Monday, May 7, 2012

Red Velvet Cake Donuts

Hello friends!

I am finally back in the kitchen whipping up sweet treats to share with you. It took so much self-control to stay off my leg when I had some serious cravings last week, but now I plan to satisfy all of those cravings in the next few posts.

First, a few thoughts on my month of cupcakes challenge. I have learned that, quite honestly, doing an entire month of one type of baked good is not my thing. I am pretty much cupcake-d out...Forever. Or at least for a few weeks.

So with that in mind, naturally the craving I had for red velvet cake was not going to happen if it came out of my kitchen. One week later though, I found myself in the kitchen baking up red velvet...


You really didn't think it was going to be another cupcake, did you?

Oh how I love donuts, especially the baked kind which leave me less guilty than their (in my opinion) more delicious yet more terrible for you fried counterparts. Trust me, I'd go for a Krispy Kreme over a baked-cake donut if given the chance, but I can eat more of these delectable donuts without feeling quite so bad about eating them.

These came out absolutely wonderful and right on par with the red velvet flavor I was craving so badly. Think of these as red velvet cake on-the-go! Add some fresh vanilla frosting and you are set.

Happy Baking!

Red Velvet Cake Donuts slightly adapted from Taste&Tell

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
3-4 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk
red food coloring

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease donut pan(s) with cooking spray. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, beat together egg and sugar until light and smooth.
3. Beat in melted butter and chocolate chips, then slowly beat in buttermilk.
4. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture, stirring until just combined.
5. Fill donut pan cavities 2/3 full with batter (will be very thick, piping it in might be easiest) and bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes or until they spring back lightly when touched.

Vanilla Frosting:

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter, cooled slightly
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-3 tbsp warm water

1. Add butter and vanilla to medium bowl. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar.
2. Use tablespoonfuls of warm water to achieve desired consistency.
3. Dip donuts in frosting, then pick up, allowing excess to drip off. Cover with sprinkles or smooth out with spatula.


  1. Red velvet cake in baked donut form? Yes, please!!

  2. Oh man! I am not sure I have seen a red velvet donut before, so yummy!

    1. Thanks Ravienomnoms!

      Now you've seen it all I bet :) I hope you try them out for yourself soon!

  3. Oh, I've just got to get myself a donut pan to make these!

    1. Thanks Anita!

      I'm telling you - that donut pan was one of the best investments I ever made. :)

  4. These are so creative and delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Fab idea...I've never seen a red velvet donut before! Donuts are so addictive and these look great! :-)

    1. Thanks Laura!

      You know I never thought of doing it before either, but I'm so glad I did :) I love portable red velvet cake.

  6. This is simply spectacular!!! I need a doughnut pan so bad.... I have to try this. :)

    1. Thanks Curry and Comfort!

      Just like I mentioned to Anita - best. investment. ever. :D

  7. How did you know I was craving something red velvet? Since I'm terrible at making donuts, though, I'll just have to comfort myself with red velvet frozen yogurt this afternoon. Your donuts look divine!

  8. Red velvet is such a classic favorite of many and I am that group of many! Also, I have a weakness for cake donuts. Based on that I would say these are just perfect in flavor. They would have to be doled out, because I can see that they could be very addictive. Delicious post, I am saving this recipe. Enjoy the day!

  9. Wow! You are such a talented baker. By the way, you had my attention right from your red velvet muffin post and am now joining your site.

    1. Hello Ellen!

      Thank you so much and welcome to OnSugarMountain. :D It means so much to me to get responses like these (especially with the red velvet muffins since that was a HUGE experiment for me heehee).