This Chocolate Streusel Coffee Cake was inspired by a visit to Zingerman’s Bakehouse, where we sampled both their cake and coffee. After tasting one of their coconut & lime flavored cakes, I couldn’t wait to get home and try making one. Alas, it was not the coconut & lime cake that came out of my kitchen, but this chocolate streusel topped cake.
Based on how much fun I had making a chocolate coffee cake, I kind of want to open up a little shop and just make flavored coffee cakes all day. Here’s another photo.
This recipe, which I hope to be the first of many more, is based on one from an old magazine called Chocolatier. It’s a vanilla flavored coffee cake with a cinnamon sugar and chocolate chip filling plus a topping of chocolate flavored streusel. The texture is different than my usual coffee cake in that it is a bit sturdier and not as smooth, but it works with the texture of the filling.
The cake is so good I’ve made it twice.
First I halved the Chocolate Streusel Coffee Cake and baked it in a loaf pan. Next, I made the full recipe in a 9 inch round springform. I liked the springform version best, but the loaf pan coffee cake tasted great and used half of the ingredients. If you’re in the mood for a coffee cake, give this one a try!
Chocolate Streusel Coffee Cake
Filling and Topping
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped and toasted pecans
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- 2 1/2 cups 12 oz all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks 8 oz unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
- Confectioners’ sugar for topping
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 inch round springform pan.
- Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a medium size bowl, then stir in the 1 cup of chopped pecans. Remove 3/4 cup of this pecan mixture and put in another bowl along with the chocolate chips. This will be the filling.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Add the 4 tablespoons of softened butter and mash it in until thick and smooth. Stir the remaining nut/sugar mixture into the cocoa mixture so that the mixture is thick and bumpy and nuts are evenly distributed. Put this in the refrigerator while you make the batter.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- With an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Gradually add sugar and beat at high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and yolk one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl. Beat in vanilla extract.
- Using a heavy duty scraper, add the flour mixture and sour cream alternately in three additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing just until combined.
- Scrape half of batter into prepared pan and smooth it evenly. Sprinkle with filling. Top with remaining batter and smooth as evenly as possible.
- Remove topping from the refrigerator and crumble it over the top. If desired, sprinkle some more chocolate chips on top.
- Set the springform pan on a large sheet pan and bake the cake for 65-75 minutes (mine took 75).
- Let cake cool in pan set on wire rack for 10 minutes. While cake is still warm, loosen sides, but do not remove. Let the cake cool, then carefully remove sides of pan.
- Sift confectioners’ sugar generously over the top.