coffee cake muffins

coffee cake muffins | movita beaucoup

Remember what it was like when you had time to sit down with a cup of tea? To sit down at all? Lately, those days seem few and far between. I’ve started my work term at a bakery about 45 minutes outside of the city, and my Real Job duties hit a feverish pitch at this time of year. There are lists everywhere. Dance costumes litter the second floor of our house. Chores have been left undone. Things – all sorts of things – are piled everywhere. I did, however, manage to sort through my kit from baking school, and I thought you might enjoy seeing what I had to lug around on my back all year. Et voilà:

baking kit | movita beaucoup

a. gum paste/fondant tools  |  b. circular pastry/cookie cutter set  |  c. bench scraper  |  d. bowl scraper  |  e. lames  | f. digital thermometer  |  g. timer

The sound of those timers going off  – which I often referred to as the call of the Boulanger Bird – will forever haunt me. FYI, we took the internal temperature of every bread we baked, making our instant read thermometers one of our most used tools of the year.

baking kit | movita beaucoup

a. measuring cup  |  b. water spritzer  |  c. measuring spoons  |  d. ice cream scoop  |  e. circular pastry tips  |  f. closed star pastry tips  |  g. decorating comb  |  h. pastry brushes

All of our mise en place/scaling was done by weight, so our measuring cups and spoons felt positively primitive when required. I believe the decorating combs caused more injuries than anything else in our kits.

baking kit | movita beaucoup

a. small pallet knives  |  b. large pallet knives  |  c. spatulas  |  d. candy thermometer  |  e. squeeze bottles  |  f. whisks

That green electrical tape marked most of my equipment – it was a waterproof way to keep track of it. I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “if it’s green, it’s Rachael’s!” 

baking kit | movita beaucoup

a. French knife  |  b. serrated knife  |  c. kitchen shears  |  d. zester  |  e. peeler  |  f. French rolling pin  |  g. ruler  |  h. rasp  |  i. paring knife  |  j. (not pictured) oven mitts. I forgot about the oven mitts.

Those knives could cut stuff just by threatening to – they be scary ass sharp. Thus leaving one in the sink area was grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

baking kit | movita beaucoup

Some personal additions: a. notebook  |  b. bar mops/butt towels  |  c. Tylenol  |  d. lens wipes  |  e. blistex  |  f. sticky notes  |  g. electrical tape  |  h. finger condoms  |  i. bandaids  |  j. pens/pencils/sharpies  |  k. socks knit by Rosie Beaucoup

Every day at school I wore socks knit by Rosie Beaucoup in my steel-toed clogs. It was nice having a piece of her with me every day – especially on the hard ones. Thanks, Mummy!

coffee cake muffins | movita beaucoup

So, lets talk muffins. This is a re-take on a recipe I posted about two years ago, but I’ve added some Greek yogurt into the mix for you. This is because a) Rosie Beaucoup told me to, and b) Greek yogurt is very trendy right now. Peer pressure works, people. I learned that at college. These muffins are soft and cakey, and not overly sweet. When feeling especially decadent, I’ll slather a little butter on ’em when they are still warm. I’d recommend using walnuts in the topping (their ever-so-slight bitterness gives a nice balance to the muffin), but you can use pecans if you like. They are perfect for breakfast, or alongside an afternoon tea break.

coffee cake muffins | movita beaucoup

Let’s kick back for a while, shall we? I think we deserve it…

. . .

Coffee Cake Muffins

adapted slightly from a recipe handed down to me by Rosie Beaucoup, original source unknown

print and bake

Make 12 muffins.

For the filling/topping:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the muffins:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mise en place – begin by getting organized. Measure out all of your ingredients, make sure your butter is at room temperature. The batter for these muffins is thick and sticky – it’s a get-your-hands-dirty recipe. 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease or line a standard muffin tin (12 wells). If your muffin wells are very shallow, you may need to adjust the portioning of the batter and filling/topping, so the muffins don’t overflow.

In a small bowl, make the filling/topping by rubbing together the brown sugar, walnuts or pecans, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer (or with a hand-held mixer), cream together the butter, sugar and eggs on medium speed (3-5 minutes). Add the Greek yogurt and vanilla and mix well to combine. Add the flour mixture, and mix to combine.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the batter into the bottom of each muffin well. The batter is thick – just press it down/spread it with your fingers a little if necessary. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the filling over top of the batter. Top with about 1.5 tablespoons of the remaining batter – spreading a little with fingers if necessary. Sprinkle the remaining filling/topping over top of the muffins.

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and a cake tester inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean.

Allow to cool slightly, and then remove from pan and allow to cool on wire racks.

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Deadline: May 31, 2013


  1. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes on May 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Oooh la la, Movita! Soft ‘n melty muffins and steel-toed clogs?!? You and I might be BFFs!!!

    • movita beaucoup on May 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      I’m glad you’ve finally acknowledged our friendship. Maybe we should get matching chef’s jackets?

  2. emmalina73 on May 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    You lost me a tiny bit when you talked about sitting down but I was swiftly back on board with pictures of kitchen equipment. It’s like porn to me, I could look at it all day and dream of magnetic racks with a variety of knives and glass kitchen aid mixing bowls…mmmmmm….kitchen aid….

    Plus you rock simply for carrying all that around and knowing what it all does. Superlicisiously fabulous. Yes I made that up, I have to make up words to describe your amazingosity.

    • movita beaucoup on May 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Just wait until 2.0 finds out that we have to find a place for all that stuff in our kitchen…. eeps!

