Coffee cake muffins recipe

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These delicious muffins are made from dark chocolate and espresso coffee - they're the perfect afternoon pick-me-up treat.

Coffee cake muffins
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time13 mins
Total Time23 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories272 Kcal14%
Sugar23.4 g26%
Fat16.3 g23%
Saturated Fat5.6 g28%
Salt0.5 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein4 g8%
Carbohydrates28.3 g11%
Salt0.5 gRow 7 - Cell 2

These coffee cake muffins are the ideal afternoon treat for when you need a pick-me-up. 

We've combined aromatic espresso coffee with indulgently rich dark chocolate in this recipe to create a really unique combination of flavours. The richness of the chocolate pairs perfectly with the tang of the espresso to complement each other. For the best effect, we recommend using fresh espresso from a Moka pot or even a machine. But if you can't get your hands on those, use instant espresso coffee. As long as you go for a high-quality brand and type, you should be able to produce a similar taste to freshly ground beans.


Dry ingredients:

  • 80g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 185g butter, melted and cooled
  • 30ml espresso coffee, cooled
  • 185g caster sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 150g dark chocolate, melted and cooled




  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/420°F/Gas mark 7 Mix Together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, coffee and sugar to get a creamy paste, then add the egg yolks and mix well.
  2. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix. Add the melted chocolate. Beat the egg whites then fold into the mixture. Do not mix too much,
  3. Pour the mixture into 12 greased muffin moulds. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the muffins are well risen but still soft to the touch. These muffins must be really moist so don’t overcook them, and don’t forget that they will solidify somewhat when cooling.
  4. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Top tips for making coffee cake muffins

Making muffins can be messy business. You don't want to lose a drop of this delicious mixture, so use an ice cream scoop to get the mixture into the cases. This will also help you measure out the mixture and avoid over-filling the cases.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies