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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

40 mins
12 muffins
Soft and fluffy red velvet muffins made with a swirl of cream cheese in the batter and crispy, crumbly butter topping.
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

Soft and fluffy red velvet muffins made with a swirl of cream cheese in the batter and crispy, crumbly butter topping.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

I took a nap yesterday. It was epic.

I haven’t taken a nap during the day in a long time but for some reason I just felt like lying down after putting the baby down for her nap. Next thing I know it’s 2.5 hours later.

I must’ve been exhausted because I woke up feeling so much more refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

I really think that these early, 5:30am, wake ups are starting to drain me. That along with my hubby begging to stay up with him at night to watch a movie. Which usually ends in me passed out on the couch. 

I’ve started a lot of movies… but have just never made it to the end of them.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

Only  a month or so left of school and then I don’t have to get up so early anymore. I will still get up early, just not at 5:30. Maybe more like 7ish.

See I have to do this because it’s so much easier to get my workout done in the morning before everyone wakes up. And it’s really the only “me” time I have during the day. Unless you count the 2.5 hour nap yesterday.

Still epic.

Side note… I can’t believe I just typed out that there was only a month or so left of school. Then I had to check the calendar and see. There really is only about a month and a half left of school.

Uh, where has this year gone?

And it was apparently snowing yesterday? It’s April mother nature… get your stuff together.

I’m ready for warm weather, the beach, and outside BBQ’s. Which is exactly what I made these muffins for… when it was warm a few weeks ago.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

These muffins were a huge hit and the first “dessert” that everyone devoured. They were so bright and cheerful that you can’t help but want to dive right in and eat all of them.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

4.35 from 20 votes
Soft and fluffy red velvet muffins made with a swirl of cream cheese in the batter and crispy, crumbly butter topping.
Yield 12 muffins
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins


Crumb Topping
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
Cream Cheese Mixture
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp red food coloring


  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Prepare muffin pan by lining with liners or spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
Crumb Topping
  • In a medium bowl, add flour, sugar, and butter. Using a fork, cut the butter in until you have coarse crumbs.
Cream Cheese Mixture
  • In another bowl, cream together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla until smooth.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl using hand mixer), add flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine. Add egg, oil, milk, cocoa powder, and red food coloring and mix until just incorporated.
  • Fold cream cheese mixture into the muffin batter, being careful to not overmix.
  • Scoop batter into prepared muffin, filling each about 2/3 full. Evenly sprinkle crumb topping over each muffin.
  • Bake at 375° F for 17-19 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.


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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Can I just tell you how jealous I am of your nap? And I’m with you on the early mornings — Girl, I’ve fallen asleep through more than my share of movies too 🙂 These muffins look AMAZING!

    1. It’s a never ending battle… and I still get up at 5:30am and the hubby still asks me why I get up so early. And the reason is till the same: because I like getting things done uninterrupted! haha

  2. I’m not sure I’ve stayed awake to see an entire movie in YEARS. Forget it if I’m on my couch (vs on a plane of something). How I’d love to have one of these as my own post-nap snack!

    1. I know how you feel… there are so many movies that I have wanted to see and we start them but I can never make it to the end. #thestruggleisreal

  3. I’m a huge red velvet fan, but I’ve never had a crumb topping before. Usually, red velvet is paired with cream cheese frosting, which I love, but after three bites, it becomes rather sweet and hard to finish. I’d opt for the crumb topping any day. Gotta try this!

    1. Ditto on the frosting front… ate too much at my birthday when I turned 10 or so and haven’t been able to eat any more than a teaspoonful since.

  4. Perfect sweetness for no icing cupcakes. Made today and This was absolutely the best red velvet cupcake i ever made.

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