Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Easy Chocolate Chip Cake, Part 2


It’s been an interesting summer around the Adams/Craig household.

My son has been away for almost all of the summer break so far. He’s the one who’s the eating machine in our home. No food stands a chance against a 14 year old boy.

It’s given my daughter and me the luxury of cooking some food that won’t be gone by the time we finish cooking it!

My daughter really enjoys the whole cooking process and has brought some of the fun of it back to me (I tend to be wildly busy, throwing ingredients together like a madwoman.)

Recently, she went through the entire process herself. She found one of my recipes that she wanted to cook, rode to the store with me, found the ingredients, mixed them all up, and put it in the oven. I tried to stay on the sidelines.

The reason why the cake she chose is a Part 2 (as the title of the post states) is because Krista made an absolutely fabulous chocolate chip coffee cake just a week ago! My daughter would like to try that one, too. :)

The one I’m sharing today is slightly different from Krista’s cake (and it’s got a lot more ‘cheats’ in it, like cake mix…which means it might be a good choice for cooks under the age of 10, which is what we have here.) My daughter was able to make it entirely herself, although at one point I did make sure that she’d stirred all the lumps out of the batter. She had—it was just me being Type A!


Easy Chocolate Chip Cake

1 yellow cake mix with pudding included
1 small box instant pudding
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup water
8 oz. container sour cream (I did use light)
4 eggs
6 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan.
Mix the cake mix, instant pudding mix, and sugar together. Then add the remaining ingredients. Cook for 1 hour at 350.


It’s very simple, and very moist. My daughter enjoyed it for a couple of days…just little bites here and there. Then my son came back from a week away and ate it in a day. :) Sigh.

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  1. Another easy recipe. I never understood, but why add sour cream to the cake?

  2. Dru--I *think* it's a substitute for using oil (in which case you could also substitute plain yogurt or maybe even applesauce.) But some of my fellow Mystery Loving cooks may have additional ideas!

  3. Adding Sour Cream (I think) adds that spongy moistness that a single layer box cake can get. Since it is soo thick, making a box mix in a single layer can make for a dense cake. i can see from he photos that the cake has those pretty holes that scream... moist, spongy and double chocolate... whoo whoo

    So, fudge sauce, whipped cream or ice cream to top???

    Or all three????????

  4. Dave--Thank you! Yes, it's very, very moist and we'll say the sour cream is the reason!

    And...yes! Fudge sauce, whipped cream, AND ice cream! Why not?

  5. A lovely, easy recipe and a beautiful result! Your daughter did a terrific job.

    I'll second Dave - the sour cream brings moistness, tenderness, and added richness and complexity to a boxed cake mix. It's a stellar idea that many home bakers use. (And LOL on the boy wonder chowing down on your efforts in record time!)

    Bake with joy,
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  6. That is good to know! Sometimes I don't really understand the 'why' part of the cooking experience!

    The nice thing is how *proud* my daughter was. She knew she'd done it all herself and that it was good! A happy moment. :)

  7. How very exciting that your daughter has found another way to express her creativity...especially since it sweetens the entire family's day!!!

    I look forward to making this a "go-to" recipe when I begin hearing grumbles around here that we have "absolutely nothing good to eat" in the house!!!

    Big hugs to lil' Riley/Elizabeth!!!

  8. Nanc--She loves being creative! And we love that she loves baking. :)

    It's an easy go-to recipe...easy to keep the boxes in the pantry!

  9. Riley, love the sour cream addition. That probably adds a ton of moisture! Good for you and your daughter.

    And congrats on Finger Lickin' doing so well!


  10. Avery--Thanks! And...sour cream, like bacon, makes everything better! ( thinking about combining some bacon and sour cream for a dip...)