Dark Chocolate Coffee Cake Recipe – Moist coffee cake swirled and studded with dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate Coffee Cake Recipe

You already know that I live in a house full of boys. Last night I went into Target to grab a pack of paper towels and I came out with 2 inflatable lightsabers. I will probably be returning today to pick up a third one so that my husband doesn’t feel left out. Sometimes I just need to buy something pink or frilly to remind myself that I’m a girl. I grew up with brothers, I have sons, and my husband has a brother. Thankfully his brother is married now; I just love my sister-in-law. She is super crafty and makes me pretty notes and cards. One of her creations even showed up in my Instagram #shotofcoffee pictures this week.

Dark Chocolate Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a fun post because my internet friends and my real life friends came together for the love of coffee and also for a great cause. Head over to Dine and Dish or traceyclarkblogs to find out how snapping a picture of your coffee can make a difference in the [email protected] campaign.

#ShotofCoffee from @KatrinasKitchen

Since schedules can be a little crazy I wasn’t able to get my friends together this week for coffee and cake but we did have a little virtual coffee party and they all sent me pictures of their favorite mugs. I just love the variety! Don’t I just have the greatest friends? I know that I’m a bit odd for taking pictures of my food all day but they were good sports and played along.

#ShotofCoffee from @KatrinasKitchen

Of course I made something sweet for you too. This dark chocolate coffee cake is dense and perfect for your morning. And my house of boys certainly swoon over cake for breakfast. **Mom of the Year**

Dark Chocolate Coffee Cake @Katrinaskitchen

Dark Chocolate Coffee Cake @Katrinaskitchen

Dark Chocolate Coffee Cake Recipe

Moist coffee cake swirled and studded with dark chocolate
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Ingredients

  • For Coffee Cake:
  • teaspoons one envelope active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons, plus an extra pinch of granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup warm milk, 110° F
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon heavy cream, for egg wash
  • For Filling:
  • 8 ounces 1¼ cups bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • For Crumb Topping:
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into small pieces

Instructions
 

  • For Coffee Cake:
  • In a medium bowl, sprinkle yeast and a pinch of granulated sugar over the warm milk. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Whisk together the remaining ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, the whole egg and the egg yolk. Add to yeast mixture, combining gently.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the flour and salt. Add the egg/yeast mixture and beat on low speed about 30 seconds.
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment. Add 1 stick butter and beat until smooth and soft, about 10 minutes (dough will be sticky).
  • Butter a large bowl or spray with vegetable oil.
  • Turn out dough onto floured surface; knead a few times until smooth. Place in the buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until doubled in volume, 1 to 1½ hours.
  • For the Filling:
  • Combine the chocolate, granulated sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or rub in with your fingers until combined.
  • Punch down dough. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough to an 18-inch square.
  • Brush the edges of the dough with egg wash. Spread filling over dough, reserving ½ cup for the topping.
  • Tightly roll dough like a jellyroll. Pinch seam to seal, and fold in half to bring ends together to form a U. Twist two or three times to “braid”.
  • Butter or oil a loaf pan or line with parchment paper.
  • Transfer dough to loaf pan and brush top with egg wash.
  • For Crumb Topping:
  • Combine the powdered sugar, flour, and butter with your fingers until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle crumb topping plus the reserved ½-cup chocolate filling over loaf.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Drape plastic wrap over dough. Let stand in a warm place until raised by half, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove plastic wrap and bake, rotating loaf pan halfway through baking, until golden, about 1 hour.
  • Transfer loaf pan to a wire rack. Let cake cool completely before cutting.
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