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A slice of Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake with a purple flower next to the cake.
5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

A moist cake recipe with scattered chocolate chips throughout. This cake is also topped with a cinnamon crumb topping and even more chocolate chips!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 12 servings


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar - packed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs - at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk - or buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream - see notes
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • 4 tablespoons cold butter - cut into cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar - packed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips - can use more than 1/2 cup if you'd like


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13x9 inch baking dish. Set aside. 
  • In a medium size bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes on medium speed. 
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla and milk. 
  • With mixer on low add half of the dry ingredients, then add the sour cream, and finish by adding the remaining dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. 
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to spread the batter into an even layer. Sprinkle the topping over the batter and then top with the additional ½ cup of chocolate chips. 
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, but no wet batter. (Mine baked for 38 minutes).


  • Combine butter, cinnamon, flour, and brown sugar in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, mix the butter into the mixture until it’s crumbly and resembles coarse sand. 


  • If you don't have sour cream, plain greek yogurt is a great substitution.
  • You can add more than just 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the top of the cake. You can be as generous as you'd like!
  • I love using Bakers Joy baking spray when making cakes. That's what I used to grease my pan. 


Calories: 406kcal (20%), Carbohydrates: 67g (22%), Protein: 5g (10%), Fat: 13g (20%), Saturated Fat: 8g (40%), Cholesterol: 57mg (19%), Sodium: 299mg (12%), Potassium: 143mg (4%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 45g (50%), Vitamin A: 316IU (6%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 97mg (10%), Iron: 2mg (11%)