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Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee cake is made-from-scratch baking at its finest. Throw this coffee cake together in an hour, and suddenly you have dessert! Or brunch. Or breakfast. This moist and tender cake is good pretty much any time of the day.  

chocolate sour cream coffee cake

Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Did you guys know that coffee cake doesn’t actually include coffee? Turns out a lot of people don’t realize that! It is actually a cake that is meant to be served WITH coffee. Fun times.

I saw this coffee cake over on Ali Ebright’s blog, Gimmie Some Oven. That also happens to be probably the most clever and adorable food blog name I’ve ever come across, so she’s been one of my favorites for quite a while now.

Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Dessert, or breakfast, or bunch – it just isn’t complete with chocolate, so I decided to change this up a bit and give it a chocolatey twist! I also decided to make it in a high sided cake pan instead of a sheet pan for these reach-for-the-sky pieces. You could also bake it in a bundt pan if you don’t have the right kind of cake pan, or go with a 9×13 as well for a thinner sheet cake.

Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Are you all prepared for the fall holidays yet? I’m still adjusting to SCHOOL being back on. Its picture day tomorrow, so off to get haircuts we went after school today.

Do you know how not fun it usually is to take the school-aged boys for haircuts?

Then add in three toddlers too, and like whoa. I found a super cute local barber shop about 5 minutes from their school that’s in a little strip mall.

I parked right out front of the door, walked one kid in, went back to the truck. Swapped the next kid into the chair, back to the truck. BONUS. And the barber was AWESOME. We were out of there in like 30 minutes, and their hair looks awesome AND there’s a pizza place next door so I had haircuts and dinner DONE before 5pm. I call that a win.

Hungry for more chocolate? Me too. Check these out while you’re at it!

Homemade Marble Pound Cake
Caramel Filled Brownies
Chewy Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
3 Ingredient Chocolate Cheesecake
Snickers Cake

Almost as big of a win as this coffee cake.

Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Yield: 12 servings

Chocolate Stuffed Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Chocolate Sour Cream Coffee Cake is going to be your new favorite coffee cake. Its sweet enough for dessert, but totally appropriate for brunch too. Or so I tell myself.

This sweet coffee cake is heavy on the sour cream, and has a delicious chocolate drizzle on top of a cinnamon sugar crust. A surprising chocolate layer at the bottom also adds to the appeal of this fun coffee cake.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Imperial granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown Imperial sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips, divided

Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark brown Imperial sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugars until lightened in color and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk together until the flours and leavening agents are incorporated with each other.
  2. Add the sour cream and flour mixture in alternating amounts, mixing between additions until combined.
  3. Place 1/2 of batter into a 9" cake pan with high sides (at least 2" inch) that's been prepared with baking spray. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips over the batter, and then top with the remaining batter and spread over to cover.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and brown sugar, and then sprinkle over the top of the cake.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out with moist crumbs.
  6. To finish cake, melt your remaining chocolate chips over a double boiler or following the package directions and drizzle over the cake.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 527Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 2gSugar: 57gProtein: 6g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Tuesday 16th of February 2016

Can this cake be any better?YUM! This look really delicious. I will be definitely giving this one a try very soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Laura @MotherWouldKnow

Thursday 8th of October 2015

You're so right - simple and gorgeous. I love coffee cake, definitely more than frosted cakes and almost as much as crumb cake. this one looks so crumbly good too , and with sour cream, it's bound to be incredibly moist.

Nicole Johnson

Friday 9th of October 2015

It was super moist! My favorite kind of coffee cake, or any cake really! ;)


Thursday 8th of October 2015

Oooh, I love that you've added chocolate to this classic coffee cake! SO yummy, Nicole :)

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 8th of October 2015

Thanks, Liz! It was awesome, and totally made it a bit more dessert-worthy than regular coffee cake IMO.

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