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Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

4.73 from 11 votes
You will love my Baked Red Velvet Donuts with cream cheese glaze, an easy recipe to delight your family and friends. Best of all, they're baked not fried!
Red Velvet Donuts with cream Cheese frosting - if you like Red velvet desserts you will love these, and they are baked!!

Hi Bold Bakers!

I have three words for you: Red Velvet Donuts! I never met a donut I didn’t love, and I love Red Velvet Donuts. Here at Bigger Bolder Baking we are gearing up for fall, getting our holiday bake on, and coming at you with some of the most irresistible and over-the-top recipes possible. Although red velvet is not a flavor specifically attached to a holiday it does scream celebration. For those of you who have never made something red velvet, this flavor is rich, decadent and will cure you of your chocolate cravings. These Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting will be the star of any dessert spread!

Red Velvet can come in many forms which is why I’ve decided to combine the flavor of red velvet cake with the fun single-serve nature of a donut! Swapping out classic donut glaze for tangy creamy cheese frosting makes these babies, Red Velvet, hand held, happiness!

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From the rich red color and tender texture, to the bright white tangy icing, these Red Velvet Donuts are so impressive, and way easier to bake than they look. That red color comes from a lot of natural food dye in the form of beet powder (but feel free to use food coloring if you prefer).

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No donut tin? No problem! This recipe, just like my other donut recipes, is made with a DIY Donut Tin, one of my favorite little tricks. Simply made with a muffin tin and some tin foil, these Red Velvet Donuts require no special equipment.

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I cannot wait for all of you Bold Bakers to give these Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting a try. No matter what the occasion your friends and family will go nuts for these Red Velvet Donuts!

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Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

4.73 from 11 votes
Author: adapted from justsotasky.com
Servings: 12 -16
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Author: adapted from justsotasky.com
Servings: 12 -16

Ingredients

  • For the donuts..
  • 2 cups (10oz/300g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons cocoa powder , sifted
  • 2/3 cup (6oz/180g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons ( 2 1/2 oz/75g) butter, melted
  • 2 egg , room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup (6floz/180ml)buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/120g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (6oz/180g) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350oF (180oC) and prepare your DIY donut tin.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon.
  • In a separate medium-sized bowl whisk together the melted butter, egg, buttermilk, and vanilla. Then whisk in the food coloring and distilled vinegar.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Be very careful to only mix the batter until it is just combined.
  • Spoon the batter into a piping bag or large ziplock bag with the corner snipped off
  • Pipe the batter into the prepared doughnut pan, filling each donut about 3/4 of the way up.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the doughnuts feel slightly firm to the touch. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove from the DIY donut tin to continue cooling on a wire rack.
  • While cooling make the Cream Cheese Frosting: In a medium sized bowl whisk or stir together the soft cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk until well there are no lumps and it's runny enough to dip your donuts in. If the glaze is too thick you can thin it with a little milk. If its to thin add more powdered sugar 1 teaspoon at a time until you've reached the right consistency.
  • Dip each donut in the glaze and leave for the frosting to set for 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • (Suitable egg substitute: Applesauce).

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drea3314
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drea3314
2 months ago

Very easy, and very tender. Truly the best recipe I have ever tasted.

Irene
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Irene
10 months ago

Hi, Gemma! I’m planning to make a donut cake for my daughter’s bday party and have been searching for recipes. I ended up here 🙂
I have a question. If I make ahead.. like the night before the party, can I just put them in a tupperware container and keep it in the refrigerater? Thank you in advance!

Jane Poston
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Jane Poston
1 year ago

Can these be frozen?

Jane Poston
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Jane Poston
1 year ago

Can you makes these ahead and freeze them?

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Loretta Peter
1 year ago

HI Gemma I saw your video it’s fantastic.I wanted to ask you.Can I use this recipe as cup cakes as well.

Vanessa
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Vanessa
1 year ago

Hi again Miss Gemma, I have a few questions about red velvet donuts. I hope you can share some advice.
-Can I fry these red velvet donuts? If so, how can I prevent it from browning too much?
-Can I follow your recipe in baked glazed donuts but make a red velvet flavor instead? To be more specific, can I use donut dough (where you knead or roll out the dough and use cookie cutters for shaping) in making red velvet donuts?

Azirah
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Azirah
1 year ago

Hye Gemma,
There’s few questions i would like to ask:-
1) what kind of cocoa powder you use? is it unsweetened cocoa powder like you use in your brownies recipe?
2) salted or unsalted butter?

Looking forward to your reply. Love all your recipes 🙂

Sky
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Sky
1 year ago

Awwwwwww! These doughnuts are so cute! Thanks for the recipe!

SuperWiebe
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SuperWiebe
1 year ago

Made these as a valentines day treats for my family!! They turned out so good!! I have really enjoyed making the bigger bolder recipes!! It’s has been a very nice to greet my husband to a good cup coffee and a nice treat on a Sunday mornings!! Thank you for the inspiration and the great instructions!!

Always looking forward to the next video!!!

Rushdah
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Rushdah
1 year ago

Can I use white vinegar instead of apple cider?

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