Baked red velvet donuts
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Baked Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

A sweet, moist cake donut with a delicious cream cheese frosting!
Servings 6 donuts


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


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.