Quite awhile ago now, my dear friend Betty sent me a recipe for a chocolate snack cake that sounded super easy to make. It's no secret that I'm not a fan of baking, which is both bad and good. Bad because I really love baked good and good because I really love baked goods. Not wanting to ever take the time to make them or dirty all the dishes involved (seriously, is it just me or does baking dirty way more dishes than cooking?!) makes it pretty easy to stay away from cookies or cakes or pies that I'm just going to sit and gorge on if I make them. But, I have two little kids, so some times I have to bake things to appease them. For one thing they like to help me, and for another, they really love to eat stuff that I bake. Recently we were having a family fun night, and I decided to make this cake. I wanted a fun dessert for my family, and this sounded super easy. And the best part?! You mix it up in the baking dish, so there aren't a ton of dishes to deal with once you're done! Jackpot!
Chocolate Snack Cake
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an 8-inch square baking pan, whisk together all-purpose flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and coarse salt.
Make a well in center of flour mixture and add vegetable oil, pure vanilla extract, white vinegar, and cold water. Whisk until well combined. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Let me tell you...my family devoured this cake. The consistency was similar to a cake-like brownie. It was a little denser than a chocolate cake you'd make from a box mix but not chewy like a brownie, if that makes sense. It did not last long...like maybe until the end of the movie we were watching. I also really liked that it was vegan because my brother and his girlfriend are vegan, so it's nice to have options I can make for them when they come visit. Normally they come for each of my kid's birthdays, and I want them to be able to have cake to celebrate with us. Anyway, this is super easy, hardly dirties any dishes, and it's stuff I always have on hand. I kind of wish I'd had this recipe when I was pregnant either time because I bought a lot of chocolate cake mixes and randomly baked cakes both times.
Actually writing this out and seeing the pictures kind of makes me want to whip one up to share with my boys tonight!
Note to self: put away dishes before taking pictures for blog. A cheese grater in the chocolate cake picture?! Come on, Claire! Class things up a bit around here!