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Chocolate Coffee Cake

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chocolate crumb cake

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!

chocolate crumb cake

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? 😉

chocolate crumb cake

Chocolate Coffee Cake


  • For Streusel:
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour (ok to use regular flour if you don't have)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups light sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking pan or dish. If using a glass baking dish, set the oven temperature to 325.
  2. To make the streusel, in a small bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut or rub in the butter until coarse crumbs form. Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  3. To make the cake, in a bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In another bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughlyu after each addition. Add the flour mixture in 2 or 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream and vanilla. Using the mixer on low speed, beat the batter until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the streusel mixture evenly over the batter.
  6. Bake until the topping is golden brown, 40 - 45 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into squares to serve.

Adapted from: The Williams Sonoma Baking Book

chocolate crumb cake


One thought on : 1

  • Marcky
    September 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Just found this on Pinterest, looks amazing. I have an off the wall question for you. Do you do genealogy? I have Keenan’s in my family, just wondering if there is a connection?

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