Dark Chocolate Coffee Cake

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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 Recipe

Moist coffee cake swirled and studded with dark chocolate
Prep Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 1 loaf


  • 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


  • 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.
- Katrina

43 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Coffee Cake”

  1. #
    Mal @ The Chic Geek — April 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Wow, that coffee cake sounds and looks fabulous!

    I'm pretty sure my husband is going to want an inflatable lightsaber…
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  2. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Mmm, I heart yeasted coffee cake SO MUCH. I haven't made one in forever – adding this to my "to-do" list!
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  3. #
    Averie — April 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    That looks like perfect coffee cake. Anything with dark chocolate in it is going to be a hit!
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    chipchiphooray — April 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Oooh–I don't know that I've seen too many yeasted coffee cake recipes, and for sure not in loaf pans. This looks delicious! Adding chocolate to anything makes life better. 🙂

    P.S. I have two sisters and all aunts–come hang out with all of us girls!
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  5. #
    Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Goodness, this looks fabulous!

  6. #
    Elizabeth — April 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing!
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    Erin @ Dinners, Dish — April 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    What a great coffee cake. Almost like a swirl bread only better! Wish I was a coffee drinker 🙁
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  8. #
    bakedbyrachel — April 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    This needs to be in my belly. And… I spy a red sox cup!! I want it lol
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  9. #
    LivingTheSweetLife — April 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    My favourite thing about this cake, besides that it's infused with chocolate is how dense it looks 🙂 – – delicious!!
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  10. #
    Gina — April 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

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    Lauralovescakes — April 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    This cake looks gorgeous…your photography looks fab too! This cake could be a time saver too…coffee and breakfast in one! 🙂
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  12. #
    Ally — April 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Wow. Making this soon!
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    Belinda @zomppa — April 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Of course, doesn't everyone walk out with lightsabers? =) LOVE this cake!!
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  14. #
    Tiffany — April 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Loooooove coffee cake. Loooooove chocolate. Score!
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  15. #
    Hannah — April 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Do you think I could cut the risen dough in half and make two cakes? That way there would be 2 (uh, yeah) and it would be less doughy and possibly really moist. What do you think?

  16. #
    [email protected] for Two — April 27, 2012 at 1:15 am

    These look amazing!! I want that whole loaf!
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  17. #
    Karyn — April 27, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Good Golly! This looks so good! Do you know if there is much difference between this and Babka? I want to try my hand at Chocolate Babka but this looks just as yummy!
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  18. #
    Javelin Warrior — April 27, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Love this, Katrina – you've outdone yourself yet again! This looks so scrumptious, perfectly moist and studded with bits of chocolate. And I'm not really a coffee drinking, but off to check out your husband's cousin's blog 😉 I'm also featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. As ever, it's a pleasure to be following your creations…
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  19. #
    Baker Street — April 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Oh this is totally my kind of cake! What a gorgeous gorgeous loaf Katrina.
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  20. #
    Maureen — April 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Inflatable light saber? You really know what men want. 🙂

    I don't do a lot of coffee but I love your chocolate coffee cake!
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  21. #
    Jessica — April 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

    This looks amazing! I've been wanting to make this for so long and you have absolutely sealed the deal! Thanks for sharing!
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  22. #
    Lola Velasco — April 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Que recetas más deliciosas, ricas y apetitosas!

  23. #
    CourtneyQ — April 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I had to stop by and check this one out, Katrina! Looks amazing. (And I can so relate about boys. Sometimes I just want frilly girl stuff, too!)

  24. #
    Georgia — April 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Katrina, this coffee cake looks fantastic! Love you use of dark chocolate, cinnamon and a crumbly topping. This would make for one mouthwatering morning meal!

  25. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — April 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Katrina, I would need a house full of boys if I made this too……or I would eat it ALL by myself! {I've never been very strong in the self control area!}
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  26. #
    Raejean — April 28, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I love coffee cake! I shared your link on my Friday favorites.
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  27. #
    Debra Kapellakis — April 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Yummy! I enjoyed all the photographs. Have a great weekend.

  28. #
    Liz — April 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

    My boys would adore this, too! Who wouldn't like chocolate for breakfast??? YUM.

  29. #
    Kristen — April 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    You are so awesome!! I love love love that you did this… thanks, friend!

  30. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Oh my gosh that coffee cake looks killer! I want some!
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    traceyclark — April 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!! thank you so much for your support!

  32. #
    britathere — May 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Just found you at Rachel Cooks. This looks delish!

  33. #
    Laura — May 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    seriously good! can only imagine that that drizzled with hot salted caramel sauce would be ideal? https://www.coffeetoastandlondon.com/2012/04/oh-ho

    What do you think? Would it work?


  34. #
    sallysbakingaddiction — May 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Katrina, this coffee cake looks incredible! I just love the baked goodies you come up with… if I made this, I think I'd win girlfriend or daughter of the year. 🙂 I bet this would be good with raspberries in it too! 🙂

  35. #
    Meghan — May 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Katrina, this looks fantastic! Definitely wouldn't last long in my house!
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  36. #
    Waka Network — May 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I have always had a weakness for a good dark chocolate cake. My husband said this is the best chocolate cake he has ever had and t is by far the easiest and best tasting cake I've ever made.
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    Shelley — February 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

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  38. #
    uno — January 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Is it me or I didnt see coffee in the ingredients, Im confused cause its called coffee cake after all. Sorry.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — January 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      No coffee in the cake! But that’s a great question. It’s a cake to be enjoyed with coffee in the morning.

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    joyce wang — May 6, 2014 at 12:19 am

    hi just wanted to make sure this coffee cake doesn’t actually contain coffee is that right?

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — May 20, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Correct- thank you for asking. Coffee cake is traditionally a cake that can be enjoyed with coffee.

  41. #
    David — October 3, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    My boyfriend is allergic to cinnamon. Could I replace it with cocoa? Or would it be better to increase the chocolate and reduce the butter in the filling?

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