Chocolate Glazed Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
This coffee cake has a wonderful, and subtle hint of cinnamon flavor. A cinnamon pecan topping is layered in the middle of the cake as well as sprinkled on the top and bottom, and then the cake is drizzled with a warm chocolate glaze.
Recipe type: Dessert | Butter Cake
Serves: 10 to 12
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1½ cups cake flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare one 9 inch Bundt pan or fluted tube pan; generously grease the pan with shortening and dust with flour.
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine pecans, sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  1. Combine Butter and chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over hot water; stir and heat just until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. Tip: Create a double boiler by filling a saucepan with 2 inches of water and bringing it to a simmer. Place a stainless steel, ceramic, or glass bowl on top of the simmering water, the upper pan should not touch the water.
  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; sift or whisk together to mix. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Tip: To cream, start by placing the butter in the bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed begin by beating the butter about 1 minute until it is smooth and light in color. With the mixer still on medium speed, slowly add the sugar to the butter, either one tablespoon at a time, or in a very slow steady stream, taking from 4 to 8 minutes to add all of the sugar, and beating until the butter and sugar are fully incorporated and the mixture is a light, or pale yellow color, with a fluffy texture. While adding the sugar, stop the mixer occasionally to scrape the mixture off the paddle and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating until thoroughly mixed. Add the vanilla along with the last egg. Tip: For each egg, crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk with a fork to thoroughly break up the egg before adding to the creamed mixture. Start with the mixer on low speed so the liquid from the egg doesn’t splatter, once the egg is partially mixed increase the speed to medium. Each egg should be fully incorporated into the mixture before adding the next egg, taking about one minute to blend in each egg.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add about one third of the flour mixture, mix just until the flour is almost completely blended. Scrape the bowl down, and add about one half of the sour cream, blending just until mixed. Scrape the bowl down again and continue alternating with the flour mixture and sour cream, ending with the last portion of the flour, and stirring just until blended.
  5. Assembly: Sprinkle a generous ¼ cup of the topping in the bottom of the pan, and then spoon half of the batter into the pan. Sprinkle a generous ¼ cup of the topping over the batter, and then drizzle with half of the glaze. Spoon remaining batter over the topping and then sprinkle the remaining topping on top.
  6. Bake: Bake 60 to 70 minutes, or until a long toothpick, wooden skewer, or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes on a wire cooling rack, and then invert onto a cake plate. Drizzle remaining glaze over the warm cake.
Recipe Notes
Pan: One 9" Bundt or Fluted Tube Pan Prep: Greased and Floured Oven Temp: 325° Storage: Covered, Room Temperature

Help: Cake Hints and Tips, Chocolate Types, Melting Chocolate

TheBakingPan Recommends: The BEST instant read thermometer I’ve used for cooking and baking; the ThermoWorks Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is incredibly fast, ThermoWorks Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapenaccurate, and well worth the investment. I use my Thermapen Thermometer for checking room temperature ingredients, tempering chocolate, baking bread, making pastry creams, sugar syrup, caramel, and candy, cooking meats and fish, and deep frying. Thermapen Thermometer available here.
Recipe by at