The recipe for this buttermilk chocolate chip cake is a family favorite that stands the test of time. You’ll love this chocolate chip cake with ice cream, or just topped with whipped cream and fresh berries!
I don’t want to date myself, but I can’t tell you this story without telling you that The Lizard (our oldest son) is graduating from high school next week.
I honestly don’t feel old enough to have an 18 year old. Maybe it’s just that I don’t feel smart enough to handle the situations and heavy life choices that are going on for him right now.
I don’t even feel old enough to handle my own life choices most days.
The Lizard likes just about everything, so when I ask him what kind of birthday cake he wants, I never know what answer I’m going to get. A couple years ago, he asked for a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, which ended up being a top contender for the best thing I have ever stuffed in my face.
This year, he requested “something with berries.”
Uh… “something with berries?” I replied. “Like a strawberry cake?”
Turns out, he just wanted fresh berries on it somewhere. Not that I can blame him. He was probably remembering how awesome his Chocolate Torte was when we added whipped cream and fresh berries to it.
We ended up deciding on a chocolate chip cake, topped with berries. And I added buttermilk, because, well, you know me.
The Lizard was thrilled with his cake.
I will say this… I would probably prefer this cake with regular old frosting rather than whipped cream. If I had it to do over, I would probably use the frosting from this chocolate cake. But cake with fresh berries is never a bad idea!
It might make me feel better about having a graduating senior in my house!
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 pint whipping cream *(see notes)
- ¼ cup sugar
- fresh berries *(optional)
- Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- Add salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well. Add flour and buttermilk alternately, mixing just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Divide batter evenly between two greased and lined 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Let cakes cool before frosting or topping with whipped cream.
- Whip cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and whip to combine. Spread whipped cream between layers of cake, and on top. Top with fresh berries.