when it comes to breakfast + brunch, i almost always choose a savory option over a sweet one. show me a brunch menu full of delicious-sounding pancakes + french toast? i’ll read through ‘em, then hop down to the omelettes + quiches, where i’ll choose something that sounds even tastier. there is one thing that can make me wander to the sweet side, though — a truly scrumptious coffee cake. this stems from my childhood, when my parents would start the weekend by picking up amazing new england bagels + my favorite breakfast treat — a sour cream chocolate chip coffee cake.
i hadn’t thought about that coffee cake in years, until i had sour cream to use up + stumbled across a sour cream coffee cake recipe. suddenly, i remembered that treat from my childhood + just had to make it. i found a recipe, gathered the ingredients, + was so excited that i couldn’t wait til the morning to make it, so i began baking it at 10 PM that evening. as it was baking, i knew i was on to something fab – it already smelled like that coffee cake i loved so much – i couldn’t wait to sample it.
so, how was it? absolutely, positively delicious. + to prove it? i’ve eaten an insane amount of this coffee cake in the mere 3 days since i baked it. it makes for a delicious breakfast, a perfect afternoon snack, or a wonderful after-dinner sweet. the cake is moist + flavorful, while the chocolate/ cinnamon-sugar ribbon is rich + decadent. + my favorite part? the divine cinnamon-sugar crumble topping, intermingled with cinnamon-sugar coated chocolate chips. holy deliciousness! so, if you’re looking for a serious crowd-pleaser for your next breakfast or brunch, look no further!
chocolate chip coffee cake
makes about 9 servings, adapted from two peas + their pod
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 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
preheat the oven to 350°. butter an 8-inch square baking pan + set aside.
in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, + salt. set aside.
using an electric mixer or a stand mixer, cream together the butter + 1 cup sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. add in the eggs, one at a time, + beat until smooth. beat in the sour cream + vanilla extract. mix until well combined.
slowly add in the dry flour mixture. mix until just combined. in a separate small bowl, make the cinnamon-sugar topping/filling, by whisking together sugar, brown sugar, + cinnamon.
prepare the coffee cake: pour half the batter into the prepared cake pan, then sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture + half of the chocolate chips. spread the remaining batter over the filling, spreading gently. top with the remaining chocolate chips + cinnamon-sugar mixture.
bake until the top is golden + a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes. cool to room temperature + serve.print this recipe