Indulgent Cinnamon Twist Bread | Perfect Weekend Brunch Idea

Picture this: a fresh and warm slice of cinnamon chocolate coffee cake, paired with a steaming cup of rich coffee. The combination is simply irresistible. It’s no wonder that coffee cake is a long-time favorite for many households, especially as a breakfast or brunch treat. But what if I told you there was a way to take this beloved classic to the next level?

Enter the cinnamon chocolate babka, also known as the cake babka or the braided bread. This Eastern European delicacy has been gaining popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Its decadent filling of cinnamon and chocolate is swirled throughout the yeast dough and baked to create an incredibly satisfying flavor combination.

But don’t be intimidated by the thought of making your own babka. With this recipe, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create this delicious and attractive cake right in your own kitchen. And not only will it fill your home with a delightful aroma while it bakes, but it will also impress your loved ones when served on special occasions or given as gifts.

So let’s ditch the plain and ordinary coffee cake, and level up our baking skills with this cinnamon chocolate coffee cake babka recipe. Get ready to savor each bite and indulge in the perfect compliment to your morning cup of joe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake - or Babka
Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake – or Babka

Look no further if you desire an all-in-one recipe that incorporates cinnamon, chocolate, and coffee to tantalize your taste buds. My Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake is what you need! This recipe is guaranteed to satiate your sweet tooth and give you a caffeine boost to start your day.

Some old-style bake goods can be relatively bland, but not this one! The decadent flavors of cinnamon and chocolate are incorporated generously into the cake bread. Imagine pulling apart the dough filled with gooey warm chocolatey goodness and fragrant cinnamon swirls. Delicious, right?

Whether you’re a coffee or tea lover, this recipe variation will make you want more. The dark, rich flavors of Mexican chocolate and a strong coffee made from the best beans stirred together in perfect harmony over sweet, sweet bread. Each bite contains a well-rounded flavor profile that won’t leave you bored or craving something else.

Moreover, this recipe variation is perfect for serving guests because it looks just as good as it tastes. It’s an attractive cake — braided bread with cinnamon sugar and chocolate chip shards peaking out. You will certainly impress anyone with its elegant looking crumb topping.

Don’t worry if you are on a gluten-free or vegan diet as there are some recipe variations that cater to those dietary requirements. From Kokosh cake to stern’s bakery babka and vegan babka, you have got to try them all!

Overall, this recipe works incredibly well each time I recreate it in my kitchen – easy to whip up, deliciously attractive results every time! What more could anyone ask for? Try out my Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake Recipe – you will love it!

Ingredient List

 The perfect cozy treat for a chilly winter day
The perfect cozy treat for a chilly winter day

In order to make the Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake or Babka, we’ll need a set of key ingredients that are necessary for this delicious and mouth-watering recipe. Below is the list of all items we’ll require.


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter, at room temperature.
  • Granulated sugar 1 1/3 cups
  • 3/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 tsp of instant yeast
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature.

Filling ingredients

For the filling, we’ll need:

  • 3/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp homemade cinnamon or ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips, chopped into small pieces

Optional variation ingredients:

For a variation like Cinnamon Pecan Babka or Mexican Chocolate Babka, you can use some additional ingredients such as:

  • Mexican chocolate or Dark chocolate
  • Cinnamon pecan filling – made using cinnamon, pecans and brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder for a chocolate coffee cake.

Make sure you gather all the required ingredients before you begin creating this amazing cake.

The Recipe How-To

 A delicious twist on the classic coffee cake
A delicious twist on the classic coffee cake

Now that we’ve covered the important details of this delicious Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake recipe, let’s get started with the step-by-step instructions.


Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this cake:
– 4 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
– 1 tablespoon instant yeast
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 3/4 cup buttermilk
– 1/4 cup warm water
– 1 egg
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 cup chocolate chips
– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Mix well.

  2. Add in the melted butter, buttermilk, warm water, egg, and vanilla extract to the dry mixture. Mix until a soft dough forms.

  3. Once the dough is formed into a ball shape, transfer it onto a floured surface and knead for about five minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.

  4. Return the dough to a clean bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel. Leave it to rise for about an hour in a warm area where there are no drafts.

  5. After an hour has passed, preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and prepare your baking dish by greasing it with butter or cooking spray.

  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough until it measures about 18 x 24 inches.

  7. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon all over your rolled-out dough followed by the chocolate chips.

  8. Carefully roll up your dough from one end to another creating a long log that’s full of chocolatey goodness.

  9. Cut the long log in half lengthways so that you have two long pieces of dough. Gently braid these two pieces together and transfer them into your prepared baking dish.

  10. Bake the cake for about 45 minutes or until it turns a lovely golden brown color.

  11. Once your cake is baked, remove it from the oven and leave it to cool completely in the pan before taking it out.

  12. Cut and serve this delicious Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake recipe as desired!

Optional Crumb Topping

If you want to add some extra sweetness to your Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake, feel free to make a crumb topping by mixing together some brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Add this on top of the cake just before placing it in the oven.

