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Red Velvet Donuts

Love is in the air when you bake Red Velvet Donuts! Intense red color, cake-like texture and deep chocolate flavor make them perfect for Valentine's Day!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red velvet donuts, red velvet donuts recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Gwynn Galvin



  • Preheat oven to 400F. Coat 2 donut pans with no-stick cooking spray.
  • In one bowl whisk flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder and kosher salt until blended.
  • In another bowl whisk buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla until combined.
  • Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and stir until blended. Add red icing food color and stir until batter has turned a deep red color.
  • Divide batter evenly between 12 donut cavities.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until tops of donuts spring back when touched. Cool 5 minutes in pans. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, in small bowl combine confectioners’ sugar and warm water until a glaze forms.
  • Top cooled donuts with glaze and valentine sprinkles.


Makes 12 donuts.
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
  • Add mini chocolate chips to the batter
  • Don’t have buttermilk? Make your own by combining 1 cup milk and 1 Tablespoon vinegar. Let stand until mixture thickens.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the glaze for added flavor
  • Substitute green color in place of the red color for green velvet donuts
  • Make Hannakuah donuts with blue color for blue velvet donuts


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg