Chocolate Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel and The Problem of Forgetting

Do you ever put a cake in the oven and then look over your shoulder to survey the ingredients left on the counter and wonder, did I miss something?  Like, the vanilla, salt or even worse the sugar?  I’m so careful when I bake, I double check my recipe as I add each ingredient to the bowl.  I don’t want to waste expensive ingredients or my time when I bake by leaving out something important.  But, today when I placed my chocolate coffee cake in the oven I scanned the containers of flour, sugar, spices etc. left on the counter and thought, I sure hope I didn’t forget anything.  Lately I keep forgetting things, which is really frustrating-especially when I forget something that I need, like my makeup bag at the gym.  Forgetting stuff and dropping things in the kitchen, even lifting off the lid of the blender while it’s still going-splashing purple smoothie all over my brand new cute pink sweatshirt, just to name one annoying thing I did in the kitchen last week .  Maybe I need to slow down and spend more time reading my favorite cookbooks, which I spent several hours organizing over the weekend.  So, on that note I found this recipe for chocolate coffee cake in the most unlikely place, a cookbook for muffins, hidden in the back of the book next to a recipe for gingerbread.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining, I just think it’s odd.  Maybe the author ran out of muffin recipes but I find that hard to believe!  I read this recipe and realized that it was exactly the kind of chocolate cake that I’ve been searching for but didn’t know it, probably due to my problem of forgetting.  My cake disappeared quickly which is always a good sign that this is a recipe worth sharing.

Ingredients and Directions for Chocolate Coffee Cake
Adapted from Muffins by Williams-Sonoma

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour a 9×13 baking pan

For The Chocolate Chip Streusel

2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup chocolate chips

For The Chocolate Coffee Cake

1&1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cake flour
2/3 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1&1/4 cups sour cream
1&1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

To make the streusel mix the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Cut the butter into small bits and cut into the flour mixture, using your fingers or a pastry cutter.  Stir in the chocolate chips and set aside.
To make the cake stir together the flours, cocoa powder, bakings soda, baking powder and sea salt in a medium bowl, set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, takes a few minutes.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after the addition of each egg.  Add half the bowl of dry ingredients to start, alternating with the sour cream and vanilla extract.  Continue to beat for a few more minutes until smooth and fluffy.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.  Sprinkle with the chocolate chip streusel.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until the topping is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool on a metal rack and cut into squares to serve.

Share this post →
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone


  1. Reminds me of that classic Taxi scene when Jim is taking his driving test: “What does a yellow light mean?” “SLOW DOWN!” If it makes you feel any better, I once put an entire chocolate cake in the oven, then as I cleaned up the counter, I noticed the eggs that never made it into the batter…oddly enough, it was still good! :)

  2. Patty, I have the same problem with forgetting things. I always have to check things twice, three times just to make sure I don't leave things behind or like you, forget to add an ingredient when baking. In and outside of the kitchen, post-it notes are my friend, LOL!

    Lovely cake. Glad you found it behind all those muffin recipes. I don't think I've ever had chocolate cake with a streusel topping and this one has me wondering why not–it looks so good!

  3. This looks heavenly!! Wonder if you could make it into muffins instead of a cake? I love muffins :)

  4. Forgetting items when you bake happens to me every once in a while too and you wonder why the flavor is off. Looks like you made a winner here. I bet your family loved it. Happy Monday!!!

  5. It's so pretty! I love the chocolate streusel idea. YUM! PS: Love your plates :)

  6. LOL, I am forgetful too and bit dittzy sometimes but I think it's because we have so many things on our minds at once…at least I hope! Nice cake the topping is wonderful a nice crunch.

  7. This looks so delicious, Patty. Love love the streusel topping!

  8. This coffee cake looks awesome, especially with the chocolate chip streusel topping. beautiful pictures Patty :)
    Hope you have a great week ahead!

