Monday, October 15, 2012

Coconut Cappuccino Muffins

A couple of weeks ago Biscuit the pug woke me up at 4 a.m. so he could go outside and leisurely walk around the yard for an hour.  I thought he had business to do but it turns out that he just wanted to PLAY(!).  By the time he came back in there was no sense in going back to bed.  It was almost time to start typing.  I was tired and grumpy and decided muffins would ease the pain.

I picked out a recipe online and preceded to make the worst muffins in the history of ever, which resulted in a full blown pity-party for myself.  Where is my go-to muffin recipe for these types of emergencies?! I quickly cobbled together something with streusel. And cream cheese.

Breakfast muffin trifecta:
  • The base- coffee batter subtly flavored and studded with mini chocolate chips.
  • The middle- cream cheese batter that bakes up slightly sweet and oh-so-fluffy.
  • The top- coconut streusel that transforms into sweet, crunchy deliciousness as it bakes.

For those who aren't crazy about coconut, please don't let the streusel give you pause. My husband is not a coconut fan and he could not stop eating these! They were so well loved I made three batches in two days. My definite new go-to muffin!

Coconut Cappuccino Muffins
Yield: about 17 muffins                                                                                   [click for printable version]

Coconut streusel:
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  1. Combine all streusel ingredients in a bowl.  Blend using fingers to well incorporate.
  2. Set aside while you prepare the remaining components.
Cappuccino batter:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee such as Starbucks VIA (or sub. 1 ½ tbsp. espresso powder)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 egg
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, combine milk and coffee granules until coffee is dissolved.  Add the butter and egg . Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups half full.  Set aside and prepare cream cheese filling.
Cream cheese filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
  1. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar and egg on high speed with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth. Add vanilla and mix. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a plain tip or a zip-top bag with the corner snipped.  
  2. Insert piping bag or corner into the cappuccino batter and pipe until the batter rises and fills the muffin cups two-thirds full.  Alternatively, you may also spoon cream cheese mixture over cappuccino batter and swirl with a knife or skewer.  
  3. Generously top with coconut streusel.
  4. Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes or until coconut is well toasted.  Cover muffins with a piece of aluminum foil to prevent the coconut from over-browning and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.  Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. 
Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Coffee, Italian, 3-Count Packets (Pack of 6)
Norpro 12 Cup Nonstick Standard Muffin Pan
Ghirardelli Chocolate Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips, 12 oz.
Bakers Angel Flake Sweetened Coconut 14 oz (Pack of 2)


Meaghan Mulligan said...

Wow! These sound amazing, especially the cream cheese filling in the middle!

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie said...

These look incredible! The filling sounds so yummy.

Cookbook Queen said...

That is hilarious. I would never imagine that a dog could be so high maintenance -- you poor mommy!!

On the other hand...these muffins look so good! LOVE that filling hiding in the middle :)

Eat Live Love said...

Looks delicious!!! You take the prettiest pictures ever!

Aixbel Martinez said...

I love this recipe! I need to make this ASAP! I have everything at home =} just a doubt what do you mean by "1 cup whole"?

Thank you in advance! I'm looking forward to bake tonight!

SprinkleBakes said...

Whole milk! I will change. Thank you so much for the heads up!

Eidilia Thomas said...

Help! I'm allergic to coconut! What can I use instead?

SprinkleBakes said...

Do you have a nut allergy? If not, chopped walnuts or almonds would work. If you do have a nut allergy, just omit the coconut and add a pinch of cinnamon to the flour/butter/brown sugar mixture. It will still be good. :)

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vanillasugarblog said...

Yes yes yes!
How I love this combo

Amy said...

These look so tasty. I loooove coconut and coffee flavors together.

La Cucina Imperfetta di Giuliana said...

sono stupendi, voglio assolutamente provarli!!!

Lynna said...

These look AMAZING ♥ I love the coconut streusel~

Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) said...

Oh my goodness! I absolutely love this mashup of caffeine and sweets. I can practically taste the rich coconut through my screen. Yum!

Colette Just for Foodies said...

Brilliant combo - reminds me of Max from 2 Broke Girls!

Michelle Gauer said...

Wonderful...can't wait to try! We pick up Cappuccino Muffins at a local Bakery and we LOVE them. This looks like it will be the perfect make at home solution. I was going to do some experimenting and try to figure them out....Looks like you've done it this time for me! I agree you take wonderfully creative pictures!!

Julia | said...

Would love to try this recipe. I don't drink coffee, so it would be nice to have a taste of coffee at least in a muffin. :)

italiangirlcooks said...

Nice original combo.
Just received your book and enjoying it immensely!

Loretta E. said...

I don't drink coffee, but I adore it in my baking. Go figure. These sound so incredible!

Becca said...

I hate when a recipe flops so bad you just want to cry. I've definitely had my share of those kinds. It's not a good feeling. But these muffins look really nice, even though I don't like coffee and I only sometimes like coconut.

jessica @ how sweet said...

these... also unreal. OMG.

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings said...

what beautiful, delicious muffins!

Lili said...

These are perfection! I just love looking at your photography and wish like crazy that I had a bit of instant coffee right now to make these, since I have all the rest of the ingredients. They are going on my list for sure. And your early morning escapade with Biscuit did put a smile on my face, even though I'm sure it was not fun for you at the time. xoxo ~Lili

Sue said...

Our Riley the pup has done the same thing:/ It would be worth it to get up with her if I had one of YOUR muffins:)

Ilenia said...

I love these muffins, they look sooo delicious. And I'm also hopelessly addicted to coffee ;-) I'm so happy I found Sprinkle Bakes! Have a nice day!

SreeBindu said...

I wish i had one in my hand right now with my cup of Pudina(mint) Chai :))

Pauline Hortal said...

Mmmh! Looks so delicious!!

Javelin Warrior said...

For just quickly throwing something together, these look like a knockout! I love the filling and the combination of coconut and cappuccino. And they're beautiful to boot! I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thanks for continuing to inspire me with your creations...

wholovestv said...

I just made those and they are DELICIOUS and look amazing. I adjusted some ingredients because some stuff is impossible to find in Europe but they're perfect anyway Thank you!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Magnificent! Those muffins are terrific.



Hungry Huy said...

This looks great.. I love coconut and the cream cheese takes this to another level. 3 batches in 2 days is quite the home run :)

Wendy said...

Made these last night and they were everything I dreamed they would be. I did make a few changes based on what I had in my cupboards, but I think they were pretty close. Here I go to eat some more

Bernhard said...


Joanne said...

Wow, so amazing! I love the coconut on top. Beautiful, too!

ladymorgiana said...

those look absolutely amazing!

Maggie said...

YUM! Great recipe!!

Alex said...

Yum, this looks really delicious !!!I love the to try it !!

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Stephanie Smith said...

I think I just died and went to heaven!

Anonymous said...

What kind of cream cheese did you use for the filling?
The one I used was kind of runny and was very hard to work with.

Heather Baird said...

I used full fat block cream cheese. It's quite firm when cold.

Pretties and Pastries said...

Yet another delicious looking recipe. Adding this for sure.

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