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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 right in the baking pan, using 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 this is 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. 







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).

You'll find this post, and many others like it, just a click away on this page -- a compilation of my recipes, shopping lists, and menu plans that illustrates how I feed my family of 4 adults on $125 to $135 per month.

25 comments:

live and learn said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Precious People Preschool said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Kris said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

CTMOM said...

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

Anonymous said...

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


Dee

Lili said...

You're welcome, live and learn!

Lili said...

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

Lili said...

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

Lili said...

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!

Lili said...

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

Lili said...

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

Lili said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

YHF

Lili said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Lili said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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

Lili said...

Have a really great time with your grandkids, YHF!

CTMOM said...

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

Lili said...

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

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