Half Birthday Cinnamon Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Ah, I love a half birthday. No parties, no presents...just cake. Half of a cake.
cinnamon brown sugar chocolate chip bundt cake : half birthday cake!
My mom started this tradition with us. I'd love to know how the tradition came about, but whatever the reason, I'm sure happy to be keeping the tradition alive.

You might remember some of Jack's previous half birthday cakes...
cinnamon brown sugar chocolate chip bundt cake : half birthday cake!
This year, I decided to make a Cinnamon Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake. I love the combination of cinnamon and chocolate. Also, the cake is topped with a rich, thick, shiny chocolate glaze. There was just a bit left over after topping the cake which I happily ate with a spoon. 

Rule #1 of half birthday cakes...well, the first rule is that you only serve 1/2 of a cake. 

cinnamon brown sugar chocolate chip bundt cake : half birthday cake!
Rule #2 of half birthday cakes...that other half needs to get out of your house. I made a happy discovery this week. My grocery store bakery sells 1/2 cake containers!!! Woo hoo! Perfect for giving that 2nd half away. 

(I'm also so thankful for friends who are up for taking weird things from my kitchen. TEXT: "Hey! Can I swing by your house and drop off half of a cake?")

cinnamon brown sugar chocolate chip bundt cake recipe : half birthday cake!
Oh! You're probably wondering about that 1/2 candle. I KNOW, right?!?!? So cute! Well, if it's something cute, it probably came from Kate Spade or Target. In this case, Target. (I'm not seeing it online, but maybe it will appear...keep checking.) I bought all they had at my local Target (sorry), my sister bought out the Target nearest to her, and my aunt bought out her closest Target.
If your Target is out of stock, my family sends its sincere apologies. 

cinnamon brown sugar chocolate chip bundt cake : half birthday cake!
Quick note on this butter. I used Land O' Lakes new European Butter. It has more milk fat than regular butter. Mo' butter fat, mo' better. You can totally use regular butter here. (I do work with Land O' Lakes, but this is not a sponsored post...I just HAD TO try this butter.) 

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Cinnamon Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

{makes 1 Bundt cake}

2 & 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 TBSP cornstarch
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (European or regular) salted butter, room temperature
2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup milk
1 & 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips tossed with 1/2 teaspoon flour

Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 TBSP salted butter, room temperature

Grease and flour a Bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325.

Whisk the flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside. 

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until well combined and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the sour cream. 

cinnamon brown sugar chocolate chip bundt cake : half birthday cake!
In three additions, add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the flour, mixing on low until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. 

cinnamon brown sugar chocolate chip bundt cake : half birthday cake!
Pour the batter into the prepare pan and bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean or with moist crumbs. 

Place on a wire rack for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, place the rack face down on top of the exposed part of the cake. Flip the cake so that the exposed part is now resting on the rack. Wait one minute or so; you'll hear the cake release from the pan. Remove the pan and let the cake cool completely.
how to remove a bundt cake from the pan

Make the glaze:
In a small sauce pan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips. Continue stirring until the chocolate is smooth. Stir in the butter until incorporated. 

Let the glaze cool just a bit. Stir and transfer to a piping bag. Pipe the glaze over the cake, or alternatively, spoon the glaze over. The glaze will set up as it dries. 

cinnamon brown sugar chocolate chip bundt cake : half birthday cake!
16 and a half. 

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  1. This really looks good.. I have to try it out today itself!!
    But just a quick doubt....in making the glaze, how long do i have to boil the sugar and water? Upto any specific temperature?

    1. Hi Carol! Just for a minute or so to make sure the sugar is dissolved. :)

  2. That cake looks sinful! Half-birthday is such a great idea. :)

  3. This looks absolutely delicious! And I really like the idea of a 'half birthday!'

  4. You had me at cinnamon! Happy birthday Jack, oh to be 16 and a half again!

  5. you are so fun!! we should have done this with Heather when she was little, since she has a November birthday
    LOVE this cake too!!

  6. You're awesome. I made my oldest daughter 1/2 birthday cakes too. Any excuse to bake a cake. Now that I'm a grandma I don't need excuses. I make dessert whenever I have a family dinner.

  7. ¡Fantástica receta! Fácil de preparar y con un resultado delicioso. Gracias por compartirla.

  8. I just have to tell you that aside from your recipes and writing (okay, your blog in general!) one thing I truly love is the fact that your baking sheets look like mine...they are definitely not shiny and new! A little thing, but very endearing :)

  9. Bridget,
    Lovely cake. I'm going to make it for my Mom's 81st birthday on Sunday.

  10. Oh this sounds amazing. Lucky for me my whole birthday is coming up. I can have the whole cake.

  11. There are some 1/2 candles here:


  12. I made this cake today. I did not have the mini chocolate chips, so I used the regular sized ones. Big mistake - on my part. When I turned over the pan they stuck to the pan and broke my cake in half. (We learn from our mistakes) I, also, did not put the glaze on top because no one in my family loves things super sweet. Overall, this cake is delicious and moist. 10/10 will bake again. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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