Clare’s Cappuccino Muffins [Coffehouse Mysteries]

One of the book series we read is the Coffehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle.  The main character runs a fashionable NY coffeehouse, and the author knows her stuff.  If there is anything you ever wanted to know about coffee, you will learn it reading these books, I do not jest.  At the end of each book is a list of coffeehouse recipes.  Today I am making the fictional coffee sleuth’s (Clare) Cappuccino Muffins. Anything with with 2 varieties of coffee in it must be good (and yes they are).

The Dry Team:

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp dark roast ground coffee
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped almond or hazelnut
  • 1 tspn orange zest (about half a small orange)


The Wet Team:

  • 1 stick butter (soft)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup espresso or double strength coffee (cooled)

The Plan:

  1. Oven 375. Prepare cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Combine dry team. Mix to ensure no chunks of cocoa or brown sugar. (yes, throw coffee grounds into it).
  3. Mix wet team with hand mixer.
  4. Pour wet team into dry team. Mix until smooth, do not overmix.
  5. Scoop into baking cups. These are muffins not cupcakes, fill them to the top or just below.
  6. Bake 20-25min. Until toothpick comes out clean.

The “Froth” for the Cappuccino Muffins:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • 1/2 stick butter (soft)

Use hand mixer on butter in a med bowl. Mix in other ingredients until smooth (this is icing, it will be relatively thick).

As an added coffee garnish, I added a mini espresso chocolate as the crown.


Cappuccino Muffin





There are many other coffeehouse/coffee inspired recipes on the Coffeehousemystery website.