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Rich Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Recipe

Rich Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Recipe

When I was a teacher, this recipe was recommended by one of my student's parents. I've made it so many times, I can't imagine hosting a brunch without it. Chocolate chips add sweet bursts of flavor to the rich and tender coffee cake. —Michelle Krzmarzick Torrance, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1. Cream the butter, cream cheese and 1-1/4 cups of sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Combine the pecans, cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over batter.
  • 3. Bake uncovered at 350° for 30 minutes; cover and bake 30-40 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool completely before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 474 calories, 29g fat (17g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 360mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2017

"I liked the idea of using a Bundt pan, so I tried that, left out the topping ingredients, and added 1/2 cup of grated coconut (not sweetened) to the batter with the chocolate chips. I topped it with about 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted in 2-3 Tbsp of milk, sprinkled coconut on top... and it's delicious! The chips stayed scattered throughout the cake!"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2016

"Not sure what everyone is talking about here. This recipe was a complete fail. I am an avid baker and I've never had a recipe go so wrong. It fell in the middle as it was cooling and when I sliced a piece, it was raw."

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"Devine! Doubled recipe. Put into two pans. Worked great. It looks beautiful. It tastes great warm. Is not too dry, because of the cream cheese and the amount of butter. I should have added more chocolate chips. Love it. Will see how well it keeps."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"I made this the night before Thanksgiving brunch, since several reviewers said it keeps well. However, I thought it was dry and wished I hadn't made it ahead. I followed the recipe to a "T", so don't know what happened. If I try it again, it will be the same day I serve it."

Reviewed May. 3, 2013 Edited Jul. 26, 2014

"Actually, I HAD made this recipe when it first came out in Taste of Home and the recipe was delicious! It is a keeper! I prepared this recipe again 7/26/14. I used

part packed brown sugar and part granulated plus 2 Tbsp. of each to equal 1-1/4 cups sugar!
I adjusted the amount of salt, baking powder and baking soda by using 1 tsp. of each! I also used 1/8 cup of all-purpose flour to mix in with the chocolate chips and I used 1 cup of butter-flavored shortening (Crisco) with 2 Tbsp. water to equal 1 cup of butter. With the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, I used 1/4 cup cinnamon-sugar mixed with 1/4 cup chopped pecans and mixed together. I sprinkled over the batter. I also greased and floured my 9"
springform pan and baked 50 to 55 minutes! Thank you, Michelle Krzmarzick, for sharing your recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"Every time we make this cake for guests we get requests for the recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"I have made this recipe 3 times so far. It is great! It keeps really well for a week! My spouse is not crazy about nuts, so if I am making it for home, I use a streusel topping rather than the nut topping; however I prefer the nut topping. Will be added to my Christmas brunch recipes."

Karen J
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"This is fantastic! I've made it multiple times and each time it was great. I've aslo made it using jumbo muffin tins and frozen the muffins. Tastes good after being frozen, too!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"Excellent recipe! I used a bundt cake pan and the mini choloclate chips. Also, I only used about half of the specified sugar and cinnamin topping."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"This was DELICIOUS!! I really mean it too. Best coffee cake I ever tasted. I left out the pecans and added 1/2 cup more chocolate chips. It was great. I will definitely make it again! I could not help myself to eat more and more of it! I can't say much more except make it and see for yourself!"

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