Easy Chocolate Chip Cake

The chocolate chips pair with the buttery flavor of this yellow cake mix to make an irresistible cake.

Our Chocolate Chip Cake recipe is popular with teenagers and family members of all ages on any occasion!

Several pieces cut out of a delicious cake filled with chocolate chips with another layer of chips on top.

A Delicious Twist On A Box Of Cake Mix

Also known as a Chocolate Chip Snack Cake Recipe, this recipe is so easy to make. We tested variations of this chocolate chip cake when our teenage son went to a weekend leadership camp and all attendees were invited to bring snacks to share. 

Moist with a vanilla undertone from the instant pudding being added, the cake texture takes this dessert to the next level of enjoyable! This snack cake can be eaten with a fork or smaller pieces can be picked up with your hand and enjoyed on the go.

Similar to our other super fast desserts that start with a box mix and easy to customize, we like to mix up this snack cake with our Cake Mix Cookies and Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake when we crave something sweet.

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Overhead view of moist and delicious chocolate chip snack cake on a white plate with a fork and full cake dish in the background.

Why This Chocolate Chip Cake Is Worth Making 

  • While this may not be a recipe you’ve had often, one bite and you’ll enjoy the familiar flavors!
  • No frosting necessary, just grab a bite of this easy cake a your craving will be satisfied with the snack or dessert.
  • Easy to make last minute to share at a potluck this chocolate chip cake from a box mix is super delicious!
  • Just like our Black Forest Cherry Bundt Cake this recipe bakes well in a bundt pan.
Piece of warm chocolate chip cake with lots of mini chips on top and throughout the cake being lifted above the glass dish.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Yellow Cake Mix or Butter Golden Cake Mix both work well. We typically use the classic yellow as we’re adding other dairy products for that deeper flavor.
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix – We like how vanilla compliments the cake, for more of a contrasting flavor try using a box of chocolate pudding mix.
  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt –  is what we typically have on hand and the vanilla compliments the yellow cake mix. Sour cream also works fine and keeps the cake extra moist.
  • Eggs – add richness and help the cake rise.
  • Water – if you want to make this a chocolate cake with chocolate chips then use coffee instead of water to enhance the chocolate flavor. In a yellow cake we use water.
  • Vegetable Oil – Canola oil is equal.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – the best way to go, avoid the typical size chips if at all possible at they will sink and create craters on the cake instead of the beautiful chocolate layer.
Ingredients to make chocolate chip cake are a classic yellow cake mix, chocolate chips, eggs, vegetable oil, sour cream or Greek yogurt and instant vanilla pudding on a brown wooden counter top.

Mini Chips Versus Regular Sized Chocolate Chips

We experimented using mini chocolate chips and regular sized semi-sweet chocolate chips.

The outcome was very different. Both options taste fine, but the mini chips are the winner hands down!

The larger chips sink to the bottom and don’t distribute the chocolatey flavor as uniformly throughout the cake.

Chocolate chips sunk down into a yellow cake and made a layer at the bottom on a blue napkin.

The mini chips disperse more evenly, stay spread out and a nice layer sits on top while baking giving a better distribution of flavor but a stronger eye appeal as well.

Step By Step Instructions

In a mixing bowl stir together cake mix, eggs, instant pudding, sour cream, oil and water.

Eggs, instant vanilla pudding, Greek yogurt and a box of cake mix in a mixing bowl.

Mix well. I typically use an electric mixer to make the job easier.

Then add half of the chocolate chips. Reserve some to sprinkle on top.

Chocolate chips added to yellow cake mix batter in a silver bowl.

Stir it up again!

Spatula stirring chocolate chips into cake batter in a mixing bowl.

Pour into a 9 x 13″ pan coated with non-stick spray.

Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.

Chocolate chips sprinkled on top of chocolate chip cake batter in a 9x13" glass dish.

Bake in an oven preheated to 350℉ for 35 to 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Overhead view of chocolate chips baked on top of a chocolate chip cake on a blue napkin.

Tastes great with gooey chocolate while warm or at room temperature.

Store in a dish with a tightly sealing lid or another air tight container in the refrigerator (since the cake is so moist) for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

Moist piece of yellow snack cake loaded with mini chocolate chips with more on top and the full dish of cake in the background.

More Classic Dessert Recipes

Lemon Delight has a bright, citrusy spin on the popular Chocolate Delight.

Rhubarb Crunch and Raspberry Pretzel Salad both have simple ingredients to make old-fashioned favorites!

Sour Cream Coconut Cake is another great box mix recipe to make ahead of time and enjoy later.

Warm chocolate chips melted into a piece of moist yellow cake from a box mix on a white plate.

Chocolate Chip Cake

Servings 16 pieces
Author: Jennifer
The chocolate chips pair with the buttery flavor of this yellow cake mix to make an irresistible cake.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 15.25 ounce box Yellow butter cake mix
  • 3.4 ounce box Instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 12 ounces mini semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350℉ and coat a 9 x 13" pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl beat together cake mix, instant pudding mix, lightly beaten eggs, water, oil and yogurt.
    15.25 ounce box Yellow butter cake mix, 3.4 ounce box Instant vanilla pudding, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • Add HALF of the chocolate chips and stir again.
    12 ounces mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • Pour into the dish and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake for 35 – 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 254mgPotassium: 163mgFiber: 2gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 56IUCalcium: 89mgIron: 2mg

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