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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cake


Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cake has two layers of chocolate chip cake with a layer of chocolate chip cheesecake in the middle. The whole cake is covered with cream cheese frosting and (of course) more chocolate chips!

slice of chocolate chip cheesecake cake on a white plate

May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Day. Celebrate by making something with chocolate chips! Baking chocolate chip cookies is the obvious choice, but I suggest you go all-out and make this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cake instead. You can also pick up a scoop of chocolate chip ice cream at your favorite ice cream shop. Share your chocolate chip treat on social media by using the hashtag #nationalchocolatechipday #chocolatechipday and #recipesforholidays. Be sure to check out our May calendar to read about the other May Food Holidays that will be celebrated this month!

“In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.”

-Salman Rushdie

The History of Chocolate Chips:

From Wikipedia (because they describe it best): Chocolate chips were created with the invention of chocolate chip cookies in 1937 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. (The Nestlé brand Toll House cookies is named for the inn.) The cookies were a huge success, and Wakefield reached an agreement in 1939 with Nestlé to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars. In 1941, Nestlé and at least one of its competitors started selling the chocolate in “chip” (or “morsel”) form.

Note: Rumor has it that the invention of the chocolate chip cookie was an accident. Wakefield added the chocolate chunks to the cookies and expected the chocolate to melt. Instead, she made the chocolate chip cookie!

4 photos showing process of making cheesecake batter in bowl and then in springform pan and cake batter in bowl and then in pan

How to make Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cake:

Bake a simple chocolate chip cheesecake in a 9-inch springform pan. After baking, let it cool down and then place into the freezer until firm (several hours or overnight).

Next, doctor up a cake mix to make two rounds of chocolate chip cake using 9-inch round cake pans.

3 photos showing process of assembling cheesecake cake- cake layer with frosting, cheesecake and frosting and then another cake layer

Assemble the cake:

  1. Make the cream cheese frosting.
  2. Place one cake layer on a cake stand or cake plate. Spread frosting on top of that cake layer.
  3. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer, and place on top of the first layer of cake (trim the edges of the cheesecake, if needed, so it’s the same size as the cake). Spread frosting on top of the cheesecake.
  4. Place the second cake layer on top of the cheesecake.
chocolate chip cheesecake cake on a white cake platter

Frost the whole cake with the rest of the cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

chocolate chip cheesecake cake on a white cake platter

Refrigerate your beautiful chocolate chip cheesecake cake until ready to serve. It’s best to let it chill at least a few hours to get it nice and firm for clean cutting. It can be refrigerated overnight.

slice of chocolate chip cheesecake cake on a white plate

Slice and serve! This is such a delicious cake with that amazing layer of cheesecake in the middle. The cream cheese frosting and extra chocolate chips are a bonus. Enjoy!

Fun Facts about Chocolate Chips:

  • The Toll House Cookie recipe appeared in Ruth Wakefield’s Tried and True cookbook in 1938, and it also made an appearance on Betty Crocker’s radio show.
  • Nestle calls chocolate chips “morsels,” while other brands call them “chips.”
  • Chocolate chips were originally made of semi-sweet chocolate. Today, you can buy chips in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch and more!
  • Chocolate chips are often added to baked goods to make chocolate chip desserts, and they can be melted to use as chocolate sauce, etc.
  • Nestle and Hershey are the biggest brand producers of chocolate chips.
  • Chocolate chip cookies used to be called Chocolate Crunch Cookies.
  • The official state cookie of Massachusetts is the chocolate chip cookie.
  • In 1975, legendary soul singer Isaac Hayes released an album he titled ‘Chocolate Chip.’ 

slice of chocolate chip cheesecake cake on a white plate

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cake

16 servings
Prep Time:
1 hour
Cook Time:
1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time:
2 hours 15 minutes

This cake has two layers of vanilla chocolate chip cake with a full layer of chocolate chip cheesecake in the middle!



  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips


  • One 15.25-ounce box white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips


  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted to remove lumps
  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • extra miniature chocolate chips, for garnish



Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the cream cheese- blend until it is nice and smooth and creamy. Mix in the sugar and salt and blend for 2 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending after each addition. Finally, mix in the sour cream, whipping cream and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the cheesecake for 45 minutes. It should be set to the touch and not jiggly. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for at least an hour. When it has cooled, place the pan into the freezer and let the cheesecake freeze completely. This can be done in several hours- or overnight.


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans. It’s easiest to get the cake out of the pans if you line them with rounds of parchment paper too. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites. Add the chocolate chips, and stir into the batter until well blended. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Be sure to fill them 3/4 to 1-inch below the top of the pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Watch closely- check after 35 minutes and then every 5 minutes until they test done. Let cool for about 20 minutes, and then turn the cake layers out onto cooling racks to cool completely.


In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla until it is smooth and creamy (do not over beat).


Place one cake layer into the center of a cake plate or platter, and spread a thin amount of frosting on top. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer, take off the sides of the pan, and slide a knife under the parchment to remove the cheesecake from the pan. Peel off the parchment. Measure your cheesecake layer against the cake layers. If the cheesecake layer turns out to be a slightly larger round than your cake, move it to a cutting board and gently shave off some of the exterior of the cheesecake to get it to the same size as your cake layers. Place the cheesecake layer on top of the first cake layer, and spread a thin amount of frosting on top. Place the 2nd cake layer on top of the cheesecake.


Use a long, thin spatula to cover the cake completely with a thin and even layer of frosting. Once the first layer of frosting is applied, add more to cover bare spots. Start by adding a large scoop of frosting onto the top of the cake. Use a long, thin spatula to spread the frosting evenly across the top and then spread it down the sides of the cake too. You can use a piping bag to add a decorative edge.  Add chocolate chips decoratively on the top and sides of the cake. Keep this cake refrigerated until ready to serve.  Keep leftovers refrigerated too.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 16

Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 609Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 445mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 1gSugar: 48gProtein: 7g

Nutritional information is figured using a nutrition calculator, and it’s not likely to be 100% accurate.

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