Dive into morning bliss with this easy recipe for cappuccino muffins, brimming with chocolate chips and crowned with a delectable coffee-infused glaze that rivals the cozy flavors of my pumpkin banana muffins.
The perfect partner to kickstart your day, these fluffy and flavorful muffins will turn every breakfast into a delightful morning coffee break indulgence.
Why you'll love these muffins
Cappuccino muffins are delightful little treats, tender and infused with coffee flavors, dotted with chocolate chips, and topped with a sweet coffee glaze. This treat marries the comfort of chocolate muffins with the rich aroma of cappuccino for the ultimate cozy indulgence.
Crafted with instant coffee, this muffin recipe boasts an incredible softness from the oil and buttermilk, delivering a smooth coffee flavor with every bite. The blend of ingredients guarantees not just a flawless texture, but an authentic, full-bodied coffee taste.
Nothing compares to the warmth of a just-baked cappuccino muffin enjoyed at breakfast with a creamy latte, though these delightful treats are just as delicious to indulge in at any time of the day.
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*You'll find quantities and full instructions to make this coffee muffin recipe in the recipe card at the end of the page.
- Flour: All-purpose wheat flour is ideal for a soft and tender texture.
- Leavening agents: Baking powder and baking soda help the muffins rise, providing a slight tang and a moist crumb.
- Vegetable oil: Use a neutral vegetable oil such as sunflower or coconut oil. Compared to butter, oil adds moisture and keeps muffins soft even when cold.
- Sugar: A blend of white and brown sugar to add sweetness with a hint of caramel flavor.
- Eggs: Use large eggs at room temperature eggs for structure, stability, and moisture.
- Instant coffee: Use instant espresso powder to deliver the distinctive cappuccino flavor. Adjust to desired strength.
- Vanilla and salt: Enhance the aromatic depth, complementing the coffee flavor while salt heightens tastes and balances the sweetness.
- Buttermilk: Provides the necessary acidity to activate the baking soda and makes the muffins exceptionally tender, you can replace it with sour cream or yogurt slightly diluted in a small amount of milk (see recipe notes for more info).
- Chocolate chips: Semi-sweet chocolate chips provide a sweet, indulgent touch that pairs perfectly with the coffee flavor, Like me, you can also use chocolate chunks for even more chocolate flavor.
- Coffee glaze: A mixture of powdered sugar and instant coffee diluted in a small amount of water
How to make cappuccino chocolate chip muffins
Mixing wet ingredients
- Place the oil, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and instant coffee granules in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer or hand whisk for about 3 minutes until smooth.
- Add the milk and beat again to incorporate.
Add dry ingredients
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and, if possible, sift through a fine sieve.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix with a hand whisk until smooth and thick.
- Finish with the mini chocolate chips or chocolate chunks and gently fold into the muffin batter.
- Preheat oven to 428°F/ 220°C and prepare a muffin tin or cupcake pan with baking paper or muffin tins.
- Pour the muffin batter into the cavities of the muffin pan, filling them thoroughly to make large muffins.
- Add a few chocolate chips on top of the muffins and bake for 5 minutes, then lower the temperature to 374°F/190°C for a further 10-15 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through in the center.
- Leave the cappuccino muffins to cool in the muffin liners for a few minutes before unmolding and cooling them completely on a wire rack.
- Place the powdered sugar and instant coffee powder, previously diluted with a little water, in a small bowl and mix with a fork until smooth.
- Spread the coffee glaze over the cappuccino muffins and enjoy warm with your cup of coffee for breakfast or a snack.
Storage and freezing
Room temperature: Cappuccino muffins keep well at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Be sure to store them in an airtight container or under a cake cloche to keep them fresh and moist.
Freezer: For long-term storage, muffins can be frozen. First place them on a baking sheet and freeze them individually. Once completely frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container.
They can be stored in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. To enjoy, let them defrost at room temperature, or warm them slightly in the oven or microwave.
Tips for these muffins
- Ingredient temperature: Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you start. This allows for better integration of ingredients and gives your muffins an even texture.
- Accurate measurement: Use a scale to measure your ingredients. This ensures accuracy and consistency from one batch of muffins to the next.
- Delicate mixing: When combining wet and dry ingredients, mix just enough to integrate them. Over-mixing can make muffins dense or rubbery.
- Muffin size: For generous muffins with a beautiful crown, fill your muffin cases or molds completely.
- Double baking temperature: Start baking your muffins at 428°F/220°C to create a rapid rise, then reduce the temperature to 374°F/190°C. This technique helps to form a nice bump on the top of the muffins while ensuring even baking inside.
If you love coffee flavor
Double Chocolate Cappuccino: Stir in a few tablespoons of cocoa powder into the batter to make rich, chocolate cappuccino muffins like these double chocolate muffins.
Blueberry Cappuccino: Gently fold fresh or frozen blueberries into the batter like these streusel buttermilk blueberry muffins or these blueberry chocolate chip muffins. The fruity flavor of the blueberries can offer a refreshing contrast to the deep coffee flavor.
Nutty coffee muffins: Mix in chopped hazelnuts or walnuts for a bit of crunch and nutty flavor, complementing the coffee.
Spiced Cappuccino: Add spices like ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom to the batter to introduce a warm spiciness that goes well with coffee flavors.
White Chocolate & Caramel: Fold in white chocolate chips and drizzle caramel sauce over the top of the muffins before baking for a caramel macchiato-inspired variation.
Coffee Cream Cheese: Fill the center of each muffin with a spoonful of coffee-infused cream cheese filling for a creamy surprise.
Irish Coffee: For an adult version, add a splash of Irish whiskey to the batter and glaze for an Irish coffee twist.
Vegan Cappuccino: Substitute the eggs with flax eggs, use dairy-free milk and vegan chocolate chips to cater to a vegan diet.
Gluten-Free Option: Use a gluten-free flour blend instead of regular all-purpose flour to make them suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
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