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Baked Red Velvet Donut Recipe

With a hint of cocoa, and a touch of vanilla, these red velvet donuts with cream cheese icing will be a hit with your Valentine.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 18 -24 donuts
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl

Ingredients

For donuts:

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 6 tbsp. butter melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. red gel food paste

For cream cheese icing:

  • 1 - 8 oz. package reduced-fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • about 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp. milk

Instructions

For donuts:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla, eggs, and food color.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Lightly grease regular-sized donut pans, or heart-shaped, if you have them!
  5. Pour the batter into a gallon-sized plastic bag, and snip the corner.
  6. Pipe the batter into the donut cavities, filling them about 2/3-full.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until donuts spring back when lightly pressed.
  8. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Meanwhile, prepare icing.

For cream cheese icing:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  2. Add vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk.
  3. Beat for 2-3 minutes, or until thick and smooth.
  4. Icing should be thicker than a glaze, but thinner than buttercream. You want the consistency to be such that you can dunk the donuts into it. Add more milk, if needed, to achieve this consistency.
  5. Dunk donuts in icing. Return to wire racks to set.
  6. If desired, crumble up one donut, and sprinkle the crumbs onto the other donuts for garnish.