This is one of my favorite easy cakes. I usually have this for my birthday cake.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour one 13x9 inch cake pan.

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  • Combine 1/2 cup of the flour and the brown sugar, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly, stir in the chopped nuts and set aside.

  • In a double boiler or microwave melt chocolate chips and set aside to cool.

  • In a large bowl mix the remaining 2 cups flour, white sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add the shortening, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Blend and then beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes.

  • Combine 1 cup of the batter and the melted cooled chocolate, mix well.

  • Alternate spooning the light and the dark batters into the prepared 13x9 cake pan. Cut through with a knife to marble. Sprinkle top with the reserved nut mixture.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Let cake cool and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

211.8 calories; 2.9 g protein; 28.1 g carbohydrates; 21 mg cholesterol; 181.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2010
It's more of cake-coffeecake you get half-half best of both worlds. It goes GREAT with coffee. I made it for my boyfriend's birthday at work. Some of co-workers admitted they've had FOUR servings of it. Next time I will try adding cinnamon for extra flavor kick otherwise it's so good the way it is! I used pecans instead of walnuts after all I'm a Texan.:) Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/01/2003
i tried this cake hoping that it would be a great birthday cake but it turns out to be more like a coffee cake something you would have for breakfast not for dessert. i was extremely dissapointed. although it was a quick and easy cake i don't reccommend it for a dessert cake. Read More
(11)
20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2010
It's more of cake-coffeecake you get half-half best of both worlds. It goes GREAT with coffee. I made it for my boyfriend's birthday at work. Some of co-workers admitted they've had FOUR servings of it. Next time I will try adding cinnamon for extra flavor kick otherwise it's so good the way it is! I used pecans instead of walnuts after all I'm a Texan.:) Read More
(13)
Rating: 3 stars
02/01/2003
i tried this cake hoping that it would be a great birthday cake but it turns out to be more like a coffee cake something you would have for breakfast not for dessert. i was extremely dissapointed. although it was a quick and easy cake i don't reccommend it for a dessert cake. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
Everbody just loved this cake it is so moist. It's more like a coffee cake I guess you could drizzle it with some icing. Very good cake. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2004
I made this as a Christmas morning breakfast cake. It was delicious...very moist! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2011
Wonderful -go to recipe. I doubled the crumb part just because we love a dense crumb top. To make this cake quicker; I skipped the melting of the chocolate and just added the chips to the batter. It does have to cook 10 min longer than the 30 minutes it calls for. It has a nice coffee cake density with some moisture. Don't expect a birthday cake moisture. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2011
My family loved it my nephew said "he was eating a piece of heaven". I followed the recipe exactly and it was great. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2010
I was craving some kind of crumb cake. I saw this recipe and thought I'd give it a try. It turned out great loved the flavor and texture. I'd give it a 5 star if my husband loved it as much as me. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2003
I was not very pleased with the crumb topping. Taste overall was ok will bake again. However the receipe calls for 1/2 cup of milk for the cake but I had to use 1 full cup of milk Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2011
Very tasty! I'm not a fan of very sweet cakes so this is perfect for me. I did need to cook it for 45 minutes rather than the 30 the recipe indicates. Read More
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