Get your red velvet fix first thing in the morning with these red velvet crumb muffins!
red velvet crumb muffins

Not to brag or anything, but I am a wound healing pro.

I believe an ER resident described my skinless pinky as “beautifully pink” yesterday morning when I went in for my wound check.

Personally, I don’t really know what all the fuss was about since I was busy trying to not puke all over him. But I’ll take it.


Muffin party for making it 48 hours out without even a single sign of necrotic, infected tissue?!

I vote yes.


The question on everyone’s tongue, though, is are these muffins? Or “MUFFINS”.

Muffins being, you know, breakfast. And “MUFFINS” being dessert for breakfast.

Personally, I refuse to distinguish between the two because whether you’re getting breakfast or dessert for breakfast, it’s probably good stuff.


My friend Deborah over at Taste and Tell is the red velvet master of the world, so much so that she’s even writing an entire cookbook devoted to it! So when I stumbled across these in my muffin search, I knew they were the real deal.

I only made one small change to these, which was to sub in some whole wheat flour for all purpose because BREAKFAST. But even with that healthy change, these are definitely a celebration-worthy morning treat. Deliciously cocoa-infused with a hint of tang and a lot of crunch from the crumb topping.

But you can’t have red velvet without the cream cheese frosting, you say?! Well, the cream cheese is actually mixed into the muffin batter, giving it a softer texture and a hint of tang in every bite.

On the scale of muffin versus “MUFFIN”, I’d say these fall somewhere in between. They’re sweet but not too sweet, and they somehow just feel more like a muffin than a cupcake. But no judgment if you also decide to have one for dessert, too.

Let the muffin party begin!


Red Velvet Crumb Muffins
Get your red velvet fix first thing in the morning with these red velvet crumb muffins!
Yield: 24 muffins
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Red Velvet Emulsion or red food coloring
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
For the crumbs
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  1. Heat oven to 375F. Line two muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. In a second bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, red food coloring, vegetable oil, and eggs. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until moistened.
  3. Beat together the cream cheese and the remaining ½ cup sugar. Fold the cream cheese mixture into the muffin batter, mixing until just combined. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin tins, filling each about ¾ full.
  4. For the crumbs, in a small bowl mix together the flour and sugar. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand. Sprinkle this crumb mixture over the muffins.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 18-22 minutes.
Recipe from Taste and Tell
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin

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From around the web:

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting from Keep It Sweet


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80 Responses to Red Velvet Crumb Muffins

  1. I feel you. I am NOT a wound healing pro and envy those who heal up like a master. These muffins are so neat! I neeeeeever make anything red velvet and love it!

  2. Glad you’re healing well!
    These muffins are definitely great medicine too 🙂

  3. Lucky u, my wounds take forever to heal!! Glad you can be back in the kitchen soon. These don’t need to be distinguished. They are welcome for every meal

  4. cheri says:

    Hi Joanne, glad your back in the kitchen. These muffins looks delicious, love the topping.

  5. Joanne, you know there is a twisted irony over posting red velvet and talking about wound healing… but they look so yummy, I’ll take it 🙂

  6. Trisha says:

    I think these are MUFFINS, but that’s fine with me because I want them in my face right now. Gorgeous photos! Glad you’re healing up quickly!

  7. What a wonderful dessert! I heart red velvet and these look amazing!

  8. Deena kakaya says:

    How did you manage to do such damage to your little finger? Glad to learn that it is healing well!

    How funny that you chose to bake red velvet after an injury? But goodness they look perfect and devilishly tasty x

  9. muffins or MUFFINS…count me in!

  10. Sues says:

    This is an AMAZING idea. So pretty. And now I totally want that red velvet ice cream sundae, too!

  11. SallyBR says:

    I open your posts with fear, and browse through quickly to jump over wound-related, pinky-related issues. This red velvet thing is much better than pink wounds….

    well, gorgeous muffin, I would love one right now, as I just finished awe-ing the graduate students with my presentation in a lab meeting 😉 (modest?yeah, nothing if not modest)

    Heal fast! It’s an order!

  12. sandra says:

    I love the topping – looks like snow has fallen on these lovelies.

  13. Heather says:

    These will absolutely not last more than a day in our house. Yum.

  14. Oh nice! I love your photography work 🙂

  15. Min says:

    “Muffins” it is since the thought of having dessert for breakfast always excites me ;).

