Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 18th February 2011

This week has been an especially difficult week and I wanted to bake something extra special.  I thought I was entitled to indulge a little and I decided to make Yeasted Chocolate Coffee Cake.

A photo of a loaf of Yeasted Chocolate Coffee Cake with a Crumb Topping.

When I think of comfort food, chocolate, homemade bread and cake are on the top of my list.  Plus the aroma of homemade yeast bread baking in the oven is intoxicating and always brings me back to a happy place.  Wonderful memories from my childhood always come rushing back.

Unfortunately homemade bread and happy memories wasn’t going to “cure what ailed me” (really bad week) but adding a little chocolate (Chocolate makes you happy, right?  Plus dark chocolate in moderation is good for you) could do the trick!

A photo of a loaf of freshly baked Chocolate Coffee Cake with a Crumb Topping.

Baking also helps me to relax.  I turn on the music (a little Springsteen always makes me happy) and I focus all my attention to the task at hand and even if it’s only for a little while I am able to push my worries aside.  It’s amazing how a clear head can make you look at things differently and help you to remember all the many blessings in your life.

As I am writing and sharing with you today, I realize I could’ve probably baked anything.  I needed a little “me” time to clear the cobwebs and it helped me to put things into perspective.

A photo of Chocolate Coffee Cake, the perfect breakfast cake.

It’s just an added bonus that I chose to combine three of my favourite comfort foods and bake this amazing Yeasted Chocolate Coffee Cake.

A photo of a loaf of Chocolate Cake Coffee.

I’ll leave you with this thought, a steaming hot mug of freshly brewed coffee, a slice of warm, freshly baked, Yeasted Chocolate Coffee Cake and “The River” blaring in the background, this will definitely “cure what ails you!”

A photo of a loaf of Chocolate Coffee Cake just removed from the loaf pan.

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Comments (52)

52 Responses to “Yeasted Chocolate Coffee Cake”

  1. Steph@stephsbitebybite Says:

    I wish I had a big ole slice of this right now!! This looks so yummy :)

  2. Grace Says:

    I’ll put the coffee on!

  3. Jeanette Says:

    Grace, I’ve always loved quiet time in the kitchen, it’s my therapy. Cooking (and music playing at the same time) takes my focus away from everyday worries (unless of course I’m rushing to get dinner on the table!). This coffee cake looks fabulous, and I am hopeful next week will be better!

  4. Grace Says:

    Thanks Jeanette, it can only get better from here!

  5. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs Says:

    Your coffee cake is just beautiful. You captured it so well in your photos.

  6. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen Says:

    Wow, look at those swirls of chocolate! Looks like you have a winner here, so pretty!

  7. torviewtoronto Says:

    looks beautiful and delicious
    haven’t made with yeast

  8. Kim - Liv Life Says:

    I’m a sucker for a good coffee cake… this one looks like it would fit the bill. Nicely done!

  9. Grace Says:

    Me too Kim, one of my favourite treats. When I lived in the US there was a coffee cake that Entenmann’s made that I used to go wild for, I tried to recreate a while back but failed miserably.

  10. Memoria Says:

    This bread looks fantastic! I love the crumb topping.

    QUESTION: Should the chocolate in the filling be melted or just chopped?

  11. Grace Says:

    Hi Memoria, no the chocolate need not be melted, just coarsely chopped.

  12. Medeja Says:

    Looks beautiful, especially that topping :) Looks very tempting :)

  13. Grace Says:

    The first crumb topping that has come together nicely for me and not dry.

  14. In Katrina's Kitchen Says:

    Bad week – bummer! :( I agree that baking something like this helps put the mind at ease at least for a little while. Stunning photos and amazing recipe! Great job Grace!

  15. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much!

  16. Gina Says:

    looks great!

  17. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets Says:

    Oh I love the swirls on the inside. This looks divine! And much better than any of the overpriced baked goods at Starbucks 8).

  18. Grace Says:

    I so agree. I am in the process of trying to replicate the petite vanilla scones. Wish me luck, I am attempting for the 3rd time this weekend.

  19. Marly Says:

    Looks like another great recipe!

  20. Christina Says:

    This is such a beautiful coffee cake! I’ll bet it’s as tasty as it is beautiful!

  21. Grace Says:

    Delicious Christina, I am a chocolate nut so it is perfect for me, too perfect I think.

