Sour Cream Coffee Cake Mix Cupcakes

Sunday, March 8, 2020
These Sour Cream Coffee Cake Mix Cupcakes are moist with a light texture and taste like you made them from scratch and the best part is they can be baked in any pan or super easily!

I am a big fan of Drakes Coffee Cakes and these are pretty much a copycat in flavor, except for the addition of the nuts on top.

These little bite-size cupcakes are perfect for snacking on and a quick dessert at any time of the day.

We like the addition of nuts on top for the extra crunch and flavors but you can leave them off if you're not a fan.

Doctored cake mix recipes are super easy and they really can transform quickly into a fabulous dessert.

This basic batter is great with the addition of fresh fruit toppings baked in and I will give you several suggestions below.

If you prefer an all-homemade scratch recipe do try my Sour Cream Coffee Cake it's  a great old fashioned

For more doctored cake mix recipes, try these blueberry muffins they're always a huge hit along with my easy banana cake recipe!

Scroll down and check out my suggestions below and how to make these delicious coffee cake cupcakes.

this is a basket of sour cream coffee cake cupcakes made with a doctored cake mix

Easy Coffee Cake Using a Mix

Seriously what can be easier than a doctored cake mix? Well for me nothing.

This coffee cake is full-proof, easy, moist, over-the-top flavorful, smells heavenly baking and can be done in bars, cupcakes, a bundt pan, or cake squares a total win-win!

If you want a coffee cake that is bursting with flavor and gets rave reviews at whatever function, party, or even that backyard barbecue you make it for, this is it!

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Sour Cream Coffee Cake Mix Cupcakes

(Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements)

  • yellow cake mix (you can also use white, lemon or spice mix)
  • sour cream
  • water
  • eggs
  • Optional Topping or Filling
  • chopped walnuts or pecans (use pumpkin or sunflower seeds if you have nut allergies)
  • sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • flour
  • butter
  • For Other Optional Topping Additions: chopped fruits of choice, blueberries, apples, peaches, cherries, raspberries, proceed the same by topping each cupcake with fruits then sprinkling with cinnamon, nuts, and sugar mixture.

this is raw cake batter doctored cake mix turned into mini coffee cakes


  • Only use real sour cream, not sour milk
  • Bake until the middles are set not browned use a toothpick method
  • If using cake pans heavily grease or oil spray pay
  • Always preheat the oven
  • Do not overbeat the cake mix and ingredients
  • Use super moist mix cake mixes for the best results
  • You can substitute yellow with lemon, white or spice cake mix
  • Substitute pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds for nuts if you have allergies of any kind to nuts 
  • Use an ice cream scoop for even-sized cupcakes

this is cupcake batter before baking using an ice cream scoop to place in the paper lliners

Pans To Use

Note: Be sure to line the tins or heavily grease them as well as any other pans using
Cupcake Tins (this recipe makes 16 cupcakes)
8 or 9 inches round, square or disposable pans ( this size pan requires 2 pans)
13 x 9 sheet pan (you will need 1 pan)

these are all the ingredients to use to make coffee cake using and making it with a doctored cake mix

Other Recipes Using Cake Mixes

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake
Chocolate Half Moon Cookies
Carrot Cake Taste Like Scratch Cake
Pistachio Cake
4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake
Red Velvet Cake

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Topping Changes Before Baking:

This basic sour cream batter is adaptable:

  • Chocolate Chips or chopped candy bars
  • Peanut Butter Chips, white chocolate
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Apples chopped
  • Peaches chopped
  • Nuts of any kind (macadamia, pistachios, almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts)
  • Nutella
  • Berries of any kinds
  • Lemon zest or orange
  • Dried fruits ( cranberries, raisins, etc)
  • Coconut
  • Chopped maraschino cherries
  • Drizzled with cream cheese frosting

Note: on some of these you can still use the cinnamon and sugar mixture or do another combination IE lemon zest, almonds, and coconut, chocolate chips and coconut, etc.

these are baked sour cream coffee cupcakes in a wire silver basket made from a doctored cake mix

Easy Recipes

We just love easy recipes when we are in a hurry.

These cupcakes or cakes are perfect to take on picnics, road trips, work or school lunches and great for afternoon coffee and tea of course!

These are a favorite of mine and copycat flavor to the store-bought supermarket kinds I mentioned before.

Perfect for any size family, and even freeze well for an individual treat dessert anytime!

If you're a fan of those little treats, you're going to love this doctored cake mix recipe for Sour Cream Coffee Cake Mix Cupcakes!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Mix Cupcakes

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Mix Cupcakes

prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M
This recipe is made with a cake mix with a few simple added ingredients to taste just like a homemade scratch coffee cake. The cake is loaded with cinnamon and sugar topping and walnuts. This cake very moist and light because of the added sour cream to the mix.


  • 1  package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3  large eggs
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Topping or Filling Suggestions:
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans (use pumpkin or sunflower seeds if you have nut allergies)
  • 1 3/4 cup cake flour or regular flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • For Other Optional Topping Additions: 1 cup chopped fruits of choice, blueberries, apples, peaches, cherries, raspberries, proceed the same by topping each cupcake with fruits then sprinkling with cinnamon, nuts, and sugar mixture.


How to cook Sour Cream Coffee Cake Mix Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. This makes either 16 cupcakes, 2- 8-inch cakes, or 1 - 13 x 9 pan or makes 12 cupcakes and 1 - 8-inch cake.
  3. Prepare the cupcake tins or the pans you are using with paper liners and/or grease the pans that you are using.
  4. For the Topping:
  5. In a medium bowl, combine flour, (nuts or seeds), sugar, butter, and cinnamon; mix well and set aside.
  6. For the Batter:
  7. In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat the cake mix with sour cream, water, and eggs for 3 minutes.
  8. The batter will be very thick, fold in the cinnamon if used.
  9. Line your cupcake tin paper liners 2/3 full ( I use a medium-size ice cream scoop to spoon into the paper liners).
  10. Sprinkle each cupcake with the optional cinnamon and nut topping mix or any of the fruit suggestions.
  11. Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes and 25 to 30 for larger cakes using the toothpick method in the center to make sure it comes out clean these are completed with cooking,
  12. The cake or cupcakes can be put in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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  1. They look amazing! Save me one for my tea :-)) please!

  2. These made the perfect Sunday morning treat! So easy and yummy!

  3. These are delicious! I loved that the recipe starts with yellow cake mix, so I made these this morning for Sunday breakfast and they were a HIT. My kids loved them!

  4. These look delicious!! Pinned.

  5. Your Cupcake look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,475 your post looks great. Happy St. Patrick's Day and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I'm a coffee lover and anything made with coffee is a delight! These coffee cupcakes looks delicious and would be perfect for an afternoon snack. I'll be making them this week!

  7. These were absolutely delicious! So flavorful and easy to make!

  8. Love the combination of ingredients in this cupcakes. So delicious.

  9. I made these cupcakes over the weekend for brunch and they were amazing! I love the individual serving size!

  10. I can't believe how easy these are to make. I like the cupcakes as they are easy for grab-n-go.

  11. Do I add the flour to the sugar and cinnamon mix? It lists it in the ingredients but isn’t mentioned in the method. Thanks!

    1. yes thanks I must have missed typing the flour is part of the topping thanks!


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