  16. Muffin party FTW! Breakfast for dessert/dessert for breakfast FTW! Wound healing FTW! (OK I’ll stop now. ;))

  17. I am a sucker for just about anything red velvet! Love these!!!

  18. So glad that the finger is healing well! I love red velvet cake, but I’ve never made my own before! It’s a crime, I know. Can’t wait to give these a try!

  19. Tahnycooks says:

    I hate mandolines! Scaryyyyyy….tooool! These muffins would make anyones wounds heal faster! Beautiful!

  20. I’d love a mandoline but wouldn’t trust myself for a second with one. Sorry if I’m the hundredth person to tell you this, but I think you can get a ‘finger guard’ that you can wear while using the mandoline? Unless yours has already been thrown into the trash!!
    Oh well, at least you are healing well! LOVE these beautiful little cupcakes, and what a great idea to swirl the cream cheese into the batter. Swirls rule!

  21. I have never made anything red velvet! These muffins look so adorable.

  22. Can I tell you? I am sitting here with this broken leg and NOT being the best “healer” with my hopping around the entire kitchen yesterday determined to cook and post, then was way too tired to take any photos THREE hours later. So, kudos to you for being a healing pro! It’s still awful that that happened to you, but muffin party indeed! Quite frankly, whether the muffins are MUFFINS or Muffins I want all of them, since you know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Off to pin this!

  23. You know I’m all about dessert for breakfast! And I’ll gladly feast on this.

  24. Christine says:

    So happy to hear you’re healing well! It’s pretty funny seeing you post a recipe for blood-colored muffins right after your boo-boo. 😉 These look so good. I love cream cheese frosting with red velvet, but think it would be a bit much for breakfast, so these are perfect!

  25. Why yes I would like red velvet anything for breakfast:-)

  26. They are so pretty and…girly! I love them. My birthyday is in a few days and I want to splurge on a dessert. This may be right up my alley using GF flour. Yum!

  27. Danguole says:

    I hope you told that ER resident “yeah, I know. It’s all the red velvet muffins I’ve been eating” with a smug look on your face. YAY healing fingers, YAY dessert for breakfast!

  28. your poor finger! so glad it’s healing, though!

    I am sooooooo crazy about this idea-red velvet crumb MUFFINS???! whaaaaa??! cuhrazy!

  29. Glad the finger is healing well! You just turned one of my favorite kinds of cake into a beautiful muffin! And of course the whole wheat makes it an acceptable breakfast item. 😉

  30. So happy you healing. Lovely muffins, we can eat the entire batch and your photos are stunning!

  31. debbie says:

    These look great. I would eat one for breakfast, one for a snack….no problem!

  32. Yikes! I am glad your finger is healing.
    I’m not sure about you, but I would eat these at all times of the day!

  33. Totally loving these muffins and how cute do they look? Red velvet always feels romantic to me!

  34. Red Velvet cake is traditionally for Valentine’s Day, but hey, we can make it anytime of the year to make us happy! Joanne, I am amazed at how you produce one blog a day (almost). It takes me about one week to do each blog. Well done.

  35. Veronica says:

    Yay for healing and no infection! These muffins are so pretty, and so neat with the cream cheese mixed in. I’d still have to drizzle some cream cheese icing over the top. B/c I like “muffins” better. 😀

  36. You are the master of red velvet baked goods (a term that carefully covers breakfast AND dessert 😉 ) as well as healing. Both are good things to be good at!

  37. Hotly Spiced says:

    These are really gorgeous red velvet crumb muffins although can I be forgiven for thinking the colours are very similar to a flesh wound caused by a mandolin? Pleased to hear you’re at the top of the class when it comes to healing genes xx

  38. Totally winning at breakfast with these! Glad you are on the road to recovery!

  39. Oh how I wish I had one of these to go along with my tea this morning! YUM!

  40. Deborah says:

    First of all, I’m so glad you are healing!! And second – I’m so glad you made these! They are really one of my favorites and I’ve made them multiple times. Love that you added whole wheat flour – makes you feel like you can eat another, right? 😉

  41. Teffy Perk says:

    I still remember my first encounter with a red velvet cupcake. Not 5 years ago, and it was love at first sight, and I have remained faithful since!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  42. Monica says:

    Glad you’re healing so well! I love a good muffin recipe. These look so pretty and I definitely would welcome them on my table breakfast or anytime!

