You are in luck if you like chocolate, because this chocolate coffee cake is a.maz.ing. If you like original flavor cinnamon coffee cake muffins, you are not in luck.
Let me explain.
See, Toddler Boy and I baked these delicious cinnamon coffee cake muffins on Saturday. We baked them because all last week, every night before bed, he had me reading (besides Pokey Little Puppy and Goodnight Moon) If You Give A Moose A Muffin. Read that story enough times and you begin to want a muffin. So I told Toddler Boy that on “Daddy Home Day” (what he calls Saturday and Sunday) we would bake some muffins together.
Bake we did. He helped me add all the ingredients, as he likes to do, then we mixed, poured into muffin tins, and baked (he sits by the fridge when I open the oven). The muffins came out delicious. But the crumb topping wasn’t too exciting, more glaze-like and not “crumby” enough for photographs. So my food photographer rejected them and we had to eat them – I know, so sad.
In any event, as a result of the botched muffins (delicious! just not the prettiest) Rachel cooked up this Chocolate Coffee Cake the following morning for us to share when we visited my Uncle and his wife Carolyn.
This chocolate coffee cake kind of looks deceptively like a German chocolate cake, the way the crumb topping bakes. But it isn’t German chocolate cake – no, thank you – it’s a delicious cinnamon and chocolate crumb. Did I say delicious enough in this post? If I haven’t, let me say it a few more times. Delicious, Delicious, Delicious.
It is not overly sweet, and the chocolate is not over-powering. This is what a good chocolate cake should be!
Speaking of chocolate cake, you can’t possibly talk about chocolate cake without thinking about Bill Cosby and his delightfully funny story about feeding his kids chocolate cake for breakfast. Needless to say, Bill’s wife did not approve. I can’t possibly do justice to the skit, and although it is long, you should take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy this clip. If you have kids especially, you will enjoy.
Why not bake this chocolate coffee cake and while it’s in the oven watch the clip?
Adapted from: The Williams Sonoma Baking Book