Chocolate Chip Cake


Layered with moist cake, chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar, this Chocolate Chip Cake is bound to become a new favorite you’ll be making again and again.

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Chocolate Chip Cake:

As much as I enjoy sampling new, unique, and creative dessert recipes, there’s something about classic flavors that always draws me in. Take this Chocolate Chip Cake for instance.

This Chocolate Chip Cake is made of a classic homemade yellow cake that’s extra moist thanks to a special ingredient. (The deets on that are below.) The cake gets layered with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar along with an entire bag of milk chocolate chips. It’s as simple as it is scrumptious!

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This Chocolate Chip Cake is not only delicious, but easy to make! #chocolatechipcake #chocolate #cake #cinnamon #dessert #recipe #quick

This Chocolate Chip Cake is not only delicious, but easy to make! #chocolatechipcake #chocolate #cake #cinnamon #dessert #recipe #quick

I have a feeling this Chocolate Chip Cake is one of those recipes you’ll immediately want to add to your go-to dessert list. Not only is it a breeze to make, but the ingredients are ones that most folks enjoy and stock in their pantry or refrigerator. In need of a last-minute dessert? This may be it!

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How to Make a Chocolate Chip Cake?

As with many baked goods, this cake comes together by preparing the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately.

Start by adding all of the dry ingredients to a bowl. (The full ingredient list and instructions are in the printable recipe card below.) I like to use a whisk to combine things. This helps to eliminate clumps.

Next, prepare the wet ingredients. All you need is a hand mixer for this, but you’re welcome to use a stand mixer if you prefer. You could also do this by hand. Just be sure to mix everything well.

Now, this is where that secret ingredient comes in. Any guesses as to what it is?

Sour cream! I love baked goods that include sour cream. It makes cake and quick bread super moist and gives them an extra depth of flavor.

Once the wet and dry ingredients are prepared, combine them until smooth.

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Now, you’re ready to assemble the cake for baking.

Pour half of the batter into a greased 9 x13-inch pan. I’m using this beautiful pan from Staub. Then evenly sprinkle that with half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture and half of the chocolate chips. Be sure not to neglect the sides and corners.

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Next, add the rest of the batter and spread it out with a spatula. (This small offset spatula is my personal favorite for this job.) Then sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture and chocolate chips.

After this, it’s ready for the oven!

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So easy!

I like to let this Chocolate Chip Cake cool a bit before serving. It’s delicious served warm, but it’s equally tasty the next morning with your cup of coffee.

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This Chocolate Chip Cake is not only delicious, but easy to make! #chocolatechipcake #chocolate #cake #cinnamon #dessert #recipe #quick

I think you’re going to love this Chocolate Chip Cake recipe as much as I do. It’s moist and chocolatey, with a pinch of cinnamon. What’s not to love?

Looking for more of my go-to treats? Try these:

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This Chocolate Chip Cake is not only delicious, but easy to make! #chocolatechipcake #chocolate #cake #cinnamon #dessert #recipe #quick

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Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe:

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Chocolate Chip Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, chocolate chip cake, chocolate chips, dessert
Servings: 18
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Layered with moist cake, chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar, this Chocolate Chip Cake is bound to become a new favorite you'll be making again and again.


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 11.5 ounces milk chocolate chips


  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar, with an electric mixer until smooth. (This will take about three minutes.) Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sour cream and vanilla. Beat to combine.
  • Add the prepared dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat to combine. (Usually, this takes about 2 minutes at medium speed.)
  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking dish. Spread in an even layer with a spatula.
  • In a small bowl, prepare the topping by whisking together the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle half of this mixture on the batter. Top with half of the chocolate chips.
  • Add the remaining batter and spread it into an even layer with a spatula. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture and chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Do not overbake.
  • Allow the cake to cool before serving. Cut into 12 pieces for larger servings or 18 pieces for smaller treats.



You can use any type of baking chips. My personal favorite for this recipe is the Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Baking Chips.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 184mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 515IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mg
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  • Becky at

    This looks great! Can’t wait to give it a whirl. Thanks so much for sharing great recipes.

  • Leah at

    Thanks for another doable recipe. I’m going to make this for the fam for Valentine’s Day!

  • Sabrina at

    yum yum, love this as a breakfast cake too, love the cholate chips, thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! Totally works for breakfast / brunch!

      xo Michael

  • Beth at

    Hello, I just want to tell you how much I adore your blog – perfection and beauty-FUL!! Thank you for sharing your fabulous ideas, delicious recipes, DIY’s…OHMYGOSH!! I enjoy reading your blog and your photography is AAHHHMAZING! Just want to say, thank you for all that you do ~ so beautifully! 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You made my day, Beth! Thank you!!

      xo Michael

      • Nora at

        Hi. Can i make this recipe without the sour cream? Or what can i substitute it with? Thank you

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          You can use plain yogurt instead of sour cream. But you must use one or the other. I highly recommend the sour cream.

          xo m\Michael

      • Rita Wallace at


        I do not have brown sugar and sour cream…i do have plain yogurt cups…but it seems to be a little sweet…can I use those instead of sour cream…any substitute for brown sugar

