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Three Coffee Cake Muffins with fresh orange glaze on a blue plate with flowered coffee cup

Coffee Cake Muffins with fresh Orange Glaze

Coffee Cake Muffins as a perfect mix of coffee cake and muffins.  They make a 'just right' portion for a special breakfast or brunch.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword coffee cake muffins, gluten-free muffins, orange glaze
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 188 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup diced Pecans or Walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour or Gluten-free measure-for-measure flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to1 Baking Flour)
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable or Canola Oil

For the fresh Orange Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed Orange Juice
  • Zest of one half Orange
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 12-cavity muffin tin pan with liners.

Making the Coffee Cake Muffins:

  1. (1) In a small mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. (2) In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. (3) In another medium/large mixing bowl combine the wet ingredients: egg, milk and oil. Whisk to fully combine.

  2. Stir the wet ingredient into the dry ingredients, whisking together just until combined (do not over mix).

  3. Spoon/scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin liner.  Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the sugar-nut mixture on top followed by 2 more tablespoons of batter. TIP: add the batter to each muffin cavity, followed by the sugar-nut mixture and the remaining batter to ensure equal distribution.  Finish with a teaspoon of sugar-nut mixture on top.

  4. Bake for 22-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of muffins comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the muffin pan while you make the glaze.

To glaze the Coffee Cake Muffins:

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top.

  2. In a small bowl mix together all the glaze ingredients. 

  3. Place the muffins on the cooling rack allowing space between them.  Take a dining spoon of glaze and holding the spoon over a muffin, shake it back and forth while moving it around allowing the glaze to drizzle onto the top of the muffin.  

  4. Repeat for all the muffins and allow the glaze to harden for 5-10 minutes before eating.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home.

Nutrition Facts
Coffee Cake Muffins with fresh Orange Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 107mg4%
Potassium 98mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.