Hot Tip: All you have to do to get my full attention is say “family recipe.” It took me way too long to make this family recipe that my dear friend, Liz Perskie, told me about many times and, once I did, I pulled the "Why didn't I make this sooner?!" card. In Liz's family, “celebration cake” is interchangeable with “funeral cake” as they've gotten through many a shiva by eating it as a source of comfort and connection, which IMO, is the only reason we even eat food. There's nothing better, especially when it’s this moist.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
2 cups flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
12 oz. bag of chocolate chips
WHAT YOU'LL DO
Preheat oven to 350º.
Sift 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and ½ teaspoon baking powder into a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, cream ½ cup butter and 1 cup sugar together. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, and beat until light and fluffy. Mix in 1 cup sour cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla on low, then slowly add the dry ingredients until fully combined.
Butter and flour a 10x10” or 13x9” pan. Pour in half the batter and spread.
In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar.
Sprinkle half the cinnamon sugar and half the chocolate chips on the batter. Add the rest of the batter in dollops and spread. Top with remaining cinnamon sugar and chocolate chips.
Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.
Serve warm from the pan with freezing cold ice cream, and go to heaven.
Store wrapped in pan or frozen in the freezer.
Note: I would NOT substitute the sour cream here as it truly makes the entire cake, but if you must, full fat greek yogurt works as a substitute.
Also, adding nuts to this cake is absolutely not a bad idea!
*Gluten free All Purpose 1:1 flour works in this recipe.
Make it step-by-step with me below!
Grab a large bowl and your sifter.
1. Sift 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon baking powder.
2. Set bowl aside.
For this next part you can use a stand mixer (hi!), a hand mixer, or a wooden spoon and your gorgeous biceps.
3. Cream 1 stick butter and 1 cup sugar together.
4. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, and beat until light and fluffy.
5. Mix in 1 cup sour cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla on low.
6. Then slowly add the dry ingredients until fully combined.
7. Mix 2 tablespoons cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl.
8. Butter and flour a 10x10” or 13x9” pan.
9. Pour in half the batter and spread.
10. Sprinkle half the cinnamon sugar and half the chocolate chips on the batter.
11. Add the rest of the batter in dollops and spread.
12. The dollops help with spreading the top layer.
13. Top with remaining cinnamon sugar and chocolate chips. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.
Now that's something to celebrate!