Warm Up Your Day with Our Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe!

Welcome to my world of flavors where coffee and chocolate chips come together to create dessert magic. Today, I’m excited to share with you a recipe for a Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake that’s sure to be the showstopper* on any table.

As a barista, I know firsthand the charm of combining rich and creamy chocolate with the bold flavor of coffee. And this cake is no exception. Its perfect balance of sweetness and slight bitterness is something that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

But wait! This isn’t just any ordinary coffee cake. It’s a sour cream chocolate chip one that’s sure to set itself apart from the rest. The moist, tender crumb is infused with droplets of luscious chocolate chips, creating an unparalleled texture and taste.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron, whip up a pot of coffee, and let’s get started on baking the best ever* Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake!

*A showstopper is something or someone that causes people to stop in their tracks and pay attention.

*Best Ever is used to describe something that’s unbeatable in terms of quality or excellence.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Get ready to be blown away by the incredible taste of this Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Recipe! As a barista, I can confidently say that this recipe packs a flavor punch that will keep you coming back for more.

One of the main reasons why you’ll fall in love with this coffee cake recipe is its perfect balance of sweetness and richness. Featuring chocolate chips as well as pecans, this dessert offers a delightful crunch that complements the moist, sour cream-based cake.

But what sets this coffee cake apart from other dessert options is its versatility. It’s perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea, or even as a late-night snack. Not only is it delicious on its own, but it also pairs exceptionally well with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.

As someone who has made and tasted numerous coffee cakes throughout my career, I can confidently say that this recipe is the best ever chocolate chip sour cream cake I’ve ever had. And what’s not to love? The smitten kitchen recipe combines an irresistible blend of cinnamon, light brown sugar, chocolate chips, pecans, vanilla, and sour cream to create an unforgettable taste experience.

So don’t miss out on trying this amazing coffee cake recipe! Whether you are looking for something to entertain guests or simply want to treat yourself, you’ll surely relish every bite of this delightful and flavorful cake.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven on a plate: Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake.
A slice of heaven on a plate: Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Coffee Cake Ingredients

This chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake ingredients list is simple and straightforward. The main components are flour, sugar, butter, eggs, sour cream, and chocolate chips. The remaining ingredients like baking powder and baking soda create a moist sour cream cake with the right amount of moisture without thinning the batter too much. The chocolate chips add a sweet surprise to every bite that goes well with the sour cream flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 Don't mind if I do! A delectable dessert for any coffee break.
Don’t mind if I do! A delectable dessert for any coffee break.

Now is the time to dive into making this moist sour cream chocolate chip coffee cake. It can be intimidating to bake a cake from scratch, but I’ll walk you through with detailed steps of how to make the perfect cake.

Step 1: Gather All Ingredients

Before you start mixing up your ingredients, it’s important to get everything ready. Preheat your oven to 350°F make sure that all ingredients are either at room temperature or need refrigerated before you start baking.

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined.

Step 3: Combine Wet Ingredients

In a second large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugars until fluffy. Then add in the eggs one at a time, and then stir in the vanilla extract. Mix in the sour cream, then add in the dry ingredients mixture slowly until well combined.

Step 4: Chocolate Chips and Pecans Addition

Add in the chocolate chips and pecans and stir gently with a spatula. Be careful not to overmix at this stage.

Step 5: Bake

Now that your batter is ready, pour half of it into a greased 9×13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle some cooled carmelized cinnamon sugar over the first layer of batter. Pour in the remaining mixture on top of this layer followed by another sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top. Bake for about 45-50 minutes.

Step 6: Cooling down Process

Once baked, let the cake cool down for about 15-20 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature with some whipped cream on top.

Congratulations! You’ve just made your own homemade sour cream chocolate chip coffee cake. Delicious!

Substitutions and Variations

 Sweet start to the day with this heavenly delight.
Sweet start to the day with this heavenly delight.

