Unplug your bread machine and remove the bread pan from the bread machine.
Soften the butter in the microwave.
Add milk, butter, vanilla extract & eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mix together and then add dry ingredients. Stir ingredients until fully mixed. For best results, use a whisk or electric hand mixer (but for only a couple of minutes). Then mix in the chocolate chips with a large spoon. FYI - Premixing the ingredients before adding batter to the bread pan helps to prevent small flour "clumps" in the finished cake. See tips below.
Pour the premixed batter into the bread pan.
Put the bread pan (with all of the ingredients) back into the bread machine, close the bread machine lid and then plug in the bread machine.
Enter the correct bread machine settings (Cake/Quick Bread, Light Color, 2 lb.) and press the start button. FYI - Before making this recipe, please read the tips section below for more information regarding the cake & sweet "quick bread" setting. The setting may be called "quick bread", "quick bread/cake", "cake", etc. This setting lasts for roughly 1:40-1:55 hours (and you will see this time in your machine's electronic display panel). However, some manufacturers use the "quick bread" setting name for rapid sandwich-type breads that use yeast (and not for cake & quick bread recipes that use baking powder/soda). This "quick bread" sandwich bread setting lasts for only 50-60 minutes (which is not long enough for a cake recipe and your cake will be undercooked!!). This setting can be very confusing... but the tips section below will help you to find the right setting to use on your machine. You need to enter the correct cake setting used by your SPECIFIC bread machine model or the cake could be under or overcooked. Do not use any settings designed for yeast-based recipes (see your manual).
When the bread machine has finished baking the cake, unplug the bread machine, remove the bread pan and place it on a wooden cutting board. Use oven mitts when removing the bread pan because it will be very hot!
After removing the bread pan from the bread machine, you should let the cake stay within the warm bread pan on a wooden cutting board for 10 minutes (as this finishes the baking process) before you remove the cake from the bread pan. Wear oven mitts.
After the 10 minute "cooldown", you should remove the cake from the bread pan and place the cake on a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Use oven mitts when removing the bread.
You should allow the cake to completely cool before cutting. This can take up to 1-2 hours. Otherwise, the cake will break (crumble) more easily when cut.
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