Snack Cakes and a Reveal

Obviously I can’t ruin the surprise before the break, so this is all you can see right now…

These are meant to be like the store-bought chocolate cakes with cream in the middle. Lots of brands make a version of it…and these were pretty fantastic. Soft, good chocolate flavor, but not too rich…and then a sweet frosting for the middle.

Obviously having a blog I wanted to share the gender of the upcoming baby somehow, and I also just wanted to bake something to share with some friends. We were having a park playdate not long after the gender was confirmed (we technically saw on the first ultrasound). This time we were lucky and were able to do a blood test to confirm around the 12-13 week mark which is super early! It was all part of the genetic testing we did (baby seems to be healthy, thankfully) and since we wanted to know gender anyway, we decided why not? It didn’t cost more (although those tests are soooo pricey) and it is more accurate than a regular ultrasound, so we were on board (as K says, he “loves data”).

As you will notice above, I actually cut the snack cakes in half because they were so much bigger than I realized they would be and I knew a whole one would be too big for a morning playdate. You can leave them whole if you like. This way we ended up with some extras, and K was able to share them with his friends at work, too.

As you bite into it, you see the reveal! And because the Fudgelet was watching me make them, he insisted on sprinkles, too.

Unfortunately some of the sprinkles landed outside their blue target, so if people looked super closely, they could see the gender before biting into it. Oops! Ah well, it was more about sharing something sweet anyway. And they loved the news and the treats!

So, even if you don’t have need of a gender reveal treat, these make a good treat regardless. Fast to make, and no mixer required for the cakes (you could always use store frosting if you don’t want to make the frosting, but I love this recipe.)

Directions for Snack Cakes

Adapted from Family Circle (April 2009) and Flour Bakery

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (natural)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used buttermilk powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • This frosting recipe from Flour Bakery, 1/3 of it tinted blue

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare 2 sheet pans with parchment or silicone liners. Whisk together in a medium bowl the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt (and buttermilk powder if using). In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla, egg, and butter. Stir into the flour mixture until just blended.

Spoon the batter into a piping bag and pipe logs about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide (or go a little smaller if you want smaller cakes). They will spread, so leave 2 inches between. Bake until firm to the touch (about 10-15 minutes). Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

When cooled, pipe out a white border on half of the cookies, then fill the middle with the blue frosting (and sprinkles, if desired).

Then sandwich the halves together.

Directions for Snack Cakes (without pictures)

Adapted from Family Circle (April 2009) and Flour Bakery

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (natural)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used buttermilk powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • This frosting recipe from Flour Bakery, 1/3 of it tinted blue

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare 2 sheet pans with parchment or silicone liners. Whisk together in a medium bowl the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt (and buttermilk powder if using). In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla, egg, and butter. Stir into the flour mixture until just blended.

Spoon the batter into a piping bag and pipe logs about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide (or go a little smaller if you want smaller cakes). They will spread, so leave 2 inches between. Bake until firm to the touch (about 10-15 minutes). Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

When cooled, pipe out a white border on half of the cookies, then fill the middle with the blue frosting (and sprinkles, if desired). Then sandwich the halves together.

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