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Chocolate Coffee Pecan Swirl Coffee Cake

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Chocolate coffee nut coffee cake on serving plate.

Chocolate, coffee and nuts in a coffee cake? Yes! I’m always looking for coffee cakes to make for my family. It’s perfect way to start your morning. Coffee cakes are easy on busy mornings. During the school year, when I’m getting kids up, trying to get breakfast made, lunches and snacks packed and trying to get out the door, it’s nice to have a delicious treat to serve along with some fresh fruit and yogurt.

Try as we might, sometimes it’s difficult for my husband and me to get a bite in the morning while trying to get the kids ready so this coffee cake with a cup of coffee, of course, holds us over.

I developed this recipe on a whim. As I mentioned I really do like coffee cakes. I incorporated some of my favorite things – coffee, chocolate and nuts – to bring this to life. Being from the south, I love using pecans but you could substitute walnuts. I shared some of this with my girlfriend and her family loved it. Her daughter asked her to send some with her for snack time at school.

In addition to a breakfast cake, this could also double as dessert. Serve with a dollop of lightly
sweetened fresh whipped cream and coffee. Your guests won’t be disappointed.

Chocolate coffee pecan swirl coffee cake is a delicious start to the day.
Chocolate Coffee Pecan Swirl Coffee Cake

Chocolate Coffee Pecan Swirl Coffee Cake

Yield: 12 - 15 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Start the day with a slice of chocolate coffee pecan swirl coffee cake and a cup coffee.


  • ¼ cup instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 ¾ cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Cooking spray with flour


  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ⅓ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup fluted Bundt pan with cooking spray with flour.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix coffee and hot water, stirring until coffee is dissolved. Cool 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine softened butter, sugar, and eggs and beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. On low speed, add in flour mixture, milk, and sour cream until blended.
  5. Remove 1 cup of the batter to a medium bowl. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared pan. Into the reserved 1 cup of batter, stir in cooled coffee mixture, mini chocolate chips, and chopped pecans. Drop coffee batter by dollops onto batter in pan. Using a butter knife, cut through and swirl batters together for a marbled design.
  6. Bake in 350 degrees F. oven for 55 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes in pan on a cooling rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Drizzle with glaze when cool.
  7. To make the glaze: In a bowl, combine glaze ingredients until well combined and smooth. Drizzle over cooled coffee cake.
  8. Serve.

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Lauren Vavala | Delicious Little Bites

Friday 2nd of November 2018

Oh I really wish I have a slice of this with my coffee right now! Cake for breakfast is totally ok with me haha! Really though, this recipe sounds and looks absolutely delicious!


Monday 8th of July 2019

Is that correct 1/4 cup coffee granules? That just seems like alot. This looks amazing!! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing.:)

Lois Alter Mark

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Though I'm not much of a coffee drinker, I bet I could down a slice or two of this coffee cake in seconds! The combination of pecans, chocolate and a little caffeine kick sounds absolutely scrumptious. Definitely a must-try!

Reesa Lewandowski

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Coffee Cake + Bundt Cakes are my favorite. So you put them together and added chocolate, my goodness!


Wednesday 20th of December 2017

I can't remember the last time I had any type of coffee cake. My dad used to make the best ones every year - I sure miss them.


Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Oh that looks good! I love a super moist coffee cake and the pecans are calling my name!

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