Cupcakes for Two – A Really Small Batch Cupcake Recipe

What if you could make your favorite cupcake–but in a super small batch? This small batch cupcakes recipe is PERFECT for bringing the flavor with smaller effort.

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I just love having this two cupcake recipe handy. Who wouldn’t love having small batch cupcakes to make when the mood strikes?!

Cupcakes for Two – A Really Small Batch Cupcake Recipe

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve gotten a lot of fun baking in. To make it even more fun, I decided to start making tiny batches of cupcakes so I can make fewer cupcakes with more variations. This week, I put my mind to solving the age-old question: how can I make just two cupcakes?

Doesn’t everyone ask themselves that?


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In all seriousness, I made this because we really don’t need a full batch of cupcakes every time someone’s sweet tooth goes wild.

But making 3-4 cupcakes? That is the perfect size for our appetites and small family. If you’re ready make some cupcakes just the right size for a smaller group, let’s get started.

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What You Need To Know: NO-FAIL Small BATCH CUPCAKES

You absolutely do not need a ton of supplies, ingredients, or even more than just the basic culinary experience to make a super tasty cupcake in a small batch. However, if you want a nice crumb, there are a few tricks to keep in mind. 


Cake Flour – For the best high-rise and fluffy cupcakes, use cake flour. Tip: you can make your own cake flour with a little cornstarch if you don’t have any boxed cake flour on hand. Or…

All-Purpose Flour – Want that high-rise look to the cupcakes with regular flour? Just fill each cupcake tin with 1/4 cup of cupcake batter. Believe me, you won’t be overfilling. It’ll get you that supper fluffy cupcake top you want.

Common Cupcake Mistakes 

Ugly Cupcakes – Do not worry if your cupcakes aren’t high-rise…it’s ok. Buttercream is this magical material that’s really the whole point of cupcakes anyway.

Frosting covers all of your cupcake foibles right up. Cracked tops? Covered. Lumpy top? Covered. Droopy center? Covered. Under-filled? Covered. Pretty much any visual problem that make an “ugly cupcake” can be covered with plenty of buttercream.

Browned Edges or Tops – Remember: buttercream is magical at covering everything, unless you’ve burned the cupcakes. If burned, there’s not much more you can do. Toss that batch and try again.

Oven temperatures can and do vary sometimes and altitude can throw everything off. Maybe your little one helped and the measurements were off. Sometimes, trying again is the best idea.

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Frosting a cupcake

Frosting Recipe – I recommend that you find a great buttercream recipe you really enjoy. Then, make it and practice all the different the technique(s) of how to decorate with that icing in your favorite style(s). Practice makes perfect, seriously.

Soft Frosting – If you’ve ever tried to frost a cupcake with semi-soft icing, you know it doesn’t go well. Add a little powdered sugar (not too much to change the taste) to stiffen it up. Even if you’re using canned frosting, add more powdered sugar.

If you’re looking for some great inspiration for frosting cupcakes, start watching this cupcake decorating video at 4:30 – it shows you how to pipe some super impressive swirls. If you’re just starting out, though, watch this basic cupcake frosting techniques video.

See More Cupcake Ideas

We love to share cupcake recipes here on Ruffles and Rain Boots. Check out some of our favorites that would be PERFECT in a small batch:

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How to Make Cupcakes for Two (Small Batch Cupcake Recipe)

I’m so glad you asked. Below is the easy written and printable recipe. Try this or add variations like flavorings, fruit, chocolate chips – anything you’d like!

Yield: 2-3 Small Batch Cupcakes

Small Batch Cupcakes

easy small batch cupcakes recipe

I can't tell you how fabulous it is to be able to make small batch cupcakes and not have to deal with a full dozen. So cool to make just enough cupcakes for right now. LOL!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes


  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp salted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients into a second bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk together.
  5. Place 1/4 cup batter into each lined cupcake tin.
  6. Bake for 19 minutes.
  7. Allow cupcakes to cool on the counter completely before frosting. photo collage of how to make small batch cupcakes


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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