Delicious Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake Recipe

Indulge yourself in a heavenly slice of Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake. This cake is all you can ask for with its decadent flavors and moist texture. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday morning or a special occasion brunch, this recipe will keep everyone longing for another slice.

Imagine the warm aroma of cinnamon filling your kitchen, the sweetness of the chocolate enveloping your taste buds and the chewy texture of dried apricots adding a fruity touch to every bite. This cake is perfect for all coffee lovers out there, making it an ideal treat for both breakfast and dessert.

In this recipe article, I will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating this magical creation in the comfort of your own home. With simple ingredients that are easily accessible, you will have a delightful treat that surpasses any coffee cake you’ve ever tasted.

So, prepare yourself to embark on a journey of intense flavors and delightful textures as we bring together the perfect blend of cinnamon, chocolate chips and dried apricots to create an irresistible Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake that will leave you wanting more.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake

Coffee lovers rejoice, because this Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake recipe is here to elevate your morning ritual. But what sets this coffee cake apart from any other recipe out there? It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures that will make you fall in love at first bite.

Firstly, let’s talk about the apricot coffee cake base. With a mix of plain white and almond flour, cinnamon sugar, and a hint of salt, this cake is already off to a delicious start. But wait, it gets better. Dried apricots and cherries are folded into the batter, giving every bite a burst of fruity sweetness that balances out the cinnamon spice.

Next up is the chocolate. What’s not to love about chocolate? Especially when it’s paired with cinnamon! Chocolate chips are sprinkled throughout the batter, so every slice has a touch of richness that will satisfy any chocoholic’s craving.

But we’re not done yet – enter the streusel topping. Made with flour, brown sugar, and more cinnamon, it bakes into a delicious crispy layer that perfectly complements the soft and tender cake below.

If this hasn’t convinced you yet, did I mention that this coffee cake is incredibly versatile? You can enjoy it for breakfast alongside your morning brew or even as an indulgent dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

So what’s not to love about this Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake? It’s easy to make, packed with flavor and perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re entertaining guests or just looking to treat yourself, give this recipe a try and thank us later.

Ingredient List

 Decadent layers of cinnamon, chocolate, and apricot meet in this heavenly coffee cake
Decadent layers of cinnamon, chocolate, and apricot meet in this heavenly coffee cake

Before you start baking, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand. Here’s what you’ll need to make this cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake recipe:

  • 1 package of plain white cake mix
  • 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounces)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 package of chocolate chips (6 ounces)
  • 1 cup of dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 cup of dried cherries, chopped
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

For the streusel topping:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ⅓ cup of cold unsalted butter, cubed

Feel free to use fresh apricots if you can find them in season. You can also use almond flour instead of all-purpose flour for added nutty flavor. Gather these ingredients and let’s move on to the next part!

The Recipe How-To

 Start your day off right with a slice of this indulgent cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake
Start your day off right with a slice of this indulgent cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake

Preheat the oven at 350°F. Grease a 13×9 inch baking dish with olive oil.

Combine the dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt. This creates a nice balance of flavors, ensuring your cake turns out perfectly.

Mix the wet ingredients

In another bowl, beat 2 eggs and add in 1 cup of sour cream, 1/3 cup of olive oil, and 1 package of instant vanilla pudding. Mix until everything is well combined.

Combine wet and dry

Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold until everything is well incorporated. Then, add in 1 cup of chopped dried apricots and fold everything again.

Add Streusel Filling

In a small bowl, mix together 2 tbsp cake mix, 1 tbsp cinnamon small, and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Sprinkle half of this mixture over the batter. Layer on top with another half of pecan crumble.

Bake till done

Place the dish in the preheated oven for 35-45 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Garnish and Serve!

Remove from the oven once done and allow to cool for a few minutes. Dust confectioners’ sugar over it for garnish. Cut them into slices as you like it and serve either hot or warm!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who needs plain coffee when you can pair it with this delightful cinnamon chocolate apricot creation?
Who needs plain coffee when you can pair it with this delightful cinnamon chocolate apricot creation?

As you might imagine, there are several ways to make a tasty cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake. If you don’t have some of the listed ingredients, don’t worry, here are a few substitutions and variations to try.

Firstly, let’s talk about the dried fruits. Dried cherries work splendidly for this recipe, but if you don’t have them on hand, dried apricots would be a fantastic substitute. You could even mix both of them! Any other dried fruit that’s not overly sweet may also work well with a bit of experimentation.

If cinnamon isn’t your favorite spice, you can always replace it with nutmeg or cardamom. You can also add a sprinkle of allspice for more depth in the recipe. If you prefer stronger coffee flavor in your cake, try using espresso powder with your instant vanilla pudding mix.

If chocolate chips aren’t exactly your thing, feel free to swap for white chocolate or caramel chips — any chip works really. You could dice up a milk chocolate bar and use it instead of chips. You could also add chopped nuts to the mix; almonds pecans or walnuts will complement apricot and chocolate perfectly!

This recipe would make an excellent addition to your breakfast spread but could easily be served as a dessert too. On top of the cake batter before baking, place dollops of apricot jam randomly over the top for even more apricot flavor without changing the texture much.

Next time around why not try making this recipe with fresh apricots instead of dried ones? If half your family loves coffee cake and others adore danish coffee cakes, you could try combining these two recipes by adding almond flour and more sour cream to make an Apricot-Almond Crumble Cake! You can also sprinkle some brown sugar on top right before putting it in the oven if you want extra cinnamon crisp.

