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Red Velvet Donuts

Posted: September 14, 2015 | Updated: September 14, 2015

20 minutesPin Recipe

Beautiful red velvet donuts made from scratch, baked, and topped with a cream cheese frosting.

Red Velvet Donuts

It has been absolutely gorgeous outside and I have been glued to this computer all weekend building another website.

What is wrong with me? Haha

Seriously, though, as soon as I get started on a project or web designing I just can’t stop or take a break until it’s done.

Does this happen to anyone else, too?

I also have to make it just perfect – though I know that a website will never be perfect because of different web browsers, tastes, etc. It’s maddening.

I don’t know why I do this to myself.

Red Velvet Donuts

However, today I am taking a break and stepping away from the computer for a while.

The hubs is going to be sleeping most of the day because he worked an overnight shift last night and just walked in the door about 30 minutes ago, so I thought I would be the perfect time to get out of the house with the baby.

I have a black tie event in about a month that we will be attending and I have absolutely no idea what I am going to wear. What does one wear to an event like that?

I don’t even have the slightest clue and my Pinterest searches didn’t turn to be much help so I’m just going to head out to do some shopping and see what I can find.

I just assume that I will need a long gown of some type, since I do believe that wearing a cocktail dress during these events is frowned upon, and I’ll go from there.

Hopefully my blind searching will turn up something good.

And if you have any tips on what I would wear, can you add them in the comments below? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Red Velvet Donuts

Anyway, even though I was stuck to the computer all weekend, I did make some donuts. That has to count for something, right? And I didn’t even make regular donuts, I made some red velvet donuts!

They turned out perfect.

Soft and chewy without being too cakey and just enough sweetness with the cream cheese frosting drizzled over top.


Too bad they didn’t last in my house more than an hour or I would go up and get one right now, my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Red Velvet Donuts

Red Velvet Donuts

Beautiful red velvet donuts made from scratch, baked, and topped with a cream cheese frosting – perfect weekend breakfast!
Pin Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 12 donuts


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp red food coloring
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare donut pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • In large bowl, or stand mixer, mix together all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and sugar until combined. Add milk, oil, egg, red food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar. Mix until combined and batter is smooth.
  • Pour batter into gallon-sized ziploc bag and cut off small triangle from the corner. Pipe batter into prepared donut pan until about 1/2 full.
  • Bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes or until donuts are set. Pull out of oven and let cool in pan for about 10 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  • While donuts are cooking and cooling, mix powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and milk in small bowl until combined.
  • Add frosting to another ziploc bag with corner cut off (or icing bag) and decorate donuts using back and forth motion, or as you would like to.
  • Serve immediately.
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This Post Has 28 Comments
  1. I’m stopping by to let you know that we will be featuring your red velvet donuts at our party tonight at 7 pm. Happy dance time! Thank you for sharing this with us and we hope to see you tonight. Lou Lou Girls

    1. That might be your problem, I use the liquid food coloring. I tried gel once and it didn’t even turn it pink. From then on I used liquid… much more powerful!

      1. I tried these and they were a DISASTER! The batter was liquid, they wouldn’t come out of my non-stick pan, and they had no color and no chocalate taste. NEVER AGAIN!!!!

        1. Hi Amy. I’m sorry you feel that way and that it didn’t work our for you. Unfortunately, non-stick pans are not 100% non-stick and still need to be sprayed thoroughly with non-stick spray or buttered and floured — this is the reason I add it to the instructions. Also, red velvet cake (or donuts in this case) are not actually supposed to taste like chocolate. A true red velvet cake contains cocoa as only one of the ingredients and is more accurately referred to as “a cousin of chocolate cake”.

          1. Hi Jennifer,
            I have to apologize for this comment. My 11-year old wrote this after attempting the recipe for mother’s day. She was very frustrated by how poorly they came out, but I never expected that she would have responded so rudely! She and I have had a conversation about internet etiquette and how to make comments without being rude. Again, my apologies. If I could delete the comment I would, but I certainly give you permission to do so. (Really) Amy

  2. I read a review on pinterest that said these tasted salty. Has anyone else made these and had that issue? I am willing to try this recipe if it is not salty.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Micah. I’m not sure who would say these were salty as they only have 1/2 tsp salt in them and it is used as a leavening agent… not to flavor the donuts. Obviously whoever wrote that review on Pinterest did not follow the instructions correctly.

  3. Hi! This sounds like it will be awesome! Hope to try it soon, but… since I don’t own a doughnut pan, do you think I could make this in a bundt pan? Like one big doughnut, as long as I adjusted the cooking time? Maybe 45 minutes, and then checking every few minutes. I’m looking forward to trying a bunch of things on your site!

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