Simple Snack Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Recipe

Mama managed a household of four girls, one work-acholic husband, and volunteered outside of the home three days a week.  Busy as she was, Mama always managed to serve a delicious home-cooked meal complete with dessert, every night.  Looking back now, I marvel at her ability to get things done and to do it with grace. Like all Mama’s, she was a special lady. Snack Cake was a staple at our house, either served as a dessert or waiting on us girls when we arrived home from school.

Simple and unassuming, this old fashioned, delectable cake was usually topped off with chocolate frosting or sometimes just a sprinkling of powdered sugar.  Also known as Hot Milk Cake, it is moist and flavorful, not overly sweet. It is the perfect snack or sprinkled with a few fresh berries and whipped cream, the perfect after-dinner dessert.  I’m happy to share the recipe with you!

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Snack Cake with Chocolate Buttercream




  • Make sure the milk and butter mixture are hot when you add it to the batter.  After heating the milk and butter, I will keep the mixture on low heat until time to add it to the butter. Should be hot but not boiling.
  • After the cake has cooled for approximately 15 minutes, wrap it in saran wrap and allow to cool completely.  This keeps the moisture in.
  • This recipe makes great cupcakes.  The cupcakes bake up with a beautiful dome.
  1. Tara says:

    Hi there! This looks amazing! And perfect for me being a mom of 3 (4 including my husband!). I don’t see the buttercream recipe? Is it separate from this recipe?

    • says:

      Hi Tara! Search “Faux Swiss Meringue Buttercream”. At the end of the recipe you will find directions on making the buttercream into a chocolate buttercream. Thanks!

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