Chocolate Sourdough Snack Cake


This makes just the right size cake for a small family or when a regular layer cake would be too much. It’s similar to a brownie, but more cake-like in texture. You can frost it if you like, but it is delicious just plain. The coffee and cinnamon intensify the chocolate goodness.



  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1 cup unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 large, room-temperature egg, preferably pasture-raised
  • 1/2 cup fresh sourdough starter
  • 2 tablespoons cold, strong coffee (can substitute other liquid)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour (unbleached all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, non-alkalized cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts or naturally sweetened mini chocolate chips



Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper; lightly butter and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix unrefined sugar and butter together with a wire whisk or hand blender in a large bowl until sugar is thoroughly incorporated into butter. Beat in egg, vanilla, coffee, and sourdough starter.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.

Blend dry ingredients into wet ingredients just until batter is mixed through, then fold in nuts and/or chocolate chips. Do not over-mix.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack and serve plain or frosted with your favorite chocolate frosting.


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