Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake – This delicious chocolate chip cake is perfect for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee!  Super moist and tender from the addition of sour cream, easy to make from scratch!

Chocolate chip coffee cake

Ok, you guys.  Apparently, I’m just completely obsessed with cake lately.  I did just post my Cinnamon Roll Cake last week.

Scratch that, I’m obsessed with cake all the time.  I mean, who am I trying to kid here?

But, tis the season for comfort food breakfasts!  I’ll personally take any kind of soul warming breakfast food, but I particularly love making sweet treats for my family on the weekend.

chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake

Another one that happens to be my kids personal favorite are my Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins.  Also a reader fave, so definitely check those out if you haven’t!

I’m just going to load you up with goodies today is what I’m saying.  Any and all of these will be great for your upcoming holiday breakfast and brunch needs!

Or, if you’re like me, it’s great for anytime because you wake up craving chocolate and need a good excuse to eat it first thing in the morning!

chocolate chip coffee breakfast cake

So, this cake is super simple to make.  If you’ve been around my site and enjoy my recipes, you know that I’m not exactly a “layer cake” kind of girl.  I like them from scratch when possible, but not too fussy.

Room temperature ingredients are always best if possible.  Let your butter and eggs sit out for a good 30 minutes before mixing this up if you can.  In a pinch you can soften your butter in the microwave, just make sure to do it in 5 second intervals so that it doesn’t melt.

This cake is super buttery, moist, melt in your mouth and that comes from one simple ingredient, which is sour cream!  It makes this cake absolutely spectacular.

chocolate chip easy breakfast cake



5 from 45 votes

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake - This delicious chocolate chip cake is perfect for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee!  Super moist and tender from the addition of sour cream, easy to make from scratch!
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Total 50 minutes
Servings 8




  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips



  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x9 inch square baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer beat together the butter and sugar until creamy.  Add the eggs in one at a time mixing after each addition.  In a measuring cup whisk together the milk and sour cream.  Add to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.
  • With the mixer running on low add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients (I do this in thirds). Fold in chocolate chips.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the topping and extra chocolate chips. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean. 


  • Add the butter, cinnamon, flour and brown sugar to a medium bowl.  Use two forks to cut the butter into the flour mixture until everything is combined and the mixture is crumbly.  
  • Alternately, you can place all of the topping ingredients into your food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs are formed.


Calories: 400kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. The cake turned out well but the upper portion got a little burnt so I had to scrape off the upper layer of topping.

  2. 5 stars
    This is one seriously great cake 🙂 Just got it out of the oven…when I opened the oven door the amazing smell just filled up my kitchen. I drizzled chocolate on the top instead of extra choc. chips …either way it’s super yummy and just super quick/easy to make 🙂 Thank you for posting this recipe ! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This is a seriously wonderful recipe and final result looks just like photos. Made in a 9×5 loaf pan for my husband’s birthday after searching for something like Entenmann’s sour cream chip loaf. Thank you!! Excellent!!

  4. 5 stars
    So delicious!! In case anyone is curious—I made the recipe as muffins and it turned out great! Fill muffin cups halfway and bake at 350 for 16-19 minutes.