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          I would not recommend substituting the brown sugar. Yogurt can be used for sour cream, but I prefer / recommend sour cream.

          xo Michael

  • Terry at

    Michael, this cake looks delicious! This is very similar to another cake I make which is baked in a bundt pan. I think I will try that. I am new to your blog and I really enjoy your content. Your photography is A+!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Terry!!

      xo Michael

      • Ashley Weyerts at

        Hello I just made this and it was delicious but the batter was very thick and had to be forced to spread almost. Is that normal? I made sure I used the exact measurements but wanted to check

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Both batters should be like what you’d expect. The brownie batter should be like a cake / brownie batter and the chocolate chip should be like a cookie dough batter. Hope that helps!

          xo Michael

  • Gretchen Trumbull (formerly from St. Marys, PA) at

    HI Michael,

    In the beginning comments of your Chocolate Chip Cake, you mention a yellow cake mix, I found that it’s not listed on the ingredients list. Do I use a yellow cake mix or not? I want to make this for our dessert on Wednesday evening.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      No cake mix needed. I mentioned the cake was like a “classic homemade yellow cake”. That’s all.

      xo Michael

  • Carolyn Botkin at

    I came across this recipe on your blog last week and since my 2 grandsons (12/15) were spending the weekend, thought this would be a great time to put it to the test! I’m happy to report it passed with flying colors! It was completely gone w/in 12 hours! …my husband and I did help a “little!” 🙂 This is definitely a keeper! Now I’m thinking I need to try the lemon/blueberry bread! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your blog!!!

    PS – An extra bonus to have a good, basic homemade yellow cake mix!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      This makes me so happy! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Carolyn!

      xo Michael

  • Susan Davey at

    Just made this yesterday. It’s excellent! I’ll be making it again. Thank you.

  • Pat at

    Delish!! I agree that any baked item is a winner when using sour cream….buttermilk too. Thanks so much for sharing! I’m a fairly new follower and the content here is A+. 😊

  • Vikki at

    This cake is soooooooooo good. My husband loves it so much he requested I make it for his birthday, which is today! Thanks to Michael for another fab recipe.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Happy Birthday to your husband!!

      xo Michael

  • Kimberly Eshietedoho at

    This was simply delicious! Had all of the ingredients on hand except the sour cream so I substituted greek yogurt from yogurt flip cups that I had on hand and it worked wonderfully! The kids and husband loved it! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • syakirah at

    can i substitute the sour cream with milk?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      No. You can use yogurt, but I personally prefer sour cream.

      xo Michael.

  • Kimberly Colon at

    I’m making it for the first time it’s in the oven now but, it seems it will need to cook longer than 40mins hope I didn’t screw up anything.

  • Kelley at

    I cooked this for 35minutes and when I checked the middle it was still runny? I did sub out Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for added sweetness. But I used the same measurements. The top looked raised n browned n perfect but it was deceiving. .. I covered it with foil and an giving it another ten minutes. Any one else have this issue?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oven temperatures can vary which is why I recommend testing with a toothpick. If it needs a little longer to bake, that’s no problem at all. It shouldn’t affect the final result. I do recommend avoiding over-baking as you could dry it out. Enjoy the cake!

      xo Michael

    • bea at

      actually, greek yogurt makes a batter take longer to cook than the sour cream–i’m not totally sure why (maybe it depends on the cultures? fat content? water content?), but i read this somewhere and have found it to be true with everything from cake to even pancakes. you’re not alone, don’t worry!

  • Donna at

    I made this cake for my co-workers. It was a big hit! I used Nestle espresso chips instead of plain chocolate chips – OMG. This was my first recipe from your site and now I cannot wait to see what else I can make!. Thank you!!!

  • Salena at

    Fabulous cake!
    Do I need to keep this in the fridge once baked?
    Or can I leave it out in the cupboard?

  • Warwick at

    My daughter decided she wanted a chocolate chip cake for her 10th birthday and this is the recipe that I stumbled upon.

    It was fantastic.

    Easy recipe to follow and it turned out better than I could have hoped. It went down very well with kids and parents alike.

    10/10 will make again.

  • Ivory at

    Yummy, can hardly wait to try this dish. I made a few of your dips and desserts during the holidays. We loved all of them. Thank you, and happy 2021.

  • Kate at

    I made this tonight and it was delicious 😋.

  • Jennifer Lockhart at

    I made this cake and shared it with a few family members, we all absolutely loved it! This will be a go-to for me from now on when I want to share a sweet at work or bring something when visiting friends. I followed the recipe just as written and it couldn’t have turned out more perfect – so moist and full of flavor. Thank you so much for everything you share 🙂

  • Sungyl at

    I love this recipe! But I’ve seen this exact same recipe before at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Did she steal this recipe from you or did you steal this recipe from her?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’ve never heard of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. However, over the years I’ve found that there are many different iterations of the same recipe. I know I didn’t steal it from her since I posted my recipe before hers.

      xo Michael

  • Debbie at

    Hi, Can I use this recipe for a wedding cake? How long can I bake ahead and it staying fresh ?
    Thank you

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