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Easy Red Velvet Muffins

by Laura

I was recently asked by Martha White brand to create a favorite Southern recipe using one of their baking mixes. First thing I thought of when thinking of my favorite Southern recipe was red velvet cake.  Which inspired these easy red velvet muffins.

Oh, man! I do love a good red velvet cake! So I looked at the array of products that I could get from the Martha White brand at my local Kroger store (Smith’s). I finally made the choice of using their chocolate chip muffin mix and turning it into an easy red velvet muffin.

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I added some cocoa powder to the mix to get that light chocolate flavor found in a red velvet cake. Then of course, it needs to be red, so I used some red food coloring. I also added a little vinegar to the milk, this is a way to use milk as a substitute for buttermilk. Most from scratch red velvet cakes use buttermilk and sometimes even a little vinegar.

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Now, this recipe wouldn’t be complete without the incorporation of cream cheese in someway. The cream cheese frosting is part of what makes a delicious red velvet cake. So, I made a cream cheese batter to swirl into the muffins. Now you can have red velvet cake for breakfast in the form of a muffin! I think they would be especially great to serve on Christmas or Valentines Day.

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Here is what you need to make the

Easy Red Velvet Muffins

  • EGG
  • MILK
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Easy Red Velvet Muffins


  • 6 oz of softened cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 (7 oz) pkgs Martha White Chocolate Chip Flavored Muffin Mix
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp red food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  3. In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat until combined. Set mixture aside.
  4. In another bow, add the muffin mix and cocoa powder and stir to combine.
  5. Add the vinegar to the milk and let sit for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the milk and red food coloring to the mix mix and stir until combined.
  7. Fill the lined muffin cups 2/3 of the way with the muffin batter.
  8. Now, top each muffin with a Tbsp of the cream cheese mixture. Then use a knife to mix and swirl in the cream cheese mixture to each muffin.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 16-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Makes 1 dozen muffins.
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Kathleen September 3, 2022 - 1:26 pm

There’s no milk in the ingredient list, so how much milk do we need for these.

Laura September 6, 2022 - 9:37 pm

Sorry, I fixed it. It’s 1 cup.


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