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Chocolate Snack Cake (Wacky Cake)

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Chocolate Snack Cake, sometimes called “Wacky Cake”, is a simple, dairy-free, cake made from scratch that is perfect for the kids to help with! This rich dessert is made from pantry staples and makes a small cake perfect for those chocolate cravings.

slice of chocolate cake topped with powdered sugar

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Whipping this chocolate snack cake up is a breeze – all you need is one bowl & a spoon!

It makes the perfect small size, when you’re wanting a sweet snack, but don’t need want to make a full size cake.

It happens to be vegan, like my chocolate chip snack cake, zucchini brownies or cinnamon sugar pumpkin donuts, but you’d never guess it.

This vintage recipe originated in the Depression-era when dairy products were scarce.

slice of chocolate cake on a white plate

I promised myself I wouldn’t neglect Persnickety Plates after Baby #2 arrived, which was silly, because I kinda knew it wasn’t a promise I could keep. Rosie is 7 weeks old already and I’m just now introducing her to you.

Despite being busier than ever, I haven’t lost the urge to bake. I’ll be doing three other things and thinking about whipping something up. That’s how this cake came about.

INGREDIENTS

  • Flour – I use all-purpose white flour.
  • Brown Sugar – Using brown sugar instead of white sugar makes the cake extra moist.
  • Cocoa Powder – Unsweetened cocoa powder. You can even use dark chocolate cocoa powder, if you like.
  • Baking Soda – For rise.
  • Salt – For balance.
  • Water
  • Vegetable Oil – I’ve also tested this cake using applesauce, either will work, but I prefer the fluffiness the oil gives.
  • Vinegar – White vinegar reacts with the baking soda to give rise.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips – Optional, but a good idea.
  • Powdered Sugar – Again, optional, but it adds a nice touch & sweetness to to the top.
chocolate cake in glass baking dish with center piece missing

Luckily, this cake is really simple to make – you just need one bowl and a spoon, which means Julia was able to help and it was done while Rosie was napping.

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE SNACK CAKE

Making this cake is so easy!

STEP ONE: To a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

STEP TWO: Add in the wet ingredients and stir to combine.

STEP THREE: Stir in chocolate chips.

STEP FOUR: Pour the batter into an 8×8 baking dish and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let it cool, then sprinkle with powdered sugar & serve!

slice of chocolate cake with a bite taken out of it

TIPS & TRICKS

  • You can swap out the oil for applesauce, if you want. I tried it both ways. It makes for a denser cake that has really good flavor. I preferred the texture of the vegetable oil version – it’s a bit fluffier.
  • The powdered sugar on top adds just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Serve this cake under some vanilla ice cream for a real treat!

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slice of chocolate cake topped with powdered sugar

Chocolate Snack Cake

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
Chocolate Snack Cake, also called "Wacky Cake", is a simple, dairy-free, cake made from scratch that is perfect for the kids to help with!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 servings
Calories 286 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and set out an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and stir to combine.
  • Add in the wet ingredients and again stir to combine.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour into the 8 x 8 baking dish and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 264mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 15IUCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Originally published July 17, 2017

Now, onto my girl.

Olivia Rose Birth Announcement from Minted | www.persnicketyplates.com

Olivia Rose (“Rosie”) joined us on May 27th via c-section. I had cholestasis with Rosie, just like I did with Julia so it was scheduled this time.

She has stolen all of our hearts and despite her small start, she’s turning into quite the chunk. The squishier the better in my eyes.

Olivia Rose Birth Announcement from Minted | www.persnicketyplates.com

I had so much fun designing our birth announcements with Minted so I thought I’d share them with you!

They have so many pretty options. I opted for one of their new foil pressed announcements and it adds such a nice touch. We’ve gotten tons of compliments on them.

I can’t wait to design our first “family of four” Christmas card =)

Olivia Rose Birth Announcement from Minted | www.persnicketyplates.com

Thank you to Minted for providing me a credit to make our announcements!

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  1. Deb says

    Aww, what a precious little cutie Rosie is! Congratulations to you and your family, Melissa! 🙂

  2. Samamtha says

    I’m making this for my 4-H cake hope I do well

    • Melissa Williams says

      You will do great. I hope they like it 🙂

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