  3. cravesadventure on May 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    That is a lot of tools and gadgets – some I am familiar with and some that make me curious to explore the world of baking – thanks so much for sharing! Happy Day:)

  4. Eggton on May 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    More detail on the finger condoms, please.

    *Somebody had to say it.*

    • movita beaucoup on May 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Okay. When one cuts oneself in the kitchen, one must get patched up and then wear gloves or: finger condoms. This is, of course, related to food safety. After administering first aid several times (to classmates), I decided I’d better come prepared. Because without me, my klutzy classmates might have died. Safety first!

      On a more disappointing note, not one of those classmates would allow me to administer chest compressions. Not one.

    • Amy on May 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      so glad you asked. I didn’t wanna be the one to. I’m wondering about a few of these other things too…butt towel?!

      • movita beaucoup on May 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

        Amy, butt towels are bar mops that you tuck into your apron – usually at the back, by your butt – for wiping your hands on. I can’t live without ’em!

  5. Krysten S on May 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Don’t let her fool you people! She was the peer pressurer!! Talked me into doing a bunch of things 😉

  6. Dana Staves on May 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I’ve loved seeing your posts about baking school. It’s like when people write memoirs about going through culinary programs – the REAL story. 🙂
    This recipe looks super yummy, PS. I am all about instituting afternoon tea. With muffins.

  7. frugalfeeding on May 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Oh wow, now those are lovely! gorgeous :D. I love coffee cake!

  8. Emily on May 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Very cool seeing all your tools! That is a lot to have to carry around every day.

    I love coffee cake, so I can’t wait to try these muffins!

  9. Willow on May 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I imagine if it were me carrying all that stuff, I would end up reaching into my pack and cutting myself on something on a regular basis. Maybe I’m just a klutz. As for the muffins, Greek yogurt *is* trendy, but I have to admit that part of me squealed a little when you said it. I love when something with a little sour to it (yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, etc.) is added to a batter or dough. Plus, anything with the word “yogurt” in it has to be healthy, right? Right?

    • movita beaucoup on May 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Right. And I’ve never meet a Greek yogurt I didn’t like…

  10. Stacy on May 2, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I am coveting my neighbor’s things. Even if you don’t live close enough to really be my neighbor. I’d like ALL the kitchen equipment, plus that beautiful teacup and saucer. Mostly that. The pink one, please.

    • movita beaucoup on May 8, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Those teacups belonged to my great grandmother – I believe. My mummy passed them on to me – I have a lovely set – perfect for the next time the Queen comes to visit…

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  12. Ashley Bee on May 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    The first picture looks like the perfect English tea! Though, I don’t like tea and the one time I was in England I just drank beer. It was cool learning about all your various tools, I had no idea there were so many!

  13. on May 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I have been having hunger pains for coffee cake recently. In fact, today, I looked at a container of Greek yogurt and thought …. this would be great with coffee cake. I like your idea of muffins much btter!

  14. Krysten S on May 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I have a question. How in the world is it coffee cake if there’s no coffee in it?

    • movita beaucoup on May 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Dear Krysten,

      Coffee cake GOES WITH COFFEE.

      movita beaucoup

      PS Seriously. Get in the fridge.

  15. shannon on May 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    *hits head on table* I have been on-and-off working on a coffee cake muffin for ages now.

    mine taste good, but look like mutant alien mushrooms on a good day. on a bad day, they just look like mutant aliens.

    you win. your muffins are perfect.

    • movita beaucoup on May 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Yay! I finally win at something!

      Wait… what’s my prize? IS IT A PONY?!?!?

      • shannon on May 24, 2013 at 7:56 am

        unicorn. a rainbow unicorn is your prize.

  16. Cravings of a Lunatic on May 6, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Dude…a great recipe and knit socks. I’m in heaven.

  17. themondaybox on May 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Your backpack contents are at the same time awe inspiring, baker envy producing, and intimidating! 🙂 Beautiful tools of the trade which you so obviously have learned to use well! Individual servings of coffee cake in muffin form sounds great!

  18. musingmar on May 8, 2013 at 1:06 am

    What an incredible amount of things you had to lug around at baking school! Is there a special physical fitness program to prepare oneself to deal with this?

    My mother used to “work in the tomatoes” a few summers, preparing tomatoes for canning at a large processor. If she cut herself, she had to wear a finger condom. One day at the end of her shift, she realized that one of these was missing. We always wondered … did it end up in someone’s can of tomatoes? I mean really, just imagine opening a can and discovering one of those … eeuuwww!

  19. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker on May 10, 2013 at 3:42 am

    I love coffee cake and love it more in a form of a muffin! Pinning it as a reminder to make this. Lovely post.

  20. jingersnaps on May 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

    All of those baking supplies all laid out gives me visions of first day of school binders, pencils, and glue sticks, and I feel the pangs of need that I often feel in the Container Store. Goddamn it, that’s awesome.

  21. Jennie on May 29, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Wow, that is a crap ton of stuff. And here I thought I carried around a ton of stuff at school. You win, my friend. I could sure use a break, too. I’ll finally get one on vacation starting tomorrow. Thank goodness, because my bones ache. I’m totally in love with those knitted socks. Maybe even a little jealous, too. I tried to teach my mom how to knit, but she quickly got frustrated after 5 minutes. Sadly, I’ll never have knit socks from the heart… Unless, of course, I knit them for myself. That may be verging on pathetic, though. These muffins look delish!

  22. movita beaucoup on December 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in May 2013. Thanks for stopping by!