Red Velvet Donuts

Baked red velvet donuts topped with cream cheese frosting! Ready in just 20 minutes. I hope you have some fun on the books for this weekend? I’m currently on my way to PA for a much needed girl’s weekend. So basically a weekend of talking, wine drinking, and eating await me.

Red Velvet Donuts

Ingredients
For the red velvet donuts:
  1. 1 cup all-purpose baking flour
  2. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  7. 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  8. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  9. 1 large egg, at room temperature
  10. 2 teaspoons red food coloring

For the cream cheese frosting:
  1. 3 ounces cream cheese, VERY soft
  2. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, VERY soft
  3. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  5. 1-2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
For the red velvet donuts:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Generously grease a doughnut pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla, and egg. Gently fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture - don't over mix! Fold in red food coloring and stir until combined.
  • Spoon mixture into prepared doughnut pan, and bake for 10 minutes, or until the doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Allow doughnuts to cool a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire wrack to cool for a few more minutes.
For the cream cheese frosting:
  • In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using an electric handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract on medium-high speed until completely smooth; about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the sifted confectioners' sugar. Add in the milk. Once the milk is combined beat frosting on high-speed for 1-2 minutes.
  • Spread frosting on cooled donuts.