Friday, April 8, 2011

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake (with a secret!)

Don't tell anyone but this little cake has a secret.  It's a secret that will make this a snap to make.    I’m one of those folks that loves to used boxed cake mixes and boxed brownie mixes.   There is so much you can do with a boxed cake mix. 
 You can dress them up and transform them into something really special.  Anyone ever eaten a cake ball? They are made with boxed cake mixes.  Hellloooo lover!  But what about boxed Pancake Mix?  I figured if I can do so much with a boxed cake mix, why not pancake mix?  So that’s just what I’m going to do with this recipe today.  It turns ordinary pancake mix into something special AND it is so simple to throw together, especially if you have guests show up unexpectedly or you just want to whip something up really quickly for brunch.   Chances are, you already have all the ingredients on hand you need to make this right now.
Ingredients:
2 ½ cups Pancake Mix (mix that requires only adding water*)
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup water
½ cup sour cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

(topping)
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup walnuts or pecans (optional)

(optional glaze)
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp. milk



Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Spray an 8 inch square pan or dish with non-stick spray.
Combine pancake mix, sugar and chocolate chips in medium bowl. Then add water, sour cream and vanilla. Mix until combined. Batter will be very thick.  Spread into your prepared baking dish.  Combine ¼ cup sugar, cinnamon and nuts (if using) in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture over dough.  Bake 24-26 minutes until golden brown.
Whisk together powdered sugar and milk in small bowl. Drizzle glaze over warm cake.
Allow cake to cool for just a few minutes. Serve warm.
Cook's Note: I used the pancake mix that is the “Just Add Water” type of mix.  If you only have pancake mix that requires you to add milk, eggs & oil, then you will need to replace the ½ cup water in this recipe with 2 large eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk.  Then proceed with the rest of the directions.  Also, the glaze isn’t really necessary on this coffee cake at all.  We just liked the little added bit of sweetness it added to the cake.

Enjoy!




recipe slightly modifed from: hungryjack.com



45 comments :

Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

Brandie,
mention secret and we all want in on the act ;-)
off to check it out NOW!

Marina said...

Okay I have clicked on 3 different recipes from Whipperberry's Linky Party. I am definitely a new follower! ALL Your stuff looks so YUMMY!
Visiting from Justsewsassy.com

RavieNomNoms said...

That picture soooo grabbed me I had to check out the guest post. So yummy!

cajunlicious said...

This picture is amazing! I love coffee cake.

Holly said...

YUMMO! Off to go check it out : )

From the Kitchen said...

Delicious! I can imagine how good it would be to bite through that luscious looking topping!

Best,
Bonnie

Ben said...

You got me at the title, I'm checking the guest post right now. Sounds excitingly delicious :D

Kristen said...

I cannot wait to see more of that yummy looking treat!

Tiffanee said...

YUM! This looks light and oh so delicious. It may have to be breakfast tomorrow. That is if I can wait that long. Off to print the recipe!!

Bo said...

Never would have thought it was made with pancake mix!!! I would make this in the morning, but I don't have pc mix...but not a food snob either...I just buy the bisquick in the pour bottle.

Sandra said...

Clever...looks awesome! Going to check it out!

Lizzy said...

Way to tease us ;)

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

Headed over to check it out! I hate missing out on a secret! LOL

Annie's Dish said...

I love shortcut recipes! I am soooo making it this weekend!

Becky said...

I just came from Jen's blog. Great looking cake and pics. Keep up the good work.

sliceofsouthern said...

This looks so moist and the topping...oh to die for! I'm headed over there now to check out your recipe!

Veronica Gantley said...

If it is easy, you know I am all over it. I will have a luncheon with some friends at the school. I will make this and brag about you! :)

Gloria said...

I love this recipe, yummy! gloria

Tiffany said...

What a great idea for a coffee cake!

carolinaheartstrings said...

This looks so wonderful. I cannot wait to try it.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

That looks so yummy with that crumbly topping!

Mary said...

What a delicious sounding recipe. I'm new to your blog so I've also spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I 'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

MaryBeth said...

I love all kinds of coffee cake and it of course is even better with chocolate!

A little bit of everything said...

although I'm not a coffee drinker I never say No to a coffee cake. your photo is so inviting.
Thanks for sharing Brandie

Kate said...

What a great idea! Pancake Mix! Who would of thought? I can't wait to try this coffee cake - looks delish!

Ang said...

Yes I have had a cake ball before! Holy heavens have mercy are they good. The coffee cake looks amazing just the same. And Ave would flip for the chocolate chips you stashed in there.

michelle said...

oh this looks so good! Looking forward to searching your recipes!

Happy When Not Hungry said...

This looks delicious and love the pancake mix too!

Megan said...

Pancake mix...brilliant! Must try this one!

Muriel Miller said...

Coffee cake is one of my favorite things! I have never made it from scratch before and now will definitely be bookmarking this recipe! Thanks!

The Mom Chef said...

I want that cake. I don't care how it's made, whether it's from scratch or a mix. Wow, it looks so good. Probably need to keep the chocolate out, but the rest is all mine!

Rebekah said...

Oh how sweet and tempting! I just want to eat the picture LOL

Rebekah @
www.kidsdoeathealthy.blogspot.com

heather {WhipperBerry} said...

wow, thanks for sharing your secret! I love dressing up box mixes it a fantastic jumping off point for a recipe. nice work!

kisses
heather

Jillian said...

I made your CC recipe and blogged about it today! :)

Anonymous said...

I think I could make this low carb, by using lc pancake mix and sweetners instead of sugar, and lc chocolate chips. Yum

Peggy Lee said...

UGH!! Masterchief just walked in the room, saw the picture of the cake and said, "I want THAT tomorrow".

Thanks for that!

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Brooks at Cakewalker said...

Simply brilliant, Brandie. Your resourcefulness is the secret to your success!

Lisa @ Lisa's Dinnertime Dish said...

This sounds so easy and looks SO delicious! I've never thought of using pancake mix for anything but pancakes, great idea!!

Anonymous said...

I love this recipe! The cake is so moist and full of flavor-it's my new favorite!

stldiamond said...

I love chocolate chips but think this recipe would be great with dried fruit--maybe cranraisins or apricots.

Jami said...

I can't wait to try this one! What a great idea.

Anonymous said...

I'm 13 years old and I just made this for my parents for breakfast. It turned out great and i love the easy instructions! Thanks for this great recipe:)

The Country Cook said...

Hi Hun - so glad this turned out good for you. You were so sweet to make this for your parents! You are just so precious to take the time to make them something special. I bet they loved it! ~Brandie

Sriinprc said...

Hi Brandie,
I've been following your blog for a while; and I've liked all your recipes so far. Especially when they are easy to make.
I've come across your choc chip coffee cake, that I'd like to make for our staff meeting. I want to ask if I can use the homemade baking mix instead of the package? Since it's a homemade, do I have to add egg, butter, and milk also? (I saw the cooks note about the different pancake mixes..)
Thanks for your explanation. Keep up with the recipes!!
Sri