Memories of Snack 'N Cake
Growing up, I remember my mom used to make Snack 'n Cake, which was a just-about ready to bake cake, including cake mix and pan. Now, Duncan Hines has one called Perfect Size Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Cake, and other flavors too. So I thought I would give it a try.
First, let's discuss the packaging. Duncan Hines has done an excellent job with the packaging for their new convenient little cake mix, completed with the cake pan. Yes, that's right, just like the old fashioned snack 'n cake, this one comes with a pan. The picture is very eye catching because the chocolate cake looks delicious. The fact that the cake mix, frosting and cake pan were inside sounded very convenient!
For chocolate lovers everywhere, this seemed all too good to be true. I could not resist. I had to buy it. I figured, with a small chocolate cake, it was perfect for just a couple people. This is ideal for Valentine's Day, a private birthday party, or dessert for a cozy dinner for 2 to 4 people.
It is possible to create a delicious little chocolate cake in no time? Let's find out.
What You'll Need:
- 1 box, Duncan Hines Perfect Size Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Cake cake kit
- 1 egg
- 1 large bowl, 1 medium bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Softened butter, or butter spread, I like Smart Balance (2 tablespoons for cake, 4 tablespoons for frosting)
- Water (5 tablespoons for cake, 1 teaspoon for frosting)
- Preheat over to 500 degrees.
- Empty contents of cake mix in large bowl.
- Blend cake mix, 1 egg, 5 tablespoons of water, and 2 tablespoons of softened butter using electric mixer on low for 30 seconds, then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
- Pour cake mixture into the ungreased pan (which is included).
- Bake on rack in center of oven at 300 degrees for approximately 35 minutes. Test with toothpick. When toothpick is clean, cake is done.
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Cool the Cake
Carefully remove cake from oven using oven mitts, then cool cake in pan for 15 min.
After cake has cooled, it's time to remove the cake from the pan. The pan is lightweight and easy to handle and remove the cake from. First, using 2 hands, invert the pan (with cake). Holding the pan, you will notice that there is a section in the middle of the pan to press, to release the cake. This is pictured in photo here on the right.
Transfer the cake to either a wired rack, or cake dish. Cool cake completely.
Mix the Frosting
In medium bowl, beat 4 tablespoons of softened butter with electric mixer, for 1 minute until fluffy.
Add frosting mix and 1 teaspoon water, and mix with electric mixer for 2 minutes on high, until smooth and creamy.
Finally, Frost the Cake!
Frost the cake with a spatula.
Note: Mixing the frosting was the only part that seemed to have a lot of extra steps. I was surprised it did not come with ready to spread frosting in the pouch. That is why I only rated the cake 4 out of 5 stars.
- The cake is very easy to mix, make and bake!
- The cake is very moist and quite delicious.
- The frosting turned out pretty good, but I think it is best to use softened butter, not melted butter (which I did). The frosting could have been a little thicker and fluffier.
- If I make this cake again, I might use some store brand frosting and turn this into a double-layer cake.
Overall, I would recommend this for a quick, easy, delicious dessert!
Rate the Cake!
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on September 25, 2019:
Thanks so much Bill! I actually just checked online to make sure stores still carry this delightfully easy cake in the pan mix and they do. As time permits I am planning on updating a lot of my hubpage articles including this one so maybe I will add some additional chocolate cake options and more recipe ideas!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 24, 2019:
I was trying to decide which article of yours to read. No surprise I settled on chocolate. Guess who is baking this weekend. :)
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on June 25, 2017:
Hey Audrey/coffeequeen, thanks for stopping by. This hub has been getting more hits lately and I think it's because it's at the top of my hubs since it was the most recent new hub. I wish there was a way for us to rearrange the order of how our hubs are listed, as there are other hubs I would love to move to the top.
Glad you liked this hub, and happy hubbing and writing,
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on June 25, 2017:
That looks delicous. I love chocolate cake.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on June 03, 2017:
Hey Audrey, Glad you like and yes, I am a chocoholic too!
Hey Kenneth, No chocolate cake mail orders, LOL, but I am inspired to create a cook book at some point.
Thanks as always for your comments.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 03, 2017:
This looks easy to make and of course delicious!
For my children chocolate cake is always the first choice and I would love to follow your instructions as early as possible.
Thanks for sharing the details and the helpful pictures!
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 02, 2017:
P.S. @ Amelia,
Do you provide Mail Order Cakes?
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 02, 2017:
Rated 5 stars on this one Amelia! Love, love chocolate. Did I mention that I'm a chocolate lover? And I'm always up for easy recipes. Great photos too. Thanks for sharing.
Nell Rose from England on March 23, 2017:
That sounds delicious! now I am on a diet and...LOL!
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on October 24, 2016:
Thanks billybuc, always like to hear from fellow chocolate lovers!
Happy Writing! :-)
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 24, 2016:
Sign me up! The word chocolate is enough to get me to salivate, so I'm all ovfer this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on October 13, 2016:
Yes, Janellgems, it's quick and easy! And not bad for boxed cake mix. Thanks for stopping by!
Janellegems on October 12, 2016:
I just love chocolate cake that is moist. This is a Great, easy, step by step recipe for chocolate cake.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on September 17, 2016:
Thank you your feedback and comments. Sorry to hear about your hospital visit, glad you are feeling better.
I actually already follow you. Stay well!!!
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 17, 2016:
Great hub. You presented your topic very professionally. Loved the design and graphics.
Now. I need to share with you just how much self-discipline it took for me to read this hub. I had a bout with congestive heart failure back in November and stayed a week in the hospital.
The doctors drained 57 pounds of fluid off of my chest and heart.
The aftermath: No more sweets, yes, as much as I LOVE This cake, I can no longer have it. Says the cardiologist.
But that does not change my opinion of your tremendous writing talent.
And listen. If you are not following me, I invite you to do so.
Write me when you want.
Have a safe weekend and keep hubs like this coming.
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on February 19, 2016:
Same here, peach purple! I was surprised that this cake was pretty moist.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 19, 2016:
lovely choc cake, i love those moist type
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on February 19, 2016:
Hey Rtalloni, yep, it's quick and easy, give it a try. Thanks for stopping by!
RTalloni on February 18, 2016:
A souped up mug cake! Thanks for the review.