Coffee Lover’s Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Here’s a coffee cake for all those coffee lovers out there! Have a slice with your morning coffee and you will have your fix for the rest of the day. Personally I have never been much of a coffee drinker, unless it is hidden in ice cream or a baked goodie like this coffee cake. I have tried drinking coffee many different times and I just don’t care for it. I would much rather have a cup of black tea. My husband Andrew, on the other hand, is a coffee addict. If he doesn’t get his coffee within 15 minutes of waking up, watch out! He always drinks his coffee black…no cream, no sugar…just straight up black coffee. If you are a coffee addict like my husband or know someone who is, you have to make them this coffee cake! Super moist, super delicious sour cream coffee cake exploding with chocolate chips and delicious coffee flavor. The perfect way to kick-start your busy day! 😀

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Coffee Lover’s Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

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For the Topping and Filling:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 ½ teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the Coffee Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.
  2. To make the topping/filling: In a small bowl combine the sugar, coffee granules and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. To make the coffee cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. (The batter will be thick)
  5. Spread half of the batter evenly into prepared baking pan and sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar topping and half the chocolate chips. Spoon the remaining batter in 8 dollops over the batter in the pan and spread gently. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar and chocolate chips.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Yield: 9 to 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes

Source: adapted from Taste of Home

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31 Responses to Coffee Lover’s Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

  1. This looks amazing! Not too exotic, but a nice change from crumb cake- def on my to bake list : )

  2. Lorie says:

    Love it! no better way to start the day than with coffee and chocolate! Got to make this soon. Thanks!

  3. i love coffee cake. add chocolate chips and this would be heaven! wow, this is one of your lighter desserts (not as much butter!). hehehe. 🙂 have a splendid day, sweet pea.

  4. I looove coffee and this looks awesome! 😀

  5. Oh Wow, this looks real good….think I’m going to bake this weekend 😉

  6. Caroline says:

    Gorgeous cake, Christina!! My dad would love this–he’s a coffee fiend.

  7. Elisabeth says:

    I’ve been looking for the best coffee cake recipe and I just couldn’t stand how none of them had any coffee flavor! Oh, and the fact that it has sour cream in it is great, I think the best ones have to have sour cream! Now for an excuse to make it…

  8. brookenado says:

    This looks amazing and definitely like a good way to start your day! I’m not a coffee drinker myself, either, but it looks like it would be great with tea (or on it’s own…) too =)

  9. Maureen says:

    I will have coffee in anything! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. This looks divine! I love the addition of chocolate to a coffee cake.

  11. Simply Tia says:

    It looks so yummy! Very beautiful photos!

  12. Ryan says:

    This looks fantastic! I’m always looking for new coffee cake recipes and this looks SO good. I’m definitely trying this soon– the topping with the chocolate, coffee, cinnamon combination of flavors sounds delicious!

  13. looks REALLY good!!! can’t wait to try!

  14. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m with Andrew. The first thing I do in the morning is start the coffee brewing, Having a piece of this coffee cake to go with that cup would be fantastic!

  15. This looks delicious! Would be perfect for a lazy brunch.

  16. foodcow says: hubby is a staunch tea drinker and i am the coffee babe!!!:D..These look amazing!!!have to try it…feeling a craving for it right now!also cos i haven had any breakfast yet!

  17. this looks so good…and your “one year ago” today brownies, wow, those things are epic in the ‘sphere and soooo good!

  18. I’m a coffee addict, so this would be a fantastic cake… with a little caffeine kick, love it!!

  19. Whoa, now that’s my kind of coffee cake! This looks so wonderful, Christina. Great recipe!

  20. Phenomenal and delicious…a perfect breakfast for me. 😉

  21. Amy says:

    Just made this- delicious. It’s moist with just enough cofee flavor. The chocolate puts it over the top. Thanks!

  22. I love coffee and am certain that I would love this cake! It looks moist and baked perfectly.

  23. Yum! This looks awesome. Everyone should start their day with a piece of this!

  24. Oh yum! This looks like just the way I like to start my day.

  25. christina says:

    I made this yesterday. Wow! YUM! I can’t decide if I liked ti better warm with vanilla ice cream or cold with my morning tea. 😀 Thank you for posting it!

  26. Eram says:

    What can I use I instead of sour cream ?

    • Christina says:

      You can use 1 cup of plain yogurt instead of the sour cream if you prefer. If you give it a try I would love to hear how it turns out for you! 🙂

  27. Christina- do you think I can double the recipe and use 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup buttermilk? Trying to keep it non dairy, and toffuti sour cream is alot…

  28. Patrice says:

    Hi Christina, do you take it out of the pan? I did not see directions for this, but I do that with a blueberry coffee cake, so wondering about this with the special toppings.

    • Patrice says:

      Never mind we ate it out of the pan…. delicious..didn’t last 24 hours. thanks for such a great recipe that everyone loved.

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