Nothing better than freshly baked Red Velvet Donuts! They take less than 45 minutes to make from start to finish and are super simple to make. This delicious from scratch recipe makes a dozen moist, tender donuts.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THESE BAKED DONUTS
There’s so much to love about these baked Red Velvet Donuts! They are:
- Easy and quick
- No mixer required
- Less Messy than fried
- Made with cocoa powder
- Sweetened with brown sugar
- Drizzled with chocolate ganache
WHEN TO MAKE THESE DONUTS
Their festive red color makes them the perfect bake for Valentine’s Day. Your love won’t need to know how easy they are!
I also love them at Christmas! Feel free to swap out the chocolate ganache for melted white chocolate or a powdered sugar or cream cheese glaze.
These donuts make the perfect breakfast, snack or dessert.
MORE BAKED DONUT RECIPES
Once you have some donut pans, it’s a great idea to put them to use! If you want another chocolate donut recipe, you’ll love these Chocolate Frosted Chocolate Cake Donuts. For a lemony, fruity donut, definitely try these Lemon Blueberry Donuts. Another yummy baked donut recipe are these Baked Banana Donuts.
MORE RED VELVET RECIPES TO TRY
TWO PARTS TO MAKE THESE BAKED DONUTS
- Red Velvet Donuts: You’ll need mostly basic pantry ingredients such as flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla. You’ll need red food coloring for that bright red color. If you don’t have enough or don’t want to use food coloring, you can easily omit it. You just won’t get that bright red color but the donuts will still be delicious. I prefer buttermilk for this recipe, but if you don’t have any on hand you can make your own! It’s not quite the same, but it works as a substitute! This Buttermilk Substitute post from My Baking Addiction will explain how.
- Chocolate Ganache Topping: Chocolate ganache makes the most beautiful, delicious finishing touch. Dunk the donuts or drizzle the ganache over them with a spoon. You can also fill a zip lock bag and drizzle the ganache over top.
HOW TO MAKE RED VELVET DONUTS
- Generously butter and lightly flour your donut pan or pans (enough for 12 donuts).
- In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and sugars. (Make sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar).
- In another bowl, use a whisk the room temperature buttermilk, egg and vanilla with the melted butter. Whisk in the food coloring. (Use room temperature buttermilk and egg otherwise the the melted butter could harden a bit if added to cold ingredients. You can pop the buttermilk in the microwave for a few seconds if you don’t have time to let it come to room temperature).
- Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Stir til just combined.
- Spoon batter into a piping bag or zip lock bag. Pipe the batter about half way full in the donut pans.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let the donuts cool on a wire rack.
- While donuts cool, make the ganache. Drizzle ganache over cooled donuts or dunk donuts in the ganache. Enjoy!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I highly recommend using a donut pan. Donut pans are basically molds with holes in the middle which give your batter a donut shape. My pans each make six donuts, so I got two pans.
I have heard about people baking donuts in muffin tins. I haven’t tried it, but I could see how it could work. You would just need to adjust/increase the cooking time if you used a muffin tin.
They are a dessert, so I wouldn’t call them healthy. That said, baked donuts are definitely healthier than fried donuts since they’re not fried in oil.
Make these easy Red Velvet Donuts any day of the week! Their bright red color makes them perfect for Valentine’s Day or the holidays, but you’ll crave them year round. They’re moist, tender and delicious and are topped with an easy two-ingredient ganache!Print
Easy baked Red Velvet Donuts are moist and delicious! Bright red and topped with ganache, they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day or Christmas!
FOR THE RED VELVET DONUTS
- 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg, room temperature*
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
- 1/2 cup buttermilk,* room temperature
FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
- 1/2 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
FOR THE RED VELVET DONUTS
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease donut pans well with butter (preferable- for flavor) or nonstick spray. Lightly dust pans with flour. Tap out excess flour.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar and salt.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg, vanilla, melted butter, and food coloring. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. Add more food coloring if desired.
- Use a piping bag or zip lock bag with a corner snipped off or spoon to fill the dough into the molds evenly. Molds will be just about half full.
- Bake 8-10 minutes until toothpick comes out dry or edges are lightly browned. Check for doneness with a toothpick. Let cool in the pans for 2-3 minutes then remove from pan and let donuts cool completely on wire rack.
- Dip the cooled donuts in the glaze or drizzle the glaze over top. Set the donuts glaze side up on a cooling rack set over a sheet of parchment or wax paper to catch any drips.
FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
- Place the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan on low heat, bring the heavy cream to a boil then pour over the chocolate chips. Do not stir.
- Allow to sit for 2 minutes then stir till smooth.
*Using room temperature ingredients helps prevent the butter from hardening when you combine the wet ingredients.
Keywords: donuts, baked donuts, doughnuts, red velvet, chocolate, ganache,
*This site contains affiliate links which means that I may receive commissions for purchases made through these links. Please know I only link to products that I use and can recommend based on my experience!