Friday, December 16, 2011

Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts

How about we take a break from the cookies for a bit? Sounds like a good idea -- especially since my oven has not been turned on in about a week. Okay, lie.


For these.

I had originally made a different version of these a couple weeks ago when my sister was visiting, and promptly forgot to add in the melted butter. Nice.

I knew I wanted to give these another shot, but the opened package of red velvet cake mix tucked away in the pantry was calling my name. So the cake mix route I went.


Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts
Adapted from: Gingerbread Bagels

2 cups Red Velvet Cake Mix
1/2 cup cake flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons 1% milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Thoroughly coat a doughnut pan with non-stick spray (or grease with vegetable shortening).

Whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla, being careful not to over mix. Some lumps from the cake mix may remain.

Transfer batter to a sandwich-sized plastic bag and snip off the corner. Use bag to pipe batter into the prepared pan, filling only about 1/2 full. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat in 3 tablespoons milk. Add additional milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached (I prefer mine more on the thin side).

Once doughnuts have cooled, place them, one at a time, face down in the glaze until the top is coated. Remove and flip right side up and place back on the cooling rack. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Glaze may remain slightly sticky.

Makes: 2 dozen

These are light an fluffy and just what you'd expect from a red velvet cake in terms of flavor. As a doughnut... still delicious, but not exact what you get when running into Dunkin Donuts. (Okay, let's just all admit right now that we know they aren't going to be the same going into this.)

Next go around, I think I might actually switch out the cake flour for some good ol' all-purpose as these were almost too soft. Which made getting them out of the pan a rather interesting feat.

Oh, and don't cheat and skip the cream cheese glaze. It's essential. Trust.

And the best part -- I don't have to get up early to make these AND enjoy them for breakfast. It's simply stir. bake. dip. done.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 53g
Amount per serving
Calories 161Calories from fat 43
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.8g7%
Saturated Fat 2.4g12%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 209mg9%
Total Carbs 27.4g9%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugars 18.7g
Protein 2.5g
Vitamin A 3%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5%Iron 5%


  1. Wow, interesting! I am still intrigued by baked donuts (not a fan of donuts, but the concept is cool), and I've never seen red velvet ones. Very festive looking! :)

  2. Sometimes a cake mix recipe is not one to frown upon! They look wonderful.

  3. How pretty are these donuts! I need a donut pan!

  4. I love anything with red velvet in the title! I have a donut pan on my Amazon list - I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someone will get it for me!

  5. Those look very festive! I need a baked donut pan...

  6. Those are very cute, and perfect for Christmas! I bought a mini doughnut pan and I've been searching for more baked recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  7. im in love. I haven't had a doughnut in awhile, (i know, whats wrong with me?) and so this is perfect! I think today may have to be my baking morning:) thanks for putting the nutritional facts also, so helpful!

  8. Haha, I will switch cookies for doughnuts anytime.

  9. Did you ever switch out the cake flour for all purpose flour? I'm thinking I have to make these for a bridal shower!

  10. Did you ever switch out the cake flour for all purpose flour? I'm thinking I have to make these for a bridal shower!



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