The BEST Easy Chocolate Chip Cake

Why should cookies get to have all of the fun?  This Chocolate Chip Cake features chocolate chips baked right into the cake! It’s absolutely delicious.

If you love classic vanilla white cake, but you also love all things chocolate chip, then this cake is for you!  The chocolate glaze on top turns it into a double chocolate chip cake that is perfect for parties or celebrations!

Chocolate Chip Cake

Who says cookies get to have all of the fun?  This Chocolate Chip Cake is a great way to celebrate chocolate chips in a different format!  I used my go-to white cake recipe with delicious chocolate chips folded right into the batter. It’s the perfect combo for the vanilla and chocolate lovers.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Why should cookies get to have all of the fun?  This Chocolate Chip Cake features chocolate chips baked right into the cake!

Tips for Making Chocolate Chip Cake:

Baking Pans:

For my chocolate chip cake, I chose to make 4 thin layers of cake.  I simply baked the cakes in two different rounds, but you could also bake 2 thicker layers of cake and then split each layer in half with a large cake knife.

You could also skip the 4 layers entirely and just go with 2 layers – although if you go that route, you’ll want to cut the frosting in half, too.  There’s no need for the extra frosting with only 2 layers of cake…or is there?? 

Chocolate Chips:

If you’re trying to decide which chocolate chips to use, I used semisweet chocolate chips, but you could use mini chocolate chips or any type of chocolate chips!

How to Keep Chocolate Chips from Sinking in Cake:

To avoid all your chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of your cake while it bakes, just simply toss the chocolate chips in a light coating of flour. That will do the trick! One other trick is that mini chocolate chips usually stay put as opposed to regular-sized chocolate chips.

Be sure not to use too many chocolate chips (I’ve found 1 1/4 cups to be perfect) or your cake won’t rise correctly. Just follow the recipe below, and you’ll be just fine!

Frosting/Glaze:

After much debate, I decided to pour a decadent chocolate glaze on top of this cake.  It looks pretty cool, right?

I thought about sprinkling the top of the entire cake with more chocolate chips, but I eventually decided to go the melted route mainly because the chocolate chips could’ve been kinda difficult to eat.  I imagined chocolate chips going all over the floor.  The melted option also looks pretty fun as you get to strategically place drips down the side of the cake.  Yum!

You can certainly use any type of frosting on this chocolate chip cake, it’s perfect for a buttercream, chocolate buttercream, you name it!

Creaming the Butter & Sugar:

To make a light and fluffy cake, be sure to cream the butter and sugar together until it’s pale yellow and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).

slice of chocolate chip cake

 

easy chocolate chip cake slice

If you’re in the mood for a delicious chocolate desserts (and c’mon…when are you NOT in the mood for chocolate dessert!?), then this Chocolate Chip Cake needs to make an appearance in your kitchen.  Enjoy this dessert, my friends!  It’s a tasty one!

Did you bake this Chocolate Chip Cake at home?  Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  I’d love to see your version!  

Why should cookies get to have all of the fun?  This Chocolate Chip Cake features chocolate chips baked right into the cake!

Chocolate Chip Cake

Why should cookies get to have all of the fun?  This Chocolate Chip Cake features chocolate chips baked right into the cake!
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 629kcal

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 additional egg yolks
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 3⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups whole milk
  • cups chocolate chips

For the Frosting

  • cups unsalted butter
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup whole milk

For the Chocolate Glaze

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • {optional decoration: white sprinkles and/or jimmies}

Instructions

For the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour (2) 8” round cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper; set pans aside. (See note)
  • Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 min. on medium speed).
  • Using a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and additional egg yolks. Add egg mixture in 2 additions, mixing fully after each addition.
  • Add baking powder, salt and half of the flour; stir until just combined.
  • Add vegetable oil, vanilla extract and milk; stir until just combined.
  • Add remaining flour and chocolate chips; stir until just combined. (Tip: Don’t forget to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.)
  • Pour ¼ of the batter into each of the 2 prepared cake pans. (Note: The remaining batter will be used once the first round of cakes is baked.)
  • Bake 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean.
  • Let cakes cool for 10 minutes in pan before turning them out onto a cooling rack. Repeat baking process with the remaining batter.

