These cappuccino chip muffins will become your next obsession! With only six steps and 10 minutes of prep, I’m going to teach you my foolproof method for making perfectly moist cappuccino chocolate muffins with bakery-style tops that are seriously impressive. 

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The Best Cappuccino Chip Muffins Recipe

I spent six months focused on testing and perfecting my muffin recipes. The result? Easy step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow and succeed, even if you’re not an experienced baker. 

Your friends and family will think you’ve become a professional baker, though, if you decide to share these. These are always a hit with the perfect combination of chocolate and smooth coffee flavor! Out of my entire muffin collection, these are some of my favorites to enjoy alongside a warm cup of coffee or paired with a homemade McDonald’s mocha frappe!

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Why You’ll Love This Cappuccino Muffin Recipe

Having a cappuccino chip muffin is the perfect way to start your day and also the perfect way to end it (late-night snack lovers, I’m talking to you)! Besides their irresistible flavor, there are so many things to love about these cappuccino muffins, including:

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  • Flavorful muffins, perfect for a coffee lover!
  • Every day ingredients 
  • Just 10 minutes of prep
  • Great for snacks, dessert, or late night snacks!
  • Moist, soft muffins with tender crumb
  • Tall and domed muffin tops (bakery style!)
a stack of two cappuccino chip muffins with coffee beans sprinkled around, more muffins and a cup of coffee in the background

What You’ll Need for Cappuccino Chip Muffins

The secret to the cappuccino flavor? Instant coffee powder! Other than that, you’ll only need basic ingredients to create muffin magic. Keep reading for all my tips, and get the full recipe with measurements and ingredients in the recipe card below. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Instant coffee granules / instant coffee crystals
  • Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
a cappuccino chip muffin on a white plate with a bite taken out, sitting in its open muffin liner, with coffee beans sprinkled around, more muffins and two cups of coffee in the background

How to Make Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Muffins

This easy recipe is only six steps! You’re going to want to have one of these with your morning cup of joe, and as a snack, and as a dessert. You get the idea! Here are the steps: 

  1. Mix dry ingredients. In a mixing bowl combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir together and set aside.
  2. Mix wet ingredients. In a large mixing bowl combine the large eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and instant coffee. Stir to combine.
  3. Combine chocolate chips, wet and dry ingredients. Gradually mix the flour mixture and 1 cup mini chocolate chips into the wet mixture, mixing just until combined. The batter will be very thick.
  4. Rest muffin batter. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF / 220ºC.
  5. Line muffin pans and fill with batter. For bakery style muffins, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffin liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Spoon batter to fill the liners with 6-8 heaping tablespoons of batter. Use a butter knife to smooth the tops of the muffins if lumpy. Top the muffins with the remaining chocolate chips and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  6. Bake and cool. Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF / 220ºC, then keep the muffins in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350ºF / 180ºC and bake for 14-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan. Repeat with the remaining batter, bumping the temperature back up to 425ºF / 220ºC.
cappuccino chip muffin batter filling every other hole of a muffin pan, topped with mini chocolate chips and sprinkled with sanding sugar

How to Create Bakery Style Muffins

Bakery style muffins are known for their domed tops. Plus who doesn’t love them? I used a few techniques to help “lift” these muffins so they would have large, domed tops!

1. THE REST PERIOD

Let the batter rest for 15 minutes after it’s mixed and before you scoop it into the muffin pan. During the resting period, starch molecules in the flour are absorbing the liquid in the batter, causing them to swell and giving the batter a thicker consistency (ref the kitchen whisper). Our 15 minute rest is just a quick rest. 

2. FILL EVERY OTHER MUFFIN CUP

This tip has been a game changer! For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffin liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Filling every other cup allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other. This technique also encourages the muffins to brown, creating a golden muffin top.

3. FILL THEM TO THE TOP

Fill your muffin liners to the top with batter. Yes, this goes against everything you’re heard but it’s important in helping the muffin gain that height.

