I see nothing about this cake that necessarily makes it a breakfast cake, but we’ll call it that anyway so that you can justify eating it to start your day :)  This is a simple peanut butter cake with a peanut butter streusel topping and chocolate chips.  In other words, YUM!  The cake was amazingly light and tender, and the topping was delicious.  I was a bit skeptical of how a streusel or crumble topping made with peanut butter would turn out, but it worked very well and came together easily.  Though this is supposedly a coffee cake, I think it could be easily dressed up with a drizzle of chocolate and peanut butter sauces to make it a decadent dessert.  Just be sure you have a glass of milk ready with this one, you will need it!


For the cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup creamy peanut butter
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup milk

For the topping:
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1-1½ cups chocolate chips (I used bittersweet)


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 375° F.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish; set aside.

  • 02

    To make the cake, in a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir together and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar.  Beat on medium speed until well combined, 1-2 minutes.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl between additions.  On low speed, mix in the dry ingredients alternately with the milk until just combined, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

  • 03

    To make the topping, in a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar and flour.  Mix in the peanut butter and butter, until the mixture is crumbly.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the cake batter.

  • 04

    Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.


  • This cake is a girl’s dream come true… peanut butter and chocolate for breakfast (and yes, when I make this, I WILL be eating it in the morning). Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  • wow! This is right up my alley. I’m printing this so I can make it very soon!

  • This looks absolutely delicious! A must try!

  • Thank you for naming this “coffee cake” so we can eat it in the morning without guilt! ;)

  • cookingbride

    Mmm, it reminds me of a big peanut butter chocolate chip cookie!

  • That’s my kind of coffee cake!

  • Yum! Breakfast it is. Peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven.

  • Peanut butter and chocloate.. my favorite. These look so good!

  • That looks delicious!! I know my husband and I would really enjoy that!

  • emily227

    This looks delicious! Definitely my favorite combination, so I’m sure this will be wonderful.

  • Oh…….my gosh that looks yummy!! I’ve got peanut butter and chocolate on the brain!

  • nutmegnanny

    Mmmmm delicious! I love breakfast “cake”…hehe. The mix of peanut butter and chocolate chips is perfect for me:)

  • Oh wow, this sounds awesome! Definitely have to try this!

  • They look and sound amazing!

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  • Hi Annie, I have been following your blog and love your recipes! I made this coffee cake and it was perfect… I also added some peanut butter chips to the topping and it was yummy!

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  • Sigh, I gained five pounds just reading this, but I’m pretty sure that won’t stop me from trying it out sometime. (If only I could stop myself before eatiing half a pan . . . ) I linked to this on my weekly roundup – post is under my name. Thanks!!

  • Melissa

    Just made this & I can’t stop eating it! I threw a few peanut butter chips into the cake batter, too. YUM! Love your blog, Annie!

  • Delicious cake! I made it and we loved it
    I’ve just posted it on my blog (with a credit to you +link to this page)
    You are welcome to see it here – http://winnish.blogspot.com/2011/06/blog-post_28.html

    Thanks for a great recipe!!

  • Sarah

    if the batter is anything to go off of, this will be fantastic. i am the type of baker that loves to bake but honestly dislikes eating what i make. i eat one to make sure i am not going to poison everyone but otherwise it’s hands-off for me.