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Baked Red Velvet Donuts

Bursting with a rich chocolate flavor and cream cheese frosting, these Baked Red Velvet Donuts are fit for the ultimate red velvet lover!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red velvet recipe, valentines day recipe
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 192.18kcal



  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 5-6 drops red food coloring I used the gel kind
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • teaspoons distilled white vinegar


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract


To make the donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12-count donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and food coloring with a stand mixer with fitted paddle attachment or hand mixer. Mix in egg until combined. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Slow add half of flour mixture into wet mixture and combine. Pour in buttermilk, vinegar, and rest of flour mixture. Mix to combine.
  • Pour mixture into a large ziplock bag and cut tip of bottom corner. Pipe mixture into prepared donut pan.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until slightly firm. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:

  • To prepare the cream cheese frosting, cream together butter and cream cheese in a medium bowl until combined. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla and stir well.
  • Spread over cooled donuts using a spatula or knife.


Donut recipe adapted from Taste and Tell


Serving: 1g | Calories: 192.18kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.24g | Protein: 2.57g | Fat: 8.11g | Saturated Fat: 4.79g | Cholesterol: 35.08mg | Sodium: 85.61mg | Potassium: 75.37mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 19.26g | Vitamin A: 277.26IU | Calcium: 31.72mg | Iron: 0.75mg