Substitutions and Variations

 This babka is both gorgeous and delicious
This babka is both gorgeous and delicious

When it comes to baking this cinnamon chocolate coffee cake or babka recipe, there are plenty of ways to experiment with the ingredients and create your own unique twist. Here are some substitutions and variations that can elevate this classic recipe to new heights:

– Gluten-free option: If you have a gluten allergy or intolerance, you can replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Keep in mind that the texture of the cake may be slightly different, so adjust accordingly.

– Vegan option: Make this cake dairy-free and vegan by replacing the butter and buttermilk with plant-based alternatives like coconut oil and almond milk.

– Chocolate chip variation: Add some extra sweetness to your cake by mixing in some chocolate chips to the filling. A combination of dark and milk chocolate chips would work perfectly.

– Cinnamon sugar variation: If you prefer a sweeter cake with a more pronounced cinnamon flavor, skip the chocolate entirely and simply mix together cinnamon and sugar for the filling.

– Crumb topping variation: Create a crunchy topping for your cake by mixing together melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Sprinkle this mixture over the top of your cake before baking for an extra textural element.

– Mexican chocolate variation: For a more unique twist on your cinnamon chocolate coffee cake, try using Mexican chocolate instead of regular chocolate. The added hint of spices like cinnamon and chili pepper will give your cake a bold flavor profile.

No matter which variation you choose, this babka recipe is sure to please with its rich flavors and impressive braided bread presentation. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

 A cinnamon and chocolate lover's dream come true
A cinnamon and chocolate lover’s dream come true

Once your cinnamon chocolate coffee cake or babka is out of the oven and cooled, it’s time to enjoy. This cake is perfect for any occasion and can be savored during a cozy morning at home or at an elegant dinner party with friends.

I highly recommend pairing this cake with a cup of strong black coffee. The cinnamon and chocolate flavors complement the bitterness of the coffee, making for an incredibly satisfying and indulgent experience.

If you are hosting a party or gathering, consider serving slices of this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The cold sweetness of the ice cream works wonders with the warm spices and rich chocolate.

For those who prefer lighter desserts, whip up some fresh whipped cream and serve alongside your slices of cinnamon chocolate babka. The airy texture of the whipped cream pairs excellently with the dense, bread-like texture of the babka.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try serving this cake as a brunch dish! Simply toast slices of cinnamon chocolate babka until crispy, and then butter them up. Add a fried egg on top for a hearty breakfast that will surely impress your guests.

No matter how you choose to serve this delicious and attractive cake, one thing’s for sure: it’s bound to be a hit.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Make every morning better with a slice of this babka
Make every morning better with a slice of this babka

One of the great things about this cinnamon chocolate coffee cake, or babka recipe, is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later. This is especially useful if you’re planning to serve it for a special occasion or event where you want to save yourself some time on the day of.

To make this recipe ahead of time, simply follow the instructions as normal but allow the dough to rise in the refrigerator overnight (or up to 12 hours). This will slow down the fermentation process and result in a more flavorful and tender bread.

Once the dough has risen, you can shape it into a cake or braided loaf and store it in an airtight container or well-wrapped with plastic wrap. It can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When you’re ready to reheat and serve, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the cake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes until heated through and fragrant. You can also slice the cake and toast it under your broiler or in your toaster oven.

If you have any leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The cinnamon chocolate coffee cake may lose some of its moisture over time, but it will still taste just as delicious.

Overall, this recipe is incredibly versatile and perfect for any time of day. Whether you’re serving it fresh out of the oven or reheating it later, you won’t be disappointed with this decadent cinnamon chocolate babka recipe.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Sweet, tender, and oh-so flavorful
Sweet, tender, and oh-so flavorful

Are you ready to bake the perfect cinnamon chocolate coffee cake or babka? Check out these tips for a scrumptious and attractive cake.

First of all, be sure to use fresh ingredients. Check the expiration date of your baking powder and yeast before using. Also, quality ingredients such as real butter and vanilla extract can make a difference in taste.

When preparing the dough, keep in mind that it should be slightly tacky but not too sticky. You may need to adjust the amount of flour or liquid depending on the humidity and altitude where you are baking.

To create an evenly filled babka or coffee cake, spread the filling all the way to the edges of the dough. Use a spoon or spatula to spread it evenly and avoid leaving gaps that will result in dry areas.

Properly braiding and shaping the bread is important for both taste and appearance. Follow recipe instructions closely and use images or videos to guide you if needed. Be gentle when handling the dough to avoid tearing or deflating it.

Baking time and temperature may vary depending on your oven, so monitor your cake closely while it’s baking. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean when it’s fully baked. Don’t overbake or your cake will be dry.

Once your babka or coffee cake is finished baking, let it cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing into it. This will allow the flavors to settle and prevent crumbling. Dust with powdered sugar, drizzle with icing, or add a crumb topping for extra sweetness.