  43. Reeni says:

    I love how the pale crumbs look on the red muffins! Unique and pretty! I would eat one for breakfast AND one for dessert too! All that cream cheese in the batter makes them irresistible.

  44. Foodiewife says:

    So now you have me looking at my mandoline with distrust. So glad to hear you are healing well. Muffins for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I’ll take these any time.

  45. Baby June says:

    Woah, that sounds awesome. Red velvet cake in a muffin? I would totally nosh on that in the morning. 🙂

  46. Red Velvet for breakfast?! Sign me up! These look so good – I’m a sucker for anything with crumbs on top. Pinning!

  47. These muffins look way to good, so addictive 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  48. Barbara says:

    Just love those colors, Joanne! Blood red must be a rather weird reminder……glad you’re healing fast. So am I.

  49. Julia says:

    So glad to hear your pinky is doing better! I’m up for a dessert muffin for breakfast any ol’ day. Bring it, sister!

  50. Kathleen R. says:

    red velvet for breakfast? Yes please 😀

  51. These muffins are amazing, Joanne! Love the idea with that crumb topping 🙂

  52. Susan says:

    Glad your boo-boo is getting better! These look like that would make healing so much more tolerable. They look so good!

  53. Kim Tracy says:

    Those darn mandolines. I pretty much packed mine up and locked it away somewhere. I have no desire to ever use one again.

    These muffins look absolutely delicious. I’m a big fan of the crumb topping!

  54. Liz says:

    I’ll have to save this recipe and surprise my daughter with a batch on her birthday morning! She adores red velvet, and a breakfast version is a terrific idea!

  55. Whole-wheat definitely equals breakfast! I love the way you think.

  56. These MUFFINS (well… plus all the other velvety recipes!) are simply astounding! I loved them and I hope I have the time to bake them sooooon!
    Have a nice week, Joanne!

  57. Red velvet muffins, sounds good to me. I would love to have these for breakfast.

  58. Oh, these are definitely cupcake muffins. I mean, the crumble topping puts them over the edge into the dessert category. But considering I’ve eaten pie for breakfast more times than I can count, I would never ever judge eating these at 5am. In fact, I encourage it.

  59. I didn’t know there were different types of muffins but I would eat these anytime of day, I’ve never seen red velvet muffins but these look awesome!

  60. Glad you’re healing like a pro! This definitely calls for celebration time with these gorgeous muffins! Red velvet is my favorite!

  61. Kate says:

    These are a brilliant way to have red velvet for breakfast.

  62. Johanna GGG says:

    oh I hope your pinky wound is not inspiring you to make food that looks like it is bleeding 🙂 sorry, couldn’t resist a silly joke but seriously they look delicious and I do love all the red peeping through

  63. Yes why not a red velvet muffin!

  64. Lynn says:

    So glad you are healing! These look so good – must try them.

  65. Good friends are the ones that encourage you to eat cake for breakfast. I mean whole grain healthy muffins like these. Right. 😉

  66. What fun looking muffins! And I love that red velvet is now acceptable for breakfast.

  67. Oh my gosh, my hubs will love me forever if I make these for him to have at breakfast! Also I just finally bought White Whole Wheat flour and have been wanting to try it out, and these look like the perfect recipe 🙂

  68. Akaleistar says:

    Those muffins look so good!

  69. This is another amazing post! 🙂 It’s been included in our Food and Cooking Inspiration post here

  70. grace says:

    i would absolutely do battle with red food coloring to achieve muffins like these–bravo!

  71. Lynna says:

    YESH. MUFFIN PARTY. I refuse to distinguish between the two “muffins” as well. I mean, let`s be real…I`ll get anything and everything for breakfast. So long as it`s tasty and filling. LOL.

    I`ve been meaning to make red velvet muffins!!

  72. Leah Davis says:

    So glad that you are healing up!! Love that crumbly red velvet deliciousness ~ I am always all about desserty things for breakfast 🙂

  73. Yaeli says:

    These came out awesome!! Thank you!

  74. Diane says:

    I was just wondering if you could use all regular flour?

  75. Diane says:

    thanks for the reply. will be trying these in the morning. I am a big red velvet fan and these look yummy

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