Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins with Streusel

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If you’re like me, then you like a little coffee cake with your streusel, which is why these Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins—starring alternating layers of extra-moist cake and cinnamon-sugar crumbles—are a breakfast dream.

A top-down view of Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins with Streusel in a muffin tin next to a latte

While I’m all for a classic slice of coffee cake (be it studded with raspberries or layered with strawberries), there’s just something about the appeal of a handheld breakfast. So you can skip the forks and either spoon the batter directly into a greased muffin pan or use your muffin wrappers of choice. 

I first published this recipe in 2012, and I’ve made it many times since then. The recipe below is the original, tried-and-tested favorite, but I’ve given the images a glow-up. It’s the “plain” version of my Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins with Streusel.

“Coffee cake” is just the name of the dish, there isn’t actually coffee in the ingredients, since this type of muffin/cake is commonly served with a cup of coffee.

Why You’ll Love These Muffins

  • Jumbo, bakery-style muffins.
  • Extra-moist with a light and fluffy texture.
  • Quick and easy to whip up.
  • Simple ingredient list.
  • Delicious served warm and slathered with butter

Although traditionally served for breakfast or brunch, the truth is, they’re just as good as an anytime snack as they are as dessert!

A small clear bowl containing streusel

Ingredients You’ll Need

This recipe is made using basic ingredients you likely already have on hand. I’ve also provided substitutions when possible.

  • Flour: All-purpose flour provides the perfect crumb.
  • Baking powder & baking soda: Both are needed to help the muffins rise.
  • Softened butter: Unsalted butter is my go-to because it allows you to easily control the salt level of any given recipe. You’ll need slightly softened butter for the streusel and room-temperature butter for the batter.
  • Oil: Vegetable oil keeps the muffins moist, tender and fluffy. Neutral-flavored olive oil or melted coconut oil can be substituted.
  • Sugar: I prefer to use brown sugar in the streusel and granulated sugar in the batter, but all brown- or all-white sugar would work. Bottom line: Use what you have on hand!
  • Cinnamon: The perfect warming spice.
  • Eggs: Two eggs bind everything together, add structure and create lift.
  • Sour cream: As we’ve learned time and time again, sour cream really is the secret to extra-moist and bakery-worthy baked goods. It lends a touch of tang while ensuring these muffins have the ultimate light and fluffy texture. You could use Greek yogurt as a substitute.
  • Vanilla extract: For flavor. Have you ever made homemade vanilla extract? It requires just two simple ingredients!

Cinnamon Streusel Topping

My favorite part of these muffins is the cinnamon-sugar crumbles. So, not only are we adding it to the top, but we’re layering it within each muffin, too.

You’ll need flour, sugar, cinnamon, and slightly softened cubed butter. It’s important that your butter is only slightly softened so that the streusel maintains its structure during baking. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients by using a fork.

Pro Tip: Don’t overmix the streusel or you’ll end up with a paste. It should be the consistency of wet sand.

A clear stand mixer bowl containing batter

How to Make Coffee Cake Muffins

  1. Prepare the streusel topping.
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Use a whisk to combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set it aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Beat together the butter, oil and sugar until well mixed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and then gradually beat in the flour mixture, sour cream and vanilla just until combined.
  5. Spoon into a jumbo muffin pan. Layer the batter and streusel in the prepared muffin pan by spooning a portion of the batter, then a sprinkle of streusel, topped by another portion of batter and a final sprinkle of streusel on top.
  6. Bake. Bake the muffins until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes.
  7. Cool and devour! Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool slightly in the muffin pan before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

I love to serve these hot from the oven slathered with unsalted butter. Whip up a bowl of my fave Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing and your breakfast or brunch spread is complete!

A top-down view of unbaked muffins topped with streusel in a lined muffin tin

Kelly’s Tips for Recipe Success

  • Don’t over mix the batter. Doing so will toughen up the gluten in the flour and lead to dense muffins.
  • Don’t open the oven while the muffins are baking or you’ll risk causing the muffins to deflate.
  • Feel free to fold in blueberries or diced strawberries to add a pop of fresh fruit flavor in every bite.

Recipe FAQs

Why is this called coffee cake?
Because it is meant to be served with coffee. 

What if I don’t have a stand mixer?
No problem! A handheld beater works or just grab a wooden spoon and mix.

How long will muffins stay fresh after baking?

Keep any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature and store for up to four days.

More Muffin Recipes

With four tiny taste-testers, muffins are a food group in our house. Here are my go-to recipes:

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins in a muffin tin next to two mugs with whole milk lattes

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Breakfast

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins with Streusel

Skip the store-bought bakery items and whip up this family favorite recipe for the best Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins with Streusel.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.73 from 40 votes
A top-down view of Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins with Streusel in a muffin tin next to a latte
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients 

  • Cooking spray

For the streusel:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white or packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened and cubed

For the batter:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions 

Make the streusel:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the butter, and using a fork, mash the mixture together until well combined. (The streusel should be the consistency of wet sand.) Set it aside.

Make the batter:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set it aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, oil and sugar on medium speed until well mixed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low, and then gradually beat in the flour mixture, sour cream and vanilla just until combined.
  • Layer the batter and streusel in the prepared muffin pan by spooning a portion of the batter, then a sprinkle of streusel, topped by another portion of batter and a final sprinkle of streusel on top.
  • Bake the muffins until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes.
  • Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool slightly in the muffin pan before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

Kelly's Notes:

  • Don’t over-mix the batter. Doing so will toughen up the gluten in the flour and lead to dense muffins.
  • Don’t open the oven while the muffins are baking or you’ll risk causing the muffins to deflate.
  • Keep any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature and store for up to four days.
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Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 156mg, Potassium: 147mg, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 435IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 1.6mg

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  1. Hi, I was wondering if freezing the muffins after they are done would work, and then defrosting and warming by putting in a toaster oven?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Lesley! That should work, but the texture of course won’t be as great as if they’re baked fresh. Let e know if you try it!

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