This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake is a delicious reminder why pumpkin and chocolate are the perfect pairing.
The sun is rising and turning the sky a beautiful pink hue. No rain today, a small miracle since it has been pouring for at least the last two weeks. Maybe I will get my garden cleaned up for its winter sleep. But maybe I won't. The decks also need some cleaning up. There is always a pull of whether to work inside (laundry) or out, but I think the sunshine will win today since it's a rarity.
My oldest son has joined the speech and debate team this year for his high school. Today is his first tournament and we had to have him at school at 5:45 am, dressed in a suit. This is a child who sleeps until 1 pm on the weekends and lives in athletic wear...but he got up, got dressed and off he went.
Thank goodness we had this coffee cake to comfort us after the early wake-up call. I have to hand it to him for having the courage as a freshman to get up there and debate a difficult subject in front of all kinds of people. And his topic today....GMO's, however, he does not know if he will be put on the pro or con side of the argument. He has done so much research and has had team practice three nights a week for almost two months. Hopefully it all goes well. Fingers and toes crossed.
I used my favorite baking pan to make this coffee cake. Nothing ever gets stuck to this pan and I also use it to make one of my favorite pound cakes. I can't say enough good things about it. There are notes in the recipe about other pans that would also work well for this cake.
This type of pan means you have to turn out the cake and will lose a bit of the topping; just sprinkle it right back on ~ not a big deal). A springform and angel food pan will also work.
I made just a small amount of glaze to drizzle over the cake. It's hard to imagine coffee cake without a bit of drizzle.
How beautiful is this cake with a little sunshine on it? I hope it inspires you to get in the kitchen and whip it up..
And since I used pumpkin puree in place of any added butter, this is almost diet food right? I think I'll have another slice.
While it's tempting to increase the chocolate chips, I wouldn't. It's really the perfect amount and you won't end up with the chips sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
- 2 cups (9 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temp (should not be cold)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, room temp
- 1/ 4 cup whole milk, (let sit out while putting together ingredients so not so cold)
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour baking pan well. (See bottom of recipe for notes on pan size.)
- Combine flour (you will have better results if you weigh it), baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat pumpkin puree and cream cheese until fully combined, light and airy; about 3 minutes (cream cheese should not be cold). Add sugars and vanilla and continue beating until combined. Add eggs one at a time and blend in completely before adding the second egg. Turn mixer on lowest setting and add half of the flour, then milk, then the rest of the flour. Blend until just combined, do not overmix. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- In a small bowl mix together almonds, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice; sprinkle over batter. (If you are using less than a 10" diameter pan, you might want to cut the sugar here by a Tablespoon or two since your surface area on top will be smaller.)
- Bake in a preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center returns clean. Baking time is going to depend greatly on your pan choice and oven. The larger the diameter of the pan, the lesser the cooking time. 10" diameter about 35-40 minutes. 9" diameter about 50-55, but always check early to gauge. Don't overbake!
- Let cake sit in pan for 30 minutes on a wire cooling rack before removing. If you use a pan, where the cake will be turned out, you will lose some of the sugary-almond topping on top. Turn out on a board and just sprinkle lost topping back on top when you flip it back over, not a big deal.
- Let cake cool completely. In a small bowl, mix together confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon milk for the glaze. Drizzle over cake (this does not make a lot, but just enough to give a bit of a glazed look and taste).
- Notes: Make sure your pan is greased and floured well. Chocolate chips can often stick to the bottom of a pan so make sure you have covered every edge well. I used my favorite 10" round baking pan for this recipe. I love a hole in the middle of my coffee cake. You do have to flip the cake out, but it works well. I also think an angel food cake pan and a 9" or 10" springform pan would work well. Since cooking times will vary with pan size, start checking with a toothpick at 35 minutes and gauge doneness.
Have a wonderful weekend.
This recipe has also been featured in Parade Magazine's "18 Irresistible Pumpkin Flavored Cakes to Make This Fall".
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