Red Velvet Donuts

Red Velvet Donuts are so pretty with their bright and cheerful colors. They are oh so delicious. The perfect treat for your Valentine on Valentine’s Day!

What could be better than a homemade donut and a big glass of milk? Maybe 2 or 3 donuts, LOL. These donuts are just that good. You won’t want to stop eating them. Be prepared for your loved ones to ask Can you make some more please?

The directions are below and they are very simple. There’s no frying so you could say these are “healthy” haha. I had so much fun decorating them, they are just so pretty. I know you’re going to enjoy these as much as I did.

Red Velvet Donuts

Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 ½ tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp red food coloring or 1 ½ tsp red velvet flavoring/coloring
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp extract optional (If you do not want a flavored glaze, add just ¼ tsp more of vanilla)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a second bowl, combine the 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.
  5. Mix together.
  6. Add in the red food coloring or red velvet flavoring/coloring.
  7. Grease the donut pan. (Tip: Grease the pan well!)
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the tops spring back.
  9. Allow to cool completely.
  10. To make the glaze, in a bowl add powdered sugar and salt. Mix.
  11. Add the vanilla, the flavoring extract if you choose, and 2 tbsp milk. Stir.
  12. Slowly add 1 tbsp of milk at a tip until you get the consistency that you want. (I added about 3 – 3 ½ tbsp of milk total.)
  13. Separate your glaze into smaller bowls and use food coloring to get your desired colors.
  14. Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze.
  15. While the glaze is still wet, add sprinkles.
  16. Allow to fully set.

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