Scratch Made: Sugar Crusted Snack Cake

When I looked up the definition of a snack cake, it was described as “a cake recipe that is a one pan cake, all mixed and baked in the same pan”.

While I didn’t mix the batter in the pan it was baked in, I think that’s the closest description for this sugar crusted, tender crumbed cake.


Here’s what you’ll need.





Sugar Crusted Snack Cake

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp canola or grapeseed oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp maple sugar or regular sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In large bowl, mix applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla, oil and egg together.
  3. Add flour, salt, and baking powder and stir until mixture is combined.
  4. Pour batter into buttered/greased 8×8 baking dish.
  5. In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle mixture of top of batter.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


The combination of maple syrup in the batter and maple sugar on the top is irresistible and gives just enough sweetness to the cake.

If you don’t have maple sugar, regular white sugar or brown sugar will work just fine.


I’m still not sure what to call this.

Coffee cake?

Snack cake?

Maple cake?

Snickerdoodle cake?

That last one might be the closest. The cinnamon sugar crust is like one giant layer of the best part of snickerdoodle cookies, all in one place.


If you make them, I’ll take name suggestions!

But whatever you do, just make them.

Your boyfriend, husband, brother, or dad will thank you.


Just make sure you grab a few pieces before they get their hands on the pan.

Baked goods stand no chance in this house. I’ve learned to move quickly or be ready to find an empty, crumb filled pan.



  1. You had me at Snickerdoodle Cake :) Looks like a delicious but still not bad for you treat – and since I’m all about dirtying the LEAST amount of dishes possible, it’s definitely a keeper, haha. Thanks for sharing, Brandi!

  2. I like snickerdoodle cake! In fact, when I first saw the pictures, that is what it looks like. It looks delicious.

  3. I vote for snickerdoodle cake! Although, since you pretty much demanded we try it out to have a say in the name, I suppose I could follow directions…if I have to ;)

  4. mmm, snickerdoodle cake, for sure :) looks fabulous!

  5. I love your scratch-made series. You have such good ideas. Maple cake sounds soo yummy! It sort of reminds me of apple cake and fall for some reason. I think I’m just anxious for fall to get here. :-)

  6. Snickerdoodle cake! As much fun to say as it is to eat! Or something.

    I think I’ll make this tonight. Thanx! :)

  7. I can never pass up a piece of coffee cake – it’s too darn good!

  8. Yum!! That looks delicious and easy to make! My two favorite things for foods to be :)

  9. That looks amazing!

  10. I think Snickerdoodle Cake fits the bill quite nicely. Looks positively delightful!

  11. Sugar crusted snack cake!? Could there be a more enticing recipe name!? This looks so delicious…and perfect morning, noon or night!

  12. i absolutely love your little polkadot bowl! :)

  13. Yep, totally reminded me of snickerdoodles! My step-son would die for that – he loves all things cinammon!

  14. between your beautious deconstructed nicoise salad, that snickers shake (MAJOR OMGS) and these bars, you are seriously on a roll dear brandi. can i please come over to eat?

    pretty please?

    p.s. your new nephew is absolutely precious!

    lots of love,

  15. Brandi the cake looks amazing! I love that it is a moist cake with a slight crumble. I bet it would be great with coffee or tea!

  16. Sugar-crusted anything sounds good to me! I like calling it a snack cake.

  17. Whatever you call this, I would put heavenly in the name–they look great! :o)

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