Cinnamon Chip Breakfast Cake

Is anyone else as excited as me that it is staying light out longer?? I love the fact that when 5 o’ clock rolls around there is still some light out! If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you have come to realize that I like to be outside. I especially like to run outside, even when the ground looks like this, because I don’t like being stuck inside. All that to say, I am excited to have more time to spend outside in the light! :) And when I am done running outside in the cold enjoying the extra daylight, I can come inside to a big slice of this breakfast cake (because we all know that breakfast food can be eaten all day long!) and a hot cup of coffee!

Another thing that you have probably learned by now is that I love cinnamon. I love it in cookies, coffee, bread, tea, and cake. . .especially cake that you can eat for breakfast. This breakfast cake is denser than what I think of for a coffee cake, so I decided to call it a breakfast cake. It is just as good, though! With whole wheat flour, yogurt, milk, and eggs, I’d say it makes for a pretty balanced breakfast! 😉 Add in some cinnamon, brown sugar streusel, and cinnamon chips, and you have a tasty, balanced breakfast that will test your self-control in only eating one piece!

Oh, and this cake stays fresh and moist even when you don’t get the lid on properly and leave it only half sealed for a day. I just ran a little experiment for you guys so you would know. . . 😉

Cinnamon Chip Breakfast Cake

Yield: 12 pieces


  • For the Cake
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar substitute or sugar
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 C plain Greek yogurt (I used 0% plain Chobani)
  • 1 1/4 C non-fat milk (if you use all all-purpose, you will probably only need 1 cup milk)
  • 1/2 C cinnamon chips
  • For the Topping
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9×9 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugars and butter. Add in eggs and beat until creamy. Beat in yogurt until combined. Slowly mix in milk until combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until just combined. Stir in cinnamon chips.
  5. Spread batter into prepared baking dish.
  6. Stir together all ingredients but the cinnamon chips for the topping. Sprinkle over the top of the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon chips over the top.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow cake to cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting into pieces.
  9. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

This recipe is linked with Back for Seconds Social, Strut Your Stuff SaturdayTotally Tasty TuesdayTrick or Treat Tuesday, Weekend PotluckWhat’s Cookin’ WednesdayWhat’s in Your Kitchen Wednesday.

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  1. This is right up my alley! I love cinnamon chips and cinnamon too! What a wonderful treat for breakfast! And Yes, I’m so happy to see the days are lighter longer, makes me feel like spring is around the corner!

  2. Oh I want to make this right now! It looks and sounds incredible!

  3. Yes! Bring on the longer days and more sunshine. Love the whole wheat in this breakfast cake :)

  4. I cannot wait until it’s actually light until like 7 again, because my pictures have been sucking with this blecky light!

    Anyway. This breakfast cake-yum! I still haven’t been able to find cinnamon chips but I NEED TO!

  5. Love it!!

  6. Oh dear, I don’t think I could stop after one piece!

  7. Cinnamon chips?! Oh man. Those are going on the list.

    This looks so fun. Perfect for breakfast or a snack or dessert or anything. :)

  8. I love this! But I’m scared I’d eat the whole pan :)

  9. I totally agree with you about the light… I love when we get Daylight Savings time and it’s light for most of the day… I function better. Now I’m not a runner and outdoorsy person (wish I was).. but I just love feeling like it’s not cold and dark outside. Plus more daylight hours means more natural light to photograph food. :) Do you use natural light in your photos? I love how bright and cheery they are all the time. :)

    I also totally agree with you on this cake… it’s a yummy way to start the day. :) Thanks for thinking of us and doing the freshness test. LOL! That worked out well. :)

  10. I’m just utterly obsessed with coffee cake. And I love the cinnamon chips! I’ve never heard of those.

  11. I’ve been thinking about making a breakfast cake with cinnamon chips, and you beat me to it! Love this!!

  12. I want a big, fat hunk of this right now! Drooling over here. My love for cinnamon is neverending and this cake looks incredible.

  13. i love that the days are getting longer too! and to celebrate, i’m going for a run when i get home today after campus…mucho better than going this morning in the dark. :)

  14. Erika @Southern Girls Kitchen says:

    Cake for breakfast is the best breakfast…

  15. So glad the days are slowly getting longer! Cold, dark days are not my favorite. This recipe looks fabulous! I love the addition of cinnamon chips. They are so hard to find, but when I do I stock up!

  16. I love that the light is staying longer too – especially when it’s light until 9:30pm in the summer! I’m a sun baby so getting outside in the winter for me is hard, so good for you!
    I love all things with cinnamon too – I made Cinnamon Roll Donuts last night that I’ll be posting tomorrow! Can’t go wrong with cinnamon :)

  17. This sounds delicious! Cinnamon is my favourite spice & I wish we could get the cinnamon chips over here in the UK!

  18. as a fellow runner I can relate to the joys of the days getting longer! I have been running in the snow and ice as well, the only problem is that i have not come home to enjoy a slice of this breakfast cake. yum! thanks for the recipe!

  19. I say it time and time again – I love cinnamon chips! and have yet to bake with them. I know, am I insane? I am loving the longer days as well – in November and December, I don’t see daylight at all because I’m int he office all day. It’s so depressing!

  20. Beautiful! I’ve never had cinnamon chips, I’ve gotta hunt those down :)

  21. I’m headed over for a piece of this. I’ll bring the coffee!!!

  22. yum- what a great breakfast!

  23. Um, yum! I love me some cinnamon chips; I keep extra stock of them in my baking cabinet. This bread looks amazing. I love post-run/exercise rewards!

  24. I love crumb cake and love that you slimmed it down. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures tomorrow night.

  25. I have yet to try cinnamon chips but you got me with this cake – sounds delish!

  26. Well that just looks perfect!! I would gobble that up in no time!

  27. This coffee cake looks awesome! I am glad you are still getting a little bit of light! By the time I have finished making dinner its just twilight and not nearly enough light left to take a decent photo. But it is getting darker later, which means someday I’ll have a good photo again! :)

  28. what a great use for cinnamon chips!!! i have a bag i’ve been wondering 1. why I bought them I think I thought they were pb chips and now 2. what to do with them…well 3. make this!

  29. Amen! I can’t wait for the days to get looooonger! And Amen again to this cake, and breakfast food for lunch and dinner. :-) It sounds so, so good!

  30. Oh, yum! This looks amazing…having this waiting to eat would make me run outside in all weather!

  31. holy cow this is perfect – my bf accidentally picked up whole wheat flour instead of all purpose and I’ve had no idea what to do with it…AND I have extra cinnamon chips lying around! Totally going to make this when I get back from Winter Break 😀 YUM

  32. Jessica….this cake looks awesome! I love those little pockets of cinnamon. I could totally have this for breakfast…..and all day long! : )

  33. I LOVE cinnamon chips!!! My new years resolution is only to eat a sugary treat once a week… this is making me want to forget all about that goal.

  34. I am loving that is light just a little later, always a good sign that spring will be on its way soon.
    Love this cake – anything with cinnamon is always a hit at my house!

  35. Oh boy, I need to think of a time when I can make this. Looks amazing!

  36. Wow! Looks simply divine… pinned! Please come and share it at my Super Saturday Show & Tell tomorrow :) xoxo~ Ruthie

  37. I would go for a run right now if I had a big piece of this cake waiting for me in my kitchen! I love that you used the cinnamon chips!!!

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