Heavenly Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake Recipe

Greetings coffee and cake enthusiasts! If you’re like me, your taste buds perk up at the mention of chocolaty flavors, cinnamon swirls, and the hint of coffee in every bite. Well, get ready to indulge in a sinfully delicious treat that will tantalize your senses – a Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake!

This cake recipe is not just any ordinary coffee cake. It combines the richness of chocolate graham cracker crumbs with the warm, sweet aroma of cinnamon streusel and the boldness of coffee to create an irresistible flavor explosion. One slice of this heavenly dessert is sure to leave you wanting more.

This recipe has quickly become a go-to for me when I want to impress my guests or satisfy my own cravings. And while it may sound complicated, the steps are simple to follow and will have you serving up this decadent delight just in time for your next gathering or solo indulgence.

So sit back, take a sip of your favorite coffee blend, and let’s get started on creating a chocolate graham cracker coffee cake that’s sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake
Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake

If you are a fan of coffee cake, then this chocolate graham cracker coffee cake is the perfect recipe for you. Not only does it combine the flavors of chocolate and coffee, but it also has a delightful crunchy texture from the graham cracker crumbs and walnuts.

This recipe is easy to make and is perfect for any occasion. You can serve it for breakfast, brunch, or even as a dessert. Its versatility is just one of the many reasons why you’ll love this recipe.

Another reason to love this recipe is its simplicity. With just a few basic ingredients that you may already have in your pantry, you can create a delicious and decadent cake that everyone will love. The chocolate graham cracker crumbs add a unique twist to the traditional coffee cake, making this recipe stand out from the rest.

But perhaps the best reason to try this recipe is its rich and intense flavor. The combination of chocolate and coffee creates a flavor explosion that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Whether you enjoy it with a cup of hot coffee or a tall glass of iced mocha, this cake is sure to delight your taste buds.

So why wait? Don’t miss out on the chance to experience this delicious chocolate graham cracker coffee cake. Trust me when I say that you will be hankering for seconds before you even finish your first slice.

Ingredient List

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Ingredients You’ll Need for Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake Recipe

Here are the ingredients you need to gather to make one Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake Recipe. These items can be found in most grocery stores or ordered online:

  • Graham Crackers: 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs is required for this recipe. You can use regular graham crackers or chocolate graham crackers.
  • Butter: 1/2 cup of melted butter is used in the cake recipe and another 1/4 cup is required for the cinnamon streusel topping.
  • Brown Sugar: You will need both light and dark brown sugar in this recipe. 3/4 cup of packed light brown sugar is needed for the cake batter while 1/2 cup of packed dark brown sugar is needed for the cinnamon streusel topping.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Adding cinnamon to the cake batter and the cinnamon streusel topping creates a warm and spicy flavor. This recipe requires 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
  • Chocolate Chips: Semi-sweet chocolate chips add an extra layer of chocolatey goodness to this coffee cake! Use 1/2 a cup in this recipe.
  • Flour: This recipe calls for all-purpose flour with a total of 1 1/2 cups used.
  • Baking Powder: Used as a leavening agent, we require 3 teaspoons of baking powder in our Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Recipe.
  • Eggs: We need two large eggs at room temperature.
  • Water and Espresso Powder: Adding espresso powder mixed with water intensifies the coffee flavor and enhances its rich chocolate base. You need one teaspoon of espresso powder and ¾ cups of water.
  • Walnuts: For garnishing, use around 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.

The Recipe How-To

Now, let’s dive into the recipe how-to of this chocolate graham cracker coffee cake. With proper layering and baking techniques, you’ll have a mouthwatering and indulgent coffee cake. Here are the steps to follow:


  • 1 cup of chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Graham Streusel Coffee Cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine Graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and ground cinnamon.
  3. Mix them well by using a fork or spoon. Make sure all the ingredients are well combined and moistened.
  4. Take your 9-inch cake pan and add half of the mixture into it.
  5. Press the mixture firmly down into an even layer with your fingertips or with the back of a spoon.
  6. Reserve the remaining half.

Cake Batter:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 eggs

  • In another bowl, prepare the chocolate cake batter according to package instructions.

  • To enhance the flavor, add one tablespoon of espresso powder to the cake batter.
  • Pour half the cake batter over your Graham cracker crust.
  • Sprinkle chopped walnuts and chocolate chips on top.

