Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake is a quick and easy dessert dream!

slice of Chocolate Chip Snack Cake on a white plate

I’m a big believer in simple recipes. If I were to guess, I’d say that the majority of you are believers, too. Dessert doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. Who’s with me?

I made this cake with a couple of my favorite ingredients, chocolate and pecans. The cake itself is packed with brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon for a little something extra.

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake in a metal baking pan

The frosting, if we can dare call it that, is the very simplest kind imaginable. Placing chocolate chips on the warm cake will yield a rich, sweet topping. If you want to simplify even further, the cake is good enough on its own to make the frosting optional.

This little cake is a great example of baking simplicity. It’s quick to mix and easy to love. You can feel comfortable serving this as anything from an after-school snack to a post-dinner dessert to a late-night snack. Just serve it right out of the baking pan.

Find more cake recipes in the Recipe Index.

More Chocolate Chip Cake Recipes

Yield: 12 to 16 servings

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake is a simple and delicious cake that is quick to mix and easy to love!

slice of Chocolate Chip Snack Cake on a white plate


  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softenend
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (113g) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (85g) + 3/4 cup (127g) chocolate chips*
  • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in the sour cream. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and the pecans.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake 28-32 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Set the pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle 3/4 cup chocolate chips on top of the warm cake. Wait 5 minutes. Then, using an offset spatula, spread the chocolate to cover top of cake. Allow the cake to cool completely.


*Use any kind of chocolate chips you'd like.  If you're going to frost the cake, I recommend semisweet chips in the cake and for the frosting.  Without the frosting, milk chocolate chips work well in the cake.

Recommended Products

Bake or Break is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

This recipe was originally developed for Go Bold with Butter, where I am a paid contributor.

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Share this: