7 Cakes You'll Love to Snack On

Because you don’t need a special occasion to eat cake.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Marble Snacking Cake.

Food Network Kitchen’s Marble Snacking Cake.

Photo by: Matt


If there’s one food rule we live by, it’s this: cake is not just for special occasions. Sure, a birthday or wedding cake is a must-have for a party, but truthfully, you can enjoy cake any day of the year — and at any time! The key is to bake a cake that’s not too labor-intensive or highly specialized. Instead, bake an easy cake that tastes delicious and will please the entire family, plus any friends who stop by. The following recipes, which include everything from kid-friendly bites to rich, chocolatey treats, are meant for snacking and enjoying — no excuse needed!

A fluffy vanilla cake that’s swirled with ribbons of chocolate? Yes, please! Whether you’re team chocolate or team vanilla, you’ll find a winner in this delightful treat. Bonus? Unlike other marble cakes, there’s no need to whip up two separate batters for this one. Instead, you’ll add semisweet chocolate to a portion of the vanilla batter and swirl it together before baking. An airy chocolate frosting adds the perfect finishing touch!

Have little ones at home? Get them in the kitchen with this lightly-sweetened oatmeal cake. Little kids will love pouring dry ingredients and stirring them all together, while bigger kids can measure out the ingredients, spray the pan and spread out the batter. Unsweetened applesauce ensures that the cake is rich and moist — and cuts down on the sugar, too!

Giant Brownie Snack Cake

Giant Brownie Snack Cake

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

If you were addicted to store-bought brownies, you’ll adore this super-sized brownie cake. Ultra-fudgy and topped with rainbow chips, you’ll forget all about the packaged version.

Move over, banana bread! Ripe bananas transform into a fabulous snack cake that’s rich in moisture and flavor. If you like your baked goods with a bit of bite, you’ll love the sweet and nutty streusel on top!

Photo by: Joy Cho

Joy Cho

Joy Cho’s snack cake is based on her mother’s beloved recipe — and you’re sure to love it, too. As Joy says, “This snackable cake is simple but surprisingly decadent, a reminder that at the end of the day, cake should taste good and be a joy to eat.” We couldn’t agree more!

Food Network Kitchen's Fruit Sweetened Snack Cake with Chocolate Frosting, as seen on Food Network.

Food Network Kitchen's Fruit Sweetened Snack Cake with Chocolate Frosting, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

If you’re looking for a treat that’s lower on sugar, look no further! This cake is sweetened by dried apricots, raisins and orange juice — no refined sugar needed! You don’t need confectioners’ sugar for the frosting, either. Instead, you’ll combine softened dates with unsweetened chocolate and cream and blend it all together to form a creamy, dreamy spread.

Whether you’re looking for an after-school snack or a special dessert, you can’t go wrong with Samantha’s fluffy, chocolate-studded cake. A combination of cocoa powder and melted chocolate creates a frosting that’s smooth, spreadable and totally luscious.

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