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Attention coffee lovers and baking enthusiasts! Are you looking for a delicious and easy coffee cake alternative that will satisfy your sweet cravings? Look no further – I present to you the Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins recipe!

This recipe combines the sweet cinnamon swirl of classic coffee cake with the convenience of muffins. Imagine biting into a soft and buttery crumb that’s made even sweeter with a ripple of cinnamon sugar running through each bite. These muffins are the perfect balance of sweetness and warmth, making them a popular coffee cake alternative for any occasion.

What’s even better, these muffins are easier and quicker to make than traditional coffee cakes. With this recipe, you can enjoy ripple cinnamon streusel muffins without having to go through the hassle of baking an entire cake! Whether you’re serving up breakfast or dessert, these muffins are sure to be a hit among family and friends.

So let’s get baking! Follow along with me as I guide you through this totally delicious coffee cake muffin recipe that is sure to become a fan favorite in your household.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins
Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins

There’s something about coffee cake that can transport you back to nostalgic times. And what better way to elevate a classic coffee cake recipe than by turning it into muffins that are easier and quicker to make? That’s why I am excited to share my recipe for Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins with you!

There are countless reasons why you will love this recipe, but let me start by highlighting a few. Firstly, these muffins strike the perfect balance between being delightfully moist and tender on the inside and having a deliciously crunchy streusel topping on the outside. The streusel topping consists of buttery crumb mixed with sweet cinnamon sugar that’s baked until golden brown, making every bite an enjoyable experience.

Secondly, this recipe is super versatile. You can serve these muffins for breakfast, snack time, brunch or even dessert. With their cinnamon ripple, they are perfect for enjoying alongside your morning cup of coffee or tea. It’s almost like having a slice of coffee cake in muffin form – doesn’t that sound tempting?

Finally, this recipe allows for substitutions and variations based on personal preference. Not a fan of cinnamon? You could swap it out for apple cinnamon instead, or even chocolate chip! The possibilities are endless.

In conclusion, whether you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth or just want a little pick-me-up in the form of an easy treat, these Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins are the perfect choice. They’re quicker than traditional coffee cake recipes but equally scrumptious — trust me; your taste buds won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 A warm and fluffy cinnamon delight in every bite.
A warm and fluffy cinnamon delight in every bite.

Let’s take a closer look at what we need to create these Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins! Below is a list of all the ingredients you will need:

  • All-purpose flour: 2 and 1/4 cups.
  • Baking powder: 2 teaspoons.
  • Baking soda: 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Salt: 1 and 1/4 teaspoons.
  • Unsalted butter: 1/2 cup (1 stick), softened to room temperature.
  • Granulated sugar: 3/4 cup.
  • Light brown sugar: 3/4 cup, packed.
  • Eggs: 2, large, at room temperature.
  • Vanilla extract: 2 teaspoons.
  • Buttermilk: 3/4 cup, at room temperature.
  • Sour cream: 1/4 cup, at room temperature.

And for the cinnamon ripple filling:

  • Light brown sugar: 1/4 cup, packed.
  • Ground cinnamon: 1 and 1/2 teaspoons.

These easy-to-find ingredients combine to make delicious coffee cake muffins that are sure to be a hit with anyone who tastes them!

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for a cozy morning at home.
Perfect for a cozy morning at home.

Let’s get started on making these delicious Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins!

Preparation and Preheat the Oven

First things first, we need to preheat our oven to 400°F and prepare our muffin tin. Butter lightly 12 muffin cups or coat with nonstick spray.

Combine Dry Ingredients

In a medium mixing bowl, we will whisk together our dry ingredients – 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, 1 ¼ teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon of salt.

Combine Wet Ingredients

In a separate large mixing bowl, we will cream together 1 cup unsalted butter and 1 cup light brown sugar, until fluffy. Then add in 2 large eggs and mix well. Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract as well.

