True story: I was recently reading a blog and started clicking around, trying to find the more recent posts, wondering why the writer of the blog was talking about semi-current events, but the dates were all wrong. And then I realized that it is April. The end of April. Not the fall. The dates were right and I was (am?) just losing my mind.

Since I’m totally a mental health professional (I’m not), I spent about 5 minutes psychoanalyzing myself and have decided that after 3 months of morning sickness followed by 3 months of utter chaos, my brain has reset itself to the last time things were kind of normal. Also, due to said morning sickness, I skipped out on all sorts of cinnamon-y fall and winter treats because literally the only two things in the world that didn’t make me want to gag were big, ice-filled glasses of purple grape juice and Coke (not together; the idea of that makes me want to gag).

So apparently I’m now compensating for my lack of fall-ish baked goods because I have this overwhelming urge to make things like Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins. I just keep telling myself that brunch is a very springy thing and that you can never go wrong with coffee cake or muffins of any kind at brunch. Not that I’ve hosted or been to a brunch lately. But whatever.

For the cake part, you’ll need a yellow cake mix (if you’ve forgotten or weren’t around for previous posts on this subject, I’m a die-hard Duncan Hines brand loyalist, and no, this post is not being sponsored in any way by Duncan Hines), sour cream, canola oil, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon (depending on your preference), tart apples, lemon juice, and an itty bit of all-purpose flour.

Ingredients for Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake MuffinsPreheat your oven to 350. Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.

Peel and chop the apples and then toss them in about a tablespoon of lemon juice. Then sprinkle the apples with 2 tablespoons of flour and toss them well to combine. Set the apples aside.

In a large bowl or the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer, combine the remaining cake ingredients. Beat on low for 30 seconds to incorporate the ingredients and then another 3 minutes on high. Fold in the apple mixture and then divide the batter evenly among the lined muffin tins.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, and 1/2 cup white sugar.

Add 3 tablespoons softened butter and cut it in with two knives or a pastry blender until crumbly.

Sprinkle the streusel topping over the cupcake batter. Place the pans in the preheated oven and bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown on top and a pick inserted into the center of one of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool in pans. Makes 24 muffins.

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins



  1. Maybe there is something in the air too…I forgot how old I was and I’m definitely not so old that should be happening…
    Love the cupcake/muffin wrappers!

  2. Feel for you with the pregnancy thing. I’m done in just under 3 weeks now, but I missed out on so much food-wise in the fall. This looks great!

  3. I agree with only using Duncan Hines cake mix. Those with pudding in the mix end up with slimy texture which isn’t good to eat. I was at a party over a year ago and I got complements about my yummy cupcakes. I was even asked what my secret was. My answer, Duncan Hines. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Apples and cinnamon were made for each other.

  4. I can totally relate to being off with the dates. I find it hard to believe that it’s the end of April as well! (probably because I had morning sickness at the end of November through January – and we’d moved at the end of September… So it all seems like a blur!) However I think the thing that keeps me most on track is looking forward to the ever approaching due date!
    These look delicious and I so want to go make them, but I have to buy a cake mix first…

  5. That’s interesting, Kate. About a week ago, a saw a commercial for baseball and I thought “Oh, is it the World Series coming up?” Uh, NO! Baseball is just getting started. It’s not October, it’s April! I was very confused for a minute. So I completely understand your feeling of losing your mind.
    I made some muffins similar to these and the fun part was using ground-up cinnamon graham crackers in the streusel! It was great!

  6. Help with liners? Every time I use cupcake liners the food ends up sticking to the liners really bad. I’ve been spraying them with Pam, but they end up so greasy and messy. Any help?

    1. For problems with muffins or cupcakes sticking……Use foil lined ones. They are fabulous and have really cute designs available now a days.

  7. i just said to a colleague at work ‘do these muffins sound OK?’ She said ‘NO THEY SOUND AMAZING!’ So I guess I know what I’m making for the next staff meeting hahaha!

    It’s really interesting what the same products are called in different places. Yellow cake mix is always called sponge in the UK, even though the ingredients, branding, picture etc’ are the same, he he it will work whatever the box is called I guess. And pie spice is just plain ‘mixed spice’, as all-purpose flour is just ‘plain flour’. Sigh, much less glamour over here in the baking aisle of Tescos hahaha!

    1. Thanks for that Perdita! I’m a kiwi in London, just googled Duncan Hines yellow cake mix £17 on Amazon 🙁 so what relief can buy at Tesco 🙂
      Love this site and the amazing recipes and tips etc Thanks so much best bites x

  8. These look so good!! I want to make them now but I don’t have a cake mix handy, do you think these will still work with a basic muffin recipe?? Thanks

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