The Most Amazing Coffee Cake Cupcakes Recipe

coffeecake cupcakes recipe

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If you are looking for a delicious, easy-to-make dessert recipe that will impress your guests at any party then look no further. The most amazing coffee cake cupcakes recipe is here and it will not disappoint!

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These moist, fluffy delights are sure to please everyone’s sweet tooth with their incredible flavor. So what are you waiting for? Get out your oven mitts and start baking up some of these awesome treats today!

The Most Amazing Coffee Cake Cupcakes Recipe

Who doesn’t love a great coffee cake? How about cupcakes? The best of both worlds in one delicious recipe! These delectable, moist and fluffy Coffee Cake Cupcakes are the perfect treats for any occasion. Get your ingredients ready to whip up these scrumptious treats today!

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History of coffee cake

Coffee cake is a type of sweet yeast bread that originated in Europe, particularly Hungary. Some people beg to differ and say Germany, or Austria specifically. With its dense and moist texture, it can be eaten as an alternative to dessert or served for breakfast with coffee.

The dough contains baking powder and/or baking soda (to provide the typical cakes’ lightness) butter and eggs which give the crumb softness, sweetness, and richness.

Other ingredients usually include sugar, vanilla extract (though sometimes replaced by cinnamon), lemon zest, or citron peel garnish; raisins are often used once they have been soaked in water as well additional flavorings like rum-soaked cherries.

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It is called coffee cake as it is served WITH coffee – not that it usually contains coffee. While it MAY contain coffee – that isn’t very common in any coffee cake recipe.

My Coffee Cake Recipe

When we had our restaurant, we whipped up a coffee cake that had a streusel topping and a cinnamon swirl inside. It was basically a yellow cake – that helped make it a bit sweeter.

These cupcakes are a fresh take on that treat that we always sold out of.

Coffee cake cupcakes with cake mix

Yes, these cupcakes are based on a boxed cake mix. If you want to make your yellow cupcake bases from scratch – feel free to use our recipe: Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch.

Just remember, you need to pop a layer of the cinnamon swirl crumb mix in the middle of them – you can see more below on how to do that.

How do you store Coffee Cake Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The bases of these can be made WEEKS in advance and popped into your freezer.

When you are ready to finish them off, you take out the night before and leave at room temperature to thaw out.

The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, these are so freaking delicious that they aren’t going to be safe that long. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Cinnamon Coffee cake cupcakes

Why is cinnamon so great? Why is it so popular in coffee cake recipes?

Cinnamon is a popular ingredient not only because of its flavor but also because it has been shown to help regulate blood sugar.

Add that to the health benefits of a cuppa in the morning and you are starting your day of well.

If it makes you feel any better, you can simply refer to these as coffee cake muffins.

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How to make Coffee cake cupcakes

While these coffee cake cupcakes start with a yellow cake mix, there are a few steps involved to make the swirl in the cupcakes, then the crumb topping, and finally to drizzle the glaze over them.

Trust me – they are soooo worth it.

Coffee Cake Cupcakes With Cake Mix

Yes, we are using a yellow cake mix to base these off of – my favorite brand? Sale. What ever is on sale.

You can usually get a boxed name brand cake mix for a buck – at your local grocery store. If the local stores aren’t accommodating you with their sales fliers, then you might want to hit your local dollar store. The Dollar Tree ALWAYS has cake mixes for a buck.

Coffee cake cupcakes recipe Ingredients:

Recipe for Coffee cake cupcakes ingredients

Recipe for Coffee cake cupcakes Cinnamon Swirl Middle:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Recipe for Coffee cake cupcakes Frosting:

  • Store bought vanilla frosting
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Recipe for Coffee cake cupcakes Crumb Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon no salt butter, room temperature

Recipe for Coffee cake cupcakes Icing Drizzle:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2-4 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Recipe for Coffee cake cupcakes:

In a small bowl combine cinnamon swirl ingredients and then set it aside.

Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners and preset your oven temperature.

Whip up the batter for the yellow cake mix, according to the package.

Create the cinnamon swirl in the cupcake by layering the cake mix, swirl mix, and cake mix.

Bake cupcakes per the box recipe, and let them cool completely.

Recipe for Coffee cake cupcakes crumb topping

Stir crumb topping ingredients until well combined, set aside.

coffeecake cupcakes recipe

Stir cinnamon into the vanilla frosting.

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Lightly frost each cupcake, just enough to hold crumb topping in place. Trust me on this – that layer adds SO MUCH flavor to your finished cupcakes. Do NOT skip the cinnamon.

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Sprinkle on or dip cupcake into crumb topping. Dipping is easier and fun for the kids to help you with.

coffeecake cupcakes recipe

Mix icing drizzle ingredients together, adding milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

ready to eat coffeecake cupcakes

Drizzle that fantastic icing over your crumb-topped cupcakes.

Now, call a friend, put on a pot of coffee, and have a visit.

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