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Molasses Pecan Snack Attack Cake

 

I love the idea of a snack cake.  It’s simple, no dog-and-pony show like a layer cake, just a perfect little square of sweetness alongside tea or coffee.  No frosting required, this is two or three bites of afternoon pick-me-up cake dotted with pecans or sprinkled with powdered sugar.

molasses pecan snack cake

Molasses cake has an old-fashioned feel to it. If you were Betty Draper, you’d offer it up to someone who stops by unexpectedly, because it’s a cake you might just have around. But for us working stiffs, it’s the cake that’ll sate your 3 pm snack attack without a bouncing off walls sugar high.

molasses pecan snack cakes

Consistent results with whole wheat pastry flour continue to escape me, so use AP here.  The whole wheat will produce a drier cake. Made in an 8×8 pan, snack cake doesn’t carry the commitment of a 9×13, so it won’t last long. Save yourself a square and leave the rest for your office mates. If you’re enjoying this at home, drizzle your square with a little more molasses. Sugar high, be damned.

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Molasses Pecan Snack Cake

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Serves: 12 squares Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c. canola oil
  • 1/3 c. molasses
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 -1 c. pecan pieces (1/2 c. if only sprinkling half the cake)
  • Confectioners sugar for dusting

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8 square baking pan with parchment.

2

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

3

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, oil, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined.

4

Pour the batter into the pan and spread the batter to get into the corners. Sprinkle with pecans.

5

Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Let rest for 3-5 minutes and then transfer the cake to a cooling rack. Once cool, cut into 9-12 squares, depending on the size you want. Dust with confectioners sugar, as desired.

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  • Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)
    April 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    That looks like a great mid-day pick me up! I love that you only put pecans on half the cake. Sometimes I want nuts on the cake and sometimes I don’t. Now I can have it both ways 🙂

  • Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    April 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Oh yum, these look so good – definitely a perfect afternoon pick me up snack!

  • Hannah
    April 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I adore molasses, Michelle, and I really could use a square of this cake now! Snack cakes are just the best.

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