Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Jennifer, Bake or Break

Some of my favorite cake recipes are the simple ones. You don’t have to make an elaborate layer cake to have something special. Snack cakes, to me, are everyday cakes. The kind you can serve right out of the baking pan.

This particular cake features a couple of my favorite add-ins: chocolate and pecans. Packed with brown sugar and topped off with even more chocolate, this cake is a great sweet treat you can have mixed up and in the oven in a matter of minutes.

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

By Jennifer
Makes 1 8-inch square cake


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softenend
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup + 3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Mix in vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in sour cream. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and pecans.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 28-32 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Set cake on wire rack. Sprinkle 3/4 cup chocolate chips on top of warm cake. Wait 5 minutes. Then, using an offset spatula, spread chocolate to cover top of cake. Allow cake to cool completely.

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  1. lisa rainford said:

    I have a person in my family that has a allergy that sour cream triggers. is there somthing I can replace it with in this recipe or can I ommit it?

  2. realbutter said:


    Can your family member have plain yogurt? If so, you should be able to use it in place of sour cream.

  3. Trisha Strohmetz said:

    Instead of using the chocolet chips on top, can I replace this to a regular icing??

  4. Heather Howe said:

    Instead of sour cream, you could use buttermilk or buttermilk mixed with thick Greek yogurt.
    Hope this helps.