Two Peas and Their Pod

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

On Saturday we did a lot of yard work. We planted rosemary, parsley, lemon verbena, basil, flowers, and a peach tree. Our yard is looking great! We were both exhausted by the end of the day though. Luckily, I woke up early on Saturday morning to bake a Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake. We were so busy working we forgot to take a break to have a slice. When we came in for the night, we were thrilled to see the coffee cake sitting on our kitchen table.

This sour cream coffee cake is light, fluffy, and has a tunnel of cinnamon and chocolate chips inside. The cake also gets topped with cinnamon, sugar, and chocolate chips. The cinnamon sugar topping makes the cake sparkle and gives the cake a nice crunchy top.

This chocolate chip coffee cake is really easy to make. We had all of the ingredients on hand. First, whisk together the dry ingredients.

Next, I cream together the butter and granulated sugar.

And the eggs, one at a time and mix until combined.

Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

Slowly add in the dry ingredients.

Next, add half of the batter to the pan and sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, and chocolate chips. Spread the remaining batter evenly over the filling and top with the rest of the cinnamon, sugar, and chocolate chips.

Bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let the cake cool and serve!

This cake is great for breakfast, brunch, a sweet snack, or dessert. The chocolate and cinnamon combination is delightful. Coming in to a slice of chocolate chip coffee cake and a cold glass of milk was the perfect treat after a long day of yard work.

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Yield: 9-12 pieces of cake

Cook Time: 40 minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Cinnamon Sugar Topping/Filling:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set dry ingredients aside.

3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beat until smooth. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.

4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. In a small bowl, make the cinnamon sugar topping/filling. Stir together sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour half the batter into the prepared cake pan and sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar and half the chocolate chips. Spoon the remaining batter over the filling, spreading gently. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar and chocolate chips.

5. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool to room temperature and serve.

If you like this Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake, you might also like:

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Banana Coffee Cake with Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Streusel from Back to the Cutting Board
Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Coffee Cake from Mountain Mamma Cooks
Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod

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84 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake”

  1. Maria it looks wonderful!! And I love how you put sour cream into it…my mom and grandma always told me that was the secret to moist cake!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — June 6, 2011 @ 6:42 am

    What a great idea… never thought to put chocolate chips in coffee cake!

  3. Erica — June 6, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    a peach tree?? How fun is that! I want one :) The cake is gorgeous. Sour cream really does wonders in baked goods. And the topping just looks so good.

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 6, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    This coffee cake looks delicious! All of that planting sounds wonderful, I would LOVE a peach tree!

  5. Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 6, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    oh maria, this is dangerous! i love how it’s spotted on top with the chips…yum!

  6. Molly — June 6, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I did some gardening myself over the weekend. And boy, oh boy, it would have been nice to come in from the outside and see this cake. Yum!

  7. marla — June 6, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    LOVE this cake today Maria. So happy that I will be seeing you in one month :)

  8. I love the addition of chocolate chips to coffee cake. Looks incredible! This cake would make my family very happy.

  9. Lori @ RecipeGirl — June 6, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    Looks terrific! I shopped for herbs yesterday but couldn’t find anything I thought I’d actually use. I’ll have to keep shopping. I love the idea of a peach tree though!!

  10. What a nice treat to come home to! This would last all of about 30 minutes in my family!!

  11. Jenny Flake — June 6, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    Mmmmm, what a perfect looking coffee cake!

  12. Looks like a perfect sweet treat! Well deserved after all that yard work!

  13. Eileen — June 6, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    I had to share with my facebook friends, thank you!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 6th, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

      Thanks Eileen! I hope they enjoy the recipe!

  14. Angie — June 6, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    I really need a slice of this now, looks so good!

  15. Deborah — June 6, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Oh how I wish we lived a little bit closer so I could come over and steal a slice of this from you!!

  16. Allison @ Alli 'n Son — June 6, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    I’m loving this recipe! This reminds me of my no-rise chocolate cinnamon roll recipe. I love sneaking chocolate into breakfast.

  17. Cookbook Queen — June 6, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Coffee cake is my favorite thing in all the land. Add chocolate chips and it’s PERFECT!!! Can’t wait to make this, seriously.

  18. Robyn | Add a Pinch — June 6, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    I’m a fan of chocolate chips in just about anything! This looks just perfect, y’all. Hope to see you both again soon!

    • Two Peas replied: — June 6th, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

      It was so good to see you Robyn! I hope we can meet up again and soon! Josh keeps saying-I really like Robyn, she is so nice! He is right! :) We love ya!

  19. The Café Sucré Farine — June 6, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    I would love to find that sitting on my kitchen counter, YUM! It looks incredibly moist and delicious and how can you go wrong with chocolate!

  20. Amanda — June 6, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    “We were so busy working we forgot to take a break to have a slice.”

    This cracks me up… I would NEVER be able to forgot a gorgeous chocolate chip coffee cake! 😉 Great job girl!

  21. Kathy - Panini Happy — June 6, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    How could you forget the coffee cake?? That would be all I could think about. :-) Glad you guys were productive with the yard!

  22. jenna — June 6, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    sounds and looks like pure heaven! mmmmm…

  23. Katrina — June 6, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    Yum! My favorite cake of all time is just like this, but is a banana cake. Nice to have a recipe for when I’m fresh out of overripe bananas. 😉

  24. teresa — June 6, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    oh this looks so good! i love those chocolate chips.

    i have a shout out of one of your awesome cookies on my blog. they were a total hit!

  25. Traci — June 6, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    Seriously, where were you with this recipe yesterday when I tried a new coffee cake recipe?? (Turns out the family didn’t like it so much). this would’ve been perfect!! :)

    • Two Peas replied: — June 6th, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

      I hope your family likes this recipe:)

  26. Alli — June 6, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    How could you forget a coffee cake that looked that good!

  27. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 6, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    Oh yum! I love coffee cake. I’ve never had one with chocolate chips in it though!

  28. I think I’d get up extra early for this in the a.m. ; ) yum!

  29. SMITH BITES — June 6, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Yum Maria – i make a similar coffee cake for the holidays – it is divine!!

  30. Katrina — June 6, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    This sounds awesome! I wish I had this for tomorrow morning. I’ll try this soon!

  31. Oh yum! I love coffee cake but coffee cake with chocolate chips sounds amazing!

  32. Pam — June 6, 2011 @ 3:07 pm


  33. This is the perfect excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast! :)

  34. Kelley — June 6, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    Lovely in every way and I’ll bet was delicious after a long day doing yard work! :)

  35. Connie — June 6, 2011 @ 6:22 pm


  36. Donna — June 6, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    Yum Yum! And who doesn’t have chocolate chips on hand – this is a great “emergency” dessert!

  37. Yes! This is fabulous! Satisfies my hubby’s craving for coffee cake and mine for chocolate! :)

  38. Chocolate and cinnamon is one of my favorite combos and I love coffee cakes.

  39. MK — June 6, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    This is in my oven as I type this! :) I didn’t have enough chocolate chips on hand so I threw in some pecans as well. Can’t wait for it to be done, it smells delicious!

  40. Delicious! Love coffee cake. Love chocolate. Win!

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