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Vanilla Snack Cake Recipe

close up shot of a slice of vanilla snack cake recipe on a plate
This vanilla snack cake recipe comes out moist and delicious and is then smothered with a tasty frosting. It is just the right size for a light dessert.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 555 kcal



  • 1 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

Frosting (optional)

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons whole milk



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with nonstick spray, set it aside.
  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk together the cake flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set it aside.
    Pro Tip: It is very important that you do not over mix or aggressively mix the flour in; otherwise, the cake will be very dense.
  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk together the vegetable oil, milk, sour cream, egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
  • Gently fold in the flour mixture, folding just until the flour is incorporated.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to completely cool before frosting.
    Pro Tip: Place the cake in the freezer while you prepare the frosting, and it will be ready to ice and eat in no time.

Frosting (optional)

  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, and a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, cream together the butter and vanilla for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.
  • Lower the mixer speed to low and add the powdered sugar and milk. Increase the mixer speed to medium. Mix for another 1 ½ to 2 minutes, or until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  • Use a silicone spatula or an offset spatula to spread the frosting evenly.


Calories: 555kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 4gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 160mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 1gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 615IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1mg