Chocolate Snack Cake

This is one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever tasted! It’s very moist and dark and best of all, it’s one of those one bowl cakes that comes together quickly. Plus, since it’s called a “snack” cake, I feel perfectly justified in eating a piece for an afternoon snack rather than that apple mocking me from the fruit bowl.

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. [Begin rant] It really bugs me when a recipe says to do this in the first step, because then my oven is sitting there, preheated, for 20 minutes. It’s such a waste! With this cake, it basically takes as long to put together as it does for my oven to preheat. [End rant]

Grease an 8″ square pan.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine:

  • 1 2/3 C flour
  • 1C brown sugar (I always use dark, but light will work just fine)
  • 1/4 C cocoa (which is always rounded in my case)
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt

Make sure to whisk this mixture really well until it’s all the same color. If there are still chunks of flour, it won’t turn out as wonderful.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and add:

  • 1 C water
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 1 t white vinegar
  • 2/4 t vanilla

Mix this all together really well and pour into the pan. Sprinkle the top with:

  • 1 C chocolate chips (the original recipe calls for 1/2 C, but I just don’t trust a recipe that calls for less than 1 C chocolate chips. And sometimes it’s more like 1 1/2 C…)

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (while dodging the plethora of chocolate chips).

Notice this cake doesn’t have any eggs!! I’ve actually made this several times for people with egg allergies. I made it for my son’s first birthday (before I was brave enough to test him on eggs) and topped it with frosting. Needless to say… it’s delicious with frosting as well.

4 Responses to “Chocolate Snack Cake”

  1. Marianne
    October 12, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    We call this “Chocolate Food Storage Cake” because it has no perishable ingredients. So yummy.

  2. October 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Oh my gosh! I’ve been craving chocolate cake lately! And not just any chocolate cake. A decadent, rich, double-chocolatey concoction that doesn’t require an afternoon and a large grocery bill to put together. This sounds just right. I’m going to try it this weekend. Many thanks for this post! (P.S. Ghirardelli bittersweet chips are my absolute FAV!)

  3. October 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I’m trying this recipe but I’m doubling down and substituting evaporated milk for the water. God help my soul.

  4. November 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Excellent, I am always looking for the perfect chocolate “perversion” with a very moist inside.
    I will need to try this one next. Thanks for the post 🙂 Chocolate forever! 🙂
    Olaf @ morethanbratwurst.com