4. BAKE AT HIGH TEMPERATURE INITIALLY

Bake the muffins at a high temperature (425ºF) initially, then lower to 350ºF. Starting the muffins off at a higher temperature causes the batter to rise rapidly, setting the outer surface of the muffin, producing a dome shape.

How to Properly Measure Flour

The most accurate way to measure flour is to use a kitchen scale, weighing it in grams. 

If you don’t have a kitchen scale, follow this method. 

  • Aerate the flour with a whisk or spoon. Flour becomes heavy and compact as it sits. Aerating is the same as fluffing the flour, but not the same as sifting it. Do not sift the flour unless the recipe specifically calls for it.
  • Use a spoon to sprinkle the flour into the measuring cup. Do not tap the cup against the counter, as this will compact the flour.
  • Use the back of a butter knife to level off the excess.
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Tips for the Best Cappuccino Muffins

Here are a few tips to make the perfect muffin even better:

  • Don’t skip the rest time: Allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes in the mixing bowl.
  • Add sanding sugar to the top of the muffins: Top the muffins with sanding sugar for a true bakery style muffin.
  • Make bakery-style domed muffin tops: Filling every other cup allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other. This technique also encourages the muffins to brown, creating a golden muffin top.
  • Start at a higher temp, then lower: Bake at a higher temperature initially to cause the muffins to rise quickly.
cappuccino chip muffins on a white plate, sitting in its open muffin liner, with coffee beans sprinkled around, more muffins and two cups of coffee in the background

Substitutions & Variations

These cappuccino chip muffins are perfect as-is, but here are a few notes on substitutions and minor adjustments you can make:

  • Instant coffee: Be sure to use instant coffee granules or crystals, not coffee grounds.
  • Chocolate Chips: You can use regular sized chocolate chips in place of the mini chocolate chips.
  • Gluten Free Cappuccino Chip Muffins: Make these gluten free by swapping the flour. I recommend King Arthur’s Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour. Use it as a one for one substitute for regular flour.

Storing and Freezing Muffins

MUFFIN STORAGE

If you’ll be eating the muffins within 24 hours of baking, you can leave them uncovered on the counter. The muffins will not dry out while left at room temperature for 1 day. 

In fact, muffins are so moist they can become soggy and those crunchy, sugary tops can disappear when stored in an airtight container.

But I have a trick to help that – paper towels. 

For longer storage, 2-4 days, line the bottom of an airtight container with paper towels. Place the muffins in a single layer in the container then cover the muffins with any additional layer of paper towels. The paper towels will act like a sponge, absorbing the moisture they release while they are stored. 

If the paper towels become too moist around day 2 or day 3, replace them with fresh paper towels. 

HOW TO FREEZE MUFFINS

Individually wrap each muffin in plastic wrap. Then place them in a ziploc bag or airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To thaw, leave them at room temperature until defrosted, about 1 hour. Or unwrap them and microwave at 20 second intervals until defrosted.

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Cappuccino Chip Muffin Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 10 muffins
These cappuccino chip muffins will become your next obsession! With only six steps and 10 minutes of prep, I’m going to teach you my foolproof method for making perfectly moist cappuccino chocolate muffins with bakery-style tops that are seriously impressive. 

Ingredients

  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, 450 grams
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar, 350 grams
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk, 300 ml
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil, 177 ml
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp instant coffee granules / instant coffee crystals, 15 grams
  • 1 ½ cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, 265 grams

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir together and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and instant coffee. Stir to combine.
  • Gradually mix the dry ingredients and 1 cup mini chocolate chips into the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. The batter will be very thick.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF / 220ºC.
  • For bakery style muffins, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffin liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Fill the liners with 6-8 heaping tablespoons of batter. Use a butter knife to smooth the tops of the muffins if lumpy. Top the muffins with the remaining chocolate chips and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  • Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF / 220ºC, then keep the muffins in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350ºF / 180ºC and bake for 14-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan. Repeat with the remaining batter, bumping the temperature back up to 425ºF / 220ºC.

Notes

  • Be sure to use instant coffee granules or crystals, not coffee grounds.
  • You can use regular sized chocolate chips in place of the mini chocolate chips.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
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