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Easy Chocolate Chip Cake

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  • Author: Rose
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x


This Easy Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe is a doctored cake mix recipe that is easy and delicious!  Paired with brown sugar buttercream - it's just like eating a cookie!  Take a box of cake mix, add a secret ingredient or two, mix in some mini chocolate chips and it's heaven. This recipe works great as a layer cake or a Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake!


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  1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, flour and instant vanilla pudding mixWhisk together the dry ingredients.  
  2. Add in the water, melted butter, eggs, and sour cream. Mix the dry and wet ingredients on medium speed just until thoroughly combined. 
  3. Stir in the mini chocolate chips gently with a large spoon or rubber spatula.
  4. Divide between two 7-inch or 8-inch prepared pans. Or pour it into a greased bundt pan.
  5. Bake at 325° in the preheated oven for about 38-45 minutes (longer, depending on pan size), until the cake springs back when touched or you can test it in the center with a toothpick. It will also be golden brown on top. If baking in a bundt pan or tube pan, you may need to bake longer, up to 50-60 minutes.
  6. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. If you will be making a layer cake, I recommend filling and frosting with vanilla buttercream or brown sugar buttercream.
  8. To do that, place the first layer on a cake plate, top with the buttercream you choose, then the second layer of cake.
  9. Frost the outside with the same buttercream, then decorate as much or as little as you like. I have a tutorial here for a lines texture on cake.
  10. For a bundt cake, flip the cooled cake out onto a cake plate and enjoy (unless you want to top it with ganache first 🙂 )



  • Boxed mixes:  I much prefer the butter cake mix but a box of yellow cake mix is a perfect substitute and you still get a buttery, vanilla chocolate chip cake. You could (in a pinch) use white cake mix but the flavor will change somewhat.
  • Pudding mixes: for this cake I always use vanilla but you could also use instant cheesecake pudding mix and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the recipe.
  • Sour Cream: plain Greek yogurt works as a great substitution for sour cream.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips: You can use full-size chocolate chips if that's all you have but they tend to sink in the batter and there will be more at the bottom of each layer of cake versus being dispersed throughout evenly.
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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