Red Velvet Muffins w/Cream Cheese Swirls for Your Honey



First of all:  my blog was shut down for a few days because Google detected malware on it.  I finally determined that it was connected to the “archives” page, which I then deleted.  I have no idea what happened ~ I’m just happy to be up and running ~ and, may it never, ever happen again!!! 


Now for the muffins:

I love the deep red color of red velvet baked goods; the color is awesome and needs little in the way of decoration.  So, I was happy and surprised to find a flyer with this red velvet muffin recipe in the mail the other day. Red velvet cupcake recipes are a dime a dozen, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one for muffins…




The muffins turned out perfectly.  They have a more dense texture than a cupcake ~ they’re savory, not too sweet ~ not “cupcakey,” with 3-inches of buttercream frosting, and thanks to the swirling cream cheese, these muffins went over the edge, being moist and delicious!

They have just the right amount of sweetness for me; you add more sugar, if you like them sweeter. I think they’re absolutely divine just the way there are!

Your Valentines will love them for breakfast or a treat on Valentine’s Day! 


Red Velvet Muffins w/Cream Cheese Swirls 

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
½ cup sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Cocoa Special Dark)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
4 tablespoons melted butter
½ cup buttermilk
1 (1¼ ounce) bottle red food coloring


Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners, or coat with non-stick spray, set aside.
In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, melted butter, buttermilk and food coloring until combined well.
Add flour mixture to wet ingredients in large bowl, stirring well with a wooden spoon.
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins.
Place a dollop or two of cream cheese mixture onto each muffin.
Swirl once or twice into batter with a toothpick.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out dry.
Let sit in pans to cool for a minute or two, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Cream Cheese Swirl

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Method:

Beat cream cheese by hand, or electric mixer, until smooth, about a minute.  
Add sugar and beat together another minute.
Add egg and vanilla; mix together until smooth and creamy.
Do not over-mix, or it will be grainy.
Set aside.

Yum!!!




11 comments:

  1. So sorry to here, Pam but glad your up and running again. And what a great recipe to come back with! These cupcakes look irresistible and delicious. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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  2. So sorry you had problems. That is so frustrating, especially when you don't know what's causing it. My SIL who adores red velvet cake will flip for these. Happy Valentine's Day Pam.
    Sam

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  3. Pam, These red velvet muffins look great! I'm not too crazy about cupcakes but I do like muffins...just because they are more dense and tend to be more moist. Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  4. Glad to see you're out of quarantine. The muffins look like a fine valentines treat.

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  5. Glad you were able to take care of the problem with your blog. What a tasty treat to offer us with your return! These sound wonderful!

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  6. Glad you're back! Several blogs I read regularly were having the same problem. Those muffins look wonderful! :)

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  7. Sorry you had problems with Blogger I had too Pam.
    Glad you are ok with it now!
    These look absolutely delicious!!
    xxx

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  8. I had that happen to me once before.. it sucks!! Glad you got it fixed, though... especially knowing you had these yummy little treats to highlight!!

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  9. You're back and with a delicious recipe!! Glad the frustration is over. Now, if the snow would stop!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  10. Red velvet cake is my hubby's favorite and I bet he would love these muffins. I need to make something special for him tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe! Happy Valentines day!

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