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Chocolate Snack Cake

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posted: 07/19/17

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Chocolate Snack Cake is a recipe that is easy to throw together and has the most out of this world chocolate frosting on top!

A fork is digging into the Chocolate Snack Cake that has a very moist and spongy cake layer with chocolate frosting.

I am so happy to be partnering with Horizon Organic to bring you this fast tasty dessert! We love squeezing in the organic amazingness Horizon has to offer into our kids’ diets! Thank you for supporting the brands that make Wine & Glue possible.

So a week ago Piper had her adenoids and tonsils removed and she had ear tubes put back in. (This is her second round of tubes.)  Honestly, my kids are kind of all blurring together at this very sleep deprived moment, so I can’t remember if I told ya’ll about her surgery or not. Kiddo has had six ear infections since her first set of tubes fell out in the fall. She was snoring, and she refused to eat just about anything.

Makes sense, since after the surgery the surgeon told us that 75% of her airway was blocked (!!!!). Her tonsils, the sizes of giant grapes, were making it impossible for her to swallow! Poor girl!

So, if I’m being 100% honest with you, and when am I not? We have been relying on the good folks at Horizon to supply Piper with like the BULK of her calories for the last two years. I mean, if I had giant grape sized tonsils stuck in my throat, I would probably want to live on Horizon Organic 2% milk too! Seriously, thank the lord for them. Their milk has kept us from dealing with a HANGRY Piper for the last 24 months.

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Very often we give our kids a nice big cup of milk as the start of their snack. It’s usually right around that moment that they give you a look that sort of makes you question if you need to call in a priest to perform an exorcism. Just yesterday Quinn did that to me and halfway through her glass of milk she was back to her normal lovely self! Magic! That and a plate of fruit and veggies and they are able to make it to dinner without trying to kill each other. Or me.

Chocolate Snack Cake for a Snack

So, that’s why I find the name of this recipe Chocolate Snack Cake, kind of hysterical. My kiddos wouldn’t ever have chocolate cake as a snack, but that big glass of milk in the background, yes. That said, after Piper’s surgery, this Chocolate Snack Cake, and pretty much anything else she is willing to swallow, is on the menu.

Easy Chocolate Snack Cake

This Chocolate Snack Cake comes together perfectly and is so moist with a nice big cup of Horizon Organic Milk in there. It whips up really fast, and the frosting is even faster. Together they make the best little chocolate snack you could hope for!

On a decorative white plate, the Chocolate Snack Cake has a moist cake layer and a shiny chocolate frosting.

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Chocolate Snack Cake Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Snack Cake

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  • For Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 2% Horizon Organic Milk
  • For Frosting
  • 1/2 stick Horizon Organic Butter melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBSPs Horizon Organic Milk


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the vegetable oil, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Stir into the flour mixture. Then stir in the 1 cup of Horizon Organic Milk, until just smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35-38 minutes or just until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and Horizon Organic Milk until smooth. Spread over cooled cake and serve.
Author: Lisa Longley

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A fork is digging into the Chocolate Snack Cake that has a very moist and spongy cake layer with chocolate frosting.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Auntiepatch says

    I’m assuming that the cocoa goes in before/after the eggs?

    • Auntiepatch says

      And the vanilla, too?

      • Lisa Longley says

        Sigh. Thank you . . . . it’s been a loooong week. (And it’s only Wednesday.)

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says

    Cake and snack in the same sentence you say? I am IN.

  3. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale says

    Horizon is the ONLY milk we use <3 and oh my word… that chocolate snack cake looks Divine! Adding that to our treats we must make list! YUM

  4. Carolyn says

    Now that’s my kind of snack!

  5. sue | theviewfromgreatisland says

    Horizon milk is fabulous, and so is this cake ~ I never make layer cakes anymore, too much hassle when you can have a luscious little snack size like this! I’m so sorry you have to go through all that ear tube stuff, but it sounds like your daughter will be well fed and well taken care of!!

  6. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy says

    LOVE Horizon Organic Milk!!! I used to nanny for a family and this was the only milk they’d buy! Also – LOVE this snack cake, but that goes without saying. ;)

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says

    Pass me a giant slice!

  8. Tanya Schroeder says

    Piper definitely deserved a huge piece of cake after that ordeal, poor kiddo! I haven’t had tonsil issues but I’m going to tell myself I deserve cake too, because this looks so good!

  9. Cookin Canuck says

    Oh, poor kid! Swollen tonsils and ear infections are NO FUN. She definitely deserves a big ol’ piece of this cake after all of that.

  10. Eliza Smith says

    Wow It’s look is so yummy and delicious. I will try to make it.

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners