Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins


I made these coffee cake muffins for my partner who requested them for his birthday. These are slightly more wholesome as I have substituted applesauce for half of the butter needed.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
24 muffins



  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • 2 cups cake flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant coffee granules

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 4 large eggs

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.

  2. Place pecans on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl with brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix until coated; set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Mix milk, vanilla extract, and coffee granules together in another bowl.

  5. Combine sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer until sugar granules have dissolved and mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating briefly after each addition. Beat in applesauce until smooth and creamy. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with milk mixture, beating only until incorporated.

  6. Spread 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared cupcake liner, making sure it covers the bottom. Add 1/2 tablespoon of pecan filling on top of each. Cover with remaining batter and top with remaining filling.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18 to 25 minutes. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes before putting onto cooling racks to cool completely.

Cook's Notes:

You can use 1 packet of Starbucks(R) Via(R) Instant Italian Roast coffee in place of the coffee granules.

You can also bake this in a greased 9x13-inch pan or glass casserole dish. Alternate batter, filling, batter, and filling, and serve it right out of the pan/dish. Adjust baking time accordingly.

You can also use a greased fluted tube pan (such as Bundt(R)). Because you will be flipping the cake after baking, alternate filling, batter, filling, and batter. Adjust baking time accordingly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

187 Calories
8g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 107mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 72mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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