As a barista and avid baker, I’m always on the lookout for ways to switch up classic recipes. Here are some substitutions and variations to try with the Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake recipe!


– For a nut-free version, omit the pecans or use chopped dried fruit instead.

– Don’t have sour cream on hand? Greek yogurt or buttermilk can be used instead.

– Swap the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate.

– Instead of using light brown sugar, try using dark brown sugar for a richer flavor.


– Add 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the dry ingredients for a warm, cozy twist.

– Make a streusel topping with cinnamon sugar and chopped pecans for added crunch.

– Turn this cake into a breakfast treat by adding 1/4 cup of coffee to the batter and serving it with a hot cup of coffee on the side.

– For a fun twist, make cupcakes instead of one large cake! Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

– To make this recipe gluten-free, substitute the all-purpose flour for your favorite gluten-free flour blend (I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour).

Try these substitutions and variations to make this Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake recipe your own. Happy baking!

Serving and Pairing

 Can you resist the aroma of sour cream and chocolate chips on a cake? I know I can't!
Can you resist the aroma of sour cream and chocolate chips on a cake? I know I can’t!

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake is a heavenly delight! The mouth-watering aroma of this cake tantalizes the senses, and it has an irresistible taste that will leave you craving for more. This decadent cake pairs perfectly with a fresh cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk. It is perfect for indulging in as a morning treat, an afternoon snack, or even as a delicious dessert.

Serve this tasty cake warm or at room temperature, with an extra sprinkling of chocolate chips and pecans on top. For added decadence, serve it with a generous dollop of whipped cream on top. This delightful cake will be the star of any gathering or special occasion.

Pair this cake with your favorite blend of coffee to enhance its rich, chocolatey flavor. It also goes well with a cup of tea, especially herbal teas like earl grey or chamomile.

For those who like to experiment with flavors, try pairing this cake with a spicy cinnamon-flavored coffee. You can also experiment with adding different types of nuts to enhance the flavors further.

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake is an ideal dessert for any occasion, whether you are hosting a large family gathering or are looking for a quick snack to enjoy at home. Share the joy and savor every bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Love at first sight! A mouth-watering sight for coffee lovers.
Love at first sight! A mouth-watering sight for coffee lovers.

One of the best things about this sour cream chocolate chip coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, stored, and reheated for later. This makes it perfect for busy mornings or for a quick snack during the day.

To make ahead, simply bake the cake as directed in the recipe and let it cool completely. Once cooled, tightly wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then in foil, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

To reheat the cake, preheat your oven to 325°F (162°C). Remove the cake from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Then, remove the foil and plastic wrap and place the cake on a baking sheet. Cover the cake with a piece of foil and bake for 15-20 minutes until heated through.

When storing this cake, keep in mind that it is a moist sour cream cake that retains its moisture without thinning out the batter. If you keep the cake covered tightly with plastic wrap, it will stay moist for several days.

To store leftovers or for make-ahead purposes, slice pieces of the cake and individually wrap them with plastic wrap before storing them in an airtight container. This way you can easily grab and reheat one piece at a time!

Overall, this sour cream chocolate chip coffee cake is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed by all ages at any time of day. With its easy make-ahead capabilities and simple reheating instructions, you’ll never have to worry about not having something sweet to snack on.

Tips for Perfect Results

 When in need of a sweet indulgence, don't hesitate to try this recipe.
When in need of a sweet indulgence, don’t hesitate to try this recipe.

Baking can be tricky, but with these tips, you’re sure to have delicious Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake every time. Here are some essential tips for making the perfect cake:

1. Use Room Temperature Ingredients

Using ingredients like eggs, butter, and sour cream that are at room temperature will give you a more even texture throughout your cake. Make sure to take your ingredients out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before using them.

2. Don’t Overmix Your Batter

Mixing your batter too much could activate more gluten in the flour and create air pockets that could cause the cake to fall apart. Mix only until all of the ingredients are well combined.

