Coffee cakes are one of the staples in cafes and bakeries. A warm piece of coffee cake with a dark roasted cup of coffee or even a cold glass of milk…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. There are many, many variations of coffee cakes from a simple sugar crumb cake to fruit coffee cakes and even eggnog coffee cake. Today I’m doing a traditional sugar cinnamon mixed with sour cream and chocolate chips for something special. Moist sour cream coffee cake topped with a chocolate chip crumble? Sign me up for a piece or two!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
What qualifies as a coffee cake? Coffee cake is a general term that refers to cakes that are eaten alongside coffee, just as the same suggests. This dessert is a single layer cake that is often flavored with cinnamon or other spices, nuts or fruits. Some coffee cakes have a streusel while others may have a light glaze, the options are endless. This coffee cake is a cinnamon spiced dessert with a chocolate streusel, just a little something special to set it over the edge.
Although there is chocolate in this streusel, I find that it’s such a small amount that it doesn’t sweeten up the cake too much. You can substitute this with toffee or nuts if you like, or just eliminate it altogether.
The batter comes together quite quickly, which is why you want to have the streusel ready to go. Beat the eggs until frothy, add your wet ingredients than finish with the dry. If you want to go a healthier route, substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream.
The first time I made this coffee cake, I spread a layer of the streusel in between the batter and on top to create layers. As appealing as this initially sounded, the cake was just too sweet. Lesson learned, one topping is plenty!
This sour cream coffee cake was exactly what I wanted: moist, with a hint of cinnamon and little bites of chocolate. What more can you ask for in a coffee cake? What’s your favorite way to prepare this popular dessert?
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