Coffee Cake Muffins with Vanilla Cardamom Glaze

Coffee Cake Muffins with Vanilla Cardamom Glaze
Coffee Cake Muffins with Vanilla Cardamom Glaze

These Coffee Cake Muffins with Vanilla Cardamom Glaze are perfect to enjoy in the morning with a cup of coffee or as a snack anytime!

Having Coffee Cake on Christmas morning right after everyone opens their stockings and before the main gifts is a tradition from Mark’s family. And this is one of those traditions that will continue on for a long time. But we decided to switch things up a bit this year with our own version of Coffee Cake Muffins with a Vanilla Cardamom Glaze! And we love the way these turned out and will add these to our Christmas morning tradition this year!

Does coffee cake usually have coffee?

Generally, coffee cake does not actually contain any coffee. The reason it is called coffee cake is because it perfectly pairs with your morning cup of coffee!

Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware
We use our Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware to make our holiday baking easier!

This version DOES, in fact, contain coffee because we love it and feel that the flavor addition here is subtle yet still nice. This is especially so when added to a sweet streusel and the vanilla cardamom glaze!

About the bakeware

For all of our baking needs, we turn to our Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware. One of the wonderful things about this bakeware is that it makes baking so much easier because of the nonstick quality of the pans with their interlocking nonstick layers. You do not have to worry about your muffins sticking to the pan, which makes the entire process and cleanup a breeze because they are dishwasher safe!

Find this muffin pan and the entire Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware set at and use our promo code COOKWITHWINE25 for 25% off site-wide (excluding sale items).


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Coffee Cake Muffins with Vanilla Cardamom Glaze
Coffee Cake Muffins with Vanilla Cardamom Glaze

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Coffee Cake Muffins with Vanilla Cardamom Glaze

5 from 2 votes
Course: Breakfast, BrunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Muffins
  • 6 Tbsp 6 butter, softened

  • 1 cup 1 sugar

  • 2 2 eggs

  • 1 1 egg yolk

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 strong coffee or espresso

  • 2 Tbsp 2 brandy or dark rum

  • 1 cup 1 sour cream

  • 2 1/3 cups 2 1/3 (333g) AP flour

  • 3 tsp 3 baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 1 tsp 1 ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 allspice

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 nutmeg

  • 2/3 cup 2/3 pecans, chopped

  • For the Streusel
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 AP flour

  • 1 tsp 1 cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 butter, melted

  • Vanilla Cardamom Glaze
  • 1.5 cups 1.5 confectioners (powdered) sugar

  • 2 tbsp 2 + 2 tsp milk

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 ground cardamom


  • Muffins
  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Begin by making the muffin batter. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs and egg yolk and mix thoroughly. Add the remaining wet ingredients (maple syrup, coffee, brandy, and sour cream) and combine thoroughly.
  • In another medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg thoroughly.
  • Using an electric mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients to fully incorporate. Once completely combined, fold in the pecans.
  • To make the streusel, in a small bowl combine all ingredients and thoroughly mix. It should be somewhat moist, but lumpy.
  • In the muffin tin, fill each slot ¾ to the top with the batter. You may have a little extra batter, but do not over-fill. Generously sprinkle the streusel over each muffin.
  • Place the muffin tin into the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool in the tin for a few minutes and gently lift each muffin out onto a wire rack. Once cooled, drizzle with the glaze.
  • Vanilla Cardamom Glaze
  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until the consistency is smooth. Drizzle over muffins.

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