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Classic Chocolate Chip Snack Cake is so good and SO EASY. Easy enough for kids to help with and quick enough to make as an after school snack.

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I first made Chocolate Snack Cake right after Rosie was born, while on maternity leave. Now, I made this Chocolate Chip variation while quarantined and doing remote school. I like to bake in stressful situations.

This cake, a variation of Wacky Cake, has no milk, butter, or eggs making it vegan. It came about in the Depression era when those ingredients were scarce so it was perfect during lockdown when grocery trips were also limited.

It whips up really quickly and makes a small cake, which is perfect for our family. Whether an afternoon snack or to satisfy a sweet tooth, this cake should be in your recipe box.

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  • Flour – All purpose white flour.
  • Brown Sugar – I use light brown. Dark brown will work as well.
  • Baking Soda – For rise.
  • Salt – For balance.
  • Water
  • Oil – Vegetable oil. You can sub applesauce, if you prefer.
  • Vinegar – White vinegar works along with the baking soda to add fluff to the cake. 
ingredients laid out to make cake


STEP ONE: To a large mixing bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together.

STEP TWO: Stir in the water, oil, and vinegar and mix until just combined.

STEP THREE: Pour into an 8 x 8 baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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I like to top it with powdered sugar, but you could also add a chocolate frosting like my chocolate buttercream or a chocolate milk frosting. It’s also excellent warm, topped with ice cream.

overhead shot of cake in square baking dish


I have tested swapping the vegetable oil for applesauce in this recipe and it works well, but you’ll get a denser cake.

closeup of cake slices lined up


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4.72 from 64 votes

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Servings: 9 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Classic Chocolate Chip Snack Cake is so good and SO EASY. Easy enough for kids to help with and quick enough to make as an after school snack.


  • 1 ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • cup oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • cup chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar optional for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 and set out an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  • To a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add in the water, oil, vinegar, and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove and let cool on a cooling rack. Once fully cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar, slice, and serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    OMG, this reminds me of the boxed “snack” cake we used to make as a kid. It is SUPER easy to make and no eggs/butter but DELICIOUS without anything on it. I will definitely be making it again!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t express how happy you have made me. I’ve been missing those snacking cakes I grew up with only needing to add water to the mix. This is the best recipe I’ve tried . If you’re looking for a recipe like that look no further this one is it ! Thank You so much

  3. 5 stars
    Amazingly good. I wasn’t expecting much with no milk, butter or eggs but did not miss them at all. A keeper!! Thanks!!

  4. 5 stars
    Great Recipe as is. Grandkids love it!
    Would it make a difference if I added
    1t vanilla extract?
    Thanks Melissa

  5. 5 stars
    Love this cake! I whip it up on a Friday night after supper sometimes when the BF asks, “Is there any dessert, please?” 😂
    With today’s increasing food prices (esp. butter!) this one’s a great sweet-tooth craving with what’s in the pantry! Thank you 🥮

  6. 5 stars
    As many have said, this is EXACTLY like those boxed snack cake mix that I loved as a kid that you used to make and bake in one pan and just add water (I think it was called Snackin’ cake)… just wondering if you think I can use a bit less brown sugar and mini chocolate chips instead?

    1. Mini chocolate chips will definitely work, but I haven’t adjusted the brown sugar. I’d try taking it down to 3/4 cup & see how that does. Let me know if you do!