Tender and fluffy, these beautiful baked red velvet donuts are kissed with cocoa and smothered in cool cream cheese frosting. These donuts are made quickly in one bowl, so they’re simple enough for beginning bakers and for times you want a dessert in under 30 minutes.
I made these on Great Day Live Tampa for Valentine’s Day. But these scrumptious red velvet donuts are perfect for any occasion!
If you watched the show you know these are some good baked donuts! So good that I was missing all my unfrosted donuts when airtime started. While I was getting ready, the girls snuck into the kitchen and ate them all! So even without that show stopping cream cheese frosting, these red velvet donuts are irresistible!
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Red Velvet Donuts
If you love red velvet then you will go Gaga for these baked red velvet donuts! These donuts have a texture similar to a fluffy cupcake within a slightly crisped outer edge you’d get from the corner piece of a brownie. I always add a touch more cocoa powder to my red velvet in order to max out the otherwise subdued flavor profile.
I have found Red velvet to be a highly debated flavor in the cake world. And this could be due to the flavor that’s neither vanilla nor chocolate. Red velvet has a very light chocolate flavor with a touch of acidity and tang from buttermilk and sometimes vinegar. Additionally, it takes a lot of red food coloring to achieve the deep red hue pictured! I added a link to the Ameri-Color food coloring I used for the color pictured.
The cream cheese frosting is my favorite part of any red velvet treat! I incorporate an extra splash of vanilla in the following recipe to shake things up a bit.
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Tips For Making Baked Donuts
Baked donuts are simple, quick, and fun to make. Here are a few tips and tricks for making the best baked donuts.
- Make baked donuts in a similar way to pancakes or waffles, where wet ingredients and melted butter are added to dry ingredients.
- Do not over-mix the batter. Use a light hand so you don’t overwork the gluten in the flour.
- Use donut pans! Lightly grease the donut pans, even nonstick ones. You will be frosting the underside of the donuts, so this ensures a smooth surface for the whole donut.
- Pipe out the donut batter into donut pans. This will give you the same size and look for all donuts.
- Turn the donuts out of pans soon after they come out of the oven to prevent sticking. Use oven mitts to handle pans!
- Let the donuts cool completely before frosting. Bonus, They cool really quickly!
- Pipe out the frosting to achieve the same red velvet baked donut look I have in this post.
- For a traditional red velvet look, sprinkle on some of the cake crumbs left from turning donuts out of pans.
Baked Red Velvet Donuts
An easy treat that takes less than 30 minutes! These tender and fluffy, these beautiful baked red velvet donuts are kissed with cocoa and smothered in cool cream cheese frosting.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease donut pans.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking powder). Make sure no clumps from the cocoa remain. Make a well in middle.
Then in a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, food coloring, and vanilla.
Pour into well and gently mix to combine.
Then pour over melted butter and gently mix.
Put batter into a piping bag and pipe into the donut cavities. Or feel free to spoon it out.
Bake for 9-12 minutes.
Cool completely in a cooling rack before frosting.
Make frosting. Use a hand mixer to mix cream cheese until smooth. Then add in softened butter and mix for 30 seconds.
Then gradually add powdered sugar while mixing on low speed.
Finish with buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until smooth.
Spread over cooked donuts.
decorate with sprinkles and/ or cake donut crumbs left from turning donuts out of pan.