Chocolate Snack Cake

I first tried this chocolate cake recipe in my eighth-grade home ec class. When I took the cake home to my family, it was an instant hit. This cake is moist and dense, with a rich chocolate flavor. As an added bonus, it is very quick and simple to stir up–no mixer required!

Chocolate Snack Cake


  • 1 2/3 c. flour
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Chocolate chips optional


  • Stir together dry ingredients. Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla; stir until combined.
  • Pour into ungreased 8x8-in. pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, if desired.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 min.

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  1. carolinaheartstrings says:

    This looks so dellicious. I cannot wait to make it. Come over and visit us. We have pumpkin fried rice on the menu. And we are having a fantastic giveaway on Friday from the Shabby Apple. Be sure to pop over and register.

  2. alissa@33shadesofgreen says:

    Thanks for linking up your chocolate cake recipe. There is absolutely no reason to use a box cake mix with a recipe as easy and good as this!

  3. Trooppetrie says:

    I think I need to try this recipe. I would probably double it to make one big enough for our family. How easy is this idea

    1. I often double the recipe and bake in a 9×13 pan–perfect for a larger family!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I’ve been hungry for a piece of this all day. I DO remember what a hit it was when you shared with us!!! I believe we made it quite often after that!!

    1. I still love the old-fashioned homemade texture–better than the boxed mixes, and still so quick and easy to stir up! Thanks for taking time to comment!

  5. AND BTW, I copied the recipe tonight so I can have it handy……..AND I’m making it as soon as I close this!!!!

  6. Thanks so much for linking up! This looks absolutely delicious! I know my children will love helping me bake this one. 🙂 Many blessings, Lisa

  7. Just made this about 3 weeks ago! Janet enjoyed! Brought back memories of those quick night snacks making ‘Chocolate Snack Cake’.