Cinnamon Streusel:

  • 3/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons of butter

  • In a separate bowl, mix together Graham cracker crumbs, packed brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and butter.

  • Use a pastry blender or fork until you have coarse crumbs.

  • Spread half of this Cinnamon streusel mixture over the first layer of walnut-chocolate chips.

  • Pour the remaining cake batter and spread it evenly over the streusel and sprinkled with remaining chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.

  • Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

  • Let it cool before slicing and serving it.

Enjoy your delicious Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake Recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

 Dive into a slice of heaven with this Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake!
Dive into a slice of heaven with this Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake!

There are plenty of ways to experiment and make this Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake Recipe your own. Here are a few substitutions and variations to consider:

– Walnuts: If you’re not a fan of walnuts, try using pecans or almonds for a different nutty flavor.

– Toppings: This recipe calls for a streusel topping made with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and chocolate graham cracker crumbs. But feel free to mix it up by adding chocolate chips or marshmallows.

– Cake Mix: Instead of using a traditional yellow cake mix, try a chocolate cake mix for a richer, more decadent flavor.

– Espresso Powder: If you don’t have espresso powder on hand or don’t want to use it, skip it altogether. It won’t affect the overall outcome of the recipe.

– Graham Cracker Crumbs: If you don’t have chocolate graham crackers on hand, regular graham cracker crumbs will work just as well. Or try experimenting with other types of cookies or biscuit crumbs.

– Mores Coffee Cake: For a variation of this recipe, top the cake batter with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips before you bake it. Once done, add some extra crushed graham crackers and whip cream. This version is reminiscent of s’mores!

– Icebox Cake: To turn this coffee cake into an icebox cake, simply leave it to cool down completely then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Once chilled serve it cold!

Remember that experimenting in the kitchen is great fun, so don’t be afraid to try new things!

Serving and Pairing

 Add some sweetness to your day with this decadent coffee cake.
Add some sweetness to your day with this decadent coffee cake.

Once you’ve baked this delicious chocolate graham cracker coffee cake, it’s time to enjoy it! This coffee cake makes a great breakfast, brunch or dessert option, and pairs well with various beverages.

For breakfast or brunch, I recommend serving a slice of cake with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The flavor of the coffee complements the chocolate and graham flavors in the cake perfectly. If you’re feeling adventurous, try brewing up an iced mocha to serve alongside the cake for a refreshing summer treat.

If you plan to serve the cake as a dessert, you can top it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to enhance its sweetness. I also love pairing this cake with a glass of milk or even a cup of hot chocolate for that classic s’mores-inspired flavor.

For those looking to get creative, why not try making a graham cracker float by combining vanilla ice cream and root beer soda? Or make an icebox cake by layering slices of this coffee cake with chocolate pudding, marshmallows and graham streusel. Another fun variation is making a mocha eclair cake by layering sliced yellow cake mix with chocolate pudding and espresso whipped cream.

Overall, this chocolaty-gooey goodness pairs well with just about anything your heart desires. Enjoy it warm out of the oven or chilled in the fridge – it’s tasty any way you slice it!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect treat to share with friends and family - Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake!
The perfect treat to share with friends and family – Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake!

One of the best features of this Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake Recipe is that it can be made ahead. This means you can prepare it the night before and have a delicious and decadent breakfast ready to go in the morning.

To make things even better, this cake stores well. Once baked, let the cake cool completely before cutting into slices. Transfer the slices into an airtight container or sealable plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.

If you need to reheat your chocolate graham cracker coffee cake, simply place a slice in the microwave for about 10 seconds or until heated through. You can also warm slices up in the oven at 350°F for about five minutes.

Another option is to serve the cake cold, straight from the fridge. This is perfect on hot summer days when you want something sweet but refreshing.

No matter how you choose to enjoy it, this cake is sure to impress. Make it for special occasions or whenever you want a little something extra with your morning coffee.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who needs a plain coffee cake when you can have one loaded with chocolate and graham cracker goodness?
Who needs a plain coffee cake when you can have one loaded with chocolate and graham cracker goodness?

Use the correct baking dish size!

For the perfect results with this Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake recipe, it’s essential to use the correct baking dish size. If you’re in doubt, check the instructions or recipe and make sure the pan you use is the right size. A pan that’s too small will cause the cake to mush against the sides of the pan, while a pan that’s too large will cause a thin cake that isn’t as fluffy and moist.

