Growing up, my grandmother always made sure to have Entenmann’s donuts and coffee cake at the shore for when us kids arrived. Always the white powdered and chocolate frosted mini donuts and always that weirdly addicting coffee cake that was more crumb than cake. It probably wasn’t until college when I actually took the time to look at the ingredients on these boxes–needless to say, it was horrifying. But they taste so good! And I find myself still sneaking a donut or a fork full of cake more often than I would care to admit.
To me, a good coffee cake needs to have a few things: the cake needs to be soft and light-NOT dry. The streusel needs to be cinnamon sugary, and lastly…chocolate doesn’t hurt. This awesome coffee cake fits the bill and the ingredient list is not nearly as long as Entenmann’s.
To make the cake, start off by making the streusel filling and topping. It’s just a simple mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
Next, make the cake batter. Cream together some butter and sugar….
And then add in eggs, greek yogurt and vanilla. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients which include whole wheat pastry flour, all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda.
When it’s all combined, pour half of the batter into a lightly greased 8×8 baking dish.
Spread half of the streusel mixture over top and then sprinkle with half of the mini chocolate chips. Then pour the remaining batter on top and sprinkle the rest of the streusel mixture and chocolate chips, creating two total layers.
Bake this in the oven for about 38 minutes and let it cool on a cooling rack before cutting. Or digging in with a fork. I won’t judge.
You can easily double this recipe for a 9×13 pan because let’s be honest, that 8×8 pan won’t last long. It’s equally as addicting and not nearly as mysterious as those coffee cakes that seem to call your name from the grocery store bakery isle. Father’s Day brunch anyone?!
- 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 stick of butter at room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup of 0% plain greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 cup of mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease an 8x8 baking dish
- In a bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside
- In another bowl, combine streusel ingredients and stir until combined.
- In a mixing bowl combine butter and sugar and cream until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, yogurt and vanilla extract, combining until creamy and smooth. This should take about 5 minutes
- Slowly add in the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Do not over mix!!
- Take half of the batter and spread it into the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle with half of the streusel mixture
- Place the rest of the batter in large spoonfuls on top and use a rubber spatula to gently smooth it out so that the streusel layer is covered
- Sprinkle the other half of the streusel mixture on top
- Bake for about 38 minutes. Let cool before cutting into squares.