Brown Sugar Chocolate Snacking Cake

Brown Sugar Chocolate Snacking Cake

A simple one-bowl chocolate cake is frosted with a marshmallow frosting– perfect for an after-school snack.

Prep Time
(includes cake and frosting)40
Cook Time
30 minutes
Brown Sugar Chocolate Snacking Cake
Jessie Sheehan
Meet the Chef: Jessie Sheehan

Jessie Sheehan is a cookbook author, recipe developer, and baker. She is the author of "The Vintage Baker" (one of the Washington Post’s best cookbooks of 2018) and the co-author of Icebox Cakes.

12 large slices
For the cake
  • 1 cup, packed Domino® Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 Large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Boiling water
For the frosting
  • 2 Large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup, packed Domino® Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
For topping
  • Chocolate curls, chopped chocolate, cocoa powder, or sprinkles
Make the cake

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8x2-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or softened butter. Line with parchment paper and grease again.

Step 2

To make the cake, add the Domino® Dark Brown Sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

Step 3

Add the egg, yolk, vanilla, oil, and buttermilk and whisk until smooth and combined.

Step 4

Add the boiling water and whisk until smooth.

Step 5

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating at the halfway point. The cake is ready when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a moist crumb or two. Let cool completely in the pan.

Prepare the frosting

Step 6

Place a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water over medium-high heat. Do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water. Add the egg whites, Domino® Light Brown Sugar, cream of tartar, salt, and water.

Step 7

Using an electric hand mixer, beat the egg white mixture on high speed until stiff and glossy, about 7 minutes.

Step 8

Remove the bowl from the saucepan of hot water, add the vanilla, and continue beating for another 2 minutes.

Step 9

Generously frost the cake – either in the pan – or invert it on to a serving platter first. If you wish, you can decorate your cake with chocolate curls, chopped chocolate pieces, cocoa powder, or chocolate sprinkles!

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