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Chocolate-Apricot Coffee Cake

My big sister shared this sensational coffee cake recipe with me. The unique combination of flavors in the center swirl really sets this above the rest. Your guests will be surprised and delighted with the apricot-chocolate filling.—Carol Wit, Tinley Park, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • BATTER:
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, combine first seven ingredients; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with yogurt, beating well after each addition.
  • Transfer half the batter to a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Sprinkle filling over batter. Top with remaining batter. Bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 424 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 496mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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