3. Mix Your Chocolate Chips with Flour

Tossing your chocolate chips with a tablespoon of flour before adding them to your batter will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake.

4. Use Quality Chocolate Chips

Using high-quality chocolate chips will give your cake a more delicious taste and texture than low-quality alternatives.

5. Be Careful When Adding Water or Milk

If you need to add water or milk to thin out the batter, do it gradually by adding only a tablespoon at a time. This will keep your batter from becoming too thin and impacting the final result.

6. Consider The Bake Time And Temperatures

Baking for too long at high temperatures may dry out or burn the edges of your cake while under baking will result in a gummy center so be careful with bake time and temperatures.

By following these tips, you’ll surely create tasty Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake every time!


Before we get to the FAQ section, let me remind you of the scrumptious Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake recipe we have been exploring. The recipe includes easy to find ingredients such as cinnamon, chocolate chips, pecans, vanilla, and sour cream. It is perfect for breakfast or dessert and pairs well with water or milk. Now let’s hear some common questions and their answers regarding this delightful cake!

What does adding sour cream to a cake mix do?

Including sour cream in a cake batter can increase the cake’s moisture content without reducing its viscosity. This can lead to a cake with a delicate and exceptionally fine texture.

Does a coffee cake with sour cream need to be refrigerated?

Wondering whether you should refrigerate your Sour Cream Coffee Cake? If you plan on enjoying it within a day or two, storing it in an airtight container at room temperature is perfectly fine. But if you want to keep it longer than that, it’s best to refrigerate it to avoid it getting moldy.

Does sour cream replace water in a cake mix?

As a barista, I can suggest some interesting ways to enhance the taste of your coffee. A simple tweak to your recipe is replacing water with either milk, evaporated milk, or buttermilk. This substitution will help to add a creamy texture to your coffee. Additionally, you may add sour cream, yogurt, or even a dollop of mayonnaise to the mix for a luscious and silky experience. For those looking for an extra flavor punch, consider adding brown butter instead of regular butter or oil to your coffee for a delicious caramel flavor.

Can I use sour cream instead of buttermilk in chocolate cake?

When making a substitute for buttermilk using sour cream, it’s important to remember that the consistency of sour cream is much thicker. Therefore, it’s advisable to dilute it with either water or milk to get the right consistency. The recommended proportions for a substitute for 1 cup of buttermilk are 3/4 cup of sour cream weighing 172 grams and 1/4 cup of water or milk, equivalent to 60 mL. Combine the ingredients and mix thoroughly until the mixture is smooth.

Bottom Line

The Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Recipe is one of the best coffee cakes you will ever taste. Not only does it have an incredibly moist texture and rich chocolate flavor, but it also stays fresh for several days without losing any of its moisture.

Whether you are looking to impress guests at a brunch or treat yourself to a decadent breakfast, this recipe will not disappoint. With easy-to-find ingredients and simple instructions, you can whip up this delicious coffee cake in no time.

So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and start baking! Trust me, once you try this cake, it will quickly become a staple in your repertoire of recipes. And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try some of the substitutions and variations listed in this article to put your own unique spin on this classic dessert?

Remember, as Smitten Kitchen says, “Cake doesn’t ask questions, cake understands.” So why not show yourself some love and indulge in a slice (or two) of this incredible Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake. You won’t regret it!

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a delicious coffee cake. Recipe given to me by a friend
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 518.9 kcal


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • .Cuream butter and sugar.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt together.
  • Add dry ingredients, alternating with sour cream.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Mix tlast three ingredients together to make topping.
  • Spread 1/2 batter into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. Sprinkle withy 1/2 topping.
  • Repeat.
  • Bake at 375 for 35 to 45 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 129gCalories: 518.9kcalCarbohydrates: 60.7gProtein: 6.1gFat: 30.1gSaturated Fat: 16.4gCholesterol: 97.1mgSodium: 277.4mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 38g
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