Mix and measure ingredients correctly

When it comes to baking, measuring ingredients precisely is important for obtaining perfect results. Follow instructions for measuring both wet (like water or eggs) and dry ingredients (like flour or sugar) carefully. Using measuring cups and spoons will give you accurate amounts of each ingredient, ensuring that your cake turns out just right.

Use room temperature ingredients

Room temperature ingredients mix more efficiently than cold ones do. Take your eggs, water, and butter out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you start preparing your cake batter. This step will help combine all ingredients uniformly.

Preheat your Oven

Allowing your oven to preheat fully before putting in your cake will give you the best possible results. Heat should be evenly distributed throughout the oven before cooking begins.

Check the cake prior to pulling out from Oven

Every oven bakes differently! Since every kitchen appliance has its uniqueness, checking as frequently as possible on your Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake will ensure it doesn’t overcook or undercook. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake; if it comes out clean with no clinging batter residue when pulled back out, then know it is done.

Let your cake Cool

Don’t forget this critical step! Letting your Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake cool is vital; this helps prevent crumbling when cutting into it because removed heat causes expansion resulting in transferring moisture within itself evenly. Patience pays in culinary science.

Follow these helpful tips, and you’re sure to achieve the perfect Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake every time!


Now that you know how to make this amazing chocolate graham cracker coffee cake recipe, you may have some questions about it. Below are some commonly asked questions and answers that can help you achieve perfect results every time you make this delicious dessert.

Can you add coffee to box cake mix?

One interesting tip for enhancing your cake mix is to substitute hot water with a bold brew of coffee. Mixing coffee and chocolate can create a heavenly pairing that highlights the rich chocolate taste like no other.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What sets coffee cakes apart from other types of cakes is their unique streusel topping and the fact that they are generally not frosted, but rather have a glaze drizzled on top. Coffee cakes can contain swirls of streusel, as well as fillings like fruit, nuts, or chocolate.

What does coffee do to chocolate cake?

When preparing a chocolate cake, coffee can be a powerful ingredient to highlight the richness of the chocolate. However, if you don’t want to use coffee, water can be used as a substitute. An alternative to using regular coffee is to mix a teaspoon of espresso powder with 1 cup of water to replace the 1 cup of coffee.

Can I add coffee to boxed chocolate cake mix?

Making chocolate desserts more delicious is easier than you think. Instead of using only water, try adding coffee to your recipe. Coffee’s unique qualities give your dessert a homemade taste that cannot be mimicked. This is because coffee enhances the flavor of the chocolate, making it more complex and enjoyable. Writer Claire Lower stated that coffee has the ability to intensify chocolate flavors while making the dessert taste less processed.

Bottom Line

If you are a coffee lover and craving something sweet, look no further! This Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake recipe is the perfect treat that will satisfy both your coffee and chocolate cravings. With its combination of moist cake, streusel topping, and graham cracker crumbs, this recipe is sure to become one of your favorites.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it also allows for substitutions and variations to make it your own. From adding walnuts or chocolate chips for a nutty or chocolaty twist, to using yellow cake mix instead of chocolate for a lighter flavor, the possibilities are endless. You can also pair this cake with a simple iced mocha or even an icebox cake for the perfect summer treat.

Additionally, this recipe can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. And with tips provided in the recipe, you’re guaranteed perfect results every time you bake this cake.

So what are you waiting for? Try this Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake recipe today and experience the best of both worlds with its irresistible flavor and rich aroma.

Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake

Chocolate Graham Cracker Coffee Cake Recipe

This is my version of a coffecake my Sister Lisa made for my and our Mama's shared Birthday. This one is for the chocolate lovers.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 699.7 kcal


  • 1 (18 ounce) box chocolate cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chip, divided


  • Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
  • Mix the first four ingredients together and put half of batter into pan.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients together, using 1/2 of the chocolate chips and put half the crumb mix over the batter in pan.
  • Put remaining batter over the crumbs and last put remainder of crumbs on top.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.
  • Let cool for 20 minutes. Melt remaining chips in microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth. Drizzle over coffeecake with a spoon. Enjoy! This also freezes beautifully.

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Serving: 130gCalories: 699.7kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 7.9gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 17.1gCholesterol: 111.2mgSodium: 610.1mgFiber: 3.3gSugar: 50.2g
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