Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe – A Birthday Family Favorite

One of the best things about having a food blog is having the ability to be able to save all of our family recipes to a safe-locked place besides in an old book in the second bedroom.  Having said this, sometimes family favorites are favorites because of the nostalgic flood of memories that come along with each bite.  Of course, every family has their own set of a particular family faves. All of us having so much stuff these days means that the best thing you can pass down, in my opinion, are a couple of family keepsakes such as a book of family favorite recipes. My brother and I have a small book of handwritten family recipes and then we’ve added some of our new favorites over the years. We cherish our little family recipe books and use them all of the time.

This is a cake that my husband remembers being baked and served by his Granny in North Carolina.  It came from a Community Church cookbook where everyone shares their favorites, pretty great if you think about it.  Actually, I need to look back through that book and see what else I can find – hopefully it isn’t filled with jello salad recipes that were popular in the Midwest at least!  You know it, even jello salad can be a family favorite recipe – like I said, it can be all about the nostalgia.  Have you heard the word nostalgia stated enough in this post? It had just been too long, I had to get back to this bad word that flowed like butter from the mouths of my fellow grad students back in the day.

Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe

  • 1/4 lb. butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 oz. package of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs. Add sour cream, vanilla and water. Sift flour, resift with baking powder and soda. Add to mixture.  Grease 9×13 inch pan. Spread half of batter in pan (can be a bit hard to spread, but it works). Then sprinkle half of the topping mixture over it.  Spread the remaining batter on top.  Now sprinkle the rest of the topping.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

2 comments… add one
  • Sounds fun; as an old fart trying to keep his arteries clear, I’d wonder if one could sub low-fat yogurt for the sour cream. Might be worth a try.

  • I haven’t tried yogurt for this recipe but let me know if you try it. I imagine it won’t change the taste a whole lot. Yogurt is a bit spicier but I’m sure it would be fine.

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