I have been using this recipe for years and it it a favorite for sure! The only difference in my recipe from yours is that mine uses 1 (level) tsp. baking soda, and 1/2 (scant) tsp. salt, and 1/3 c. oil. If you decide you don't want the chocolate chips on top, you can make my recipe for Grammie Bea's Special Vanilla Frosting goes very well with this cake. It is sweet, but not overly sweet, and it is a great frosting for making designs. After my cake is frosted, I often take the tip of a rounded knife and press down on the frosting and then pull away and it makes picks all over the top of the cake. Very pretty, especially with chopped nuts, sprinkles, Jimmys, or anything else you might want to add on top.