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Chocolate Chip Picnic Spice Cake

I'm not sure what I love most about Picnic Spice Cake! It's a tie between the buttermilk vanilla icing drizzled all over the warm cake that settles in every single crevice, or the crunchy brown sugar, walnunt, and chocolate chip topping! No need to worry about choosing your favorite part though! Grab a fork and dive right in because every single bite is pretty amazing!
Course cake, Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword Cake, Cake with Buttermilk Icing, Chocolate Chip Cake, Desserts, Easy Dessert Recipe, Gooey Cake, Homemade Cake Recipe, Iced Cake, Moist Cake, Old Fashioned Spice Cake, Picnic Cake, Picnic Spice Cake, Raisin Cake, Spice Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 c. raisins
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. butter room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. walnuts chopped
  • 1 c. chocolate chips

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 c. garnulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

For the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add water and raisins to a saucepan. Over medium heat bring to a gentle boil. Add baking soda. Remove from heat. Set aside.
  • In a seperate bowl add flour, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together to combine. Set aside.
  • In a mixer bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and beat again. Add vanilla.
  • Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Mix only until combined.
  • With mixer running, slowly add water and raisins to the bowl. Beat until completely incorporated.
  • Pour in a greased 9" x 13" baking pan. Sprinkle brown sugar, walnuts, and chocolate chips over the top of the cake. Do not stir.
  •  Bake for 30-35 minutes. 

For the Glaze

  • About 5 minutes before the cake finishes baking make the glaze.
  • Add butter, sugar, buttermilk, and corn syrup to a sauce pan. Overn medium heat bring to a gently boil. Reduce heat to low. Add vanilla and baking soda. The mixture will get super bubbly and foam up. Remove from heat.
  • After cake has finished baking drizzle glaze all over the top of the cake. The icing will pool up on top of the cake but will settle over time.
  • Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream. Or serve at room temperature. May also be served without cream.