Harvest Snack Cake Recipe
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Harvest Snack Cake Recipe

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The ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg give this cake a familiar spice cake flavor, and raisins and shredded carrots help keep it moist. —Hilary Carroll, Dearborn, Michigan
Featured In: 28 Best Fall Cakes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup raisins

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 170 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Combine the eggs, applesauce and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the carrots and raisins (batter will be thick).
  2. Spread evenly in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Harvest Snack Cake in Light & Tasty October/November 2001, p37

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lesley51765 User ID: 374858 263961
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2017

"Great taste! Would make again"

cookiemouse User ID: 3900007 256371
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016

"Seemed like there were some ingredients missing. Even though it did not call for oil, I added some but the cake was still very dry. Also used an 11 x 7 pan as a 9 x 13 would have left it flat. I would not make it again."

jayhawker1940 User ID: 3083644 111952
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2009

"This cake was great!! My husband and I are Diabetic's and we both enjoyed this cake. I plan to make more of it, next time I am going to add some walnuts."

Lorna Stickland User ID: 1413863 74515
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

"Re: Harvest Snack cake

I made the cake to take to work. I changed it by adding pecans and frosting it with cream cheese frosting. It was really yummy!!"

pzfgpp User ID: 3580213 36881
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2009

"I made the Harvest Snack Cakes for my daughter's class, and all the kids really liked them. My son's snack day is coming up in a couple of weeks, and I've already taken the request to make some more for his class."

jodigurl User ID: 991292 50869
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2009

"Great snack cake...if you like nuts, add walnuts."

nynana34 User ID: 671454 38826
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2009

"I didn't have any carrots so I substituted grated zucchini...delicious"

Gerry P. User ID: 3620187 128592
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2009

"Hi - I thought I might pass along this tip that I use, when baking with raisins.

Sometimes when I put raisins in a recipe, espeicially if the raisins are dry, they tend to absorb too much of the moisture, leaving the cakecookie, square, etc.) drier than expected or prefered.
In order to avoid this, I will put the raisins in a small bowl and cover them with water( I prefer boiling water) and let them sit while I prepare the batter, then when it is time to add them to the recipe, I drain them and pat them dry. The raisins will be nice and plump and prevents them from absorbing too much of the moisture.
Gerry Provick"

srweezy User ID: 3538018 32747
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2009

"I upped the applesauce to 1 cup and it turned out very moist."

srweezy User ID: 3538018 81209
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2009

"I made this snack cake for by two boys (61and 36). I made the mistake of saying it was healthy for them. They ate it the first night but wouldn't touch it afterwards. I thought it was wonderful, moist and flavorful. From now on I will tell them I used lots of white flour and sugar."

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