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The Easiest Chocolate Chip Vanilla Cake Recipe Ever

chocolate chip vanilla cake
Chocolate Chip Vanilla Cake

The best chocolate chip vanilla cake recipe ever combines two classic flavors in the perfect dessert treat. 

This recipe will make your whole house smell like vanilla when it’s baking, and it’s so moist and flavorful you won’t believe how easy it was to make! 

Try this delicious recipe at home tonight and let us know what you think!

Baking Soda

The baking soda used in cakes is a leavening agent that reacts with other ingredients to create air bubbles and make your cake light. 

Your chocolate chip vanilla cake recipe should use 1⁄4 teaspoon of baking soda for every one cup of flour called for, but if you want to add extra flavor to your chocolate chip vanilla cake recipe, try substituting some of your all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. 

If you choose to do so, cut back on baking soda proportionally. For example, if you use half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour, use 1⁄4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon (1 3/8 teaspoons total) instead of 1⁄2 teaspoon.

Baking Powder

Take a good, long look at your baking powder. Most brands have a few months or less before they expire. At that point, they become much less effective as leavening agents and you'll notice your baked goods don't rise as well. 

As an easy fix, check to see how far out of date your baking powder is; most recipes list alternative ingredients for when leavening agents aren't up to snuff (cinnamon and applesauce can do wonders). 

Once you've got fresh baking powder on hand, be sure to use it within three months for the best results. 

If you're not sure about yours, consider buying some new boxes in bulk; chances are pretty good you're going to go through them quickly once you start making baked goods again!

Milk and Vinegar

Do you like chocolate chip vanilla cake? Do you want to bake a cake but don’t have any eggs? Don’t worry, there is an easy fix for it. All you need is milk and vinegar. 

Here are a few steps on how to make your homemade chocolate chip vanilla cake from scratch.

Chocolate Chips

It might seem like chocolate chips are best left to cookies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bake them into the cake. 

Just be sure not to add too many of these sweet nuggets (more than a quarter cup or so); they’ll overpower the flavor of vanilla and your cake will end up tasting like chocolate chip cookies. 

If you want to boost your chocoholic friend's chocolate fix in addition to providing a scrumptious treat, try adding a layer of homemade pudding between two layers of chocolate chip vanilla cake.

Vanilla Extract (Optional)

There are two main options when it comes to vanilla extract: imitation and real. Real vanilla extract contains alcohol and has a shelf life of 18 months to two years. 

Imitation vanilla contains no alcohol, and its shelf life is only six months, but it's a good option for those who are looking for an alternative to real vanilla extract due to allergies or religious reasons. 

If you opt for imitation, make sure you purchase pure imitations; some brands contain oils and additives that will change how your recipe turns out.

Walnuts (Optional)

Walnuts add a nice crunch to vanilla and chocolate cake batter, but if you're allergic to nuts, leave them out. Alternatively, try using sliced almonds or chopped pecans for an extra nutty kick. 

Walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help decrease inflammation and may reduce blood pressure. 

Adding walnuts to your baked goods is also a great way to sneak some added plant protein into your diet—which can be beneficial for muscle recovery after exercise. 

Some research has even suggested that eating walnuts can lower cholesterol in people with high levels of bad LDL cholesterol (which is closely linked with heart disease). 

So consider adding nuts—especially walnuts—to your healthy diet!


  • 225 g (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 200 g (1 cup) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 240 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 200 g (7 0z) chocolate chips

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