Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

This recipe is updated to use milk instead of buttermilk. Be sure to toast the nuts first for the best flavor. Coffee cake is always best served warm. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Makes: 8 servings

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake


    Streusel Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil (or softened butter)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup milk (I use 1% or 2% low fat milk)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg


    Streusel Topping: (it’s best to prepare this first - I use my fingers)
  1. In a small bowl combine the streusel ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Cake:
  3. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  4. Grease an 8-inch square or 9-inch round cake pan.
  5. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips in a bowl.
  6. Combine milk, oil & egg in another bowl (or in a measuring cup).
  7. Gently fold the milk mixture into flour mixture.
  8. Spread batter into cake pan and top with streusel.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Serve warm.

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22 Comments on "Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake"

  1. Elaine

    I just made this cake and it’s delicious! I added 1 tsp. of vanilla to the batter. Thank you!

  2. Hanna

    What size loaf pan would recommend instead of a round pan.

  3. Paul Heppler

    I’ve made this same cake about 40 times, with slight variations to the topping. From applesauce-cinnamon-breadcrumbs to peaches, to plain old olive oil and brown sugar. Always a hit .

  4. Linda alridge

    I need the receipt for the pecan cookies (mexican).

    • Jenny

      My Pecan Balls recipe is in the “Sweets” and “Holiday” categories.

  5. Simona A

    Hi, I was wondering, is 1 egg enough ? the less the betterfor my health of course, but I generally see recipes ask for 2 or 3….

  6. Mustapha Jalo

    Pls i need your help of how to make home made bread with soybean and wheat.

  7. josie

    I like your recipe it’s easy and healthy.

  8. Sehrish

    In that case, I am waiting for your real coffee cake recipe 🙂

  9. Sehrish

    How much coffee did u add in this coffee cake Jenny?

    • Jenny

      There is no coffee in most “coffee cakes.” They are only called that because they are traditionally served with coffee.

  10. Simona

    Cut in spread (or butter) with a fork

    what does this mean?

    • Jenny

      I’m glad you asked because these days I just mix the topping with my fingers and I have adjusted the recipe to clarify. (“cutting in with a fork” just means mashing it together with the tines of a fork but fingers work just fine)

  11. Joyce

    I don’t have a 9in round cake pan could I use a 9/9 sq. pan the same one I used to make ur granola bars in. Thanks love he receipes. Just made the no knead crusty rolls today &I I love them I put butter (low fat) & peanut butter they were wonderful

    • Jenny

      An 8 x 8-inch square pan would be a better choice.

      • Joyce

        Thank u about the 8/8 pan is glass alright?

        • Jenny

          I never bake in glass but I believe you have to reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees for glass.

    • Grannyrsh

      I used a 9×9 glass baking dish and it worked just fine.

  12. Alexandra

    I dont have any buttermilk on hand, can i use plain yogurt instead?

    • Jenny

      I think you could use yogurt diluted with milk to be the same thickness as buttermilk. I’m guessing about 1/3 yogurt to 2/3 milk. If you use all yogurt, I suspect the batter would be too thick.

      • Linda

        I just mix milk with white vinegar
        (1 C milk + 1T vinegar) seems to work okay for buttermilk replacement…

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