Butternut Squash Snack Cake

Sneak veggies into your family's snacks with a cake made from squash.

by Dani Yokhna
Recipe: Butternut Squash Snack Cake - Photo by Megan Myers (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Megan Myers/HobbyFarms.com

Yield: 9 servings



  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup puréed butternut squash
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce


  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • cinnamon sugar (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 8- by 8-inch baking pan or line with parchment paper. Sift together flour, baking soda and spices, and set aside. In separate bowl, mix squash, eggs, brown sugar and applesauce until well incorporated.

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Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until incorporated, then pour into prepared pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Beat together cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Spread on cooled cake. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired.


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