Chocolate Pecan Cake for One

I’ve been working on the perfect single serve chocolate treat for ages and in my mini Chocolate Pecan Cake for One, I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for! It felt almost as good as the moment I realised Hungry Hubby was The One. Almost – the perfect chocolate cake is a pretty darn good life partner to settle for whilst you’re waiting for The One to come along ;)

Chocolate Pecan Ice Cream Cake for One

Use strips of greaseproof paper to make getting the cakes out of the ramekins fast without breaking them.

There are times when nothing but chocolate in some sort of cake form will do for me. I adore brownies – I certainly have plenty of recipes for them here to prove that. My 3 Ingredient Homemade Rolos certainly hit the chocolate spot, but they aren’t something that can be in my tumble within 30 minutes of the craving hitting.

In fact, if you browse my Chocolate Section of The Recipe File, you will see I am no stranger to the cocoa bean.

This little cake, however, can be whisked up in 2 minutes, baked in 15 and eaten 10 minutes later with a scoop of your favourite ice cream! It’s a generous serving for one but this is a treat (or perhaps edible therapy) so go with it, enjoy it, eat the whole thing. If you are incredibly generous, this is a perfect “one plate, two spoons” dessert to share on a special occasion with your loved one but really, pleasure should need no excuse, whether it’s just for you or the one you love.

Mini chocolate ice cream cake for one

Go on – treat yourself, you’re so worth it ;)

Chocolate Pecan Cake for One
Such a treat! A mini fudgy chocolate cake served still warm, filled with a scoop of your favourite ice cream <3
Servings: 1
: 344 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar muscovado is lovely
  • 15 g melted butter* you may sub this for vegetable oil or even coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
To top
  • 1 rounded tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1 rounded tbsp pecans finely chopped
To serve
  • 1 scoop of your favourite ice cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
  2. Butter two ramekins well and place two strips of baking paper in the bottom of them, crossing over in the centre to form 'handles' to help you get the cakes out when cooked.
  3. Whisk all the dry ingredients together then whisk in the butter, milk and vanilla.
  4. Share between the two ramekins and then sprinkle over half the chocolate chips and nuts over each cake.
  5. Bake for 14-15 minutes until well risen, starting to come away from the sides and a skewer should come out just clean (avoiding the gooey molten choc chips!).
  6. Allow to cool in the ramekins for 10 minutes then loosen with a plastic knife and lift out by the paper strips whilst still a little warm.
  7. Place one cake on your serving plate, top with a scoop of ice cream and top that with the second cake. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

I use my mini Le Creuset cocottes for this - they are about 250 ml in capacity and produce a very pleasing shape to the cake.
I do this cake using American measuring spoons and pack them lightly and level them off as I measure out the dry ingredients for the batter.
*= using oil instead of butter ups the fudginess and is a very good thing (plus it's even faster as they is no melting required!). I personally love the flavour coconut oil gives this but it's a love-hate taste so not everyone likes it. Just know it works extremely well here :D

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Pecan Cake for One
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Potassium 223mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 26g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 9%
Calcium 8.5%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. This is simply adorable, I just want to dig in. Thanks for sharing such a choc-tastic recipe.

    • Just Jo 05/02/2016 at 11:55 - Reply

      You’re welcome Charla! It is pretty cute :D

  2. You’ve definitely found a winning recipe – this looks amazing! So big and rich and full of chocolaty goodness – I can’t wait to try it! And there will definitely only be one spoon… I don’t like to share and I know I won’t want to give up a single bite of this! I’ll just make a second one for my husband ;)

  3. Christine 05/02/2016 at 14:21 - Reply

    Chocolate and pecans are usually in my baking life every week. I love how you created an adorable cake for one!

  4. Meredith 05/02/2016 at 15:44 - Reply

    Your photos are amazing. They drew me right into those amazing cakes. Love the combination of chocolate and pecans. This would be a fantastic dessert to share for a special occasion like Valentines Day coming up!!!

    • 06/02/2016 at 12:52 - Reply

      Thank you so much Meredith – I’m glad you’re tempted by the photos :D I’d like to say I’d share this with Hungry Hubby but the reality is, I’ll make him his own one ;)

  5. Ramona W 06/02/2016 at 00:25 - Reply

    I am saving this for my hubby’s bday coming up next month… he will love it!! Wonderful recipe. :)

    • 06/02/2016 at 12:53 - Reply

      Brilliant! I am sure he will love it – how lovely to have a whole cake to yourself for your birthday :D

  6. Felesha 06/02/2016 at 02:44 - Reply

    These look incredible!! I can’t wait to try them!

  7. Lesley Mclellan 06/02/2016 at 20:09 - Reply

    I made these tonight for hubby and I ! I absolutely loved the fudgy texture, the melted dark choc and the nuts – delicious!! They aren’t too sweet either, so a scoop of your fav ice cream works a treat – fab recipe!! Roll on the next one xx?

    • Just Jo 06/02/2016 at 20:32 - Reply

      I’m so *thrilled* to hear this Lesley! Thank you for trying them so quickly!

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