  22. briarrose Says:

    Wow…stunning loaf. This would definitely take me to my happy place. :)

  23. Chef Dennis Says:

    Gracie, what an outstanding cake! those chocolate swirls must have given it so much flavor…Your images just jump right off the page, simply magnificent!!!
    I do love a black background

  24. Grace Says:

    Thanks Dennis I love the black too.

  25. Sandra Says:

    Beautiful bread Grace. I love to listen to Steely Dan or have one of the National Lampoon Vacation movies going in the background. They’re great company. Hope you’re cheerier.

  26. Grace Says:

    Thanks Sandra, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

  27. Me Bean Says:

    Very delicious, thanks

  28. Cookin' Canuck Says:

    Hello, gorgeous cake! This really does look incredible. I hope next week is a lot brighter for you.

  29. linda Says:

    just found your site from tasteologie & have bookmarked your blog!
    this cake looks fabulous & something that i am going to bake very soon…thanks!

  30. Grace Says:

    Thank you for stopping by for a visit Linda, very happy you enjoyed the cake.

  31. marla {family fresh cooking} Says:

    I hope you are doing better now that a few days have passed. This cake looks beautiful and very tasty!

  32. Grace Says:

    Thank you Marly, feeling much better, sun is shining today, I’m in a much happier place!

  33. ohiofarmgirl Says:

    Great work! Thanks for posting the recipe online.

  34. SMITH BITES Says:

    dying here Grace – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this kind of bread!!! beautiful photos too!!

  35. Grace Says:

    Thank you Debra, I enjoy this type of bread, a little too much I must say.

  36. Brenda Says:

    I loved the taste and topping to this bread, however it was a little dry. Anyone else find this and any suggestions on making it more moist?

  37. Grace Says:

    Brenda I am so sorry the bread turned out a little too dry but I am happy you loved the taste. I have found that the recipe was incorrectly written in the magazine and I making changes to the recipe immediately. I was lucky because my oven is so finicky I checked the internal temperature and pulled it out a little sooner.

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  39. Irina @ Sunshine's kitchen Says:

    Hi Grace,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! This cake was absolutely amazing. I made some changes – I skipped the cinnamon and added grated orange peel plus I added some chopped hazelnuts in the topping. It turned out really, really delicious. There were two slices left the next day and I toasted them slightly so that the chocolate melts and to make them warmer and softer!
    I’ll be making this cake for Easter again, or may be sooner. It is definitely the most delicious yeast cake that I have ever tried!

    You can check my result in my blog.

    Best wishes,

  40. Grace Says:

    You are very welcome Irina. You’ve made wonderful changes. I just took a peek at your blog. The orange and chocolate would be divine and you’ve added one of my favourite, hazelnuts. Sounds delicious. I will try the changes next time I bake a loaf. Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience with the recipe. By the way I really enjoyed my visit to your blog. I went for a visit the other day but I could not get the translator to work. I was happy it worked today.

  41. Bonnie Says:

    Just saw Martha make this on TV. I have all ingredients on hand but bittersweet chocolate. Can I sub unsweetened?

  42. Grace Says:

    Bonnie I wouldn’t substitute unsweetened in this recipe because the chocolate bits don’t melt completely and it wouldn’t be as tasty biting into the unsweetened chocolate.

  43. Erica Says:

    Stumbled upon this recipe when craving coffee cake and it is excellent! It’s so big though, and it’s just me and my boyfriend, I’m not sure what we’re going to do with it! I guess I’ll make him fat yet…

    thanks for posting!

  44. Grace Says:

    Hi Erica, glad you tried it and enjoyed the cake. You could freeze half of the cake or freeze it in slices and toast it up when you’d like to enjoy. I’ve done that and it reminds me of my childhood, walking home and walking up the drive and smelling homemade bread baking in the oven and then of course slathering it with Nutella. This cake takes me back there every time.

  45. aini Says:

    looks fantastic,i will sure try it

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  48. Ella Says:

    I decided to make this as my first attempt at baking for my fiance….I didn’t read the entire post before getting started (rookie mistake haha) and didn’t realize I need a mixer (I currently don’t own one haha) so I had to do it by hand, my arms hurt but it came out delicious! I’m so glad I made it, Thanks for sharing! I was thinking of putting nuts into it (hazelnuts or pecans), is that ok to do or would it ruin it? (can’t you tell I’m new at this haha)

  49. Grace Says:

    Hi Ella, you definitely would have had a good work out making this by hand, glad you went ahead anyway and most definitely you can add nuts.

  50. mliss Says:

    Lot’s of work, but well worth it. It was beautiful & delicious.

  51. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Very happy you enjoyed it!

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