Coffee Cake Muffins

So calling this a muffin might be a stretch.

But if you can have donut muffins, then I think that coffee cake muffins are reasonable.  Really, it’s just an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. ( as if you need an excuse to eat cake for breakfast, pfft.)

I have long loved coffee cake and love to make them. However it was not until I moved in with Mr Ginge that I realized that maybe not everyone shared my opinion. Mr Ginge is not a picky eater by any stretch of the imagination, but does not like to be surprised with his food. One day, I tried out a recipe for a blueberry coffee cake that looked absolutely delicious, and had told him that there was coffee cake for dessert.

Now this was all fine and dandy, until I placed a slice in front of him, in all it’s blueberry glory. Turns out he was expecting coffee cake. As in coffee flavoured cake. You could feel his disappointment a mile away.

So, as an ode to his dessert dissatisfaction, I made coffee flavoured coffee cake, and because everything is better in smaller, I made them into muffins.

Now despite what seems like a lot of sugar, they aren’t super sweet which makes them great for a breakfast treat or if you don’t want something super sweet after dinner.

Coffee Cake Muffins

makes 12 muffins/ cupcakes

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder

For the streusel topping:

  • 2 tbsp cold butter
  • 4 tsbp flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line your muffin pan with 12 liners.
  2. For the filling: In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and the espresso powder. Set aside.
  3. For the topping: In another bowl, cut the butter into the flour and sugar, mixing into your get coarse crumbs.
  4. For the cake: In a large bowl, cream together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In a another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix it gradually into the wet mixture, alternating with the sour cream.
  6. Fill each liner about 1/3 of thee way with batter. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar filling over the batter. Top with the remaining batter. Sprinkle the topping evenly over all of the cupcakes.
  7. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. I mine after 15, and went from there.
  8. Let cool for a couple minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Even the kitties wanted to get in on these!



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4 thoughts on “Coffee Cake Muffins

  1. I say let them eat cake (for breakfast)! This look totally yummy. They also look like they should be in my tummy. Now.

  2. Love your coffee cake muffins! They looks like a great breakfast item. And your cats are adorable! They’re so interested and seem to want to have a taste too! (My cat also likes to beg for a taste of almost everything I cook)

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