Last but not least, enjoy your cinnamon chocolate coffee cake or babka with a cup of coffee or tea. Congratulations on making a delicious and attractive cake!


As a barista, I have learned that customers always have questions about their favorite drinks. And the same goes for recipes. With that in mind, I gathered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake/Babka recipe. Check them out in this section to help ensure that your baking experience runs smoothly.

Why do Jews eat babka?

The origins of the Jewish Babka can be traced back to the 19th century, where leftover challah dough was used by housewives to make a delectable pastry. This pastry was filled with tasty ingredients such as cinnamon or jam, and rolled up before being baked as a treat.

What nationality makes babka?

The delectable Babka, known for its bread and cake fusion, has roots that trace back to the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe during the early 1900s. Believed to have originated from a well-known Polish Easter cake, also known as “baba,” this treat earned its name due to the similar sounding word, “babka,” which means “grandmother” in Polish.

What is special about babka?

Babka is a pastry that appears similar to bread but offers a more compact texture. It is crafted from a blend of sweet yeast dough and packed with either cinnamon or fudgy chocolate in a multi-layered manner, culminating into a delicious baked product. At times, it may also possess some streusel atop. It’s the lovely, picturesque cake/bread that you may have spotted on Instagram, adorned with several swirls of chocolate.

Is babka a bread or cake?

One of the trendy baked goods nowadays is the Modern Babka, which consists of a delicious combination of chocolate and bread. Indeed, bread can be paired with almost anything and still be a crowd-pleaser, just like how cheese and bread create the beloved dish we know as pizza.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake or Babka recipe is a must-try for coffee and cake lovers. With its amazing aroma, appealing looks, and unforgettable flavors, this cake will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a beginner, this recipe is easy to follow and customize to your liking with various substitutions and variations.

I urge you to try out this recipe at home and savor the delicious aromas that will fill your kitchen. It’s sure to be a hit with family and friends alike. So, stock up on butter, cinnamon, sugar, chocolate, and all the necessary ingredients for this cake, and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure.

In addition to enjoying it at home, this cake is perfect for gifting or for sharing with loved ones during special occasions. Once you’ve gotten a taste of the Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake or Babka recipe, you’ll never go back to boring coffee cakes again!

So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and start baking! With this fantastic recipe, there’s no excuse not to indulge in the rich and delectable flavors of chocolate babka. Happy baking!

Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake - or Babka

Cinnamon Chocolate Coffee Cake - or Babka Recipe

A variation of Peter Reinhart's Cinnamon Chocolate Babka Kranz Cake. This is cooked in a loaf pan as a coffee cake. Delicious and attractive cake/bread.
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Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 medium loaf
Calories 220.8 kcal



  • 260 g all-purpose flour (2 cups, unbleached)
  • 11 g instant yeast (3 2/3 teaspoons)
  • 96 g buttermilk (scant 1/2 cup)
  • 48 g butter (unsalted - 1/4 cup)
  • 48 g sugar (scant 1/4 cup)
  • 4 g vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 4 g salt (table salt, 2/3 teaspoon)
  • 48 g egg yolks (from 2 large or jumbo eggs)


  • 145 g semi-sweet chocolate chips (scant cup, frozen)
  • 4 g cinnamon (ground - 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 32 g butter (2 1/4 tablespoons, very cold)


  • Cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and slightly beaten egg yolks and mix about 2 minutes until fluffy.
  • Add flour and yeast and stir slightly.
  • Add the milk and mix on low speed to make a soft dough, adding flour as needed or milk.
  • Knead for 4 minutes before tipping onto counter.
  • Stretch the dough into a rectangle and fold letter style top to bottom and side to side.
  • Place dough in straight sided container, cover and rest 15 minutes.
  • Stretch and fold again, resting 15 more minutes.
  • Allow dough to rise 1.5 times its volume to double its volume.
  • Roll dough out to a 12 inch by 12 inch rectangle.
  • Make filling by placing frozen chocolate chips and cinnamon in a food processor and process to a grandular consistency. Add cold butter and pulse until well mixed.
  • Spread mixture on dough, leaving a 1/4 inch rim uncoated.
  • Roll dough into a rope like cylinder without stretching the length beyond 15 inches.
  • Cut the rope into 2 15 inch half-cylinders and braid to form a loaf, folding in the ends. Place in an 8 inch x 4.5 inch loaf pan well oiled.
  • Preheat oven to 350F while letting loaf rise to 1.5 times its volume.
  • Brush with egg white glaze if desired and bake for 50 minutes to an hour and 10 minutes, until the internal temperature is 180F to 200°F.
  • To prevent over browning due to the sugar in this recipe, cover loosely for at least half the time with aluminum foil while baking.
  • Let cool completely before serving.

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Serving: 50gCalories: 220.8kcalCarbohydrates: 29.5gProtein: 4.1gFat: 10.4gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 189.2mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 11.1g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Brunch, Dessert, European, Polish, Russian, Yeast
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