Our 6 Best Snacking Cake Recipes

These easy-to-make, simple snacking cakes can be whipped up at a moment’s notice and enjoyed any time of the day. Whether you prefer a classic vanilla cake, berries, or citrus, we’ve got a cake for you.

Individual servings of vanilla buttermilk cake with white frosting on pink plates.
This vanilla buttermilk cake, made from pantry ingredients, was a huge hit with our testers. Easy enough that it’s kid- and novice baker-friendly, but it still makes an impressively moist and flavorful cake. Our testers slathered it with everything—icing, ice cream, fruit, lemon curd—and even loved it on its own. Trust us when we tell you this cake is simplicity at its best.

Snacking Cake FAQs

What are snacking cakes?

A snacking cake generally refers to a cake that is easy to make, often with only one bowl, is baked in a single layer, and can be served with or without adornment. They can be served any time of the day, often as a snack or a casual dessert.

What do you serve with snacking cake?

These indulgent cakes are often best enjoyed with a cup of coffee, tea, or a tall glass of cold milk.

A slice of orange, olive oil, and poppyseed cake with sliced strawberries on the side on a white plate
The combination of orange and olive oil gives this cake a Mediterranean vibe, perfect for spring (but really, any time of year). I like to pair this cake with macerated strawberries: the sweet, syrupy fruit adds a fresh contrast to the subtle flavors of the cake, a welcome and delicious addition.
Ina Garten's lemon cake, a pound cake, on a cutting board, drizzled with a lemon glaze
This lemon cake is similar to a classic, old-fashioned pound cake but not quite so dense. It's magnificently buttery and exponentially lemony thanks to a tart soak in a lemon and sugar syrup and a drizzle of lemony confectioners' sugar glaze.

The lemon cake came out perfect! Lemony and delicious. Followed directions exactly, no tweaks needed. Will make again. I love all of Ina’s recipes.–Rose Y.

Brown butter snickerdoodle cake cut into six pieces on a piece of parchment paper, with a serving knife nearby.
I love the cinnamon spice coupled with the tang of the cream of tartar. I created that same tang in this snickerdoodle cake with the addition of sour cream and buttermilk.
An apple tea cake on a wire rack with three slices cut from it and one on a blue and white plate.
This apple tea cake is made with layers of apples and cinnamon encased in sweet cake and topped with a tart lemon drizzle. We’re happily indulging at any time of the day.
A rectangular easy mixed berry snacking cake with one piece cut from it and blueberries on the side.
Snacking cakes are perfect for a weeknight dessert made on the fly. This one also calls for just one-bowl, which is also one of my favorite kinds of baked goods – meaning you assemble the whole shebang in a single bowl and thus save yourself from having to do a bunch of dirty dishes.


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