Chocolate Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Don’t you just love the fall?  Great foods are to be made this time of year, and I for one love baking with cinnamon, cloves and just about anything that envelops the house in the sweet comforting smells.  Today, I have offered my baking services to my daughter’s class at school, by baking them quite a treat!  (These kids are going to be lucky this year having me around.)

Introducing…. Chocolate Pumpkin Coffee Cake! This coffee cake is REALLY decadent.  It’s loaded with mini chocolate chips and yet, there is the traditional crunchy topping on the cake that says…”I’m STILL a coffee cake!”  You could eat this for breakfast, but due to the sweet nature, I’d recommend this as a dessert with a nice cup of coffee.  What a great way to end the day!

Ingredients:

  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • CAKE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until the mixture has the texture of coarse crumbs. Set aside the mixture.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar slowly. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the sour cream, pumpkin and vanilla and mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture, a little at a time and mix till blended, with sour cream mixture. Beat on low just until blended.  In a separate bowl, take the mini chips and dredge them in flour.  Stir the mini chips into the batter.  Spread the batter into a greased and floured 8-in. round cake pan or a springform pan for easier removal. Sprinkle with the sugar crunch topping. Bake at 325 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cheers!

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