Lemon Snack Cake - with variations

10:57 AM

Lemon Snack Cake

I grew up eating snake cake and naturally assumed that everyone knew about them.  Turns out, not everyone knows.

A snack cake is a small cake that's easy to make.  They usually serve 6-8 people and they can be mixed and baked in the same pan.  It's literally so easy that a child could do it.

This cake makes a great mid week dessert.

This recipe comes from the Land o Lakes page and I've been making it for YEARS!


Preparation time: 15 min Baking time: 30 min
Yield: 8 servings

Cake Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Egg
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest (optional)
1/4 cup butter or Margarine, melted OR canola oil
3/4 cup milk

Glaze Ingredients:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter or Margarine, melted
2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F.

2.  While you could mix and bake this cake in 1 pan, I usually don't.  In a bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt lemon zest, butter and milk.  Mix well with a fork.  Break up any lumps.

3.  Lightly greased an 8-inch square baking pan. Pour batter into the pan.

4.  Bake 30 minutes.

Once you remove the hot cake from the oven begin mixing the glaze.  For the glaze combine powdered sugar, butter and lemon juice in a bowl.

You can pour the glaze over the hot cake or wait for the cake to cool and spread it over the cooled cake.


Lemon Coconut cake - substitute light coconut milk for regular milk.  For a deeper richer favor you could use regular coconut milk.  DO NOT use coconut cream!

Vanilla Cake - omit the lemon zest in the cake batter.  Use milk instead of lemon juice in the glaze.

Cake for a crowd:  If you're serving more than just a few people, double or triple this recipe.  Bake in a 13x9 cake pan.

Breakfast Cake:  Bake the cake in a loaf pan.  Cool completely and slice for a light breakfast treat.

Unglazed Cake in 9" pan


*  This cake can be made with soy or any other non-dairy milk.
*  This is a great first cake recipe for kids who are learning to cook/bake/measure.
*  When its warm, this cake is very soft, slice with care.
*  I've tried this recipe with a variety of juices (orange, grapefruit, lime and lemon).  While it tastes fine with other juices lemon definitely yields the best result.

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