Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

This doesn’t make the prettiest cake. I mean, it is a simple snack cake after all. But, let’s say you want to jazz it up a bit. You could! You could add a little frosting on top (chocolate or vanilla…maybe even a fancy caramel one?). Maybe some ganache? Just a bit of melted chocolate? Or you could leave it plain. Serve it with ice cream? Just warm it in the microwave for a gooey treat? (That last idea was my favorite.) Decide what you want to do.

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I had no idea how this would look before I made it. I used a recipe from an out-of-print book that attributed the recipe to Nestle Tollhouse. They didn’t include a picture, and I did change it a bit, so who knows. Maybe theirs was prettier. We know I don’t usually make things pretty. Except for when I do.

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The texture is a bit dense and moist–kind of like a muffin. Not a fluffy cake, but I would say a fluffy, soft muffin. The streusel is more of a background flavor, so if you want more cinnamon in your cake, you should add more than the recipe says.

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You could also make a chocolate cinnamon cake that Dorie Greenspan has a recipe for…I made it, and we ate it…and I forgot to write about it. Oops. 🙂

Directions for Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Adapted from Nestle Tollhouse

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons flour, plus 1.75 cups
  • 2 Tablespoons cold butter, chopped into half-inch pieces (plus more butter below)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened, cut into Tablespoon-sized pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 pan with foil and baking spray.

With a pastry blender, two knives, or your fingers, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 2 Tablespoons flour. Then combine with the 2 Tablespoons of butter and ¼ cup of the chocolate chips. Place in a bowl in the freezer while you continue.

Beat the granulated sugar and softened butter in a mixer until light and fluffy.

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Meanwhile, stir together the 1.75 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Stir the vanilla into the sugar/butter mixture, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the flour mixture and yogurt, alternating, starting and ending with the flour mixture.

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Fold in the remaining chocolate chips.

Spread the batter in the baking pan, then top with the brown sugar mixture from the freezer.

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Bake for 25-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

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Directions for Chocolate Chip Snack Cake (without pictures)

Adapted from Nestle Tollhouse

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons flour, plus 1.75 cups
  • 2 Tablespoons cold butter, chopped into half-inch pieces (plus more butter below)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened, cut into Tablespoon-sized pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 pan with foil and baking spray.

With a pastry blender, two knives, or your fingers, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 2 Tablespoons flour. Then combine with the 2 Tablespoons of butter and ¼ cup of the chocolate chips. Place in a bowl in the freezer while you continue.

Beat the granulated sugar and softened butter in a mixer until light and fluffy. Meanwhile, stir together the 1.75 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Stir the vanilla into the sugar/butter mixture, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the flour mixture and yogurt, alternating, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Fold in the remaining chocolate chips.

Spread the batter in the baking pan, then top with the brown sugar mixture from the freezer. Bake for 25-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

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