When I was young, I had more of a sweet tooth. These days, I still sometimes like a little something small to end meals but tend not to actually eat in-between. Luckily, there exists a cake as adaptable as you need it to be, whether with morning coffee, afternoon tea, a casual occasion or just part of a workday bento.

The term “snacking cake” has an adorable je ne sais quoi. This is a simple cake made with common ingredients, lightly adorned (if at all), made as a single layer, usually square and most often cut likewise. Brooklyn food stylist Yossy Arefi claims to have not coined the phrase but has an entire cookbook devoted to the subject.