Chocolate Chip Cake

July 8, 2020
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I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I’m not a huge fan of cake frosting. There are exceptions of course, (I do love cream cheese frosting) but I prefer more of a glaze or a ganache on my cake instead of traditional cake frosting. Mom’s Chocolate Cake is the cake my Mom has made on my birthday every year since I can remember because it is my absolute favorite. About 10 years ago, I made the cake but used vanilla cake mix and vanilla pudding instead of chocolate. It was incredible and I’ve been making it ever since. Half the time I use powdered sugar on top and the other half of the time I use chocolate ganache. The ganache is super rich and makes the cake even more decadent. I am turning 30 this weekend and will 100% be eating this cake.


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 box vanilla pudding mix (2/3 cup)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar for topping OR chocolate ganache (see recipe below)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place all ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, into the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl and use a handheld mixer). Mix for several minutes until all the ingredients are fully incorporated. Then fold in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into a well-greased angel food cake pan and bake for 50-55 minutes.  Once cake has cooled, remove from pan and onto a cake stand. Then either sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Ganache


  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


Place the chocolate and heavy whipping cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and allow the ganache to cool slightly and thicken a bit (I like it on the thicker side). Then pour the ganache over the cake and garnish with fresh berries.


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