Chocolate Chip Walnut Cake

I went on a mad baking/cooking frenzy this past weekend! Probably because I finally made out my menu’s for the next two weeks and I knew exactly what I was cooking and baking. Wow! Who would have thought being organized could be so motivational? Hooray me!

One of my “go to” quick and easy dessert recipes just also happens to be Mars favorites! Mainly because it has no frosting. Mars is not a frosting fan. (He actually scrapes the delicious frosting off my cupcakes! Gasp! Poor little bare cupcakes.)

This chocolate chip walnut cake is a little inspiration I had early in our marriage, during one of the lean years! (The lean years only lasted…Hey, if you have kids and you aren’t having lean years…you’re doing it wrong! lol )  Anyway, we had company coming over and I had to come up with a dessert with what I had on hand. I dug around in the pantry and found a chocolate cake mix, walnuts and chocolate chips! I could do something with that. 

Close up of Chocolate Walnut Cake

So, I whipped up the chocolate cake mix. Poured it into a 9 x 13 baking dish and sprinkled chocolate chips over the top of it. That looks good but…it needed more…


Then I chopped up a handful (or two) of walnuts and sprinkled those over the top making sure to cover the entire cake. (Much better…nothing worse than naked cake!)

Chocolate Walnut Cake before before cooking


Then I shoved that master piece…(fingers crossed)… into the oven and prayed a mighty prayer that it would turn out okay! I had no idea? I was just winging it. If the smell was any indication I was on to something. Well, when it came out of the oven…Hello my pretty…

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cake


Come to Momma! The wonderful thing about this cake is that while it is baking those walnuts are toasting! While the walnuts are toasting the chocolate chips are getting soft, melted and extra yummy. Once it cools they will set but, they won’t be as hard as when originally placed on the cake. They stay soft!  It’s like… MAGIC. Honestly this is like a light fluffy brownie on steroids! Lots and lots of steroids!

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cake with Carmel topping and ice cream

As if it wasn’t pumped up enough, I like to drizzle mine with caramel ice cream topping and serve it with a scoop of ice cream! I don’t want that poor little cake to feel lonely on the plate. Doesn’t that cake look happier having his friends there with him? I know I was happier!

So, there you have it! The story of how I created Mars favorite cake! It also happens to be everyone’s favorite! I’m going to prove it to you…You know what happen’s when you’re on the phone long distance with your brother in another room and the family decides to cut into dessert BEFORE Momma blogger has a chance to do all her photography? (Remember, I am keeping it real here on the Nest!)

Chocolate Walnut Cake close up


That’s what happens! They all wanted a “center” piece! (eye roll) It’s a miracle I had any left to take a photo for this post! So, if you needed proof it’s really yummy…there ya go! Anyone else have this happen at their Nest? At least I know they love it!

I’ve posted a printable of the recipe but, let’s be honest, you probably won’t need it. It’s pretty easy to remember…One cake mix (follow the directions on the box), some chocolate chips and a couple handfuls of chopped walnuts! Try it…just don’t let my kids or Mars cut it for you!

Yield: 12

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cake

A quick and easy cake topped with chocolate chips and walnuts. Perfect for any gathering. Serve with ice cream and drizzle with caramel topping for a rich and delicious dessert!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease sides and bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Flour lightly.
  3. Blend cake mix, water, oil, and eggs in a large bowl at low speed until moistened. (about 30 seconds). Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes or until well blended.
  4. Pour batter into pans.
  5. Sprinkle cake top evenly with chocolate chips.
  6. Sprinkle walnuts over entire cake.
  7. Bake for 26-31 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan. Serve when cool. Cover to keep moist.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 286 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 47mg Sodium: 85mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 14g Protein: 6g
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  1. Chelcie | 10th Jun 16

    Where is the button to get this delivered?! This looks scrumptious!

    • | 10th Jun 16

      I know right? Wouldn’t that be great around midnight when you are craving a sweet! 😉

  2. Brooke | 5th Jul 16

    This is such a yummy cake!!! I had it without having any caramel topping and it didn’t even need it because it was so good with just the walnuts and chocolate chips!!

    • | 5th Jul 16

      You are so right! It really doesn’t need the caramel sauce but, I just always have to “add” to my calorie count! I have a secret…I just scrape up all the chocolate chips and nuts that fall off into the pan! Guilty pleasure! 😉 Thanks for sharing your review with me!

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