Cappuccino Muffins for Mid-Morning Coffee Break

In America we call it a 'Coffee Break'.  In Britain, it's known as 'ELEVENSES'.  It seems like having a hot drink and a nibble in the middle of the morning is almost a universal practice.  

We start our day with a mug of hot tea by mid-morning we are ready for something a little stronger, coffee!  Nothing is nicer than something sweet with a strong coffee.  This recipe combines the two, Cappuccino Muffins.

I must warn you, these are seriously full of coffee, not suitable for the faint hearted or those of you who are caffeine free.    I suppose you could use caffeine free coffee granules for this recipe but I like that little flutter a good sugar+caffeine rush gives you.   Ready?  Here's how to make Cappuccino Muffins:

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.  Line a muffin tin with paper liners.  This recipe will make twelve muffins. 


250 grams plain flour
150 grams light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon  (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
225 ml milk*
110 ml vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and coffee granules.  

In another bowl mix together all of the wet ingredients; egg, oil milk and vanilla.

Fold the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring until JUST combined.   You can see the coffee granules in the batter!  Divide the batter equally among the paper liners.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.  DO NOT OVER BAKE!  Let the muffins cool in the tin for 5 minutes before cooling on a wire rack.

You can stop here and enjoy a lovely warm muffin with your coffee but I like a little coffee icing on my muffins:  

Mix 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules with 1 tablespoon boiling water.  Set aside to cool to room temperature.  When the coffee mixture is cool, beat in enough powdered sugar to make a thick glaze or frosting.  Spread icing over the cooled muffins, pour a cup of coffee and ENJOY!  

Get ready for the caffeine+sugar rush!  I love ELEVENSES!

*for extra fluffy muffins replace the milk with 50ml plain yogurt combined with enough water or milk to make 225 ml of liquid.  


  1. I am so making these at the weekend!! Sound yum!

    1. I hope you enjoy them! Be careful, the combination of caffeine and sugar packs a powerful punch. ; ) I was zooming around the kitchen after a cup of tea and one of these muffins.

  2. These look delicious. Just what you need mid morning!

    1. Thanks! : ) They are quick and easy to make too.

  3. They look very delicious! Some kind of coffee-to-eat...

    1. Rocket fuel for adults, one of these and a coffee and you take off! ; )

  4. I need to make these this week! Thanks for sharing! x

    1. It's my pleasure to share. Hope you enjoy them. x


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