Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Double Chocolate Snack Cake (with 4 variations, including Pumpkin Snack Cake)


Something special to eat. Nothing much to clean up. 

That was the tagline for Betty Crocker's Snackin' Cake mix of the 1970s. No mixing bowls. No fuss. You mixed everything for the cake in the baking pan, with a fork. What could be easier, right? I remember the chocolate chip cake with great fondness.

The recipe that I'm sharing today, is much like those mixes, only it's a scratch version, which means, you can alter/tailor this recipe to suit your own needs and tastes, and save money in the process!

So here you go! After the recipe, I've included the 4 variations, one of which is the Pumpkin Snack Cake that I made last week. And it should be noted, Pumpkin Snack Cake can easily become Applesauce Snack Cake, or Sweet Potato Snack Cake, or Winter Squash Snack Cake, by substituting one of those cooked and pureed fruits or veggies.

Double Chocolate Snack Cake

1  2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar or granulated sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, soda and salt with a fork, in an un-greased, square baking pan, 8 X 8 X 2 inches. In a 2-cup measuring cup, measure the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir with the fork. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the batter.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven, for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top springs back completely when pressed with fingertip. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

yields 9 serving, at 273 calories per serving


variation Chocolate-Walnut Snack Cake

Substitute 1/3 cup of miniature chocolate chips, plus 1/3 cup chopped walnuts for the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Sprinkle over batter. 9 servings, 285 calories per serving

variation Maple-Nut Snack Cake

Omit cocoa powder, vanilla and chocolate chips. Stir 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts) into flour mixture. Add 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring to the liquids. 9 servings, 261 calories per serving

variation Oatmeal-Molasses Snack Cake

Omit cocoa powder, vanilla extract and chocolate chips. Stir in 3/4 cup of quick cooking oats, 1/2 cup raisins and 1 teaspoon allspice into the flour. Add 2 tablespoons dark molasses to the liquid ingredients. 9 servings, 280 calories per serving


variation Pumpkin Snack Cake

Omit cocoa powder, vanilla extract and chocolate chips. Stir 1 teaspoon allspice into flour. Decrease water to 1/2 cup. Add 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin to liquid ingredients. 9 servings, 222 calories per serving



The other day, I iced the pumpkin snack cake with about 8 ounces of cream cheese frosting. It was delicious, and rich. So I cut the cake into 12 servings. Even so, by making 12 portions instead of 9, each serving only had 244 calories. Not too bad.


And here's the photo of what was left to be cleaned up. The measuring cup, fork, measuring spoon, and a large spoon (for scooping out the pumpkin from the container) and a rubber spatula (to get all the liquids out of the measuring cup).

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this. These are good recipes to have on hand when you want a little something sweet.

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  2. Thanks for posting the snack cake recipe and variations. I'm going to try the double chocolate and the pumpkin soon. An easy, delicious recipe with very little to clean up...perfect!

    Have a blessed day!
    Angie

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    1. Hi Angie,
      I love how there's practically nothing to wash up afterwards, myself!
      Enjoy!

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  3. Yum thank you. This looks so good.
    Have great day,
    Patti

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    1. Thank you, Patti. Have a great day, yourself!

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  4. Thanks for this tutorial. Looks so yummy and sounds so easy. I am tempted to give it a try. I am a klutz in the kitchen, can't cook without a major mishap lol

    Have a wonderful day!!

    YHF

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    1. Hi, YHF--

      Snack cake ought to be just about up your alley. :) Not a lot of steps or ingredients, and not a lot that can go wrong enough that it doesn't still taste good! If your mistakes are still edible, I consider that a kitchen success! :)

      Take good care-- Sara

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    2. Hi YHF,
      like Sara said, you can't go wrong with this one. Maybe for a treat when the grandkids visit, again.
      Have a great day, YHF!

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    3. Thanks Sara and Lili...can't wait to try this seemingly simple "cake" recipe!! Just stepping in the kitchen is traumatic for me...so I really try to spend as little time there as possible. I would like to try this for the grandkids. I think this would go very well with ice cream which we serve everytime they are here.

      YHF

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    4. haha...I'm laughing because ice cream would also be a good coverup in case the cake doesn't turn out.

      YHF

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    5. Ice cream or pudding makes a good camouflage for failed cakes!

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    6. Hee, hee, YHF -- I was thinking the same thing about the ice cream when I saw your first comment earlier!

      And if you mix the cake bits up in layers with the ice cream (or pudding, as Lili mentioned) with a little sauce or jam, NOW you have a FANCY dessert -- TRIFLE! :)

      Good luck if you try the recipe, and enjoy those grandkids! Sara

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    7. Just got word that the grandkids are coming in a couple days. I don't have chocolate but have coconut oil, sweetened flakes, and coconut extract. I think I will give it a try. I like the idea of bits of cake in case it doesn't cut into nice square pieces. Pudding would make a good binder for the pieces too. Thanks very much for the great ideas.

      YHF

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    8. YHF, have fun with the grandkids! You are an awesome grandma! I don't know if you realize that, but you are! You make time for them in your schedule, and you're really there with them, having fun, doing things, taking them places, showing them how to live and take care of themselves in the future, making sure they know that they are loved. You really are awesome! And you are giving them the blueprint for how to be a grandparent someday. That is so important. You don't realize the full extent of who you are to them, but they do and will. Have fun!

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    9. Oh Lili, what a nice, sweet compliment, thank you. Of course, I think you will be an awesome grandmother one day too :)

      I hope we are helping in some measure where we can, also for our children and their spouses to have some relief time. I try to keep my focus on where I can make a positive difference, which helps me feel better about myself too (otherwise my emotions can really cause havoc). I also want the memories, it is the little snippets that are the most precious. If I see them only on occasions, I would have missed the memories I treasure most.

      Thank you, really makes me happy to hear that I'm doing a good thing.

      YHF

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    10. Have a really great time with your grandkids, YHF!

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  5. Sounds yummy! Thanks for the calorie count, too. :)

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    1. Hi Kris,
      the calorie count's main job, here, is to alleviate guilt whilst snacking! Enjoy!

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  6. Perfect! Thanks for sharing these recipes. Looks like something I can easily, and affordably put together.

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    1. Hi Carol,
      You're welcome! I think it is pretty affordable, no eggs or milk, and using oil instead of butter. Enjoy it!

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    2. I made a banana-maple-pecan one this afternoon, mentioning your recipe in a blog post!

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    3. Thank you, Carol! I hope your cake was delicious!

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  7. Yummy cant wait to give it a try. Thanks for posting this.


    Dee

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    1. You're welcome, Dee! Hope you enjoy it!

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