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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Cake

Juicy raspberries and dark chocolate come together in this simple, crowd-pleasing coffee cake.

Juicy raspberries and dark chocolate come together in this simple, crowd-pleasing breakfast cake! @sallybakeblog

Why hello there pretty cake.

Every Christmas morning, my mom wakes up before everyone else to bake this gorgeous coffee cake. We snack on the coffee cake as we sit around the tree to open gifts.  It keeps our tummies full until we sit down to big brunch a couple hours later.

After years enjoying the coffee cake on Christmas, I finally made it myself.  I know mama would be proud. (Hi Mom!)

Juicy raspberries and dark chocolate come together in this simple, crowd-pleasing breakfast cake! @sallybakeblog

It’s the kind of cake you make that morning and enjoy on the same day.  I like to pick off the raspberries first and then eat the rest of the cake.  I am completely in love with raspberries and dark chocolate together!  Have you tried my Dark Chocolate Raspberry Banana Bread yet?

The recipe is baked in a small 8×8 or 9×9 inch baking pan.  This size is perfect for me – I don’t need 23 extra slices of coffee cake laying around!

The cake is so soft and buttery – but really, there’s only 1/2 stick of butter in the actual cake recipe. It’s the buttery streusel layered in with the batter that makes each bite literally melt in your mouth.

There are layers in this coffee cake? Yes. Batter -> buttery almond streusel -> raspberries & dark chocolate chips -> more batter -> more streusel -> more raspberries & dark chocolate chips. Layer upon layer of awesome.

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Your new favorite coffee cake is a piece of cake (ha!) to make.

Prepare the streusel first – 3 Tablespoons cold butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, and 1/2 cup slivered almonds. You may leave the almonds out, but I love the extra texture they gave the cake.  Mash the butter up a bit with a fork before mixing with the rest of the ingredients. You want the mixture to be crumbly and chunky. Next is the very simple batter recipe.  And when I say simple, I mean it.  Literally put all of the batter ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand-held mixer.  That’s it, you’re done.

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Pour half of the batter into the baking pan, layer with half of the streusel, then half of the raspberries and chocolate chips, then the rest of the batter, then the remaining streusel. I sprinkled a few more chocolate chips and raspberries on top of the cake for looks. I like pretty cakes.

Eat the cake the day it is baked if you can. I’ve noticed that the raspberries on top sink down a bit into the cake after the first day.  We store the cake at room temperature.

Get ready to dig right in to the butteriest, most outrageously layered chocolatey raspberry cake you’ll ever taste. The texture is moist and soft and each bite will leave you wanting more. Between the almond streusel, the dark melty chocolate, juicy berries, and soft buttery cake – there is something new in every last crumb.  I ate mine with a mug of chai tea in my fuzzy slippers curled up on the couch. Now that is what I like to call Sunday morning perfection.

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Wait until you smell this cake baking.  It’s like the marriage of my Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls and a butter cake baking at the same time.  Oh my lanta, I want to bottle that smell up and spray it all over my house and office everyday.

Warning: your stomach will be growling as you smell this cake is baking away in the oven. Now go enjoy the prettiest, easiest coffee cake in all the land.   I’m always sad when the last piece is snatched away!

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Cake

Juicy raspberries and dark chocolate come together in this simple, crowd-pleasing coffee cake.



  • 3 Tablespoons (45g) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (31g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (64g) sliced almonds


  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (180g) dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or white chocolate)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) unsweetened raspberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 8 or 9-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the streusel first by gently mashing up 3 tablespoons of cold butter in a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup sugar and mix around with a fork. You want it to be chunky and crumbly. Add the almonds. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with a handheld or stand mixer, add 2 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter, buttermilk, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, and egg. Beat on low until everything is sufficiently combined - about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Do not over-mix.
  4. Spread half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Layer with half of the streusel, then most of the raspberries and chocolate chips. Repeat with the rest of the batter and the streusel. Top with remaining raspberries and chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Make sure to cover loosely with foil after about 20 minutes to prevent the sides from browning too quickly. Cake is best enjoyed on the same day. Cake stays fresh stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days. Makes 12 generous pieces, serve warm or cool.

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Juicy raspberries and dark chocolate come together in this simple, crowd-pleasing breakfast cake! @sallybakeblog






  1. Hey sally! I’m goimg to make this cake for my church next week, but without the chocolate. I want to add almond extract so it’ll be a rasberry almond cake, but how much almond extract should I use? Maybe 1/2 teaspoon? I’ve heard that almond extract can be a bit overpowering. 
    Also, this cake is an excuse to use my new tart pan I couldn’t resist buying cause it was so cute! Am I the only one??? I’m going to put sliced almond on top and dust with a little powdered sugar because FANCY. How to you think it’ll look? Can’t wait to make it! (And use my new tart pan 🙂 )

    • Hi Kayla– I’d use only 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. That stuff is potent! And I think the cake will look so pretty.

  2. I baked this yesterday in a 9×11. Came out beautiful and very tasty, it only needed 40-42 minutes as it was thinner than yours. Only thing I noticed is that the chocolate was not nicely and evenly distributed (partly my fault, partly due to the thinness) and some parts broke because the chips did not fully incorporate with the batter so poor weak cake could not hold it all together.
    BUT, it is incredibly tender, moist and a w e s o m e !

  3. Hey Sally! I love all your recipes…Ive literally tried them all. And they are never short of compliments. I would like to try this recipe though, I only have blueberries on hand, can i use that instead??

  4. This is one of the best coffee cakes EVER!!!!! I am so excited for the leftovers! I used mini chocolate chips. So, so good!
    I used fresh ground soft white wheat for the win. So very good – did I say that already?

  5. OH my gosh, Sally! I can’t even tell you how AMAZING this cake is!!! Seriously, you are a genius. Those layers!!! WE LOVED IT SO MUCH! I may have to hide the remaining slices and keep them all for myself. Thank you for blowing our minds yet again!

  6. Another satisfied reader! I made this today and it is so good. The best reaction came from my mom: “As the crowd on the British shows say, it has a good crumb.”

  7. Hi, maybe it’s because I’m from the UK but I cannot see Coffee on your list of ingredients but you call it a coffee cake? am I missing something (besides the coffee ;))

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