Alternating Wet and Dry Ingredients

Next, it’s time to combine the dry and wet ingredients. To do this, we will alternate adding 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, followed by adding 1/3 of 1 cup buttermilk. Repeat this process until all dry and liquid ingredients are combined.

Creating Cinnamon Ripple Filling

To create the delicious cinnamon ripple filling, combine in a small mixing bowl ½ cup light brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon. Mix well.

Assembling the Muffins

Now comes the fun part – assembling our muffins! Take your prepared muffin tin and fill each cup about 1/3rd with batter. Then add in a generous scoop of the cinnamon swirl mixture (about a tablespoon) on top. Finally, add another scoop of batter until it reaches about 2/3rds full.

Making Streusel Toppings

For some added texture and flavor, let’s make a simple streusel topping. In a small mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Finish it off by cutting in 1/2 a stick of unsalted butter until the mixture becomes crumbly.

Bake and Enjoy!

Sprinkle your muffins with the streusel topping, using as little or as much as you’d like. Pop them into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Once they’re done, let them cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before devouring these delicious Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins!

Substitutions and Variations

 A sweet and spicy treat to satisfy your taste buds.
A sweet and spicy treat to satisfy your taste buds.

As a barista and a lover of all things coffee cake, I’ve experimented with various substitutions and variations that still produce delicious muffins.

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, substitute all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour. You can also use coconut sugar instead of light brown sugar for a lower glycemic index. For a dairy-free option, swap the butter for vegan butter and buttermilk for almond milk with a teaspoon of white vinegar.

Feeling adventurous? Try mixing in chocolate chips or diced apples into the batter for an added texture and sweetness. You can even play around with the cinnamon swirl by substituting it with pumpkin spice or nutmeg.

For those who prefer more crunch, try adding a crumble topping consisting of flour, brown sugar, and butter to your muffins. Just sprinkle it on top before baking to add an irresistible buttery crumb.

And for those who just can’t get enough cinnamon, experiment with making your cinnamon ripple thicker or using stronger ground cinnamon. Trust me, the possibilities are endless!

Ultimately, don’t be afraid to experiment and make this recipe your own. Whether you’re looking for a healthy alternative or a sweeter variation, these muffins are guaranteed to be totally delicious no matter what substitution or variation you choose.

Serving and Pairing

 These muffins will make your taste buds dance with joy!
These muffins will make your taste buds dance with joy!

Once these cinnamon ripple coffee cake muffins are out of the oven, they’re ready to be served and enjoyed! These muffins are delicious on their own, but you can take them to the next level by serving them with a few additions.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy these muffins is with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The combination of the warm muffin and hot beverage is perfect for chilly mornings or afternoon snacks.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing these cinnamon ripple coffee cake muffins with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. The sweet and spiced flavors of the muffin work well with the creaminess of the ice cream or whipped cream.

Another great option for serving these muffins is with a side of fresh fruit. Consider slicing up some strawberries, peaches, or bananas to serve alongside your muffins. The juicy sweetness of the fruit complements the warm and comforting flavors of the muffins.

When it comes to presentation, don’t be afraid to get creative. You can serve these muffins as a dessert at a dinner party by adding a dash of cinnamon sugar on top or make them part of a brunch spread alongside other breakfast pastries.

No matter how you choose to serve your cinnamon ripple coffee cake muffins, one thing’s for sure: they’re delicious and versatile enough to enjoy any time of day.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of sweetness and spice.
The perfect balance of sweetness and spice.

As delicious as these cinnamon ripple coffee cake muffins are fresh out of the oven, sometimes, we just don’t have enough time to whip up a batch in the morning. That’s why I’m happy to say that these muffins are a great make-ahead option. They can be stored in the fridge or freezer and reheated for a quick and easy breakfast or snack.

To make-ahead: Once the muffins have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month. For best results, wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap before placing them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag.

