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Snack Attack Cake

Snack Attack Cake

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When a snack attack hits, reach for this sweet and savory cake!

Makes: 12 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Bake: 35 mins

Dark Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Frosting
  • 2 1/2 sticks (10 oz. total)  unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
Salty Snack Cake Topping Suggestions
  • Potato Chips, Pretzel Fish, Trail Mix or Popcorn

    For the Cake::

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees . In a pan, whisk 2 cups water and the sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and butter and let stand 10 minutes; whisk until smooth.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk the eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Add the flour mixture; whisk until smooth. Transfer to foil-lined 9-by-13-inch pan and bake for 35 minutes; let cool in the pan on a rack.
  3. Spread with 2 cups Chocolate Frosting (save the remainder for another use). Cut into 12 pieces; sprinkle each piece with a salty snack, such as potato chips, pretzel fish, trail mix or popcorn.
  4. For the Frosting::

  5. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and salt at medium speed until creamy about 1 minute.
  6. Sift in the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing at low speed to incorporate (the mixture will be crumbly). Beat at medium speed for 1 minute, then increase to high speed and beat until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Beat in melted and cooled chocolate and vanilla until combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add the cream then beat until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
Note May 2013
  • Originally published in "Instant Expert! Mix & Match Cakes"