These Red Velvet Donuts are a fun way to put a festive spin on the classic baked powdered sugar donuts. Bake up a batch for Valentine’s Day!
“I hate when I think I’m buying organic veggies, but when I get home they are just regular donuts.”
Recently, a friend gave me a grocery notepad with this written on the top…and it couldn’t be more accurate! I cracked up laughing when I first read it, and I still chuckle every time I pull my shopping list out.
On a side note, does anyone else have a strange affinity for notepads? I do. I collect them. I mean I use them, too, but I have a drawer full of extra notepads in my office. You know, in case I need to write something down. I know I’m a bit strange, but please tell me I’m not the only one who loves notepads!?
Despite the hilarious shopping notepad, I don’t actually buy donuts at the store that often. On the few occasions when I have broken down and bought them, I’m always disappointed. They’re bready and bland. And our area is sorely lacking in good donut shops, too. Down South, we had our favorite donut shops in Atlanta (Krispy Kreme), Baton Rouge (Mary Lee Donuts) and Nashville (Fox’s). But up here in upstate New York? Eh.
We actually prefer to make our own donuts here at home. We have a 6-cavity donut pan (aff. link), and I enjoy pulling that pan out on occasion to make fun donuts. I’ve even been known to fry up donuts, too, although that’s a much rarer occasion. (Frying donuts might be the authentic way to do it, but cleaning up the oil afterwards is fairly low on my priority list.)
Red Velvet Donuts
I’ve always been partial to a good powdered sugar donut. One bite of a powdered sugar donut takes me back to my childhood…and it also leaves me covered in powdered sugar. But, hey, that’s a small price to pay for a delicious donut, right? With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought it might be fun to pull out that powdered sugar donut and put a red velvet spin on it.
To make these Red Velvet Donuts, I started with my tried-and-true powdered sugar donut recipe. I replaced the milk with buttermilk and I added a bit of cocoa powder. Other than that, the only addition was red food coloring. I used red gel food coloring because that’s what I happened to have in the pantry. (As a bonus, gel colorings hold their color better when baked, too.)
Once baked, I let those Red Velvet Donuts cool in the pan while I dumped a cup of powdered sugar into a brown paper bag. Then came the fun part! *shake* *shake* *shake* Just add one donut at a time to the bag and gently shake it until the donut is covered with powdered sugar. Tap off the excess sugar, and you’re all done. One important tip: make sure to wait for the donuts to fully cool before shaking them with the powdered sugar. In the words of Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part. However, if those donuts are still warm when they go into the bag, you’ll end up with sticky, gooey donuts.
If you’re looking for a fun Valentine’s Day treat, then whip up a batch of these Red Velvet Donuts! They’re a tasty way to get into the holiday spirit. Happy baking!
Did you make a batch of these Red Velvet Donuts at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Red Velvet Donuts
- 1¼ cups cake flour see note
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 3 Tbsp heavy cream
- red food coloring
- 1 cup powdered sugar for dusting baked doughnuts
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease donut baking pan; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, add all of the dry ingredients (cake flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt); stir until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, vanilla extract, melted butter, heavy cream and red food coloring. (Tip: Add a small amount of food coloring at first and then continue adding more until the batter turns bright red. You can always add more food coloring, but you can't take it out!)
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir until just mixed.
- Spoon or pipe the batter into the prepared pan. (Tip: Fill each well about half full of batter.)
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until donuts just begin to turn light brown on top.
- Let donuts cool in the pan.
- Place powdered sugar in paper bag. Once donuts have cooled, shake donuts (one at a time) in the bag with the powdered sugar until well coated. Tap off any excess powdered sugar. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Serve immediately. (Note: If you plan on serving these doughnuts later, store them uncoated in an air-tight container. Shake them in powdered sugar just before serving.)
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