To reheat: There are two ways to reheat these muffins. First, you can microwave individual muffins on high for about 20 seconds (if refrigerated) or 30-45 seconds (if frozen), until soft and warm. Second, you can place the muffins on a baking sheet and heat them up in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes (if refrigerated) or 15-20 minutes (if frozen), until soft and warm.

When it comes to storing these muffins, I recommend using an airtight container to keep them fresh and moist for as long as possible. If you want to ensure that they stay fresher for longer, consider using a vacuum sealer. Otherwise, wrap each muffin individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before storing them in an airtight container.

Finally, if you’re planning on serving these muffins at a gathering or event, consider making them ahead of time and reheating just before serving. They’ll taste just as delicious as when they were freshly baked!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Deliciously soft and moist, these muffins are simply irresistible.
Deliciously soft and moist, these muffins are simply irresistible.

Want to create the perfect batch of cinnamon ripple coffee cake muffins for your next brunch or afternoon tea? Look no further than these helpful tips to ensure your muffins come out perfectly every time.

1. Use Room Temperature Ingredients

Before starting, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature. This allows for better incorporation of ingredients, resulting in a smoother batter and a more even rise.

2. Do Not Overmix

Be careful not to overmix the batter as this can result in tough and dense muffins. Mix until the ingredients are just combined and stop there.

3. Layer the Ripple Correctly

When creating the cinnamon ripple, alternate layers of batter and cinnamon mixture until both are used up. This will help the ripple form throughout the entire muffin and not just in one spot.

4. Streusel Topping is Key

The buttery crumb topping is a signature element of coffee cakes, so don’t skip it! Add it generously on top of each muffin for extra flavor and texture.

5. Buttermilk Substitutions

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can substitute with regular milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice.

6. Don’t Forget to Grease Your Muffin Tin

Prevent sticking by greasing the muffin tin well or using muffin liners. There’s nothing worse than ruining your perfect cinnamon ripple coffee cake muffins!

7. Oven Temperature and Timing

Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C) and line or grease a 12-muffin tin properly before filling. Bake for around 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Let Them Cool Before Serving

As tempting as it might be to dig in while they’re still warm, let your muffins cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan and serving. This will ensure they retain their shape and texture.

With these tips, you’ll be sure to create the perfect cinnamon ripple coffee cake muffins every time. Enjoy!

Bottom Line

Now that you have learned how to make cinnamon ripple coffee cake muffins, it’s time for you to try it out! With its buttery crumb and sweet cinnamon flavor, these muffins are the perfect addition to your breakfast spread or afternoon snack. Even better, they are easy to make and require only a few simple ingredients.

So why not give it a try? Whether you’re a coffee lover or simply enjoy delicious baked goods, these muffins will surely satisfy your cravings. And with the variations and substitutions provided, you can make them your own and experiment with different flavors.

Don’t forget to share this recipe with your family and friends. Who knows, maybe it will become their new favorite coffee cake alternative. As a barista, I believe that there’s nothing more satisfying than enjoying a good cup of coffee with a delicious pastry on the side. So go ahead and indulge yourself in this totally delicious coffee treat!

Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins

Cinnamon Ripple Coffee Cake Muffins Recipe

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Course Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 medium muffins
Calories 297.6 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400*.
  • Lightly butter 12 muffin cups or coat with nonstick spray or use paper liners.
  • Combine the brown sugar, butter, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Work together with a fork or your fingertips until well blended -- set aside.
  • BATTER:.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.stir until well blended.In a seperate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla till smooth.
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients all at once and fold just until moistened.
  • Sprinkle with the CINNAMON RIPPLE and fold once or twice to distribute evenlt.Do not overmix.
  • Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  • Bake until tops are golden and a tooth pick inserted in centers comes out clean.22-25 minutes.
  • Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

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Serving: 1156gCalories: 297.6kcalCarbohydrates: 40.9gProtein: 5gFat: 12.8gSaturated Fat: 7.7gCholesterol: 66.8mgSodium: 386.8mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18.6g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Breakfast, Quick Breads
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