Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

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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

4.50 from 6 votes



  • 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.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  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. 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.

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

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!!

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

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

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

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

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

    1. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. “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!

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

  16. 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. 😉

  17. 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!

  18. 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!! 🙂

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

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

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

  22. Yes! This is fabulous! Satisfies my hubby’s craving for coffee cake and mine for chocolate! 🙂

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

  24. 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!

  25. This is definitely the kind of cake I would LOVE to discover on my kitchen counter after a long day! Actually, I’d like to discover it on my counter any and every second of any and every day! Love it!

  26. After a long day of yard work, I would be craving that coffee cake too!

  27. This looks wonderful! My dad LOVES chocolate chip cookies, so looks like this might be making its debut on our table for Father’s Day!

  28. Mmmmm wheres my espresso to accompany this lump of goodness? Love the blog and happy to subscribe,

  29. Sour cream always makes the most moist and delicious coffee cakes, especially when you throw a little chocolate into the mix as well.

  30. Oh MY gosh! That looks divine. So light and fluffy but so indulgent. I definitely want to make this one of these days!

  31. Oh that is one lovely coffee cake… never thought to add chocolate chips to it… what a wonderful idea!

  32. Oh sweet Lord of Coffee Cakes. This looks positively perfect. Also, how amazing is the Beater Blade?! I sort of can’t believe I went so long without it.

  33. omg yum! I’m in Italy and just getting my internet. Miss looking at your site this week

  34. Chocolate chip coffee cake is probably my favorite kind of coffee cake :). Wish I had some of this to eat for breakfast!

  35. Sour cream always gives a wonderful, moist texture to coffee cake. This looks like a wonderful treat to share after a long day in the garden.

  36. This looks so yummy!! Weren’t you so happy to finally have nice weather this past weekend? I wanted to be out in our garden as well, so much to catch up on after all the rain we have been having.

    (Oh, hello from FB group as well)

  37. Found your blog thru the Brown Eyed Baker – looks amazing! So many things are catching my eye, I don’t know where to click next!

    1. Welcome Erin! I am so glad you found our blog. We look forward to seeing you around:)

  38. Maria, this looks awesome! Was wondering though if you could use greek yogurt in place of the sour cream possibly? Thanks for all you do!
    Take care,

  39. Made it this morning for breakfast and it was amazingly delish! Wish I would would have read the last instruction to check it with a toothpick because after 40 minutes the center was still gooey. Oh well still enjoyed the rest of it.

  40. I tried this and added some coffee mate Mocha to the mix and it’s delicious!!!! Just a hint of the dark mocha was a yummy addition to the cake!

  41. Just made it– and it is DELICIOUS! I am writing a blog about my new favorite thing and making sure to link it back to yours! Thank you!

  42. Excellent web site you have got here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  43. I baked it in a 8inch spring form and it needed like 15 more min middle wasn’t done is that expected since I didn’t use 8inch sq baking dish?

  44. Just made this! It’s a freezing, cold morning..I’ve 3 teen boys to feed. How perfect! I was disappointed at first because I didn’t have sour cream so I substituted greek yogurt. Fabulous ♥

  45. My mom made a cake like this starting around 40 years ago. It was called Treasure cake. Ours has a stick of butter and a stick of margarine. It’s also made with cake flour with a little more vanilla. It’s always been my favorite cake!

  46. I have made this cake a few times in the past and it always has a under done spot in middle. I even have increased bake time. I thought it was just me but a fiend just asked me on Sunday how to get ths cake to bake even the whole way through. Any suggestions. Love the cake but dislike the middle.

  47. A total fail. Not only did the cake run over in the oven, the center was undercooked and the top and sides were getting too brown (does not look like the picture). If I would attempt to make it again, I will use a bigger pan. I wished I would of read the reviews before trying this. Lesson learned!

  48. This looks so good that I had to try it. It’s in the oven now. when I was shopping, I ended up buying some butterscotch chips so I’m making it with butterscotch chips and chocolate chips. I hope that my family likes it. =) Thanks for the recipe!

  49. My mom made this cake while I was growing up. It was called “Treasure” cake. In our recipe we use cake flour and sift it with the dry ingredients. We also use more sugar in the mixture that goes on top and in the middle. Otherwise it’s identical. We also use a 9x 13 glass dish. My kids devour it whenever I make it!

  50. 5 stars
    Easy recipe and my family LOVEs it. Once I ran out of sour cream and substituted plain yogurt. It was still great.