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Mocha-Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This tender coffee cake is so yummy and sweet, it doesn't need frosting.—Bette Mintz, Glendale, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Pour a third of the batter into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Sprinkle with half of the walnut mixture; repeat layers. Top with remaining batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 354 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • yuehching
    Oct 28, 2013

    This coffeecake will impress your guests. It?s easy to make and tastes delicious. I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream and it turned out beautifully. Definitely a keeper.

  • MissCarol44
    Jan 23, 2013

    I am going to try this for my turn at our church brunch. To the lady called "lazyjcafe", try flouring the pan after greasing or spraying.

  • kmnsmls
    Apr 2, 2011

    I make this all the time when I have company. Everyone just raves on it. And it is very simple to make.

  • lazyjcafe
    Dec 28, 2009

    I changed the flour to whole wheat pastry flour, trying to keep it a little healthier. Also used chopped almonds since it was the only nut I had, and I thought it would go well with the coffee and choc. chip flavors. I thought the taste was pretty good, but not my favorite. Also, I greased my non-stick pan and the cake still stuck! My daughters and I had fun making this together.