Desserts Recipes

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cake

I have loved Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for about four years now. I’ve made dozens and dozens of recipes from her blog, and they never disappoint (I’ve made exactly one dud and that was definitely user error).

This cake recipe is one I’ve made over and over again, and it’s probably Bart’s very favorite cake.

Also, it’s super super easy. Dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix, pour in the pan with some cinnamon and chocolate chips.

It’s best served with ice cream (of course! what isn’t?) but it’s lovely on its own too.

The main thing is not to overbake it (I’m sorry to say that when I made it most recently, when Preethi and her family were over, I did slightly overbake it and it was a tad dry. Do I ever do that when I’m making it just for our family? No. Only when there is company. And I didn’t even have ice cream).


Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 9x13 pan
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 1 cup flour I frankly like this cake best with half white and half white-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon/sugar mixture
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all ingredients (except the cinnamon/sugar and chocolate chips). Beat on low for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for 3 more minutes on medium.
  3. Pour half the batter into the prepared cake pan and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips on top. Pour the remaining batter over the first layer, cover with the remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture and finish with the remaining chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs. Don't overbake! Serve warm.


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  • Reply Amber January 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I LOVE Mel's kitchen cafe. And this came looks delicious- ill have to try it

  • Reply Amy January 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Cinnamon and chocolate? Sign me up! I haven't been doing any baking since Christmas; I think this will be a good recipe to get me back into it.

  • Reply Stephanie T January 23, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    You sold me with your smaller recipe and the half wheat/half white flour. Can't wait to try it!

    • Reply Stephanie T February 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      My family gobbled this up for FHE. It has now become the requested cake for not one, but two of my children's birthdays. Thanks!

  • Reply Peaceful Reader January 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I love Mel's Kitchen Cafe as well. This cake looks like a perfect kid-friendly dessert.

  • Reply Rachel January 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Yum, this is one of my all-time favorite desserts! I first had it when I was babysitting one night–it was sitting on the counter missing one or two slices, and I took a teensy tiny little slice that no one would notice missing, and it was so delicious that I couldn't resist . . . I think they came home to a half-eaten cake. They were very tactful and didn't say anything, but the recipe and another cake showed up on my doorstep a few nights later 🙂 I've loved it ever since and now you've reminded me that I haven't made it in months! I think I'll make it today.

  • Reply Katie January 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Looks delicious!

  • Reply Cami and Juan January 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    This is so good!

  • Reply Packrat January 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. Why is it that a "tried & true" isn't true when one has company? lol

  • Reply Audrey January 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Just checked and I have all the ingredients……making this tonight!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Chrissie January 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I remember you posting about this cake before and I've been meaning to try it. It seriously looks scrumptious! Cinnamon and chocolate are two of my favorites, so you just can't go wrong.

  • Reply Rachel January 24, 2013 at 12:18 am

    So we've been having "one of those weeks" with a sick baby and miserably cold weather. Loved stumbling on this post and discovering that I had all the ingredients in the house. The verdict – this cake rocks. I wish I had an occasion to share it (alas – all the germs brewing over here = no plans…I guess I'll have to eat it myself :)).

  • Reply C January 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    This looks sooo good! Can't wait to try it. I just started following Mel after I realized I had pinned an inordinate amount of her recipes to my recipe boards in pinterest :), and loving her blog!

  • Reply Chelsea January 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Mmmmmm, that sounds tasty! I'm going to have to try this one!

  • Reply Meg February 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    My daughter and I made this cake and it was delicious! I have a question for you about serving it. When I tried to slice it and remove a piece, it pretty much fell apart on the way to the plate. Which didn't affect the taste, just the appearance. The rest of the pieces looked a bit more put together, but still pretty soft and falling apart. I was wondering if that happens to you too? Or do you have any tips about it not doing that if I ever served it to formal company? Even if there is no fix, I will be making this again for my family who couldn't care less about the appearance!

    • Reply Janssen February 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Hmm, I don't know what to tell you. I feel like it usually holds together pretty well for me, despite being a very soft cake. At least it tastes good!

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