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Vanilla cakelets on pink plate.

Vanilla Cakelet Recipe

  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 48 mini cakelets


This Vanilla Cakelet Recipe is easy to make and the outstanding vanilla flavor comes through beautifully. With moist crumbs and a delicious vanilla glaze, these mini cakes are fun to make and tasty too!


2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 and 2/3 cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, unsalted; softened at room temperature

1 cup buttermilk

4 large eggs, room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Spray pan with cooking spray (baking spray with flour added). 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together four eggs, then set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter, buttermilk, vanilla and beaten eggs on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and mix until well-combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, one cup at a time, stirring just until combined.
  7. Spoon cake batter into cavities of the prepared pan 3/4 full.
  8. Gently drop the tin on the counter a few times, to remove any air bubbles.
  9. Bake in 350°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes (for smaller charms pan) or up to 20 minutes depending on the size of your cakelet pan.
  10. For glaze: In a small mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla, heavy cream. Whisk together until well-combined. Add in 1 tablespoon, plus one teaspoon of range juice (optional). You can also add a bit more cream in place of the orange juice until a smooth consistency. 
  11. Dip cooled cakelets upside down into the glaze and allow the glaze to run off before setting the cakelet back onto the cooling rack. 
  12. Use a pastry brush to evenly coat over the entire surface if needed.


Use your favorite vanilla cake recipe or any flavor!

Add one teaspoon of lemon or orange zest to the cake batter.

Substitute yogurt or sour cream for the buttermilk with a 1:1 ratio.

This recipe is adapted from Nordic Ware. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cakelet
  • Calories: 92
  • Sugar: 7.2 g
  • Sodium: 56.3 mg
  • Fat: 4.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 26.2 mg

Keywords: Vanilla Cakelet Recipe