Small-Batch Birthday Cake Muffins with VIDEO!

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There’s never a bad time for some small-batch birthday cake muffins, am I right? Have a little bit of birthday cake whenever you want!

It doesn't have to be your birthday to enjoy these small-batch birthday cake muffins!

I have a cake problem (in addition to my cookie problem, yes). I love birthday cake and there are days, you guys, days I really want the tiniest piece of cake, but of course, there’s none in the house. And you know I’m not trying to BUY a cake, so I decided to invent a simple solution to this problem (one that didn’t require making a whole dang cake). Small-batch birthday cake muffins!

As you can see, these little muffins are super simple to whip up and the recipe only makes about 8 muffins total, so there are just enough for everyone to have one, or for you to have two on four separate occasions. No judgment here.

It doesn't have to be your birthday to enjoy these small-batch birthday cake muffins!

I can tell by the look on your face that you’re wondering what’s the difference between these small-batch birthday cake muffins and let’s say, a birthday cupcake. Well, in my honest opinion, these muffins are slightly more dense than regular cake and they have a lot less sugar. The whole recipe only has 1/4 cup of sugar to be exact!

You'll love these easy small-batch birthday cake muffins!

Even though there is less sugar, these small-batch birthday cake muffins are still loaded with birthday cake flavor! And I promise you’ll never even miss the frosting!

Small-Batch Birthday Cake Muffins

By: Kristine Underwood
Quick and easy small-batch birthday cake muffins. Perfect for any type of celebration.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 muffins
Calories 170 kcal


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, melt butter.
  • Add egg, vanilla, lemon juice, and milk and mix.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, and sea salt until just combined.
  • Fold in rainbow sprinkles.
  • Scoop batter into line muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.


Serving: 1 muffinCalories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 25.4gProtein: 2.7gFat: 6.7gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 73mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 13g
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  1. These are so cute! Rainbow sprinkles really do make everything better, and I love that with muffins, you can get that birthday cake feeling but with way less sugar!

    1. Thank you so much Tracy! I totally agree, sprinkles make everything better!

  2. These look amazing! I would love muffins like this on my birthday!

  3. I think making muffins instead of cupcakes is a great idea. True that you can make a relatively “healthier” version. At least less sugar, which helps. The rainbow colours you have running through are fab, a great idea.

    1. Thank you so much Helen! I think the sprinkles are my favorite part! 😉

  4. This is the solution to allllll my craziest cake cravings. Love this so much!

    1. Right Karly? I think these muffins are the. best. thing. ever. Thank you so much! 🙂