Orange Dreamsicle Snack Cake


Preparation info

  • Makes

    9 to 12

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Sweet Vegan Treats: 90 Recipes for Cookies, Brownies, Cakes, and Tarts

Sweet Vegan Treats

By Hannah Kaminsky

Published 2019

  • About

Any kid who’s ever chased after the siren song of an ice cream truck undoubtedly has fond memories of those classic, creamy orange ice pops, quickly melting under the summer sun. Turning the nostalgic combination of sweet citrus and rich vanilla into a tender, compulsively snackable sheet cake is not only a fun new take on the frozen dessert, but an improvement on the original; you won’t need to worry about making a drippy, sticky mess, no matter how high the temperatures climb!


Snack Cake

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup vanilla or plain vegan yogurt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup orange juice


    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

    Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a stand mixer, whisk together the yogurt and oil until fully emulsified. Add in the vanilla and orange juice. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients in stages, until the batter is nicely mixed without lumps. Pour the batter into your prepared pan.

    For the topping, whisk together the yogurt, confectioners’ sugar, starch or arrowroot, and vanilla in a small dish, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over the batter. Microwave the marmalade for about 30 seconds, until slightly liquefied and easier to pour. Drizzle it over the batter as well. Swirl both toppings together with a knife but try not to overdo it as you may muddle the colors.

    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. When testing for doneness, be sure to find a spot that is free from topping, as the icing and marmalade may cause the toothpick to appear wet, even if the cake is ready. Wait until the cake has cooled completely before cutting into bars.