Thanks so much to Smitten Kitchen for this recipe, she is amazing, not only do we share the same name but every time I'm looking for a recipe she has some fun new version of it! Check out the rest of my favorites on my updated links page.
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups granualted sugar
3 eggs, seperated
1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups sour cream
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar in small bowl and set aside. Cream butter and 1 and 1/2 cups sugar in large bowl, then slowly add in egg yolks and vanilla. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add sour cream and flour mixture into the butter mixture alternating till completely mixed. Beat egg whites to stiff peaks, then fold into batter with spatula.
In a greased 13 x 9 pan pour a little more than half of batter into pan. Sprinkle half of cinnamon-sugar mixture and half of chocolate chips. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Serve warm.
One thing I want to say that I feel is important is... sifting counts! Before I started reading the numerous baking blogs I subscribe to, I never sifted my flour/sugar in recipes. It really does make a difference in the texture of whatever it is your making, this is because it removes all lumps and allows the wet ingredients to combine better with the flour/sugar that you are sifting. You also want to measure after you sift because the ingredients will measure differently, unless your recipes are based on weight. I made the mistake of buying a squeeze handle sifter, this worked great for the first few times. Then I couldn't get the darn thing clean, there was flour stuck between the screens and I ended up tossing it out. Thanks to Brown Eyed Baker, Michelle's recommendation I plan on buying this strainer and using it as my sifter before I bake again.
I will be making this cake again, anyone want to come visit so I have an excuse?