Cinnamon Doughnut Coffee Cupcakes

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I’m re-sharing an old but favourite recipe from June 2014 for my Cinnamon Doughnut and Coffee Cupcakes with an updated recipe and some handy hints, including the best cupcake hack ever! You can read the original post below…

A cupcake in a brown wrapper with smooth cream cheese frosting, and a sugar mini doughnut on top.

Two of my favourite things combined – doughnuts and coffee! Moist and fluffy coffee cupcakes topped with a classic cream cheese frosting and a mini cinnamon doughnut. They’re just meant to be together!

I missed it! I flipping well missed an awesome day to celebrate sugary erm… goodness! I had this all lined up to edit and post, then I went and got side-tracked (read escaped to Cornwall) and forgot all about International Doughnut Day! In the words of the number 1 doughnut fan, Mr H J Simpson. Doh!! So my most humble apologies and I hope you like these coffee cake cupcakes.

Let’s just sidetrack for one moment though, and let’s dwell on Cornwall, or more precisely the food! We ate (and drank) our way around some fabulous places over the week we were there, from The Two Clomes, in Quintrell Downs, to the fantastic Paul Ainsworth’s No 6 in Padstow, rounding off with battling the Doc Martin tourists in Port Issac to visit Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, all filled in with some great hospitality of our wonderful friends, who we were staying with. They will all be making an appearance here shortly.

Now back to the doughnuts… 

A glass bottle of milk with a striped straw and cupcake with smooth white frosting, with a mini doughnut on top

A Bakeware Obsession

I fell in love with my mini doughnut mould from Lakeland way back last year; and for someone that really isn’t a silicone bakeware fan that’s saying something.

Since I started using the mould, I’ve tried lots of different takes on my original doughnuts. Some attempts were perfectly disastrous, others were just a bit too ‘ordinary’ for to posting up here; but with each attempt I’ve been formulating more ideas in my head, including these baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts.

It was the smell of fresh fried baked sugar doughnuts walking through Cheltenham town centre during half-term that sent my senses into overdrive. Then the arrival of the annual fair in the village brought that smell flooding back to me, and so the doughnuts were put to the test.

A white paper bag filled with mini sugar doughnuts, there are two coffee cupcakes in the background

Doughnuts are healthy, right?

If you’ve been reading Crumbs and Corkscrews for a while, by now you should have a good idea of how my baking and creating head works, and just a doughnut isn’t going to suffice.

I had a little cream cheese frosting leftover from some other baking and thought that the doughnuts would actually make the perfect sized cupcake topper. And of course, there really is only one perfect baked good combo… a doughnut, coffee and cupcake!

So then, the doughnuts… I like to think that actually they are sort of healthy. If you take the cupcake away that is! They are baked; so no deep-fat frying and greasiness. Just a nice fluffy doughnut without to many extra naughty calories; well that’s if you leave them ‘naked’.

Taking my inspiration from fairground doughnuts, I gave these a generous dipping in some nice and spicy cinnamon sugar; helped to stick to the doughnuts with a little brush of melted butter (oops, that will be those extra calories appearing again; just keep reminding yourself ‘they’re baked, they’re healthy(ish)).

A close up of a mini sugar doughnut on top of a smooth cream cheese frosting, on a coffee flavoured cupcake

How do you top your doughnuts?

I know not everyone’s a fan of cinnamon, I never used to be, but as my adult palate has become a little more discerning, it’s a flavour I actually quite enjoy. But if you still aren’t a fan, you could always swap the cinnamon sugar for either just regular granulated sugar, maybe a vanilla sugar or how about something a little different and go for lavender sugar.

These are good enough to eat on their own, you really don’t need to go down the whole cupcake route. I think they are best eaten when they are a little warm and the butter is still melting combining with the sugar; the cinnamon flavour really comes out. Although, if you want to add the cupcakes…

Three cupcakes lined up in a row, in a brown wrappers with smooth cream cheese frosting, and a sugar mini doughnut on top.

Go classic with cream cheese

The coffee cupcakes were incidental really; as I said I couldn’t just make the doughnuts, and I thought that the cream cheese frosting would be the perfect match for the cinnamon.

I think the doughnuts are the ideal size for topping off a cupcake, and just imagine how cute a little sprinkled doughnut would look on a cupcake for a children’s birthday party or just as a treat! As these were destined for adults (they’re just like big kids really), I went with a coffee cupcake.

Coffee cake is a ‘Marmite’ affair, you either love it or hate it. But I really wanted coffee to go with these little beauties, so instead of the usual shot of strong fresh espresso that I add to my cupcake batter, I used only half; to give a hint of coffee. Just enough to get the taste but not enough for those in the ‘hate it’ camp to shake their head and say ‘no thanks’.

The best cupcake hack ever!

  • Trust me on this one, and you’ll never have to scrape and scoop with spoons to get all your cupcakes equal ever again… it’s as simple and as easy as using an ice cream scoop for just the perfect amount of cake batter every time
  • Want deep, fluffy cupcakes, that make sure to bake them in a deep muffin tray. Forget those shallow fairy cakes ones. Go deep and your cupcakes will rise nice and tall, and not like pancakes.
  • Finally, do you love how smooth and creamy that cream cheese frosting is? I do. Here’s a top tip, use a round nozzle to get smooth buttercream – you can swirl or just hold over the cupcake and squeeze to flood the top of the cake.
Three cupcakes lined up in a row, in a brown wrappers with smooth cream cheese frosting, and a sugar mini doughnut on top.

Looking for more recipe inspiration?

