The Fudgy Snacking Cake That Won Your Hearts (& Our Recipe Contest)

Our latest recipe contest, Your Best Snacking Cake, invited a huge wave of absolutely delicious-looking recipes from our community of talented cake bakers. With so many delicious entries, we really had our work cut out for us. We tested, tasted, tasted a little more (it’s cake!) whittled it down, and finally decided on two finalists: Clintonhillbilly’s Cinnamon-Anise Snack Cake and Jessie Sheehan’s Chocolate-Carrot Snacking Cake.

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How did we pick a winner? Staring down these two outstanding confections was no solution at all, but thankfully we received an huge volume of votes. It was a very close race, but a winner has been chosen. Cue the drumroll…

Jessie Sheehan’s Chocolate-Carrot Snacking Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Congratulations Jessie, your cake was loved by all! We also want to congratulate our runner-up. Clintonhillbilly, your cinnamon anise cake is absolutely delicious (and everyone should make it).

Jessie is a cookbook author and longtime dessert-crafter, so we inquired a little further about what fuels her sweet creations.

Gallery: I made Disney’s giant chocolate-chip Num Num Cookies, and they’re so good I’ll be baking them again (INSIDER)

Tarah Chieffi holding a donut:  Disney recently released recipes for 10 of its most popular cookies for National Cookie Day on December 4. One of the recipes was for Disney's Jack-Jack Num Num Cookies, based on the cookies Baby Jack-Jack loved in the movie "Incredibles 2." I've had the cookies at Disneyland and Disney World before, and I made them at home to see how they match up to the real thing. The cookies are so large that they look more like cupcakes, but most of the ingredients are the same ones you'd use in any chocolate-chip cookie recipe. Everything tastes better at Disney, but, until my next trip, I'll be making these again and again. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As someone who grew up in Florida and now makes a living writing about theme parks, I spend quite a bit of time at Disney World. Before every trip, I spend an excessive amount of time planning which treats I want to try. One of my favorites is Disney's spin on a classic chocolate chip cookie: the Num Num Cookie. If you've ever seen Disney/Pixar's "Incredibles 2", you might remember the giant chocolate-chip cookies that were used to pacify baby Jack-Jack and his unpredictable super powers. Along with the premiere of "Incredibles 2", the cookies made their debut at Disneyland's Pixar Pier in 2018 and showed up at Disney World's Hollywood Studios in 2019.The cookies are unlike any others I've ever tried. The huge, cupcake-like cookies are packed with chocolate chunks and served up warm and fresh. To celebrate National Cookie Day (my new favorite holiday) on December 4, Disney released 10 cookie recipes from its parks, including the recipe for Jack-Jack's Num Num Cookies. I tested the recipe to see how it compares to the iconic treat from the Disney parks.Read the original article on Insider

What’s your least favorite food? Beets. I basically love all food, but I definitely draw the lines at beets. I’ll eat beets in borscht (with a large dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche, please…) but that’s about it.

What’s the best thing you’ve made so far this year? I think I’ll go with my world’s best Rice Krispie Treats with a secret ingredient: sweetened condensed milk. Rice Krispie treats are kind of my everything, and these ones are off-the-charts delish.

Tell us about your most spectacular kitchen disaster: They happen all the time, but one that sticks out is when I attempted to make Cooks Illustrated’s yellow cake with chocolate frosting for my son’s 8th birthday, and I added cornstarch instead of cake flour. I was flummoxed as to why the cake was so dry and cornbread-like.

What is your idea of comfort food? Mac and cheese followed by chocolate cake.

Apron or no apron? Apron!

What is your favorite food-related scene in a movie? I don’t remember the exact scene, but so much delicious food is consumed in the movie Tampopo.

Who is someone you would love to cook for, and why? I’m really a baker, and not so much a cook. I would like to bake for my paternal grandmother who died many years ago. She too was a baker, but when she was alive I had not yet discovered my passion for making sweets. She always made a lemon velvet sheet cake when I visited her which I adored (despite the fact that I am team chocolate). I have developed my own version of her cake—hers came from a box—and I would love to enjoy a slice (or many) with her.

Did you get a chance to try out Jessie’s cake? Please let us know in the comments, and join us in congratulating her!

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