I made these mini cakes with my girls and they were delicious. I love spending time with my daughters in the kitchen.  Baking or cooking with kids is such a great way to connect with each another, teach simple skills, build confidence and have fun as a family. Plus it is so much fun & delicious! Both of my daughters love to bake, just like their mama does. Growing up my mom used bake a lot. I loved spending time with my mom while we baked. Now that I have my own family, I continue to look for ways to preserve this baking tradition. 

Makes about 35 mini cakes
 2 cups all-purpose flour
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup Sour cream
3 eggs,
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1Tbsp. white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 can condensed milk
1 tsp. Rum (optional)
Direction for the cake:
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter one 9 x 13 inch baking pan and line the bottom with a parchment or wax paper.
In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time; then mix in the sour cream and vanilla. In a small bowl, stir together the vinegar and baking soda. Add to the batter and mix well. Add flour and give the batter a good couple minutes beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed.

Pour the batter into a baking pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.


Bake for 30-35 minutes or until its golden- light brown. Let it cool completely.

Direction for the buttercream:
In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Slowly add condensed milk and rum beating for another 2 minutes.
Assembling the cakes:
Using 1-inch round cookie cutter or small glass, cut the circles out of the cooled cake.

Combine all the scraps from the sides and with your hands crumble them into fine crumbs; place them in bowl and set aside.

Using a sharp knife, slice each cake circle horizontally in half.


Get one layer cut side up, using butter knife spread some buttercream (about 1 teaspoon, depends on your circle).


Top with another layer, spread buttercream to frost the sides and top.


Press the cake crumbs into the frosting, patting it gently all over the sides and top.


Add chocolate curls to the top of the mini cakes. (I used a cherry and fresh mint).