Pumpkin pie spice and a splash of root beer accentuate the cocoa flavor in this snack cake recipe. It's a spice cake unlike any you've tasted.

Emily Teel



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 13x9-inch baking pan. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium. Whisk in cocoa and pumpkin pie spice. Add the root beer. Whisk sour cream, eggs, and vanilla into root beer mixture.

  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Stir root beer mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Spread evenly into prepared pan.

  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Serves 16

Chocolate Stout Spice Cake

Prepare as above, except substitute stout for the root beer and increase sugar to 2 cups.

Nutrition Facts

284 calories; 14 g total fat; 8 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat; 57 mg cholesterol; 170 mg sodium. 141 mg potassium; 39 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 24 g sugar; 3 g protein; 1 g trans fatty acid; 416 IU vitamin a; 0 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 33 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 48 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;