Snickerdoodle Snack Cake, Bake-Off and a Giveaway

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Update: The winner of the giveaway is Kerrie G. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

I am excited to announce that I have been selected to participate in the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Holiday Bake-Off on Friday, November 12! The Bake-Off includes an all-expense paid trip to New York City to bake a holiday dessert recipe with nine other bloggers at the Unilever Test Kitchen.

I also have good news for Barbara Bakes readers! I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! is hosting a giveaway for readers of the Bake-Off contestants’ blogs, tailored to the contestants’ Bake-Off recipes. One lucky commenter from each blog will win a prize package to help them recreate the featured holiday dessert recipe.

The winner of my giveaway will recieve a Dualit 5 Speed Chrome Hand Mixer, a Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Shallow Sauce Pan, a nonstick 9×13 cake pan, and a coupon for a free I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! product. Entry details are at the bottom of this post. As part of the judging process, the blogger participant who receives the most comments by the end of this giveaway will receive extra points towards their total score.


I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® is hosting the Bake-Off to encourage bakers to “start the holiday season on the right track by reaching for better for you foods that are delicious. We all know it’s much easier to choose nutritious foods and recipes if they taste great! Using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® can make a difference as you add fresh, buttery flavor to the foods you love, while reducing saturated fat and cholesterol compared to butter.”

Last year I created a Snickerdoodle Bread that incorporates the flavors of a Snickerdoodle cookie. It is absolutely delicious and was an immediate family favorite. The crisp cinnamon-sugar coating with the rich buttery middle seems perfectly suited to the holidays; so for the Bake-Off I decided to give my Snickerdoodle Bread a makeover to reduce the saturated fat and cholesterol and created this Snickerdoodle Snack Cake recipe.


To eliminate roughly 1,200 mg of cholesterol and 168 grams of saturated fat, I replaced butter with cholesterol-free I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! and replaced the sour cream with non-fat Greek yogurt. I am confident that no one would be able to taste the difference between butter or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! in this dessert.

I also made a couple of other changes so that it could be baked in 9 x 13 pan and served as a special holiday dessert. I topped my Snickerdoodle Snack Cake with a scoop of Breyers Smooth & Dreamy reduced fat vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of Cinnamon Caramel Sauce.


This snack cake is not a light and fluffy cake. Its more like a cross between a brownie and banana bread topped with a crinkly cinnamon-sugar crust. Its perfect for a mid-day or late night snack. It would also be great served as a coffeecake for breakfast with icing drizzled on top. Or you can do as I did and create Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sundaes for a spectacular holiday dessert.

Yield: 12-18 bars

Snickerdoodle Snack Cake, Bake-Off and a Giveaway

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup non fat Greek yogurt (can substitute low fat yogurt or light sour cream)
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips, optional


  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cinnamon Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking pan. (Tip: you can use the wrapper from the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Sticks to grease the pan.)
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl; set aside.In a large mixing bowl, beat together I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Sticks and 1 1/2 cups sugar until fluffy, about two minutes on medium speed.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Mix in vanilla and yogurt until well blended. Mix in flour mixture just until blended.
  5. Toss the cinnamon chips with 2 T. flour; stir into batter. Evenly spoon batter into prepared pan.
  6. Mix 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over the top of the batter.
  7. Bake at 350º for 35 to 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a crack in the center of the cake comes out clean, the cake is pulling away from the edges of the pan and the center feels firm.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.

*Note: For smaller gatherings, this recipe is easily divided in half and baked in an 8x8 pan.

Cinnamon Caramel Sauce

  1. Whisk together caramel ice cream topping and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat until warm.

Giveaway Rules and Entry Details:

Ways you can enter to win a Dualit 5 Speed Chrome Hand Mixer, a Calphalon Contemporary Non Stick Shallow Sauce Pan, a nonstick 9×13 cake pan, and a coupon for a free I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! product:

1. Leave a comment on this post and let me know if you’re a chocolate lover and always choose a chocolate dessert, or if you prefer a non-chocolate dessert.

2. Subscribe to Barbara Bakes or Subscribe to Barbara Bakes by email and leave a comment on this post letting me know you subscribed or already subscribe.

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6. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment for each tweet. Make up one of your own or use @BarbaraBakes Snickerdoodle Snack Cake, Bake-Off & Giveaway. Win a Dualit 5 Speed Chrome Hand Mixer @ICBINotButter

For each additional entry, YOU MUST LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR IT TO COUNT! The giveaway closes on Friday, November 12, at 8:00 am EST. The winner will be chosen by random number. Only comments on this post will be entered. You must include your e-mail address to be entered in the giveaway. This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.

Here are the other I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Bake-Off Contestants. Be sure and visit them to see their Bake-Off recipe and enter their giveaways.

Aly, Aly-tude
Liz, Hoosier Homemade
Anna , Cookie Madness
Naomi, Bakers Royale
Sara, Average Betty
Alison, Ingredients Inc.
Jen, Beantown Baker
Tiffany, Eat at Home
Amanda, Fake Ginger

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