ll bake faster, so I have a high chance of overbaking or even burning it, resulting in a dry not so fluffy cake.
On the flip side, if your oven heats up to 325F, that means your cake will bake slower, which affects the rise from the baking powder plus takes much longer to finish baking.
I highly recommend investing in an oven thermometer. It’s inexpensive and will help prevent you from ruining your cake and wasting ingredients.
If your temperature is way off, you can sometimes calibrate your oven to be more accurate. Check with your oven’s manual to see how to do this.
To tell if your cake is done, insert a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready. A few crumbs are ok, but you definitely don’t want wet batter.
Servings In A 6 Inch Cake
Serving sizes are subjective, especially if you only want a small bite of cake. Generally 6 inch cakes can be sliced into 4-6 slices, making it about 4-6 servings per 6 inch cake.
However, if you slice the cake small enough, you can push for 8 slices, equaling 8 servings.
Ultimately serving size is up to you depending on how small you cut your 6 inch cake.
Frosting Your 6 Inch Cake
You can’t serve cake without frosting! That’s why I also have recipes for small batch frosting so you’re not stuck with leftovers. Mix and match your favorite flavors!
- Small Batch Chocolate Frosting – the best chocolate buttercream recipe without leftovers.
- Small Batch Cream Cheese Frosting – a tangy and sweet frosting that pairs well with most cakes
- Small Batch Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting – a berry sweet and tangy frosting made with fresh berries
- Small Batch German Chocolate Frosting – a coconut pecan frosting made without evaporated milk