Baked Red Velvet Donuts

Baked Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ the perfect excuse to indulge a little for breakfast!

I confess. These donuts are just an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast. And while I’m not a fan of fried donuts, I love baked donuts because they are really just a cupcake in a different form. These baked red velvet donuts with cream cheese frosting are fun, colorful and delectable. I love how the sprinkles look like they are dancing on the donuts. This makes me happy because some days I would love to dance over a mass of pillowy donuts.

As a food blogger, I often have people ask how I eat everything I make but still remain relatively fit. I don’t believe in dieting because I do love indulging in a sweet treat every now and then. But I do believe in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For me, this means eating a balanced diet, getting enough exercise and having a piece of milk chocolate or a baked donut once in a while. And while I eat everything that I post, I don’t eat all of what I post. I have coworkers, friends and neighbors who are always willing to take food off of my hands. So, I believe that if you want a donut or a cupcake for breakfast, snack or dessert today then go for it.

Baked Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ the perfect excuse to indulge a little for breakfast! Baked Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ the perfect excuse to indulge a little for breakfast! Baked Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ the perfect excuse to indulge a little for breakfast!

Baked Red Velvet Donuts

Baked Red Velvet Donuts


    For the donuts:
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. red gel food coloring
  • For the cream cheese frosting:
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream, or more depending on desired consistency
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease donut pans with baking spray, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter, sugar and vanilla on medium speed until well combined. Add egg and mix until incorporated.
  3. In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With mixing speed on low speed, add half of the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, mix until combined. Add the buttermilk, vinegar and remaining dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients have been incorporated. Tint with red food coloring until desired color is reached.
  4. Fill each donut cup about ¾ full (I use a pastry bag with the corner snipped to do it neatly). Bake for 10 minutes; allow to cool slightly. Remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat cream cheese until smooth. Add lemon juice and mix to combine. Slowly add confectioners sugar, a little at a time, continuing to beat until smooth. Add heavy cream one tablespoon at a time and beat until desired consistency is reached (add additional cream if necessary, until desired consistency is reached).
  6. Dip donuts into glaze or frost them with a knife.

Source: donuts adapted from Lil’ Luna; frosting adapted from Life Made Sweeter


  1. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Baked donuts yes!! The perfect breakfast ;).
    These look so beautiful. The sprinkles are darling <3.

  2. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    I love homemade donuts and baked donuts are the best! Perfect for Valentines day 😀

  3. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life

    LOVE these! I go through spurts of using my donut pan all the time, and then having it sit idle in the cupboard for awhile. These babies are making me want to grab it out ASAP. :)

    • Ashley

      I hope that you try them, Alyssa!

  4. Kelly

    These donuts look incredible Ashley! Gorgeous photos and love the pretty sprinkles! Would love one of these for breakfast :)

  5. Joanne

    Dessert for breakfast = WIN. Especially if it’s red velvet! Love these!

  6. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    You read my mind! Who says donuts have to be fried? Can’t wait to eat this for bfast too ;). I get asked that question a lot myself, and I say the same thing. Balanced diet, exercise, and extra mouths to feed = how I stay in shape as a food blogger hehe. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Any plans for the big game tomorrow? Tim’s working and I have tons of schoolwork so..yea…fun times to come :(

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Min! I did have a great weekend and didn’t do anything for the game. It was nice just to relax and catch up on things. Have a great week!

  7. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen

    I am all about any excuse to have sweets for breakfast and these would be a great excuse!! Love how pretty these are!!

  8. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant

    These are so cute! I love baked donuts too, because they’re just like eating cake for breakfast, and who doesn’t love red velvet and sprinkles for breakfast?

  9. Ashley

    Yay for baked donuts! And especially red velvet baked donuts! My favorite : ) I would love one of these for a special breakfast tomorrow morning … do you ship??? lol

  10. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    These look amazing and so beautiful! I agree the sprinkles look like they are dancing…just as my heart at this moment. Breakfast does not get happier :)

  11. Jess

    Wow, these look delicious! Love the sprinkles- look super cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day

  12. Joelen

    I love me some donuts and these are just too cute!

  13. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    Thank goodness for all my neighbors, otherwise I would be stuck eating so many treats! And probably be 600 pounds. Haha! These donuts are so cute with their little heart sprinkles!

  14. Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    AMEN!!! I am SO happy you talked about a lifestyle with moderation. I often feel that because I have a degree in nutrition and have a healthy blog, people have an expectation that I can only eat healthy foods. And while I really do actually enjoy eating healthy, sometimes I like a dessert or a few chips. And it’s ok because I don’t eat the entire cake or bag of chips!
    Whew … ok – now these are just perfect! I think I may whip up a batch for my sweet kiddos for Valentine’s Day! :)

    • Ashley

      I hear you, Gretchen! I really love baking sweet treats and eating a few now and then too. But I love fruit and veggies just as much so I think it is important to enjoy a healthy balance :)

  15. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Ashley, I am in love with these donuts! Especially because it is like what you said, it is like having a cup cake in a different form. I love individual treats like this. And, I’m so with you on the giving the rest to other peeps. I’d eat every single morsel if I left everything I baked in the house. It can get very dangerous! hehe

  16. Jeasica@stuckonsweet

    Gorgeous pictures and love a good donut!

  17. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    Little circle cupcakes for breakfast!!!! Love these! You are right — moderation is key. Although… I should maybe not be trusted with these donuts.

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  19. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner

    YUMMO! These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing this with us at our Marvelous Monday Party! Pinning! Glad you are in our group :-)

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Deb! I am glad to be a part of the group now too :)

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  21. Fauz

    Would these work with a donut maker as well?

    • Ashley

      I’m not exactly sure because I have never used a donut maker before. It can’t hurt to try, right?

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