Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Red Velvet Muffins

Hello all!

I know it's been almost a week since I last posted but I have been busily preparing for a VACATION! Now I know what you're thinking: "Isn't she already on summer vacation?" Technically, yes, but this is a vacation I have been looking forward to for years since the last time I traveled. I get to journey with my boyfriend and his family up to Maine for Memorial Day weekend...

and oh, did I mention we are staying on an island off the coast of Maine? My boyfriend's family has owned a home on Great Diamond Island for generations, where the homes have names instead of numbers (which is awesome in and of itself). Beautiful, quiet, serene: this is my kind of island. Not to mention I fell in love with the city of Portland last time I visited there; great food, cute shops, movies for $5...and of course the best lobster around.

The only negative is that his grandparents' home (which is where we are staying) does not have internet access, so I will be posting all of the lovely vacation photos once I return after Memorial Day. With that said, let me share with you one of my newest creations in my quest for baking fame. Hopefully these will hold you over until I return.

I give you....

The Red Velvet Muffin

Now I'm sure I am not the first one to think up a red-velvet-inspired muffin, but I have to say I am pretty darn impressed with how these came out. Bits of white chocolate midst a perfect scarlet hue, and a cake-like texture with just a slight hint of cocoa flavor; I am lovin' these muffins. True, I love almost all muffins, but there is just something purely wonderful about seeing your own idea transform into a successful sweet treat.

I hope these inspire you to create one of your own decadently delicious muffins, or to just test these out to share with friends. These are definitely the way to go if a full slice of red velvet cake seems over-the-top.

Well, I am off to the lovely coast of Maine; enjoy your Memorial Day and I will be back before you know it!

Happy Baking!

Red Velvet Muffins Via Yours Truly

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 tsp vinegar
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
2 heaping tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease one 12 cup muffin pan with cooing spray
2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and white chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, beat together egg, oil, buttermilk and vinegar. Quickly pour wet ingredient mixture into dry ingredient mixture and stir with large wooden spoon until just combined. Do not overmix.
4. Fill muffin cups 2/3 way full with batter and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
5. Let cool 5 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
3. In a separate bowl


  1. Yay for vacations on islands and yay for these amazing looking muffins!! :)

    1. Yay Indeed! I fell in love with Portland all over again :D

  2. Sounds like your boyfriends parents have an amazing home. The Great Diamond Islands sounds fantastic too. Great recipe, they look so moist and delicous. Those white chocolate chips popping up to say 'Hi" look irresistable!

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

    1. Thanks Lisa!

      Wait until you see all of the photos I plan on posting up now that I'm back (and have internet again woohoo!).

  3. What a fantastic idea for a muffin! I love the bits of white chocolate too... well done!! Have a wonderful vacation with your boyfriend and family. :) Happy Memorial Day. :)

    1. Thanks Ramona!

      I hope your Memorial Day was as full of delicious food as mine was :D

  4. awesome idea for a muffin! love it!

  5. Have fun! I am from Maine. Two years ago I got married on Peaks Island. Eat some lobster for me.

    1. Thanks Emily!

      How crazy is that?? I had my bf point out Peaks to me on the ferry ride over to Great Diamond Island. What a beauty - getting married there must have been a dream :)

      And yes - tons of lobster were consumed in your honor heehee ;)

  6. I'm gonna make these babies..... :)

    1. Good luck and I hope they turn out splendidly! :D

  7. Looks delicious. Must bake for my family. Thanks for sharing.

  8. How amazing! You are view step in front of me who's thinking on this red velvet idea, and more amaze me that this recipe do not needs any food colour at all.. Thank you so much, I'm surely will following your steps :)