Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TheCakeSlice: January’s Cake ~ Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake

I find this cake very easy to make and will certainly make it for guests who come visiting this festive season.  Will certainly try out the marshmallow frosting too!

January’s Cake: Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake
(Recipe from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman)
Makes one 8 inch square cake

For the Cake
8 whole graham crackers, finely ground (about 1 cup) *
¼ cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
6 tbsp (¾ stick) butter, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the Frosting
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup confectioners sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup marshmallow fluff *

Method – Cake
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8inch square baking pan and dust it with flour, knocking out any extra. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat until smooth.
With the mixer on low speed, add a third of the flour mixture, then half of the milk, stirring until combined. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk, ending with the flour. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Invert it onto a wire rack, and then turn it right side up to cool completely.

Method – Frosting (I opted for plain yogurt laced with VVVanilla topped with Strawberries)
Place the butter in a medium mixing bowl and beat until creamy. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Stir in the vanilla and the marshmallow fluff and beat until smooth. Use immediately or cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Cut the cake into squares and serve each one with a dollop of frosting on top. (Bring the frosting back to room temperature first if it has been stored in the fridge). Store any uneaten cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

I have done some research and in the UK, the closest ingredient we have to American Graham crackers is Digestive Biscuits – any brand will do. You will need 12 Digestives to replace the 8 Graham crackers.
Marshmallow fluff is not readily available in the UK. Some TK MAX stores stock it, but if you can’t find it then simply melt down 200g of white marshmallows.
Hope this helps


Cream until Fluffy said...

Looks pretty with the strawberry and yogurt!

Future Grown-Up said...

I like the substitution of the strawberry and must have made a lovely contrast to a heavier snacking cake.

Evie said...

Ooo, look at how pretty it looks with strawberries added.

I also really like your plate.

Brownieville Girl said...

Hope you enjoyed it - the strawberry was a good idea.

Anonymous said...

Love how it looks with the strawberry! You didn't miss out on much regarding the frosting! LOL

Katie said...

looks lovely and fresh with the yoghurt and strawberry.

javapot said...

oo.O, this looks very pretty indeed.

Monica H said...

I like your healthier topping of yogurt and strawberries. make sit perfectly acceptable for breakfast :-)

Did you like it though?

Emily said...

Hi Ladies!

This cake was great as a snack (throughout the day! LOL). was going to make the fluff topping but thought it was too sweet and fattening, so skipped it.

My cake came out earlier than the stipulated time (at 25mins!) regret not taking pictures during prep! It was very late!

Had the first portion for breakfast the next day! (Monica - how did you guess that! LOL)

Emily said...


it was okay and will double the recipe if I bake it again!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Your cake looks so pretty. I really like your idea of a little yogurt on top. What a great way to cut the sweetness of the cake.