  9. Oh that cake looks incredible! I know what you mean by forgetting things…thank goodness I do not really bake ;)
    Big hugs, and wishing you an amazing week :)

  10. Looks great, Patty! I think we all have a little too much going on sometimes!

  11. I am so forgetful too! And when I bake, sometimes I do forget something. I'm a disastrous baker. :-) Chocolate and coffee together makes me eat more than I should. Love this!

  12. Chocolate coffee cake…so perfect!

    I'm always multitasking, and I've always worried about forgetting an ingredient in a recipe. So a long time ago, I started using this method: I pull out all the ingredients for a recipe before I begin to prepare it and put all of them in one area. Then I choose a counter or space just for placing the ingredients as I use them, and I make it a point not to put anything away until I'm finished making the recipe. This method assures me that I've not forgotten anything…maybe it will help someone else.:)

  13. Looks delicious! I reckon I would polish the lot off in 5 minutes flat!

  14. reading the title and the ingredients… i can very well imagine this cake disapperaing quickly!! i think a streusel always helps in taking a cake to a new level!!!

  15. I'm always worried about leaving something out too. Particularly with baking. Strange that they put the cake recipe in with muffins but looks like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing Patty:)

    I've been pinning your posts but can't get your name tag to show up. Sorry.

  16. I've made a few recipes from that cookbook and they turned out great. But I somehow missed seeing this recipe too! It looks like a winner.

  17. Patty, this is so PRETTY! The choco-streusel topping is just sensational!

  18. i must try your recipe

  19. My kids will LOVE me all that more if I make these…and with 3 kids all under 5, “forgetting” seem like a natural thing to me now! LOL!

  20. It happends to me a lot especially when I bake ha! I put it in an oven, looked at recipe, and ah I sure forgot something. With cooking, you can always add it in later :) This cake is gorgeous!

  21. I forget stuff all the time – it's hazardous and annoying! Purple smoothie on your pink sweatshirt – no bueno. Glad you found this chocolate cake hidden in the back to tempt us though :)

  22. Totally drooling over your chocolate coffee cake, love the chocolate streusel, and so happy that you share this yummy recipe, Patty!

  23. Unfortunately…I’ve been there and done that before, I find that when I’m too busy and my mind is jumping from one thing to another I tend to be forgetful!
    Love this cake…definitely my kind of dessert. Perfect with my cup of tea!

  24. This is yummy! Love good chocolate coffee cake:) Loving this!!!!

  25. There is a lady at work who always tries to do what I do. I bring in muffins, she brings in muffins, etc. Mine are always better. (ha!) Last week she suddenly brings in coffee cake even though I hadn't done that yet. She's trying to get ahead of me! So now I see this and I know exactly what I”m going to do next. THANKS!

  26. A perfect afternoon cake with a cup of tea. Love the chocolate chip streusel.
    Looks fantastic !!!

  27. About forgetting things, it's probably the sign of how busy you are! I too forget things all the time. I used to be good at remembering thing without writing down, but these days if I don't do it in 5 seconds, I don't even remember what I was about to write. It's pretty bad that I seriously worry I started Alzheimer. This chocolate coffee cake looks nice and moist. How delicious! Oh your blender story was too graphic. I can imagine how frustrated you were!

  28. i lost count how many times I put a cake in the oven and realized I forgot to add something. To my surprise only few of these fails turned out complete failures, the rest were perfectly edible. Score!
    Your cake looks like a keeper. Definitely a must try! Thanks for sharing Patty!

  29. I’ve been having the same problem, Patty! And it is so very frustrating. I’m glad you discovered this recipe and it looks like it is a good one. There is nothing more comforting and satisfying to eat than chocolate with chocolate.

  30. I am horrible about forgetting things. I left my keys at my mom’s house and din;t realzie until two days later, lol!! great recipe, love those plates!

  31. That is probably one of the reasons I am a terrible baker…I forget things in recipes often :)
    This cake looks amazing!
    Hope you had a wonderful 4th :)

Leave a Comment