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Devil's Food Snack Cake Recipe

Devil's Food Snack Cake Recipe

My husband and his friends request this cake for camping trips because it’s easy to transport. To create a fun motif on the plates, trace a shape onto paper and cut out. Hold the stencil over a plate and dust with cocoa powder. —Julie Danler, Bel Aire, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1-3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons dark baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided


  • 1. Place oats in a large bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 10 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Combine the flours, cocoa, coffee granules, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in the oat mixture, 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/3 cup pecans.
  • 3. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining chips and pecans. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before cutting. Yield: 24 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 174 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 253797
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2016

"I just made this cake today! I used candied cherries in place of nuts! I also used 1/8 cup of all-purpose flour mixed in with the chocolate chips and cherries for the cake batter. I preferred to use all-purpose flour as whole wheat flour has a coarser texture to a cake and used 1/2 tsp. salt. I also used 12x8" greased and floured baking pan! Baked 40 minutes!


cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 235467
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"Amazing! This was a fabulous dessert,especially when trying to be healthy but still wanting some chocolate."

MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 112753
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

"Simply delicious! Dark, rich, yummy wi just enough healthy ingredients that I don't feel too guilty for eating one...or three."

DevinAustra User ID: 1422497 195834
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"So good, and pretty good for you too. Run the oats through a coffee grinder until very fine, and you won't even know the cake has oatmeal in it. You can use regular rolled oats with this trick too. I also add ground flaxseed, and prefer putting all the chips and pecans in the batter. I make cupcakes out of this recipe, which freeze well."

oandemom User ID: 3841645 112752
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

"This was very moist, very good!"

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