Chocolate Chip Cake with Cinnamon and Sugar

When it comes to dessert, I’ll almost always choose cookies over cake.

chocolate chip cake

In fact, my first birthday after we got married, Bart’s mom made chocolate chip cookies with ice cream and caramel sauce for my birthday instead of a cake and it still ranks in the top 10 most thoughtful things someone has ever done for me.

Cake is pretty much always a distant contender in the dessert category.

But offer me this chocolate chip cake?

chocolate chip cake

And I might even pass up a cookie for it.

It’s the number one most popular cake recipe in our house and the one I always choose for my birthday.

Bonus points because it is super super easy.

Like, dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix, pour in the pan with some cinnamon and chocolate chips easy.

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

chocolate chip cake

There are no strange ingredients and you can literally have it in the oven in 8 minutes, unless your oven is like ours and takes a solid 20 minutes to heat up. And then you have to stand around with your ready-to-bake cake until your oven is hot enough.

The main thing about this chocolate chip cake is not to overbake it.

(I’m sorry to say that when I made it 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. It’s been nearly six years and I’m still a little unhappy about it.)

chocolate chip cake

Chocolate Chip Cake with Cinnamon and Sugar

5 from 18 votes

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cake

This chocolate chip cake with cinnamon is so delicious and couldn't be easier. One bowl and in the oven in less than 10 minutes!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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.

Recipe Notes

(adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe)


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Photos by Heather Mildenstein

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  1. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 5 stars
      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!

  2. 5 stars
    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.

  3. 5 stars
    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.

  4. 5 stars
    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 :)).

  5. 5 stars
    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!

  6. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 5 stars
      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!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this and we all LOVED it! When I came downstairs at 2:00 am to grab the baby a bottle I somehow managed to eat an entire slice in 30 seconds. Should be ashamed of myself, but instead I am proud of my speed and stamina 🙂 Basically this is delicious!

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