Plum Coffee Cake Muffins

A co-worker gave me a bag of plums, fresh from the tree! They are so juicy and sweet. I used some of them to make Plum Coffee Cake Muffins. The muffins look plain, but when you take a bite there is a sweet surprise inside! The plums are hiding in the center of the muffin. You put half of the batter in the muffin cups, add the plums, and then the rest of the batter. Sprinkle the muffins with cinnamon and sugar and you are good to go! These are a real breakfast or anytime treat.

Plum Coffee Cake Muffins

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook

¾ cup + 2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
¾ cup milk ( I used skim)
½ cup melted butter, cooled
3-5 ripe plums, depending on their size, pitted and cut into small chunks.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Spray or line 10 muffin cups. Put water in the remaining two cups.

In a large bowl, combine ¾ cup sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In another large bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, milk, and melted butter. (Make sure the melted butter is cool before you add it.)

Fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula. Divide the batter evenly.

Divide one half of the batter evenly among the 10 lined muffin cups.

Add a layer of plum pieces to each.

Divide the remaining half of the batter over the layer of plums.

Combine the remaining 2 tbsp sugar and ½ tsp of cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the muffins.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Leave to cool in the muffin tin for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from tin and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. What a beautiful muffins! I love the filling. Perfect for weekend brunch – I don’t make fancy breakfast on weekdays. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Your food looks so yummy! Plum muffins, egglant parmesan (Hungry Girl has a great low fat/low cal version of this, too), sweet potato fries…I can’t wait to go through your archives!

    I see that The Kite Runner is one of your favorite books. I am about 1/3 of the way through and so far its so sad…I am hoping for some major redemption or something positive before its all said and done…

    Thanks for dropping by!

  3. ohhh those are beautiful! i love the idea of mini coffee cakes… how perfect! and putting plum in coffee cake sounds delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. These look wonderful! The sugar on top sealed the deal for me. I have GOT to make these while I can still find decent plums (although I am sure I won’t be able to find fresh off the tree ones — that sounds like a great treat!)

  5. these look amazing. I just bought a bag of plums โ€” the last of the season I think โ€” from my farmers’ market. I am going to try these this weekend!

  6. Great idea to make them into muffins! I don’t think that would stop me from eating more than my share but eh! they look cuter that way!!

  7. I really could have used this for breakfast this morning – I had leftover cereal, yuck!
    Your muffins turned out great! I love how the plums lurk underneath ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Oh these look so good! I have been looking for muffin recipes, I have been making mini muffins to put in my kids’ lunches and send with the teens for breakfast. Thank you!

  9. oddly enough, i don’t believe i’ve ever seen plums in muffins before. great idea–they look delectable (and quite mushroom-like). ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I also have a boat load of plums to use up before they ferment on my countertop. Looks like a plenty good use for them. Thanks!

  11. I just made these with some plums I froze last year. They were so yummy! I’ve been wondering what else I could do with my plums besides smoothies and this was a great solution. Thanks!

  12. I just stumbled on this recipe when I searched for recipes to use up the 20 lbs of plums I just got. They were a hit with my hubby and 4 boys! They said this recipe was a keeper and that I definitely have to make these again. Thank you!

  13. These were great. We got a ton of plums from a friend’s tree, so I’ve made them three times so far.
    The first time I followed the recipe exactly, and they were super-yummy but a little too dry on the top and bottom and a little too wet in the center. Plus it felt like too much work for me to spoon in half, then the plums and then the other half of the mix.

    The second time, I made two changes – I mixed the plums in, and I replaced half the butter (1/4 cup) with apple sauce. SUPER yummy! But a little too sweet for me (just a little).

    The third time I decided to make them mini. It’s a two-bite muffin pan that fits in the toaster oven (although I put it in the regular oven). I used 1/4 organic butter flavored shorting instead of butter, replaced the other 1/4 cup of butter with applesauce again. I also reduced the sugar to just under 2/3 cup (between 1/2 and 2/3 cup). They were amazing again. They took about 12-14 minutes for the two-bite mini muffins, and the recipe made three dozen of those.

    I really appreciate how versitile the recipe is, it was fantastic every time.