If you’re ready to take on some other cupcake treats, then why not check out these favourites…

Cinnamon Doughnut Coffee Cupcake

Coffee Cupcakes with Cinnamon Doughnuts

5 from 1 vote
Serves : 12 cupcakes
Doughnuts and coffee, the perfect partners – how about pairing these cinnamon sugar doughnuts with a coffee cupcake and a classic cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


For the doughnuts

For the cupcakes


  • Make the doughnuts: Preheat oven to 180C/350F and place the mini doughnut mould on a baking tray.
  • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the caster sugar and butter, until light and fluffy. Alternatively, in a large mixing bowl, by hand or with an electric hand whisk.
  • Gradually add the eggs, milk and vanilla extract and beat well.
  • In a separate bowl, sift the flour, and baking powder together. Make a well in the centre then pour in the egg mixture and mix to form a smooth batter.
  • Fill a piping bag with the batter, and half fill each of the doughnut moulds. Alternatively, use a teaspoon or pour the batter into the moulds. Try not to overfill them.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until firm and springy to touch. Allow to completely cool on a wire rack.
  • To decorate, melt a tablespoon of unsalted butter and brush the top of the doughnuts. Whilst the butter is still warm, dip the top of the doughnut into the cinnamon sugar.
  • Make the cupcakes: Line a deep muffin tray with 12 cupcake cases.
  • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the caster sugar and butter, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each one.
  • Add half the flour and baking powder and mix together, then add the espresso. Add the remaining flour and mix well.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to divide the batter between the cupcake cases, they should be approximately 1/2 full.
  • Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Assemble the cupcakes: Fill a piping bag fitted with a 1cm round nozzle with the Cream cheese frosting. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes into a swirl shape and decorate with the doughnuts!


  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or well-covered in the fridge for up to a week. Serve at room temperature.


Serving: 1CupcakeCalories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 6gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 33mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 635IUCalcium: 65mgIron: 1.2mg


The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.

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Hi I’m Lou

… Dessert obsessed baker, busy 9-to-5er, and the recipe developer and photographer behind Crumbs and Corkscrews. Based in the UK, I live in the beautiful Cotswolds. I’m so glad to have you here with me and I can’t wait for you to start trying some of my recipes.

28 thoughts on “Cinnamon Doughnut Coffee Cupcakes”

  1. 5 stars
    A great classic coffee cake, with the added bonus of mini doughnuts!

  2. These look absolutely FANTASTIC! The tops are like perfect little Christmas snow mounds too! Pinning, tweeting… Love it!

    • Thank you! Love the idea that they could be Christmassy, especially with the cinnamon. Would be perfect for a cold winter’s day treat x

  3. Three times this week your blog had popped up somewhere (Twitter, uk food bloggers and then cook blog share) so I thought it must be a sign to come and have a look. Glad I did, i love it! And these cupcakes have just about made my day! What is it about all things mini that just make us happy?! Coffee is my favourite flavour of cake at the moment and mini doughnuts are the best idea ever. 🙂


  4. Yum, I like the fact that the doughnuts are ‘healthy’ too! #recipeoftheweek

    • Thank you. I like to think they’re ‘healthy’, I know they’re not really… but ssssh! 😉

  5. Oh wow! These are so pretty, I love the mini doughnuts they look delicious.

    • Thank you 🙂 I just loved the simplicity of them. Nothing fancy, just simple with the doughnut on the top. Really glad you like them.

  6. Gosh these look incredible. And I agree with other commenters – your styling is amazing. You’ve already nailed it!

    • Thank you 🙂 It’s so lovely to hear good comments about my styling. I suppose it’s just trying to find the kind of style I like. It’s good to hear that you all like it x

  7. What a fabulous and completely adorable cupcake! I love coffe and adore cinnamon so these are a match made in heaven for me. Thanks so much for joining #CookBlogShare so happy to have discovered your lovely blog.

    • Thank you Lucy! I know it’s a bit like cake on cake, but thought the doughnuts were ideal little cupcake toppers, and the coffee is only light so it works with the cinnamon pretty well. Glad you like the blog; happy to have discovered yours as well. Will head on over to the Pinterest board and check the others out 🙂

  8. Oh WOW! These look so yummy, doughnuts AND coffee two of my favourite things! I am going to have to look into this mini doughnut mold!

    • Thank you! The doughnut mould is really good; and it’s not expensive either. I’m not a fan of silicone bakeware, but I really like this one 🙂

  9. Not a doughnut fan here but those look delicious, really “different”! #Recipeoftheweek

    • Thank you. I do prefer the mini doughnuts, to big ones; I know they’re naughty but my sweet tooth starts twitching, lol 🙂

  10. Oh my word these look soooooo pretty! I couldn’t eat them unfortunately,but they sound amaze balls! #recipeoftheweek

    • Thank you. Glad you like them 🙂

  11. These cupcakes look absolutely stunning with that cute little doughnut on top. Fab food styling as well, wow! Just subscribed to receive emails.

    • Thank you! I’m still trying to get to grips with styling, getting there slowly. Have just discovered your blog too and subscribed 🙂

    • “Trying to get to grips with styling”… You must be kidding! Your photos look like they were taken by a pro.

    • Aww *blush* thank you 🙂 I like to think I’ve got better from I first started the blog. I just experiment, shoot in natural light and like the clean look. I’m not good at styling with lots of props etc x

  12. they look delicious and that mini donut is adorable!

    • Thank you. I do love the mini doughnuts 🙂

  13. Flippin’ gorgeous!!

    • Thank you Stuart xx

  14. So pretty and cute! I think I’d have to pick the doughnut off and save it until last because they look so good =)

    • Thank you! The doughnuts are just as good on their own. The recipe makes about 24-30 so plenty of spares to just munch on 🙂

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