Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

I think people fall into one of two categories with their feelings about birthdays.  Either they want the whole world to know about it (generally reserved for kids I think) or they want to avoid them like the plague and make sure no one knows when they are or how many times they’ve happened (almost everyone else I think).  Which category do you fall in?  I’m solidly in the birthday avoidance and silence group.  I recently had to bump that obnoxious age number again and as retaliation against the flow of time I am using that as an excuse to eat whatever I want.

If you know me even a little then you know that I love chocolate.  I even love it for breakfast and have been known to sneak some chocolate chips into the plain pancakes that my husband makes for me.     😉  I’m not going to be sneaky about it today… for my birthday breakfast I’m enjoying this coffee cake, loaded with chocolate and cinnamon flavors!

10Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe
(16 servings)

Ingredients for Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel:

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided per the directions

Ingredients for the Coffee Cake:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (equivalent to 1 and 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sour cream

Directions for Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dark brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.
  2. Transfer 1 and 1/4 cups of the mixture to a smaller bowl and set it aside.
  3. Mix in the cold butter into the remaining mixture until its crumbly.
  4. Store the crumbly mixture in the freezer until you are ready to layer the coffee cake.

Directions for the Coffee Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and it set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Mix in the butter until it’s incorporated.
  5. Stir in the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and mix until it’s smooth.
  6. Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared baking pan.
  7. Sprinkle half of the miniature chocolate chips on top of the cake batter.
  8. Sprinkle the dry chocolate cinnamon mixture (the part without the butter in it) over the top.
  9. Pour the remaining half of the cake batter on top.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining half of the miniature chocolate chips over the top.
  11. Sprinkle the top with the butter streusel mixture (from the freezer).
  12. Bake it in the preheated oven 27 to 32 minutes, or until a tester inserted comes out clean.

Store in an air tight container at room temperature or in a freezer friendly bag in the freezer.


I may not like birthdays, but I sure do love cakes.  Who needs a cake with candles at dessert time when you can have cake for breakfast?  This cake batter is thick so be patient as you spread it out in the baking pan.

02Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

I’m a perfectionist and that means that I weighed the cake batter to make sure the two halves were actually even.  You definitely don’t have to do that because it will come out equally delicious even if the layers are a bit uneven.  In fact, even with exactly divided cake batter, the magic weight of the other layers means the bottom won’t look as thick anyway.  I still feel better knowing I made it even though.     🙂

Keep building the layers.  It’s pretty much the most awesome lasagna ever.  Okay, no it’s not, but it has chocolate.     🙂

03Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Just look at that magnificent beauty!  I love seeing all the gorgeous layers.  The cocoa powder gives the center and top layers their dark color (and of course helps to make this breakfast treat chocolaty).

04Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

I’ve never understood why these kinds of cakes are called coffee cakes.  There is no coffee in it.  Perhaps it’s because it goes perfect with a cup of joe.  As my editor (husband) was looking over the post he just explained that is exactly why.  See?  You learn something new every day.     🙂

In true coffee cake style, the chocolate layers also have cinnamon incorporated into them.  Another new thing I learned is that I love cinnamon and chocolate together.  Not often combined, but they really should be.

09Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

I don’t know about you, but I love not having to wait for dessert time to indulge in this sweet treat.  Birthday girl rules apply until I say otherwise and this moist cake loaded up with adorable tiny chocolate chips is not against the rules for breakfast until it’s gone.

08Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

If I could enjoy this cake every morning then I’d celebrate my birthday every day.  Wait, no, I take that back!  I sure do love it.     🙂


5 Hats

Source: Bakingdom


Here are some other tasty cake breakfast treats.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake




The Perfect Crumb Cake

05Crumb Cake_1024x768



Chocolate Crumb Cake

06=1Chocolate Crumb Cake


  1. Visiting from Saturday Night Fever, this cake combines both my love of chocolate and cinnamon what a yummy combination. I’d love for you to link up at Sweet and Savoury Sundays, stop by and link up now 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Link parties are fun and I’ll definitely stop by! 🙂

  2. Happy Birthday Tina! And this coffee cake looks absolutely incredible! It might not be my birthday for a while still, but can I still make this birthday coffee cake?!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Chris! It can be your happy un-birthday cake! 😉

  3. I fall into the first category, but nobody ever remembers my birthday… so I always have a quiet one with no cake *sighs*. This year I’ll make sure I make myself the best-est cake ever you’ll see. And I hope it looks as wonderful as this one. What a combo!! xx

    1. Tina says:

      That makes me sad. 🙁 Please make sure to blog about birthday when it comes up so we can all celebrate you. 🙂

  4. Kelly says:

    Wow, I wish I had a piece of this right now! This looks so delicious!!

    1. Tina says:

      I wish I had some leftovers to send you! My family gobbled these up like vaulters. 🙂

  5. This looks like the perfect coffee cake to feed a crowd! Love it, TIna….thanks for sharing at SNF!

    1. Tina says:

      Oh yes, my family devored it! Thanks for stopping by! I always love being apart of SNF link parties. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *