How to make it

  • Preheat oven 375 F. Grease two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans and line bottoms with parchment paper.
  • Make the Chocolate Batter: In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar with the paddle attachment on medium speed, until light and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating until each egg is completely incorporated before adding the next and scraping down the sides of the bowl several times.
  • Meanwhile in a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to butter, beginning and ending with the flour and beating just until blended. Divide the batter between the two pans, shake the pans to even the tops and set aside.
  • Make the Cocoa-Spice Sugar Crust. In another small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, ginger and cloves. Sprinkle the surfaces of both batters with the decorating sugar. Sprinkle with the cocoa sugar mixture, dividing evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes. Let cool completely, run a thin knife around the sides to release the breads and remove from pans.
  • This is not my recipe. It is copied from the recipe card given out freely at my local Starbuck's coffee house.
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  • hhowell 4 years ago
    just made this tonight and it doesn't seem quite dense enough...a little more light and cake like than I wanted...any idea what I may have done wrong?
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  • Monica_SanDiego 4 years ago
    I tried this bread yesterday at Starbucks and loved it. So happy I found the recipe here!
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  • debra47 9 years ago
    What a delicious sounding bread!
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  • deedeec 9 years ago
    Oh, yum! Lowfat Banana chocolate chip cake? I don't think mine carries that item. Bananas and chocolate are one of those "divine" combinations.
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    " It was excellent "
    jaeleepoms ate it and said...
    I know - it's so good! Now if you could get their reduced-fat banana chocolate chip cake recipe out of's times lke this that I could use still having a friend working at Starbucks corporate.
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  • deedeec 10 years ago
    I just LOVE this bread! I just got the recipe about a month ago. So I haven't been holding out on y'all! :)
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    " It was excellent "
    jaeleepoms ate it and said...
    Hey SIL, I didn't know you had this recipe! I'm going to have to make this at some point...mmmmm....
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