crumb cake muffins with creamy espresso filling


Muffin tops. If I'm out in public and I hear those words I automatically check my boobs to see if I have indeed produced muffin tops.
Bad. Can't help it. Those kind of muffin tops are embarrassing. Check yourself--I know you do too.
The muffin kind of muffin tops are not embarrassing, but actually really good.
So good in fact, that one (myself included) seeks out a muffin with a really good, hearty, thick muffin top.
Am I right?
A truly good muffin is really 80% all about the muffin top.


Isn't that a good muffin top? Those crispy sides are buttery, sugar heaven. And perfect with hot morning coffee. :::swoon:::


Very easy to make. Just get all your fixings lined up and ready to go.



The crumb part? Do not be stingy--this is what helps produce a nice muffin top complete with crisp edges. These will rise a tiny bit, and spread out onto pan making your once circle muffin a nice big crispy muffin top square. This is good.

Heavenly I tell you!


coffee cake muffins with creamy espresso filling
some inspiration from macheesmo.com
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2 cups all-purpose flour
just under ½ cup sugar
2 ts baking powder
1/2 ts salt
6 TB unsalted butter, melted
1 ts vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup whole milk

espresso filling: (might have leftover filling)
6-8 ounces of cream cheese, room temp
½ cup confectioners sugar
1-2 ts of espresso powder (use as much or as little as you like)

streusel topping:
6 TB unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup light brown sugar (not packed)
2/3 cup sugar
6 TB all-purpose flour
½ ts salt
1 ts cinnamon

For the streusel:
Combine all ingredients, but the butter in a bowl,. Mix then add in the melted butter, stir well, set aside.

For the espresso swirl:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, set aside.

For the batter:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine all the wet ingredients. Add the two together and mix till just combined.
Line regular muffin tin with muffin liners. Using a spoon or small ice cream scoop, fill muffins halfway with batter. Then place a dollup (2-inch ball like amount) in middle of batter. Then fill remaining muffin up with batter—it’s ok to go “almost” to the top. We need to save a bit of room for the crumb topping.
Next pack on the streusel. Gently push it down if you want, but not too hard.
It’s ok if the muffins are overflowing a bit—mine were and this makes excellent muffin tops!

Bake for 15-20 minutes. Rotate pan halfway thru baking. Mine were done at the 20 minute mark. You can tell they are done by the non-jiggly middle. If you use a cake tester in middle you will hit the cream cheese filling and not get an accurate read. You need to let these cool a while before eating as the cream cheese needs to finish setting up and the muffin tops need to harden a bit. After all it’s all about the muffin tops. Should make about 10-12 regular muffins. Mine made 11 muffins.


  1. Looking good....can I use starbucks vivano powder in the filling?

  2. Those look divine! Printing out the recipe now!

  3. Oh my. They look amazing, Dawn! Ironically I made crumble-topped muffins (post to go out next week) but yours trump mine b/c of that filling! WOW! Just the sound of it..I want to pick off those huge crumble chunks, too :)

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  4. Thanks for posting these right after I get put on a healthy eating plan. *glare*. Heh. Seriously though, those look unreal, I want one wicked bad.

  5. Oh, these do look good! I'm pinning this recipe and sharing it on my FB page.

  6. Love those muffin tops and the espresso cream in the center - yum!

  7. I always eat muffins bottom-to-top so that I can save the best for last. But the filling is in the bottom of these! So you're really confusing the way I eat muffins.

  8. Wish I could trade in my sad breakfast of white bread toast with cream cheese (all I could rummage from the fridge this morning). Of course, too many of these muffin tops might result in the *other* muffin top. Who am I kidding - I'll take that trade! 8-)

  9. I want one of these right now! Remember the Seinfeld episode where they open a store selling just muffin tops?! oh I wish that was real life.

  10. My muffin tops look like that because I overfill them every time. :) But I love them that way.
    While I'm not a coffee drinker, I adore coffee in just about everything else. Odd of me, I know. Definitely will be making these!

  11. ooh, those are the kind of muffin tops i like! :-P but clicking over here just now, what i really want is that peanut butter cup in your header :)

  12. It's all about the muffin tops!! These and a cup of coffee would make me a very happy girl right now!

  13. Yep, this is the kind of muffin that will make me eat the whole thing.

  14. I'll take a dozen please. You ship right? They look amazing as usual Dawn.

  15. HA! that black and white dude is right--i don't want to see a muffin top unless i'm about to eat it. :) clever combination--we don't have enough filled muffins in this world.

  16. Those look insanely good. I'm all about the muffin tops, too.

  17. creamy espresso filling sounds too good to be true! and that crumb topping! I wouldn't mind waking up to a dozen of these. :)

  18. Those looks seriously good... and you are right, this is the good kind of muffin top!

  19. I love the combination of crumbs and creamy filling! they look delicious

  20. VERY delicious looking, all come hither like and all.

  21. The crispy, streusel tops are definitely the best part of the muffin!

  22. Don't have any muffin tops but if I eat these everyday I would have doubkemuffin tops...lol. They look so good especially the crumb topping.

  23. These look like those fancy schmancy bakery muffins! YUM!

  24. Oh, creamy espresso filling. Yes please. I love coffee. ;)

  25. Making these for my husband...hes going to be so happy

  26. Now these are the kind of muffin tops I can love!

  27. Divine! I love anything that is flavored with coffee or made with cream cheese.



  28. When I think of a muffin top, it is the belly fat spilling out over peoples pants..wink. This kind of muff top is much more sexy.


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