No, this is not the most Nutritious Breakfast, but it is Well Worth the Indulgence (at the bakery we tend to indulge more often than not). Though decidedly a “breakfast” treat, there is absolutely no reason why it cannot be served throughout the day or as an afternoon snack. Obviously, part of the charm of any coffee cake is the crumb topping. Our topping is, well, tops. It is not overly sweet or ridiculously abundant; this cake has the perfect ratio of moist cake to crumbly topping, and we know you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.
Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse for 5 seconds to mix. Add the pecans and pulse until the pecans are finely chopped and thoroughly incorporated.
Add the butter and pulse until combined. The mixture will look like very coarse sand. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in the refrigerator.
In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, and cinnamon and set aside.
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a medium bowl.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth and ribbonlike. Scrape down the bowl and add the sugar. Beat until the mixture is smooth and starts to look fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the bowl and mix again for 30 seconds.
Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat just until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in three additions, scraping down the bowl before each addition and beating only until each addition is just incorporated. Do not overmix.
Pour one third of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Use an offset spatula to spread the batter evenly.
Sprinkle half the chocolate cinnamon swirl mixture over the batter, covering the entire surface of the batter. Spoon half of the remaining batter over the swirl mixture and spread it evenly. Top with the remaining swirl mixture, then the remaining batter, and spread the batter evenly. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the top of the batter.
The cake will keep for 3 days, tightly covered, at room temperature.
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