For the Frosting

  • Using an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add butter and beat on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes, or until pale in color.
  • Add half of the powdered sugar; beat on low until well combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 3-4 minutes. Repeat using remaining powdered sugar.
  • Add vanilla, salt and half of the milk; beat on low until well combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 3-4 minutes. Repeat using remaining milk.
  • Place one layer of cake on serving platter or cake stand. (Tip: Don’t forget to remove parchment paper underneath!)
  • Spread ~⅓ of frosting evenly on top of cake layer.
  • Repeat, alternating between layers of cake and frosting. Do not frost top of cake.

For the Glaze

  • Heat about 1" of water in a medium saucepan until it begins to simmer slightly. Place a small, heat-proof bowl over the saucepan. Add all of the ingredients (chocolate, butter, corn syrup and water) to the bowl, and stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove mixture from heat and allow it to cool at room temperature for 20 minutes before pouring over cake.
  • {Optional: While glaze is still wet, sprinkle top of cake with white sprinkles or jimmies.}
  • Let glaze cool completely before slicing cake.

Notes

In order to produce thinner layers of cake that look more like cookies, this recipe calls for 4 layers of cake.  I simply baked the cake layers in 2 rounds as I don’t have 4 cake pans.

chocolate chip cake with chocolate glaze

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34 Comments

    1. Yeah, the spat of break-ins was strange. I think they ended up catching the guy – he had been released from jail like a month earlier. :-/ But still, it was enough to make us feel a little uneasy. And to see the doorbell camera footage of people with masks checking out your door at 3am? That was all it took for me to get a camera! Of course, we’ve only caught birds, fox and a couple reindeer at Christmas time so far. Haha!

      Either way, chocolate chip cake = good.

  1. 5 stars
    Fun to see animals in the camera. 🙂 We have a Ring for the same reasons.
    Love chocolate chips in a cake! Makes it even better — like ice cream with chunks of cookies or chocolate. ~Valentina

    1. I always laugh when I see birds sitting on the camera or checking it out. And we’ve had a nightly fox who likes to walk through our front yard lately. Either way, this cake is a winner! I just wish I had some more of it left. Haha!

  2. 5 stars
    Congrats David! Well I certainly hope you won’t have any suspicious folks around your house, but you can now see rabbits on your camera. I recall these culprits eat your crops, so now you can have some valid evidence haha.
    These cake looks delicious. Even though I prefer cakes with thinner layers, I totally wouldn’t mind having a huge slice of it! 🙂

    1. Yup, those rabbits did indeed mow down our garden in previous years. Now we’ve just given up and only plant things the creatures don’t mind – namely tomatoes and jalapenos. 🙂 And this cake? Delicious! You should recreate it with 8 layers instead of 4. Come on…you know you want to!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh I do love some chocolate chips! 🙂 This cake looks absolutely superb, David! I know this would make any member of my family happy, so I will have to get on to making it soon!

  4. yum yum david. that cake looks tasty (and toothsome – my fave word du jour). tho i must say i like my icing to equal the amount of cake – tee hee. we have had a spate of robberies and break-ins here too in our local neighbourhood. very scary.. they even break in during the night when people are asleep. terrifying! take care Sherry

    1. Toothsome – I like that! 🙂 You sound like Laura when it comes to cake. She always says a cake is just a vessel for frosting. Hah! Yeah, we had that round of breakins and stuff at night, and it was pretty scary. That’s what led me to get the cameras. And now I see everything that happens outside – including the local fox who wanders by our front door each night. Haha!

