What’s a snack cake? I like to think of it as just a simple cake. Something that is easy to put together, doesn’t really need frosting (but it can be frosted if you like) and it’s got classic, simple flavors. This is a basic chocolate chip snack cake, and it’s super easy to pull together. I know if you have a sweet tooth like me, you’re already missing all the holiday baked goods. I got you.

I ate way too much this year for the holidays, and I’m good with that. Sometimes you need it man. As we’re moving into the new year, it’s still cold outside, and I still want warm, cozy baked goods that give me that sugar rush I’m looking for. This cake is super simple to put together, and it’ll check all the boxes for the season.

How to make Chocolate Chunk Snack Cake

The batter for this cake is super simple- you don’t even have to mix in several steps. Instead, just throw everything except the chocolate into your bowl, and beat until a thick, smooth batter forms. This method doesn’t working for some cake recipes that need the butter or eggs to become airy, but here, the lack of mixing creates a tender result.

For the chocolate, there’s a couple of important notes. First, we’re using chocolate chunks here, and I recommend chopping up a high quality chocolate bar instead of using chocolate chips. When you chop chocolate, you get a variety of sizes to the pieces of chocolate you’ve got, and it works really well in both cookies and cakes.

If you chop up the chocolate a little bit more roughly (like I do) then some of the chocolate will fall to the bottom the cake. In this case, I’m a fan. It creates this little chocolatey layer that I really love. But if you want to make sure they are running through the whole cake, chop it up pretty finely before tossing in flour.

By tossing the chocolate into about 1 tbs of additional flour, you’ll be able to ensure that the smaller pieces bake up evenly throughout the cake batter.

Baking Your Cake

Something that I’ve been doing a lot lately is dusting the tops of my cakes with granulated sugar. This creates this flaky, pappery, crunchy top to the cake that I really love. For this snack cake, I like it without any frosting, so having a little crunch on top is perfect.

I hope you guys enjoy this one! Sometimes you just need a simple cake in a hurry, and I got you here. Happy New Year!

Chocolate Chunk Snack Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (plus 2 tbs, separated)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs. milk
  • 1 cup flour (plus 1 tbs, separated)
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease a round 8-inch cake pan generously. Line with parchment paper if desired. Set aside. 

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, 1/2 cup sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract, milk, 1 cup flour, baking powder, and salt. The batter will be fairly thick, but don't over mix here. You want the ingredients to be just incorporated and smooth. 

  3. In a small bowl, toss the chocolate chunks with the remaining 1 tbs. flour. Fold the entire mixture (including any excess flour) into your batter. Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan. Evenly sprinkle the top with the remaining 2 tbs. sugar. 

  4. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and a cake tester comes out clean. Cool before removing from the pan and slicing to serve. Enjoy! 


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