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All the signature elements of the red velvet cake – red color, chocolate flavor and cream cheese frosting – can be found in this easy-to-make muffin. Now you can enjoy a red velvet treat any time of the day.
4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract , divided
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon McCormick® Red Food Color
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla in small bowl until well blended and smooth. Set aside.
Mix flour, remaining 1 cup granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat egg in medium bowl. Stir in buttermilk, oil, food color and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
Divide batter evenly among into 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Place 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture in center of each muffin.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
(Amount per serving)