With these substitutions and variations at your disposal, this cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake recipe can be open to any number of interpretations. The only limit is your imagination!

Serving and Pairing

 Fluffy, moist, and packed with flavor, this cake is everything you need for the perfect coffee break
Fluffy, moist, and packed with flavor, this cake is everything you need for the perfect coffee break

The cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake is a decadent treat that can be enjoyed all day long. You can serve it warm or at room temperature, but either way, it’s delicious.

This cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake pairs well with a hot cup of coffee or tea, so why not make a pot while the cake is baking? The aromas of the spices and the slightly bitter taste of the coffee will enhance each other wonderfully.

Alternatively, if you’re having something more savory for breakfast or brunch, this sparkling apricot coffee cake will add a fun and sweet element to your table. It also makes a great snack or dessert.

For those looking for a more indulgent experience, you may wish to add vanilla ice cream on top of a slice or two of the cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake. The ice cream will create a perfect balance and contrast in both texture and flavor.

Lastly, to give it an extra fancy touch that elevates its appearance, dust the finished cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake with confectioners’ sugar before serving. The white powder will make your cake look like it came straight from the bakery!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a slice of this heavenly cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a slice of this heavenly cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake

While this cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake is best enjoyed when freshly baked, you can also make it ahead of time or store it for future indulgence. A great tip is to bake the cake a day before serving to allow the flavors to meld together and intensify.

To store, wrap the cooled cake tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and keep it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. Alternatively, you can refrigerate the cake for up to a week if tightly wrapped in plastic wrap. Be sure to bring the cake back to room temperature before serving as chilled cake tends to be drier than room temperature ones.

For reheating, slice and put individual servings in a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for about 10-15 seconds until warm but not hot to the touch. If preferred, you can bake the whole cake at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through. However, take care not to overheat as this can cause the cake to become too dry.

If you want to freeze the cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake, be sure to cool it completely first. Then wrap it with two layers of plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil. Label and date it before placing it in your freezer where it will keep well for up to three months.

Be warned that freezing the coffee cake may alter its texture slightly, causing it to become denser once thawed. Thus, I recommend warming each slice in the microwave after defrosting on low power setting for optimal results.

Tips for Perfect Results

 One bite of this cake is all you need to convert to a cinnamon-chocolate-apricot lover for life
One bite of this cake is all you need to convert to a cinnamon-chocolate-apricot lover for life

Baking a delicious coffee cake involves a few key factors to consider. Here are some tips to ensure that your cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake comes out perfectly every time:

1. Use the right ingredients: Make sure you buy high-quality ingredients from a reputable store. The flour, sugar, and butter should be fresh and of good quality. For best results, use plain white flour and granulated sugar.

2. Measure everything precisely: Baking is an exact science, so it’s important to measure all the ingredients accurately, especially when baking a cake. Use the right measuring cups and spoons for dry and wet ingredients.

3. Use room temperature ingredients: All the ingredients should be at room temperature before you start baking. This will help them mix together more evenly and make your cake rise better.

4. Do not overmix: Overmixing can result in tough and dense cake crumb or cause tunnels in the crumb of your coffee cake, so be careful not to overmix the batter.

5. Don’t scrimp on cinnamon or apricots: Both cinnamon and apricots add delicious flavor and aroma to this coffee cake recipe. Make sure you use enough to coat each bite of the cake with it.

6. Don’t stir dry ingredients into wet: Instead mix dried items like dried apricots or cherries into flour before adding it to wet ingredients, just toss it around ensuring it is evenly distributed throughout the flour.

7. Do not overbake the cake: Keep an eye on your cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake while it bakes to avoid overcooking it from turning dry or worse, burnt. It’s best to bake it on middle rack of oven at 350°F until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, usually 45-50 minutes.

These tips will help make preparation much easier when making cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cakes into both masterpiece in culinary creativity as well as ultimate satisfying treat.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, baking a cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake can be a delightful experience that brings people together. The aroma of cinnamon, the sweetness of chocolate and apricot, and the richness of sour cream make this cake a true masterpiece. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to make and produces mouth-watering results.

So, get your apron on, gather your ingredients, and enjoy the process of creating this masterpiece. With the tips and substitutions provided in this article, you can customize your cake to suit your tastes and dietary restrictions. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different variations until you find the perfect combination for you.

In the end, sharing a slice of cinnamon chocolate apricot coffee cake with your loved ones is an act of love that brings people together. So go ahead, indulge in some warm and gooey goodness while enjoying a cup of hot coffee or tea. We guarantee it’ll be worth every calorie.

Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Chocolate Apricot Coffee Cake Recipe

This is so delicious. I made it with cherries instead of apricots and it was incredible. I got it from the Cake Mix Doctor.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 433.5 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots or 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chip
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar

Instructions
 

  • Streusel Filling.
  • Place 2 tbsps. cake mix, apricots or cherries, chocolate chips, and cinnamon in a small bowl and stir well. Set the bowl aside.
  • Place the remaining cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl.
  • Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more.
  • Pour 2/3rds of the batter into a greased and floured Bundt pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
  • Spoon the filling over the batter in the pan. Pour the remaining third of the batter over the filling and smooth again.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool.
  • Sift the confectioners' sugar over the top for garnish.

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Nutrition

Serving: 116gCalories: 433.5kcalCarbohydrates: 56.7gProtein: 5.2gFat: 21.8gSaturated Fat: 6.2gCholesterol: 78.9mgSodium: 439.3mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 44.1g
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