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Small Batch Baked Red Velvet Donuts

These Red Velvet Donuts are so much fun to make and especially decorate. They taste moist and delicious and you won’t believe they are baked, not fried. The perfect small batch too. Enjoy every bite of these gems!
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baked donuts, Doughnuts, red velvet, red velvet donuts
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 donuts
Author Pam


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp natural cocoa powder, not Dutch processed for this recipe
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea or kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp red food coloring (or 1 ½ tsp red velvet flavoring/coloring, found online or in craft stores)

For Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch fine sea or kosher salt
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp extract, optional (If you do not want a flavored glaze, add just ¼ tsp more of vanilla)
  • •assorted sprinkles, nonpareils, and crushed candy, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a donut pan well with butter or shortening. You can also spray with baking spray(with flour)

    2.In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder.

    3.In a second medium mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients: buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla extract and egg.

    4.In the dry ingredients, make a well in the middle of the bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix gently with a rubber spatula.

    5.Add in the red food coloring or red velvet flavoring/coloring.

    6.Bake for about 10 minutes or until the tops spring back and a toothpick should come out clean or with dry crumbs.

    7.Cool in pan then invert onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.

    To Make The Glaze

    1.In a medium mixing bowl, add powdered sugar and salt. Using a whisk, break up any clumps and lighten up the sugar.

    2.Add the vanilla, the flavoring extract if you choose, and 2 tbsp milk. Stir.

    3.Slowly add 1 tbsp of milk at a time until you get the consistency that you want. (I added about 3 – 3 ½ tbsp of milk total.)

    4.Separate your glaze into smaller bowls and use food coloring to get your desired colors. You can also keep just as is, a shiny white glaze does look pretty on the deep red donuts.

    5.Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze.

    6.While the glaze is still wet, add sprinkles.

    7.Allow to set up. Enjoy!