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Reese’s Chocolate Snack Cake

My family constantly requests this cake is constantly. I don't mind making it because it's surprisingly low-cal. And its yellow and orange toppings make it the perfect dessert for a Halloween party. —Eileen Travis, Ukiah, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Reese's Pieces
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13x9-in. pan with cooking spray.
  • Whisk together first 6 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together water, oil, applesauce, vinegar and vanilla. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until blended. Transfer to prepared pan. Sprinkle with Reese's Pieces and peanuts.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 240 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Michrose
    Aug 5, 2019

    I would love to make just an 8 x 8 version. Can I just cut all amounts in half? What about baking time?

  • bonito15
    Aug 19, 2017

    This is a keeper recipe, I did not have the pieces so I chopped up some Reeses Peanut Butter cups, but I think next time I will get the pieces to use. So easy and so good - love this recipe

  • Debglass11
    Jul 31, 2017

    This cake is so very easy to put together and is fabulous! Since I didn't have any Reese's pieces I used a combination of chocolate toffee chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could use just about any toppings you prefer because this cake is so moist and delicious, anything would work! It's easy enough to throw together for a weeknight dessert and yummy enough for a special occasion. We loved it and will definitely make again!!Volunteer Field Editor

  • sgronholz
    Jul 27, 2017

    This recipe was sooo easy to prepare and tasted great! Since we are not fans of nuts in our cakes, I substituted Reese's PB chips for the peanuts. I will definitely be making this again! As a Volunteer Field Editor for TOH, I highly recommend it!

  • delowenstein
    Jul 24, 2017

    I made this recipe today. The recipe was prepared as ingredients were presented. But I baked cake in two 8" square pans and divided the Reese's pieces and chopped peanuts between the 2 pans. The measurements for the Reese's pieces and chopped peanuts WERE the amount recipe called for, though. I baked cakes 35 minutes. delowenstein, Volunteer Field Editor

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Jul 15, 2017

    Easy and delicious cake. I made the cake exactly as instructed but substituted chopped chocolate for the toppings as I made this for children and wasn't sure if there were any nut allergies. I will make it again with the intended toppings, but the cake is versatile enough almost any topping would be good.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Jul 13, 2017

    This cake is awesome. I made a couple of minor changes. I pared it down for the two of us and used Salted Caramel pieces since I had no Reese's. Absolutely delicious. And so easy to prepare. We will be having this cake again. I highly recommend it.Volunteer Field Editor