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Chocolate Chip Cake.

Do you have one of those family recipes that is a given menu item at every gathering? My husband’s family always makes a special chocolate cake with chocolate sauce, our neighbors growing up always served rice krispy treats at every birthday party, and at our house that dessert item is Chocolate Chip Cake. This cake is the one that gets requested by everyone for their birthdays, and it’s such a crowd-pleaser. I think the sour cream batter is what makes it so addictive. It’s one of the recipes that’s been around forever — so long in fact that I wasn’t even sure where it came from. I had to call my mom, who in turn had to call my grandmother to find out. It turns out it was from a neighbor of my grandparents who made the cake for parties, no frosting meant it was less messy for the kids! And now it’s my turn to pass it along, full recipe below! (PS: see that lovely cake stand pictured? I’m partnering with the fine folks at AHeirloom to give one away on my instagram account this week — be sure to head over to enter to win!)Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar, plus 1/4 cup for topping
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1.5 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 package of chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cream together 1 stick of butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 eggs with an electric mixer.
  • Add in 1 cup of sour cream and 2 tsp of vanilla extract, continue to mix together.
  • Sift 2 cups of flour, 1.5 tsp of baking powder, and 1 tsp of baking soda; stir dry mixture into wet ingredients.
  • Pour half of the batter into a 9×13 baking dish and then layer half of the chocolate chips on top.
  • Add second half of batter and top with the rest of the chocolate chips. Sprinkle the top with 1/4 of sugar.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, let the cake cool before cutting.

7 responses to “Chocolate Chip Cake.

  1. onenessnow March 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Yes this is true … I have had this cake and it is wonderful.. and so easy .. try it .. you and your family will enjoy it Ann Emerson

  2. Alex Byer (@alexbyersays) March 10, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Yum yum yum! Definitely going to give this a try sometime soon!

  3. Mara March 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I am SALIVATING. Need to make this soon.

  4. Jenna at Boston Chic Party March 10, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing your family favorite, Kate 🙂

  5. Foodfellowshipandwine March 12, 2015 at 4:13 am

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  7. missmilabilasprettyfaces March 19, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Looks absolutely delicious! I will definitely have to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing:)

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