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).