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Inspired by the Danish pastry of Northern Europe, the tender loaf is full of cinnamon and melted bittersweet chocolate.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2011
Total Time Prep Servings Yield


For the cake

For the filling

For the crumb topping


Cook's Notes

Coffee cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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  • Yoginicr
    11 JAN, 2015
    This recipe is a keeper! Thank you Martha and company! The only change that I made to the recipe was that I used Earth Balance in the topping (as opposed to the butter); this small fat cutting move still made a delicious bread.
    • lindapetras48
      26 JAN, 2019
      This is the best recipe! Also delicious Without the chocolate and cinnamon ❤️
  • Marry Liu
    28 MAR, 2014
    Found this to be pretty easy to make. Though it did take some time to make it since I don't have a stand mixer. Everything had to be handmade. I'm not a big fan of bittersweet chocolate, instead I used semi-sweet chocolate morsels in place of the bittersweet chocolate. It was a great hit with my mother, since she's really picky with baked goods.
  • brianNNJ
    1 APR, 2012
    This Easter cake looks great! This year I'm taking a breather and getting my Easter Dessert from They offer many different types of cakes, my favorite being pumpkin. My kids enjoyed the cake so much at our last family gathering, I wouldn't think about NOT having another new jersey style crumb cake around for Easter! Jennifer does an incredible job baking and her cakes are definitely worth trying! You nor your family will be disappointed!
  • Mybobba
    17 JAN, 2012
    I just made this and it is gorgeous ! I did not have a 10inch pan so baked it in two smaller pans. More than enough. I used a can of almond paste in the filling too and it is sooo tasty. And beautiful. Will make again. Really like a babka.
  • dmcosenza
    23 NOV, 2011
    I have used semi-sweet chocolate morsels and blitzed the chocolate mixture in a food processor and it worked out perfectly. This is probably the most beautiful coffee cake I have ever made!
  • Orca7684
    16 NOV, 2011
    Using Ghirardellie 60% coca bars works well, and lowering the temperature to 325 degrees at after 15 minutes works well for melting the chocolate. I used much more cinnamon than the recipe called for and added raisins to give a sweet, flavor along with a bit of texture. Also, the crumble top says to use room temperature butter. Use cold butter to give you the crumbly top. If you use room temp. butter, the topping will be more of a buttery paste. Delicious bread, though!
  • rizbing
    30 OCT, 2011
    I made this and it came out beautifully. It looked almost like the picture. But next time I will use a sweeter chocolate. The rest of my family thought it was delicious but the bittersweet chocolate just wasn't sweet enough for me. The bread dough was delicious.
  • fibromarie
    25 OCT, 2011
    OK, so I must be the only person who had a problem with this delicious cake! I used Baker's Bittersweet chocolate and it didn not really melt! it tasted just fine, but looked strange. Just what kind of chocolate did the rest of you use? Thanks!
  • MS11006208
    29 JUL, 2011
    this recipe is really good, I'm going to try it with cinnamon & raisins next.
  • JGreer
    22 MAR, 2011
    The chocolate mix was sinfully good. The chocolate was still melty-like after cooling 3 hours, perfect for dessert time. I loved the delicate texture of the dough. This came out looking just like the picture, the recipe was very easy to follow. My husbands aunt was quite impressed. A keeper!

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