Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

by aimee @ shugarysweets on December 8, 2013

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake with swirls of cinnamon and chocolate chips! Use some festive red and green chips for the holidays!

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake recipe with Cinnamon swirl

I am pretty obsessed with coffee cakes. AKA breakfast cakes. Otherwise known as cake for breakfast. (see where this is going??)

While many people are weak when it comes to cookies, fudge, brownies, chips, ice cream…you get the point. I am weak when it comes to an irresistible breakfast cake sitting on my counter. It’s the perfect morning treat that goes so nicely with my morning coffee (hence the name “coffee cake”).

Today’s recipe was created using my Cream Cheese Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake recipe. Except of course, there is not cheesecake in today’s recipe. And I made it in TWO cake pans (one for now and one to freeze for Christmas morning)! I also used a smaller amount of streusel, but added in a center layer of chocolate chip and cinnamon swirl to these cakes.

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake recipe with Cinnamon swirl

Can I just say, I love them. No, really, I love them and want to marry them. m’kay?

I found some red and green chocolate chip morsels at the grocery store this week and made one batch with those for a festive version of this cake.

I also made a batch with regular chocolate chips. You decide which way to go! If you’re reading this post in the middle of June, you may want to use the regular chocolate chips. Just sayin.

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake recipe with Cinnamon swirl

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 cakes

Delicious, moist Chocolate Chip Coffee cake with cinnamon swirls! Perfect any time of year!


    For the cake:
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • For the Streusel:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels, divided


  1. For the cake, grease and flour two 8 1/2 inch round cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. For the streusel, combine flour, sugars, cinnamon and butter in small bowl. Mix with hands until crumbly. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt on low until combined. Beat in softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Add in eggs, vanilla and buttermilk and beat until fully combined and fluffy. Pour half of mixture in bottom of cake pans, dividing evenly. Spread using the back of a spoon or a small offset spatula (yes it will be very thin, it's okay!) Top with half of the streusel, sprinkling it over both cakes. Add half of the chocolate chips, about 1 cup, dividing evenly between both cakes.
  4. Pour the remainder of the batter over the cakes, dividing evenly. Use your spatula or spoon to spread it out one more time. Top with the remaining streusel and chocolate chips.
  5. Bake cakes in a 325 degree F oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool 15 minutes, then remove cake from pan onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
  6. Serve into slices or freeze in an airtight container for later use. ENJOY. Best used within 3 days of baking (if not freezing).

Obsessed with those Red and Green morsels?

I used them in these Candy Cane Oreo Cookie bars!

Oreo Cookie Bars

Cinnamon Cinnabon Cake is my most requested coffee cake in our house! I happily oblige.

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake

Check out some of my favorite pinterest boards:

Christmas Holiday Cheer

Breakfast Table Goodies

Fudge, Truffles and Candy

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

omigoodness this would be super impressive if brought to any holiday party!
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 9, 2013 at 7:30 am

Yes it would!! And it tastes amazing too :)
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marcie December 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

This looks so delicious, Aimee! I love those festive chocolate chips. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 9, 2013 at 7:31 am

Thanks Marcie. My family thought it was fun to eat this early before Christmas too!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2013 at 7:05 am

Thanks Marcie! What time will you be here for coffee cake? ;)


Marcie@Flavorthemoments December 10, 2013 at 11:05 am

I’ll hop a plane and be there in a few hours.
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Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent December 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

This coffeecake would be perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. Love the red and green chocolate chips :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life December 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I love the fun colors of the holiday version. And I am weak around coffee cake too…can’t resist eating bite after bite!!!
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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor December 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Chocolate chip coffee cake looks and sounds perfect for the holidays! Thanks for sharing, Aimee!
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Karissa K. @ Sweet As A Cookie December 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Coffee cake is my weakness. I love how festive this looks!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 8, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I so love coffee cake! It’s so much fun coming up with new flavors. This is fabulous!
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2013 at 7:02 am

Thanks Dorothy! Wish you lived close enough to enjoy this coffee cake in the morning with me :)


Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet December 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Don’t you just love those red and green morsels! This coffee cake is looking pretty good!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2013 at 7:01 am

I do! they just make everything so much cuter this time of year!


Tenns @ New Mama Diaries December 8, 2013 at 11:34 pm

I have always liked coffee cake for the most part, but have never seen this version. I’m more used to a cinnamon or apply crumb coffee cake. What a cool take on the old coffee cake!
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2013 at 6:58 am

Thank you!! It definitely was fun “recipe testing” this cake with holiday morsels and without!!


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 9, 2013 at 6:44 am

Cake for breakfast. Yes. And seriously I can’t get enough “crumb” :) mmMMmmMMM
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2013 at 6:57 am

No. Never enough crumbs!


David @ Spiced December 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

Oh, I love coffee cake…and this looks super festive with the holiday colors. Thanks!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2013 at 6:55 am

Thanks David! I have one saved in my freezer for Christmas morning!


David @ Spiced December 10, 2013 at 7:52 am

Ah, we think alike! We always have a delicious coffee cake on Christmas morning…it’s a family tradition. :-)
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain December 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

So I could eat one now….and one for dinner later… :O or you know, save it like you said. Maybe. Probably not. I don’t know if I could wait that long to inhale this cake! :D
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Trish - Mom On Timeout December 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

Such a great coffee cake Aimee! I love how festive and fun it is :)
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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel December 11, 2013 at 12:20 am

Love it! So easy and so brilliant to swap regular chocolate chips for the festive Christmas ones. Instant perfect Christmas breakfast!!
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kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor December 14, 2013 at 1:31 am

So yummy and FUN!


Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil December 15, 2013 at 9:44 am

Love this idea! So fun!
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Nutmeg Nanny December 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

Mouth watering!! I love love love coffee cake, saving this recipe!
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Melissa McClung December 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Could you put this in a 9 x 13 pan? I’m at my relatives and can’t get out to get the round pans. if so how long would I bake it?


aimee @ shugarysweets December 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

You definitely could bake in a 13×9, just not sure for how long. I guess I would start at 35 minutes, and check every 5 until it’s done!


Kristen Duke January 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Oh my this looks amazing!
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Clover July 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I made this this morning. Saw it on facebook and was in the mood, had the stuff so I just made it. It was delish. I used 9″ round pans, skipped the parchment paper and used pam for baking to spray instead. My family all enjoyed it. Stuck one in the freezer. It took 35 min in my oven. Thanks for the wonderful family friendly recipes.


aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

Love when the baking spirit strikes. And I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!


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