From the moment I saw the recipe for Vanilla Snack Cake in Family Circle, I knew we had to make it. Cakes aren’t something that I make often, but they are something that we all enjoy. That was Friday; on Saturday, we bought the ingredients and made it.
Of course … as these things go … I misjudged how much Agave Nectar we had and had to make a big substitution (a smaller amount of honey, since honey has such a dominant flavor). In the end, the cake came out a lot like the photo. Will, who made it with me, adored it.
To be honest, the cake is dense and the frosting is heavy on the cream cheese. Not my favorite, but it was pretty easy and making something that Will likes this much is 100 percent worth it.
Not only does he like this cake though, he’s also so proud of it – sprinkles and all (though he did note that the one in the magazine didn’t have sprinkles). To hear him talk about it is amazing … but what totally made me all gooey was when Shawn complimented Will on the cake and thanked him for dessert the other night. “Daddy, thank Mommy too. She made it too,” he said. He totally could have basked in the limelight for making a tasty snack cake … but he didn’t just do that: He made sure that everyone knew that we made it together. Love that.
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Vanilla Snack Cake
yields 24 servings
Adapted from Family Circle, May 2010
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup honey
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking oil spray.
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and use a whisk to sift together.
In the bowl of a standmixer, combine the butter and honey. Using the paddle attachment, beat until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat well.
Lower the speed of the standmixer to low. Alternatively add a little bit of the flour mixture and a little bit of milk, until fluffy incorporated.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to spread flat.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out cleanly.
Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
from Family Circle, May 2010
2 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
6 tbsp agave nectar
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter and agave nectar. Beat with a hand-mixer until smooth. Spread on cake and enjoy
Chill the cake in the fridge, covered, until ready to serve.