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Red Velvet Donuts & Love

Gorgeous red velvet donuts made with simple ingredients and dipped in a delicious cream cheese frosting. These donuts are easy to make and perfect for Valentine’s Day or birthdays!

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

red velvet donuts on a plate

I’ve learned a couple of things lately. Always take the road less traveled. Always sign up for an adventure. Always appreciate what you have. And always say yes to donuts!

Valentine’s day be next month but I’ve already been planning on falling in love with my life all over again. This consists of activities and things I’ve never done before. I’ve got a trip to Boston planned, a food tour booked, and reservations at Mike Isabella’s restaurant (that’s love right there)! Living young, wild, free and single.

Of course, a benefit of calling someone mine would be making ridiculously good breakfasts for them. Basically what I’m saying is boyfriends need to be willing to eat everything I make. There are no exceptions. So, until I have time to quiz dates on their pancake flipping style and favorite morning muffin, it’s just me and my spatula this Valentine’s Day.

How about you?

unbaked red velvet donuts in a pan

Why would I even ask? Of course you’re adorable! Of course you’ve got a hot date planned and all that jazz, cause your amazing like that!

If you are a Hallmark holiday hater, this totally wouldn’t apply to you and you can simply skip to the recipe. But remember there is no ignoring this holiday. Restaurants are packed with lovers. Candy hearts are consumed more than your grandmother’s prescription pills. I’m sorry if that’s offensive, but it’s true.

how to make red velvet donutsSo since there’s no pretending that love day isn’t happening, I’ve decided I’m totally going to plan it out. This Valentine’s Day I’m going on the best date ever. Yeah, dressing up ridiculously cute. I’ll even put on my best red lipstick and heels! Wine will be consumed.

…And then I’ll bake Red Velvet Donuts. I’ll glaze them with cream cheese frosting too. And I’ll smile, cause I know somewhere someone is enjoy these as much as I am.

red velvet donuts with white icing

Let’s be honest, donuts totally say I adore you. And if you don’t have a hunny, then you’re free to simply adore yourself while eating these. Adore your accomplishments, adore your life!

Love and baking. How can this possibly be wrong? It can’t. It will be a good day, I promise.

red velvet donuts with icing on a plate

I encourage you to make these. Just get a little cute and put your apron on. Isn’t it obvious that anyone who consumes these are more than likely going to fall head over heels in love with you? Anyone who even sees you even attempting to make these will admire you!

red velvet donuts in a stack

There’s just no stopping the power of red velvet people.


Red Velvet Donuts

Course Dessert
Cuisine Donuts
Keyword donuts, red velvet donuts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 6
Gorgeous red velvet donuts made with simple ingredients and dipped in a delicious cream cheese frosting. These donuts are easy to make and perfect for Valentine's Day or birthdays!


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat donut pan with non stick cooking spray.

  2. In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Mix in sugar. 
  3. Add in egg, yogurt and water mixing well to combine. Add melted butter and vanilla. 
  4. Next, slowly stir in red food coloring. The batter will be thick! Use a pastry bag, or a spoon to fill donut pan 2/3 way full.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they bounce back when touched.
  6. For the frosting: I used a good old can of cream cheese frosting from the store to frost these! Easy! Simply scoop frosting into microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. You can dip the donuts or frost them, your choice! Cover with sprinkles for a pretty effect, or just devour like I did.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from King Arthur Flour


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