Coffee Cake Muffins

by Amy on 21 February 2013

Coffee Cake Muffinsi think that coffee cake is one of the greatest, most delicious foods ever. buttery, moist cake layered + topped with sweet, cinnamony streusel? sign me up! i also love its versatility – it works as an early morning breakfast, a snack alongside afternoon coffee or tea, or a post-dinner pick-me-up. gotta love a food that’s acceptable to eat any time of the day!

normally, i make this chocolate chip coffee cake, which is (truly) my all-time favorite coffee cake recipe. however, i had a quiet afternoon the other day, was craving coffee cake, + wanted to try a different version. so, i found this recipe for coffee cake muffins, + got bakin’! they turned out just lovely – light, moist, + buttery, with a super satisfying traditional brown sugar-and-cinnamon streusel. i served ’em slightly warm with a generous pat of butter, + was mighty happy. while the chocolate chip coffee cake still wins as my favorite coffee cake recipe, this one did not disappoint!

Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins

makes 12 jumbo muffins, adapted from martha stewart


for the muffins:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sour cream (i substituted greek yogurt instead)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs

for the streusel topping:
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


prepare streusel topping: in a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, salt + cinnamon. with a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles large coarse crumbs; refrigerate until ready to use.

preheat oven to 350 degrees. prepare muffins: butter + flour a jumbo 12-cup muffin tin (or two 6-cup muffin tins). in a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda + cinnamon; set aside.

using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sour cream, granulated sugar, + vanilla until light + fluffy. beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. with mixer on low, beat flour mixture into butter mixture.

divide half the batter among prepared muffin cups. top with half the streusel mixture, then remaining batter, + top with streusel. bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean.
cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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1 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 21, 2013 at 6:38 am

I’m such a sucker for muffins with streusel on top. These look fabulous! I wish I could have one of these with my coffee this morning. :-)

2 amy February 21, 2013 at 6:40 am

If you lived closer, I’d deliver you one right now!

3 Erin @ Texanerin Baking February 21, 2013 at 6:55 am

I love coffee cake, especially if it has quite a bit of topping, which these appear to have! :)

These look perfect and… eeee! You did an inside shot! Yay! I would like to thank you, on behalf of the internet, for that. :)

4 amy February 21, 2013 at 6:58 am

Bahaha, I know you love an inside-of-the-muffin shot like I do! =)

5 Marina February 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

Always something yummi here! :) And congrats on your pregnancy.. My due date is in late May, so we are pretty close :)

6 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] February 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

ohh I just love that cinnamon swirl weaving in the middle of the muffin. looks like a perfect morning alternative to the yogurt-on-the-go! especially toasted with some melty butter. ooh! salted butter, so you get that salty-sweet thing going on! now, I’m rambling. great recipe + post!

7 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

Coffee cake muffins are the best! They’re so portable too!

8 danielle February 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

I love this! I never thought of doing coffee cake as a muffin but now I really craving one of these (or two maybe.)

9 claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

These look DIVINE!!

10 wendy (the weekend gourmet) February 21, 2013 at 8:48 am

I love a good coffee cake, but portion controlled as muffins is PERFECTION! I have pinned these and can’t wait to try them out. Perfect with a hot cup of chai tea…

11 amy February 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

yes! my only problem with my favorite choco chip coffee cake that I linked up is that it’s hard to have portion control – I find myself eating waaaay more than i should. with the muffins, it’s much easier to eat in moderation!

12 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel February 21, 2013 at 9:29 am

Coffee cake is a true comfort food for me — reminds me so much of my mom and grandma! These muffins are the perfect portable bite for my insatiable coffee cake appetite! And congrats on your pregnancy, Amy! So excited for you and your family! :)

13 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations February 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

I love this idea of individual portions of coffee cake. Somehow makes it look more elegant!

14 sarah k @ the pajama chef February 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

you’re right–you can’t go wrong with coffee cake. and in a muffin form? yummmo!

15 Lesley Eats February 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I feel like a streusel topping can make ANYTHING good. Unless it has peanut butter in it. :)

16 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I’d eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner until they were gone!

17 Beth February 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I’m a huge muffin fan, and I’d love to try these! (I’m also tempted by that chocolate chip coffee cake. Wow!)

18 Jess February 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Mmmm these sound like they would be good for dinner tonight! ­čśë

19 Monet February 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I adore coffee cake too…and I’m all about muffins. Delicious and oh-so-portable! Thank you for sharing sweet friend. I’m nursing a bit of a cold, and this post warmed me right up. I hope you are having a happy end to your week!

20 Tracey February 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I’m always game for anything with a streusel topping, especially if I get to justify it for breakfast :) Love these!

21 angela @ another bite please February 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

your muffins look perfect amy…that inside goodness wow. i love the consistency of coffee cake…and my kiddos love muffins so these for sure will get eatin up quickly!

22 Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry February 21, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Coffee cake is my leisurely sunday morning go to. The buttery richness of the cake with the cinnamon streusel always wins my heart. I love the fact that these are muffins though. So much quicker!

23 amy February 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Yes! I loved that these only about 25 minutes to bake, while my normal coffee cake takes about an hour. On a hungry Sunday morning, saving that time is a must!

24 Elizabeth February 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Coffee cake is definitely one of my favorite things ever! Especially one that is moist with lots of crumble topping like these!

25 Natalie February 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Love anything with coffee in it, haha! These would go perfectly with my morning coffee.

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27 Renee February 22, 2013 at 6:14 am

I love coffee cake and muffins. One that is both is a winner to me. Cinnamon and crumb topping get me every time.

28 Sarah February 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

Oh yummm…those look delicious! May have to give those a go on Sunday!

29 Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen February 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

Oh This is a perfect little sweet treat for an afternoon snack with a mug of tea! Who doesn’t love coffee cake and really in a cute little muffin? So much better!

30 Jackie @ Domestic Fits February 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

How great do those look?! And I still want to hear more baby related things, so get on the post already :)

31 amy February 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

bahahaha, i’m getting on it as we speak! =)

32 Meghan February 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Mmm coffee cake! These look so delicious with the layer of streusel floating through the middle!

33 luv what you do February 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I can think of 100 places to bring these muffins. They look incredible!

34 Aly February 23, 2013 at 1:24 am

I love the streusel layer going through it.

35 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) February 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Coffeecake is a revered dish in the glutton household, but Liz and I debate about my exact preparation. I’m thinking though that turning the cake into cupcakes might be the right answer. Thanks for the inspiration!

36 Gourmantine February 25, 2013 at 1:44 am

Oh, I love anything with coffee in it, gorgeous little muffins!

37 Amy (Savory Moments) February 25, 2013 at 5:53 am

These muffins look great – your own individual coffee cake! Just saw your last post, too – so Congratulations!!

38 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life February 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

Oh I like that this would help me portion control coffee cake a little more. I have a very bad habit of just cutting a tiny slice every time I go by a regular coffee cake. That ribbon of cinnamon is awesome…love the inside shot!!!

39 Kiran @ February 26, 2013 at 3:58 am

I love the streusel topping for muffins. The food trends these days truly amaze me!

40 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts February 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Pretty sure my 7 year old is going to love you. You just combined 2 of his favorite breakfasts!

41 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Oh, dear…there goes my diet…! These muffins are enough to bring down the strongest dietary resolve…I am weak in the knees now. I want this! BTW, CONGRATS on baby girl!!!! I have 2 girls and 1 boy. Girls are the cutest!!!

42 Anne @The Cooking Campaign March 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm

These look like the perfect beginning to a Monday morning!

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