This recipe was first published here on 27th September 2018 and has been updated with new information and images.
Tender, crumb topped coffee muffins! Don’t you just love a treat that combines your breakfast and your coffee all at once? Actually, I’d still have the coffee on the side but these muffins are the perfect little breakfast treat with a hint of coffee.
- Taste: These coffee muffins taste like a vanilla latte in cake form. The coffee flavour will depend on how strong you brew your coffee. You can use an espresso brewed from beans or a granulated style coffee – the intensity is completely up to your preference.
- Texture: The texture is soft, fluffy and tender with a crunchy streusel that can’t be beat.
- Simplicity: The thing I really love about muffins is how simple they are to make. The batter is all made in one bowl with no special equipment required. You’ll need bowls for the crumb topping and coffee glaze too, but they’re so easy to make.
Like a classic coffee cake, transformed into cute coffee flavoured muffins, these coffee muffins have everything you need. From the soft, tender cake to the crunchy topping and that coffee flavour.
But it doesn’t stop there, these gorgeous perfectly portioned mini coffee cakes are topped with a final drizzle of coffee icing to finish them off perfectly.
You’ll love these walnut coffee cupcakes – so tasty.
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Ingredients you’ll need
Detailed quantities and instructions in the recipe card below.
- Butter: Use unsalted butter in this recipe. It’s used in the streusel topping to give it a lovely buttery kick.
- Sugar: There is both brown sugar and white sugar in this recipe. Brown is used in the streusel while white is in the muffin batter.
- Flour: The majority of flour used is just regular plain flour aka all-purpose flour.
- Rice flour: Rice flour gives an unbeatable crunch to the crumble but you can just swap it for plain flour if you can’t get rice flour.
- Oats: Oats add a nice flavour and chewiness to the streusel.
- Baking powder: Baking powder is the leavener to give them lift.
- Salt: Just a little salt is all you need to intensify flavours.
- Eggs: Use large eggs, free range if you are able to.
- Milk: I use whole milk in these but oat milk is also lovely.
- Oil: This recipe uses vegetable oil which adds moisture and tenderness.
- Coffee: Use strongly brewed black coffee. You can use your coffee machine or even an instant espresso powder.
- Vanilla: I use pure vanilla extract in these. It’s much better than the synthetic option, vanilla essence.
- Icing sugar: Icing sugar, also known as powdered sugar or confectioners sugar is how we make the coffee glaze.
Tools you’ll need
- I use my silicone muffin trays for these muffins as they’re easy to take out without having to use paper cupcake cases.
- If you like, make them in paper cupcake cases and a regular muffin tin.
- Mixing bowls and silicone spatulas.
If you want a cake that’s just as easy to make as these muffins, try this Chocolate Coffee Bundt Cake.
How to make coffee cake muffins
Detailed quantities and instructions in the recipe card below.
- Make the streusel: The streusel / crumb topping is very quick and simple. Just add the ingredients to a bowl and press and blend it together using your fingertips – until it looks like clumping breadcrumbs.
- The coffee muffin batter: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, milk, vegetable oil, coffee and vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt then stir together with a spatula until just combined.
- Bake: Divide the batter evenly among your muffin tin holes, then sprinkle over the streusel mixture – don’t leave any streusel behind. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
- The coffee glaze: Mix together the sifted icing sugar and brewed coffee until thick but runny and drizzle it over the muffins.
Tips and tricks
- Baking time: The time they take to bake will depend on the size of your muffin pan holes and your oven. Remember, all ovens vary and it’s not unusual for the internal temperature to not match what your thermostat says. I always recommend keeping an oven thermometer inside your oven so you can keep an eye on this.
- You can use a regular muffin pan with paper liners or a lightly greased silicone muffin pan.
Store any leftover muffins in an airtight container. A cool spot, like the pantry, is fine for 2-3 days. If you’re taking these somewhere, this cupcake carrier is both an easy way to store them, airtight and portable.
Coffee muffins can be frozen too. Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
When I dreamed up these Coffee Cake Muffins, I was actually dreaming of a nice cosy vanilla latte, hence the big hit of vanilla in them. I love the way the coffee and vanilla flavours combine to give you something all at once bold but also extremely comforting.
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For the Streusel
- 30 g unsalted butter (2 tablespoons) (notes)
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
- 33 g plain (all purp) flour (¼ cup / 1.2oz)
- 2 teaspoons rice flour
- 1 tablespoon oats (notes)
For the Coffee Muffins
- ¾ cup white granulated sugar (150g / 5.3oz)
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup whole milk (180ml)
- ½ cup vegetable oil (125ml)
- ¼ cup strong black coffee (brewed)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (notes)
- 2 ¼ cups plain (all purp) flour (295g / 10.4oz)
- 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
For the Coffee Icing
- 2 teaspoons strong black coffee (brewed)
- ½ cup icing (powdered / confectioners) sugar (65g / 2.3oz)
For best results, always weigh ingredients where a weight is provided
- Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / 160C fan forced. Grease a 12 hole muffin tin or silicon muffin tray and set aside or line a tin with paper liners.
- FOR THE CRUMBLE TOP: Place all crumble / streusel ingredients into a medium bowl and use your fingertips to press it all together in it look like bread crumbs and clumps when you squeeze it together.
- FOR THE COFFEE MUFFINS: In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, eggs, milk, vegetable oil, coffee and vanilla.
- Now sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix together with a spatula, being careful not to over mix.
- Divide the batter equally among the 12 muffin holes and top each one with streusel.
- Bake for around 20 minutes, turning the tray half way through, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- FOR THE COFFEE GLAZE: Once the muffins are cool, mix together the coffee and icing sugar. If it is not runny enough to drizzle over the muffins add more coffee a little at a time until it is.
- Drizzle the icing over the top of each muffin and serve
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- I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon (4 teaspoons worldwide)
- For best results you should always weigh ingredients like flour and sugar. Kitchen scales are relatively cheap but if you can’t weigh the ingredients, use the spoon and level method (don’t scoop).
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11 Comments on “Coffee Muffins”
Great recipe (even without the icing.)
Was all set to make coffee and date loaf when I found out there were no dates in the pantry. I could’ve drank the coffee but I was psyched to bake something with the coffee. Chanced upon this recipe and decided to give it a go.
The batter was runny so I was afraid it wouldn’t bake properly. Trust the recipe, I told myself.
They turned out great. The topping was nice and crunchy. The muffins were nice and soft.
Recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.
So happy you love it, Liza. Thanks so much for leaving a review 🙂
They were perfect
So happy you love them, Richenda.
Oh these are yummy. The streusel is a wonderful addition. I did add some instant coffee to icing, dissolved in the hot coffee per recipe & I teaspoon of butter. I used large muffin pans, it made 8.
So happy to hear this, Carol. Truly appreciate you trying my recipe 🙂
Marie, easy to make, so light, have been making your muffins every week and each week they are perfect and soft, in fact I make cookies and tray bake’s as well, I do the baking for my husband’s work, customers rave about the goodies, the recipes are so easy to make, I do exactly the measurements, brillant
Thank you, you even beat Mary Berry cakes and cookies.
Thank you so so much. This makes my day. Your hubby has some very lucky customers! Thanks so much for leaving a review.
Easy and most enjoyable
So happy you love them Amanda. I truly appreciate you trying my recipe.