peanut butter chocolate chip coffee cake

filed under: Coffee Cakes on October 15, 2014

This is one of those cakes that I inevitably end up having for breakfast but that should never be served for breakfast.  It is a full on honest-to-goodness cake with sugar and butter and decadent frosting.

But it has coffee in it.  So I make it in the morning loving that I have a very good reason to brew myself another cup.

I am an adult and can totally do that ok?!  Just don’t tell my mom, she would kill me!


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This is one of those cakes that I inevitably end up having for breakfast but that should never be served for breakfast. It is a full on honest-to-goodness cake with sugar and butter and decadent frosting.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. coffee
  • 1/3 c milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 c chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 c firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, the baking powder, and a pinch of salt.
  2. In a separate bowl with a handheld mixer cream together the brown sugar, the peanut butter, and the butter.

  3. Beat in the egg, vanilla and the coffee.
  4. Add in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beating well after each addition, and gently stir in 1/2 cup of the chopped chocolate.

  5. Pour batter into a prepared 8-inch round cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 28-34 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

  6. Allow to cool slightly then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. If you are adding peanut butter glaze, turn the cake out directly onto a cake stand and add glaze while cake is still slightly warm.



Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting!

So why coffee in a peanut butter cake? Because instead of adding regular old chocolate chips, I prefer to use good quality chopped chocolate. (For this one I used Scharffen Berger 62% Semi-Sweet.)  And we all know that coffee amplifies the flavor of chocolate!

When you chop chocolate as poorly as I do with a huge Chefs Knife (a Chef I am not, I just like to use their cool stuff), there is inevitably a tablespoon or two of smaller, fine crumbles as well as chocolate dust.  I absolutely love that in this cake and love that every single bite is infused with the beautiful rich chocolate.

But then I kick it up a notch and add coffee.  Not just any coffee, but strong coffee.  And not with any ole machine, but with the brand new Keurig 2.0.

Keurig 2.0

The Keurig’s are more like a computer now; highly intelligent and full of brilliant options I didn’t know I wanted but can now not possibly live without.

Like the STRONG button.  I use it every single time even when I am not technically supposed to.  Which I weird I even think that I am technically supposed to drink coffee a certain way and then go so far as to make myself feel guilty for not adhering the the imaginary guidelines I have set in place.


In summary (where is that cake recipe???), not only is Keurig my go-to coffee maker for amazing coffee, hot chocolate and a variety of other drinks, it is my go-to machine in Baking.  And if you like coffee and try this cake or my Perfect Chocolate Cake with the “strong” coffee, you will be as hooked as I am.

It’s a game changer baby.

Peanut Butter Glaze Frosting

I decided to make a simple glaze to combat the rich chocolate flavor of the cake.  Well, it was supposed to be simple.  It was supposed to drizzle.  But I skimmed the recipe (bad baker!) and instead of 2/3 cup added 2-3 cups.

So thick and creamy ruled the day and not soft drizzles.  Just be sure if you make it you try the soft drizzles first ok?  The warm glaze seeps into every nook and cranny of the cake and adds the amazing moisture and flavor that makes me long to just eat it directly on my treadmill so I can do it without guilt.  Well, when the treadmill is on that is.  You know, being used for exercise purposes.  Like it is intended to be used.  #whatever

Peanut Butter Glaze Frosting

Adapted from Cooking Channel.  Click here for Peanut Butter Glaze recipe.

Peanut Butter Glaze Frosting

My favorite way to eat this cake is warm and for breakfast.  Do not be like me.  You make yours in the afternoon and enjoy it for dessert as it was meant to be.

If you do end up with any extra glaze, be sure to save it.  It goes great on everything!

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  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext says:

    This chocolate chip coffee cake looks amazing, Amanda! Loving the glaze, it looks totally delicious!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    I can’t get over the deliciousness that is this cake. So much goodness.

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    Where is the glaze recipe? I will reread and see if it is in the post.

  • Becca from says:

    I don’t think it’s because you skimmed over the recipe. I honestly think your mind was mesmerized by the well oiled Keurig standing by waiting to dispense awesomeness 😉

    • Amanda says:

      Ha ha, you are probably right!!!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Oh yum!! The perfect coffee cake indeed. Love the peanut butter in there!

  • CakeSpy says:

    Wait, why should this cake never be served for breakfast? I don’t understand. If you are what you eat, start out the day awesome, is what I say.

    • Amanda says:

      And this is why I love every little sprinkle that makes up the awesomeness that is you. 🙂

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Brewed coffee is the only way I make my chocolate cakes so heck yeah for this peanut butter cake! Full on honest-to-goodness cake with sugar and butter and decadent frosting. . is there any other way?! Seriously.

    • Amanda says:

      Ha ha, love it!

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    I love putting coffee in my baked goods. That Keurig deserves permanent real estate on anyones counter!

  • Kristen says:

    How did I not realize that my 2.0 had a STRONG setting? Where have I been?
    Love this coffee cake!!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    I LOVE desserts with coffee! This cake looks fabulous! Also, I NEED this Keurig! Only strong coffee for me! Pinned!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    OMG NEED THIS CAKE FOR BREAKFAST!!! I joke with my hubby all the time that I just want cake for breakfast, he says I’m an adult and can make those decisions, I knew I married him for a reason lol 🙂 But seriously, give me a slice of this at any time in the day and I’d be happy!

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    I want to eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also need that Keurig in my life.

  • Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) says:

    I’m coming over! This looks fantastic. I’m on board with any and all things peanut butter and chocolate. And coffee. 🙂

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    This cake looks SO good! I LOVE that we now have machines for our coffee that are probably more advanced computers than anything that existed a few years ago!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Nope. Totally rebelling and having this for breakfast when I make it, too. JUST TRY AND STOP ME.

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says:

    That is one heck of a fancy Keurig. I have yet to get one but I now have the strong urge so I can strong brew individual cups of coffee. Sooo cool! And lots talk about this cake it looks AMAZING! I could use a slice for breakfast every morning.

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    OMG this cake is fantastic! Yes Yes Yes I scream as I jump up and down. Gotta have some!

    • Amanda says:

      Ha ha… the visual on that is going to have me grinning all day. 😉

  • Sara says:

    I am 100% behind having cake for breakfast! Besides, anything with coffee in it qualifies as breakfast food, right?!?! It was so good to meet you at the BHG Cooking Experience! Had I known you were going to be there, I’d have brought my copy of your book, so you could sign it! Hope you had a great trip home!

    • Amanda says:

      You are the sweetest… thank you Sara! It was lovely to meet you as well, and I look forward to getting to know you better!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    I don’t think I’d be able to pass that up for breakfast either!

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

    Hmmm peanut butter cake! My husband would loooove this! 🙂

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    Brewed coffee and peanut butter were totally meant to be together in cake form 🙂 I wouldn’t be able to resist having this for breakfast too – it looks amazing!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    Cake is a perfect breakfast food!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    I totally approve of this for breakfast! 🙂

  • Oh I love anything with peanut butter! And if it’s cake…even better!
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  • Lyndsay Renée says:

    I would totally eat that for breakkie with a giant mug of strong coffee! Yum Amanda

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