If you’re a fan of coffee cake, then you’re going to love these coffee cake muffins! They’re the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, with a crumbly streusel topping that will have you reaching for seconds (and maybe even thirds). Coffee cake muffins on a white marble serving platter

Why this recipe is so great:

  • Perfect balance of flavors: These muffins are buttery, cinnamony, and sweet.  They have just the right amount of sweetness, spice, and richness, making every bite a perfect harmony of flavors.
  • Moist and tender crumb: Using sour cream or buttermilk in the batter creates a moist and tender crumb that’s absolutely ideal for a muffin.
  • Easy to make: This recipe is easy to follow and doesn’t require any special equipment or ingredients. You simply mix, combine, top, and bake!

Coffee cake muffin on a wooden table with a cappuccino and more muffins in the background.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder & salt
  • vegetable oil
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • buttermilk or sour cream
  • ground cinnamon
  • melted butter
  • optional glaze (powdered sugar and milk or cream)

How to make coffee cake muffins:

(the ingredient amounts are listed in the printable recipe card further below)

picture collage of how to make coffee cake muffins

  1. In a medium bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and sour cream or buttermilk.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Spoon the muffin batter into a paper-lined muffin pan, filling it 2/3 full.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in the melted butter until just crumbly. Pile the streusel on top of each muffin.
  6. Bake at 375F for 20-22 minutes.

image of streusel in a bowl and on top of coffee cake muffins

FAQ:

What is the difference between coffee cake and coffee cake muffins?

Coffee cake is typically a cake that is baked in a round or square pan and is topped with a streusel topping. Coffee cake muffins are made with similar ingredients but are smaller in size and baked in a muffin tin.

Can I make coffee cake muffins ahead of time?

Yes, if you make them ahead, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can I freeze coffee cake muffins?

Yes, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in a freezer-safe container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

coffee cake muffins in a white marble board with a bite taken out of one

These coffee cake muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch, and they’re great for sharing with friends and family. Serve them warm with a cup of coffee or tea for a delicious and comforting treat. Enjoy!

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Coffee Cake Muffins

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: break, snack
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

If you’re a fan of coffee cake, then you’re going to love these coffee cake muffins! They’re the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and crumb topping.


Ingredients

muffin batter

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour cream

streusel topping

  • 2/3 cups (83g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp (45ml) melted butter

glaze – optional

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 23 tsp milk or cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and sour cream or buttermilk.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling it 2/3 full.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in the melted butter until just crumbly. Pile the streusel on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. 
  8. Whisk together the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle on top of cooled muffins if desired.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to a week.

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