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Chocolate Snack Cake

This rich cocoa cake from LeeAnn McCue is so tasty, there's no need to frost it. "But it's wonderful served warm with ice cream or whipped cream," suggests the West Springfield, Massachusetts cook. Sweetly priced at 8 cents a square, it's just the right size for a small family.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, combine water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; add to dry ingredients and mix just until blended. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 280 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • resalee
    Aug 6, 2020

    FANTASTIC! I loved this recipe not only because it was so quick and easy but because it called for items I almost always have on hand. Sometimes I realize I don't have enough eggs to bake a recipe and this is great for when that happens. This is a perfect cake for my son who doesn't like icing. The rest of us who prefer icing didn't even miss it this time.

  • Doubletaurus
    Nov 14, 2015

    I've made this several times; it's a great favorite and comes together very quickly!

  • Potempa
    Jul 9, 2015

    This cake was very moist and my husband loved it. When you want a quick dessert this is a go too. I had it mixed and in the oven within 15 minutes. It's a keeper.

  • jeanemed
    Jun 9, 2014

    My family has enjoyed this recipe for years. This is the one I go to when I don't happen to have eggs on hand. It's yummy.

  • Lindainnj
    Jun 4, 2013

    I just made this cake today and not only was this cake simple to make, it was moist and delicious! Even though it didn't need it, I made a simple chocolate frosting for extra sweetness. A very good recipie! Thank you for posting!

  • jenilovesdaisies
    Jan 7, 2011

    This was simple to throw together and tasted amazing! So rich and chocolatey!