Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake

Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake
Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake
This image courtesy of Michael Maes

The high butter and sugar content of this coffee cake results in such a tender cake that you could even serve if for dessert. The mini chocolate chips carry the chocolate flavor into every bite, and the unsweetened cocoa creates chocolate stripes throughout.

Makes12 to 16 servings

Cooking MethodBaking


Recipe CourseDessert

Dietary ConsiderationHalal, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

MealBreakfast, Brunch

Taste and TextureChocolatey, Sweet

Type of DishCake, Chocolate Cake, Dessert


  • 3 tablespoons (43 g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) butter
  • 2 cups (242 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 mL) salt
  • 3/4 cup (170 g) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup (300 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (236 mL) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) semisweet chocolate mini chips
  • Powdered sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C) with oven rack in middle. Spray a nonstick 10-cup (2.47-L) Bundt pan generously with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. To Make the Filling: Mix brown sugar and cocoa in a small bowl and cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some pea-sized pieces.

  3. To Make the Cake: Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

  4. Beat butter and sugar in bowl of a heavy-duty mixer on Medium speed until creamy, scraping down bowl once or twice. Add sour cream, vanilla, and eggs and beat until smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl.

  5. Reduce mixer speed to Low, add the flour mixture, and beat just until the flour disappears. Stir in chocolate chips.

  6. Spoon half of the batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with filling. Cover with remaining batter, spreading evenly to cover the filling. Keep filling away from sides of pan to prevent sticking.

  7. Bake 35 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on wire cooling rack. Remove cake from pan (see Notes) and cool completely. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar and cocoa over coffee cake.

Baker's Notes

  1. Spray the Bundt pan generously with nonstick cooking spray or grease with vegetable shortening and coat with flour. Make sure the ridges are coated so the cake will come out completely.

  2. Use a metal spatula to release the center and loosen the sides of the cake from the pan. With the cake side up, gently shake the pan to loosen the bottom, rotating as you shake. If it doesn’t release, use the spatula to lift from the bottom. Carefully remove the cake from the pan by inverting it onto a cooling rack.

Secrets to Success

  1. Don’t use regular-size semisweet chocolate chips, because they will sink to the bottom of the cake.

  2. Use a mesh strainer or a tea infuser to sprinkle the powdered sugar and cocoa.

  3. It takes a little practice to remove a Bundt cake from the pan, but if it doesn’t come out completely, just sliced and arrange the slices on a serving plate.


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This looks great! I've made my share of Bundt cakes, and it can be a bit tricky to extract them so the cake isn't damaged. I appreciate the fact that several hints are given for getting the cake out of the pan. I love the idea of both the chocolate chips as well as the cocoa swirls. This definitely looks like it could easily be used as a dessert with some chocolate or vanilla ice cream. I could also see adding some chopped walnuts to the batter as well.

Coffee cake is probably my favorite dessert. Anything that pairs perfectly with coffee is good in my book )


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