Baked Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet donuts with cream cheese icing on a cooling rack

Levi’s 15th birthday was this past week and when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday he said “donuts, I want donuts”. What?!?

I should have known. This is the kid that had a cake for his 6th birthday made up of Krispy Kreme doughnuts piled high with a candle on top. <– I looked and looked for a photo to show you all but gosh, I can’t find it. This was back before we used an Iphone for everything :). Yes, I AM that old.

This past birthday week -yes, we are HUGE birthday freaks around here!- we made up 3 batches of donuts. Katie made these Red Velvet donuts with Cream Cheese frosting and I made 2 batches of my baked Yogurt Donuts with Blueberry Icing.

Levi was in donut heaven. I can’t believe this kid is 15, now. They say time goes fast but, gosh darn, it’s soooo true!

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red velvet donuts in a donut pan

Katie made these donuts in no time. They are so easy to make and absolutely delicious! Soft, moist, and slightly sweet…they are a sweeter sort of donut rather than a traditional baked donut.

Pair this donut with the cream cheese frosting (which takes zero time to whip up!) for a sweet and easy weekend breakfast treat. Or, like in our case, a birthday boy’s treat.

red velvet donuts on a cooling rack

Have you tried making baked donuts, yet? They are very easy to make and turn out beautifully with little effort. I use this [easyazon_link identifier=”B015PXGLQI” locale=”US”]DONUT PAN[/easyazon_link], well greased, and always have great looking donuts!

red velvet donuts in a donut pan

Baked red velvet donuts

Baked Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

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A sweet, moist cake donut with a delicious cream cheese frosting!


For the donuts

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons red food coloring

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
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For the red velvet donuts

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a doughnut pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla, and egg. Gently fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture - don't over mix! Fold in red food coloring and stir until combined.
  • Spoon mixture into prepared doughnut pan, and bake for 10 minutes, or until the doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Allow doughnuts to cool a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool for a few more minutes.

For the cream cheese frosting

  • In a large bowl using an electric handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract on medium-high speed until completely smooth. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the sifted confectioners' sugar. Add the milk. Once the milk is combined beat frosting on high-speed for 1-2 minutes.
  • Spread frosting on cooled donuts.

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