      1. we don’t have foxes in brisbane (I think) but we do have possums and fruit bats and crazy birds that fly over at midnight with their mournful cries…

        1. Hmmm…the fox here looks pretty much like an oversized cat. I actually saw him one day jump flat-footed over our 5′ high fence. Crazy!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow!!!! I need a slice of this ASAP!!!! Absolutely beautiful presentation, I love that chocolate glaze drizzle on top, excellent choice 👍😋 No such thing as extra frosting in our house! My daughter and I see to that haha, I can tell that this cake would disappear over here faster than I care to admit! So delicious David, I need to make this. (And how lucky it wasn’t Laura’s car in the smash and grab. That is so heartbreaking that there are those out there that take advantage of us dropping our little ones off at school. Glad you and your family have remained safe at home as well!)

    1. Thank you so much, Shannon! Never underestimate the power of a good chocolate glaze/drizzle. 🙂 So this cake disappeared super quickly around here, too. It was delicious!

      And as far as the smash-and-grab stuff, that was super scary. I mean they’re right that most folks leave purses/laptops/etc in their cars when they run in to drop their kids off, but that’s still insane. Either way, the cameras are up now, and we can see what happens in our front yard at night…including the local fox who wanders by around 11pm each night. Haha!

  6. 5 stars
    Scary stuff indeed! That footage of the bird is cute, though! Good idea glazing this one with chocolate…I mean, chocolate, right 😉 ?? I can see why the size of the cake kept getting reduced…it looks so darn good. It wouldn’t last too long around me…heck I don’t even know if I’d make it to the pics, lol. Another delicious one, my friend 🙂 Pinned! Hope you’re having a wonderful week and staying safe!

    1. Haha! Yup, I laughed when I the notice came through on my phone and I logged in to see that bird. We also caught reindeer on there! We installed these right before Christmas, and ~5 deer walked through the yard one night. We showed it to Robbie and told him it was Santa’s reindeer! 🙂 Thanks for pinning this one, Dawn. I appreciate it!!

  7. 5 stars
    David, that looked to be a close call with that bird. Did it smash into your Arlo camera?
    Your chocolate chip cake looks mighty tasty and I bet we’d see a high level of shrinkage here as well.
    You know, long ago when I was a kid, we never locked our doors to the house or our car. But, as I said that was long ago. Here, you bet we lock up and check it every night before going to bed.

    1. Haha! So that bird never actually smashed into the camera. It just hovered right in front of it checking it out, then it flew off on its merry way. 🙂 It’s a crazy world we live in now for sure, but I’ve always grown up locking the house doors. I do have some rancher friends who say they don’t look their doors, but then again they live out in the middle of absolute nowhere. The only thing they have to worry about is a cow sneaking in during the middle of the night!

  8. First of all, the cake looks great. I’ve never baked a cake with chip, but I’ve always thought it would fun. I love the rustic way you decorated it, and the chocolate drizzle makes it perfect.

    Secondly, in the summers, I spend my time in a place where people ride their bikes to the grocery store, and just leave them unlocked in the bike rack while they’re shopping. Unbelievable, and also wonderful. On the other hand, I once rode my bike to the store here in Chicago, locked it to a rack, walked into the store, realized I’d rather leave my helmet locked to the bike, walked right back out to my bike (having been in the store for all of literally 10 seconds), and someone had already broken my lock and run off with my bike.

    1. Thanks so much, Jeff. I enjoyed the chocolate chips in this one, and the chocolate drizzle? Yup. The rustic decoration is a fun one, too…you don’t have to be so perfect with it.

      That’s awesome that folks are able to leave their bikes unlocked up there – it’s Michigan, right? I had 2 bikes stolen when I was a kid. One was because I forgot to lock it, the other was because they cut the lock. That’s insane that you had a bike stolen in 10 seconds!? You could probably still see the guy riding away. What the heck!

  9. 5 stars
    This is a wise decision to install Security cameras David. And I love this cake. You one of my favourite thing about your cakes is The TEXTURE. I mean All of your cakes looks moist and soft. Want to know the secret 😉

    1. Haha! Thanks so much, Priya. 🙂 I don’t know if I have a secret so much as I just land on a good recipe and then keep it. I highly recommend this white cake recipe – it’s delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    What a great front yard you have! I don’t like the idea of all those break-ins and hopefully they will catch the culprits! I do like the idea of this yummy cake! 🙂 It looks like a perfect little treat for a party or just when we need cake!

