DIY: Mini Coffee Cakes

June 09, 2013

I'm a girl who loves to eat.
Especially breakfast.
Also, I'm a girl who MUST bake.
So today I'm sharing a recipe I developed.
I'm calling them
Michele's Mini Coffee Cakes.

Coffee cake?
O my goodness, those words tickle
my ears like a 6-month old baby's laughter.
The lovechild of a cupcake and a muffin? Coffee cake.
My Swedish Gram (not a blood Grandma
but the Gram who took care of us in childhood)
always had coffee cake for us to spread with butter.
Also Swedish Pancakes which are the only
pancakes our children know.
Food memories are powerful, yahhhh?
Swedish Gram didn't speak English and
always responded with the long yahhhhhhhh.

I came up with the recipe on a whim
at midnight last week when I had a craving,
blueberries, granny smith apples, and a kitchen
full of 21 year old nightowls cheering me on.
Since I am sensitive to gluten, I made mine g-free.
Better Batter gluten-free flour is DA friggin BOMB.
It's high quality schtuff you must discover if you
are eliminating or minimizing gluten in your diet.

They are so moist, you will freak. 

Rich and sweet, you can skip
buttering em if you like.

A beautiful French dishtowel from
The Enchanted Home
makes a lovely mini table runner
for mini cakes on a teeny plate
by Rae Dunn...and a mini candle
from Diptyque works magic too.

Not a coffee drinker like Gram?
Neither am I.
OJ with calcium works for me with these.

My family is loving m'cakes,
and there is little chance I'll ever turn into my crabby neighbors
 who wouldn't dream of sharing a yummy family recipe...
they will never taste the joy of
giving and spreading pastry love!
Gram taught me that feeding scrumptious fare
to the ones you love is more than
a simple act of nurturance...
it creates sweet memories to last a lifetime.

Peace to you right where you are.

Michele's Mini Coffee Cakes
Makes 2 dozen

2 1/4 cups flour
2 cups high quality gluten-free flour (Better Batter is my fav)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced small
3/4 cup to 1 cup fresh blueberries
More sugar for topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray standard muffin tins with non-stick spray.
Sift dry ingredients in bowl.
In a separate large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
To butter, add vanilla and eggs.
Begin stirring dry mixture into butter mixture
alternately with sour cream and grated apple
just until combined (do not overmix).
Fold in diced apples and blueberries.
Divide evenly between 24 muffin cups.
Optional: Top each cake liberally with sugar.
Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.
Let cool completely on wire racks.

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  1. This looks perfect, yum! I hope you´re fine sweetie! :-)

  2. These pictures seriously belong on the cover of Bon Appetit! WOW...they are gorgeous and now you have me craving one of these little yummies! Hope you are hanging in there Michele, will be keeping you in my prayers this week sweet friend.

    PS So happy my humble little French towel was able to be part of this spectacular setting!

  3. They sound so good and I love how you styled your table...I have got to learn how to take good photos...

  4. Ok, sweet Michele! It is your fault I will be gaining at least 2 pounds!
    These images are amazing, and the treats look perfect.

  5. Hi Michelle, I landed on your site from...actually, I have no idea from where, lol...but I'm so glad I'm here. Spent a while exploring your posts. My goodness you've had some time of it...poor girl. But I love your optimism and happy spirit. This recipe looks really good. I think I'll give it a try. Take care and I hope you have a lovely week. :)

  6. Michele, They are sooooo beautiful... so are the photos, ...and i loved the commentary. So you're hangin with the youngsters, starting a baking project at midnite?? cool!


  7. These look delish!! Sharing and linking back to you on FB this week :)

    xo, Tanya

  8. Hi Michele! These look SO tasty AND they are gluten free! I'll bet they smell wonderful as they bake:) xxleslie

  9. Oh you are killin me! I have to fit in a bathing suit in 10 days and you put this post out!! Ugh, I love it.. ok I will wait until I return to make it!!
    xo Karolyn

  10. Oh these little coffee cakes look fabulous! I LOVe baking and love trying new things so these will be perfect to make this week.

    I hope that you are feeling better, and that you know that many have you in their thoughts and prayers as you are on your journey.

  11. Hi Michelle,
    These look so yummy! I'll be making these as soon as I finish my smoothie shakedown. The photos are lovely too.

  12. Am loving your 'Lets Toast' knife!!! Special is not special enough to describe it. Every single image is lovely and I'm not really a pastry kind of girl but WILL be making your mini coffee cakes. H e a v e n l y ! Thanks for sharing, Michele. Be well~

    Judy G.

  13. Hi Michele,

    Love blueberries but unfortunately we don't get them here in Greece!:( So, in the meantime, I will try your delicious mini coffee cakes with a helping of Cretan honey, infused with the aroma of thyme and wildflowers!


  14. Michele These sound so decadent and I can just taste the aroma! Yum!

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  15. Your photos are so *LOVELY*!!!

    ♥ Franka

  16. Jaaaaaaa! When did you say you wanted me to stop by again?

    True foodies (no waaaannnnaaabees) will go nutty over the receipe and the lovely tabletop decor/styling.

    Thinking of you a.l.l t.h.e t.i.m.e

    ox, Mon

  17. I understand the need to bake, this is some great stuff. I really like coffee cake as well. I love the use of blueberries. I am a big time fan of coffee, but orange juice is great to. Thank you so much for including the recipe, there is definite room for substitution.

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  18. Oh these little coffee cakes look fabulous! I love baking and love trying new things so these will be perfect to make this week.

    Finn Felton

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  19. Haha, I have that exact same ironstone dundee jar :) I bought it in Paris from an English dealer. Yum!!!
    xo Loi

  20. Did I see this post? Why didn't I see this post? GOD, they look so yummy Mich. Love that plate and the butter knife. Heaven.


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