May 17th, 2008

chocolate chip coffee cake

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what makes a coffee cake a coffee cake? well, either it’s got coffee in it (this one doesn’t, but looking back, it would be a great idea. however i do have an upcoming recipe that contains coffee – prepare yourselves, it’s amazing), or, it’s just a cake that you eat with coffee, probably with breakfast or brunch. it’s usually spiced with cinnamon (check) and got a sort of streusel (check).

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except this one is chock full of chocolate chips (A LOT of chocolate chips). the cake itself come out super light and fluffy and it couldn’t be simpler to make. this is a great cake to slice up into bite sized pieces for a brunch, or you could do what i do – get a giant glass of milk, a few forks and dig right into the pan.

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coffee cake 2chocolate chip coffee cake
another recipe handed down from my mom, who’s made this more times than i can remember.

1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp water
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
6 oz chocolate chips

1. mix 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate chips.

2. cream butter, 1 cup white sugar, and eggs. add the sour cream, vanilla and water.

3. in a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and soda. combine into the wet ingredients.

4. pour half of the batter into a greased and floured 9×13 inch pan. sprinkle half of the cinnamon, sugar and chocolate chip mixture on the batter. pour in the rest of the batter and top with the rest of the cinnamon, sugar and chip mix.

5. bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. let it cool for at least an hour before cutting into it, or the chocolate chips will be too melty and it will be hard to get out of the pan.

40 Comments for chocolate chip coffee cake - why not leave some love?

  1. brilynn says:

    I could go for a slice of that right now, it looks great!

  2. mimi says:

    this looks delish! i actually think i am going to make it right now …

  3. natalie says:

    ohhh yummy!! thanks for sharing this, i’ll definitely have to try this one day!

  4. PaniniKathy says:

    Dessert at breakfast – I love it!! This sounds like something I’d find myself nibbling at all day long 🙂

  5. Lauren says:

    I just am baking this right now… I must say i am really excited to try it! One question though, my batter wasn’t very pourable and it was tough to get the upper layer spread out with a spoon. Do you think this is because I halved the recipe? Perhaps I should have added a bit more water? Thanks for the recipe though!!!!

  6. petebakes says:

    @Lauren – getting the batter evenly spread can be a little tricky. instead of pouring, you might try putting globs of batter in each corner and in the center of the pan, and spreading them together with a spatula. good luck!

  7. Cakespy says:

    Wow-eee! That sounds delicious. The best time of day for cake is breakfast for sure!

  8. i want a big ol’ hunk of this and a cafe latte RIGHT NOW, PLEASE.

  9. Amanda says:

    I made a cake like this a couple months back from a Rachael Ray magazine (random place eh?) and it was so good. I mean good enough to eat right out of the pan. By the chunks. Without silverware… Talk about a glorious sugar coma 🙂

  10. This is so sinful. I want a big slice, please! 🙂

  11. Elaine says:

    Oh, that looks so good! I’ll have to try it. Thanks.

  12. Susan says:

    this looks fantastic. i think i’m going to make this tonight.

  13. Indigo says:

    Okay, this just looks TOO good. Saving this!

  14. Marta says:

    It looks delicious! I must try it but I have a doubt – Could you please tell me how much is a stick of butter in grams? Thanks

  15. petebakes says:

    @Marta – one stick of butter is about 113 grams. enjoy!

  16. miriam says:

    your site is great—-beautiful pictures—i was wondering–do you ever bake gluten free? do you ever us agave nectar as a sweetener? unfortunately i can’t use regular flour and i try to stay away from sugar. the danishes look fantastic.

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  18. Cathy C says:

    Ok – I think I love you~! This looks great and will be made as soon as I can stomach turning on the oven (too hot)


  19. Chris says:

    Absolutely delicious! The batter was a little–okay, very–hard to spread in the pan, but it all worked out in the end. A lot of people said it was the best thing I had ever baked!! 🙂

  20. Thomas says:

    im in 8th grade and i made this in cooking class its so rich and delicious

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  23. Em says:

    I absolutely love your blog. How do you feel about substituting Greek Yogurt for sour cream??

  24. Jen M. says:

    I love this cake. A family fave! In fact, I’m making it this week as a thank you for someone. It’s also a great dish to use as a welcome for a new neighbor. It also freezes just great – for those of us with little will power!

  25. Asli says:

    To Em – You can totally substitute yogurt for sour cream – I live abroad where we don’t have sour cream, and I use this substitution all the time with great success.

  26. amanda says:

    AMAZING! I made it last night, and it was a big hit at my staff breakfast today!

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  28. Angela says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I made this cake today for a friends birthday brunch. It was a hit. Everyone LOVED it. It was very easy to make and cake out so moist. I can’t wait to make it again for company that is going to be coming into town. I’m sure they will love it also. Thank you for a great recipe.

  29. Kelly says:

    looks delicious and am really excited to try my hand at making it! as marginally kitchen-incompatible I don’t know how to just wing it, and wanted to ask how you would add in coffee as an ingredient which you mentioned would be a possibility?

    • petebakes says:

      i’ve never added coffee to this recipe in particular, but i use instant coffee in my brownies and freshly brewed coffee in this cake. i suppose you could try either in this recipe, but you may have to adjust other ingredients to keep the batter’s consistency.

  30. Jane says:

    Love this coffee cake! I added chopped nuts and a teaspoon of powdered cocoa to the topping mixture to kick it up a little.It was perfect. Thanks again, Pete!

  31. Noelene Iria says:

    In your chocolate dhip coffee cake recipe, no where do you mention the amount of coffee, or do we just skip that ingredient.

    Please let me kknow, as I want to make this cake today



  32. Noelene Iria says:

    Pl let me know via email

  33. SILVIA ALONZI says:

    I just made this cake and it looks exactly as it does in the picture. I’ll write back when I eat it tomorrow, can’t wait 🙂

  34. This looks spectacular! I’m drooling a little.

  35. […] favorite recipes. i promise: you can do it. heck, you don’t even need a real oven. i’ve made my chocolate chip coffee cake in a cardboard box tin foil oven while camping in the middle of nowhere. the two tools i rely on […]

  36. I crave for a bite right now. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  37. chocolate and coffee the breafest of champions

  38. Susan says:

    Your blog is adorable and I can’t wait to try this recipe. I know my sons (who are nearly your age) will enjoy it.

  39. Rebecca says:

    Hi, I just made this and my batter turned out super thick and very difficult to spread. The batter is very sticky like dough. And only enough for a 9×9 pan. I followed the recipe exactly. Any ideas what went wrong?


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