Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins
From world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson for Starbucks. DELICIOUS blend of flavors.
- 1 1⁄2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 5 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄4 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cocoa-Spice Sugar Crust
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1⁄4 cup decorator sugar or 1⁄4 cup sparkle sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F Grease two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans and line bottom of pans with parchment paper.
- Chocolate Batter: in bowl of electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar with paddle attachment on medium speed, until light and creamy about 5 minutes.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating until each egg is completely incorporated before adding the next and scraping down sides of bowl several times.
- Meanwhile, in medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, water and vanilla.
- With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to butter, beginning and ending with flour and beating just until blended.
- Divide batter between the two pans, shake pans to even tops and set aside.
- Cocoa Spice Sugar Crust: in another small bowl, whisk together sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, ginger and cloves.
- Sprinkle surfaces of both batters with decorating sugar.
- Sprinkle with cocoa sugar mixture, dividing evenly.
- Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
- Let cool completely, run thin knife around sides to release breads and remove from pans.
Moist and tasty. Love this bread. I made a loaf with my grandson helping me and it turned out great. He doesn't like cake, but loved ths bread. Thee chocolate and cinnamon go well together. I took the advice of someone else and turned it out onto parchment paper then flipped it over on a cake rack to cool.
I love this bread. It was a big hit. B/F loved the crunchy topping. I used dark chocolate cocoa which made it very dark and rich. The next time I will add another tsp of cinnamon to the batter. I got 3 loafs out of this because I used 8x3 foil pans.
I guess what I liked most about this was the fact that it wasn't sweet. A more dense bread and I can see where the Starbucks chef would make something like this. I baked mine in small individual loaf pans for gift giving. A great blend of spices for this time of year!!! Thanks for sharing .