    1. Thanks, Kathy! That’s really kind of you. 🙂 Yeah, those break-ins were a little scary, but they did end up catching the guy. Turns out he had been released from jail like a month before. Things seem to have quieted down now at least…perhaps even robbers are social distancing?

      Also, we can always use cake, right? In fact, I could use a slice right now! (We just got 2 puppies yesterday…and we’re a little bit tired to say the least. Haha.)

  11. 5 stars
    My neighbors post those scary videos on Nextdoor too. I had to stop checking the app because I was so freaked out, and I’ve definitely been considering getting security cameras. Changing gears, this chocolate chip cake looks awesome! You’re so right–cakes deserve some chocolate chip love too!

    1. Yes! I totally had to stop checking the app, too. They caught the guy here in our area, so that helped…but some of the posts on Nextdoor just leave you shaking your head. I don’t have time to read all of that! If you are thinking about cameras, though, I highly recommend the ones I linked here. (It is an affiliate link, fyi.) However, they’re great. They’ve been up about 4-5 months now, and I would definitely buy these again. Shoot me an email if you have questions, though.

      In other news, cake. We all need cake right now. Lots and lots of cake. 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    Sounds like a good idea to have the security cameras, David. Thieves are so frustrating – such a violating thing to do. And, really? Smash and grab at daycares? Ugh.

    On the bright side though, this cake! I’d love to have a big slice of it for dessert tonight!

    1. I know! Smash and grab at darcare feels like the lowest of the low. I mean I sorta get why as I’ve seen so many people leave purses and laptops in the front seat. In fact, a lot of parents leave their cars running, too. Seriously!?

      Anyways, I support cake. Lots of cake. This one was definitely a winner in our house! 🙂

  13. Yes, who forgets to lock their house……more than a few times…. Glad you guys didn’t get hit, but a cool idea for the cameras. Also, love the chocolate chip cake. I bet my boys would love to help ‘make’ (er eat) this.

    1. Haha! You don’t speak from experience here, right? 🙂 I’m not gonna lie. There have been 1-2 times when we’ve come downstairs in the morning to find that we left the garage open all night. It usually happens in the summer when we’re working outside and then just forget to close the door. Either way, the cameras are nice! Also, this chocolate chip cake. It’s worth making (and eating)!

  14. 5 stars
    We don’t have security cameras (yet) but we do have a full burglar alarm system. Its kind of essential. But I hope I don’t have to get cameras too! Great chocolate cake David. I’ve been sneaking more chocolate into my lockdown diet recently. Well, that and wine. Ha ha!

    1. We have an alarm system in the house here, too, but I like the cameras outside so much better. I’m always afraid I’ll set off the indoor alarm by mistake! And I totally understand your comment about chocolate and wine during the lockdown. You gotta have something to look forward to! 🙂 Cheers!

  15. 5 stars
    Laura had a close call! She must have been so freaked out! I’m so glad y’all finally got a camera system – I used to work at the local PD and camera footage when it comes to even attempted burglaries is invaluable!
    Are y’all also on the Neighbors app by Ring? You don’t have to be a Ring customer to be on Neighbors. They let you see crimes reported within a radius of your home and I love that fact. Speaking of Ring, they have an inexpensive indoor camera that would have caught you cutting off slices of this delightful chocolate chip layer cake and wondering why it was getting smaller! 🙂 BTW – love that chocolate glaze – and you are spot on – I don’t think we’ve ever NOT been in the mood for chocolate!
    BTW, I’m heating up my drone to send up north for some contactless stealing of a slice of this cake! 🙂

    1. Oh, it was so scary when that happened. Laura actually heard the window break. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of us installing the cameras. So far we haven’t really needed them, but I do get to see all sorts of wildlife. Haha!

      So I haven’t heard of Neighbors by Ring. I’ll have to look that up as soon as I finish this comment, Shashi. We thought about Ring, but then ended up opting for the motion-sensor Arlo cameras instead. Either way, send that drone on up. We’ve been baking nonstop lately, and I don’t have a way to eat it all!!

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