Red Velvet Cake Donuts

These Red Velvet Cake Donuts are the perfect way to celebrate St.Valentine’s day…or break your new year’s resolutions!

New Year’s Resolutions

Talking about resolutions, January is almost over, and I’ve realized I didn’t make any resolutions! Indeed, I don’t practice such a thing cause if you’d like to achieve something, you should just follow your plan not waiting for another year (It might sound cliche, but it’s a truth). And certainly, I don’t need to wait until January to start breaking them. It’s quite handy to do all this stuff 24/7 when needed.

But I probably should have made some. Just for a fun. What could they be?

Probably, the most popular resolution is healthy eating. Well, I don’t mind. The only one problem is that I eat pretty healthily. There might be some unhealthy stuff on this blog, but indeed that would be like only 15-20% of my food. I shoot stuff for the blog on weekends while throughout a week my meals are rather simple and healthy. And I’m not going to give up on having some forbidden treats on weekends because what’s the point?

Also, I might have promised to cut down on ice cream which is the main treat for me. It indeed belongs the essential grocery list. But why would I have done this? It’s wasting of life when you always limit yourself in little food pleasures. Besides, ice cream is the source of calcium and proteins, so it’s 100% healthy product.

It’s very common to promise more active life in a new year which is fantastic! However, I have enough activities in my life from the gym to walking. Not my case, sorry.

What else? Having more sleep! This is a good one. But could you explain how could follow this, please? Let me know, and I’ll consider it next time.

Alcohol. Of course, that would be a good thing to cut down on. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I have my drinks (either sparkling wine or cider) a few time per month so there’s nothing much I could do.

Okay, there’s one thing left. Cigarettes. Yes, I should have made the resolution to give up smoking. Wait. I do not smoke!

What’s wrong with me? I’m almost impeccable!:)

Okay, I know what I should have promised. Making more donuts this year! As some of you might remember two years ago I was having a donut kick. However, last year I wasn’t so active. The last donuts – these Bayley’s Cake Donuts – I posted last May. Did you hear that? 7 months, 7 long months.

I definitely need to catch up with this a little, right?

Red Velvet Cake Donuts

So I’m happily sharing these Red Velvet Cake Donuts with you. They could be a lovely Valentine’s treat.

While I’m not a fan of red velvet (The taste is too simple to me), there’s still something cozy in the combo of biscuit and cream cheese frosting. Also, red velvet stuff looks festive!

Although these Red Velvet Cake Donuts aren’t the most delicious ones I’ve baked, they were still good. I didn’t get the vivid red color cause I incorporated quite a lot of cocoa, but that’s fixable.

And importantly, Red Velvet Cake Donuts don’t require much of your time which is awesome. Because who wants to spend hours in the kitchen on Valentine’s day?

Do you like red velvet? Did you make any new year’s resolutions? How many have you broken so far?



Red Velvet Cake Donuts

Category: Baking: Sweet, Cake Donuts


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 dark cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • a little pinch of baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted + some additional buter (or cooking oil spray) to grease
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk +1-2 tablespoons if needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2-3 teaspoons Red Velvet emulsion (or red food coloring as recommended on package)
  • 100 gr cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees F (215 degrees C).
  2. Butter holes of donut tins and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together first 5 ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, using a whisk, blend together the melted butter, sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and emulsion (or food coloring). Add the milk. Stir the wet mixture in the dry ingredients and mix just to combine (don't overmix!). You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of milk more.
  5. Spoon butter into donut wells, filling them about 1/4 inch from the rim. Bake in the preheated oven 7-8 minutes.
  6. Let the donuts cool in the tin for a couple of minutes then transfer them to a wire rack and completely cool.
  7. For a frosting, beat the cream cheese, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar with a mixer for a few minutes until well incorporated.
  8. Generously spread the frosting over the donuts. I crumbled one doughnut and use the crumbles for a decoration.


8 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cake Donuts

  1. Very well said about the resolutions, Ben! I do try to eat healthy most of the times too, but I feel it’s stupid to be too strict about these things and I feel it’s especially stupid to wait until the 1st of January as it was some magical day :D
    Anyways, these donuts look very pretty and totally delicious! To be honest I’ve never had a red velvet cake in my life before, but I’m sure I’d love it! Pinned!
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  2. I don’t make resolutions either, Ben! I mean, if you want to change something about your life, why wait till one day a year to make that goal, right!? Silly if you ask me. Anyways, totally crazy you posted these donuts because I made Boy red velvet cake donuts over the weekend (not for the blog). It’s like you have ESP! Yours look just fabulous and I’m looooving that you crumbled the donut on top! You genius, you! Totally need to make your donuts now! Cheers, buddy!
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  3. I’m with ya, Ben. We don’t really make resolutions around here, either. They just hang over your head and make you feel bad when you finally break them. Instead we try to live balanced all the time. If it’s a high-calorie dinner, then we eat a lighter lunch. Or we just eat smaller portions and load up on roasted veggies next to it. It all works out for us! I do love red velvet, and these donuts are absolutely calling my name right now! If I close my eyes, I swear I can smell ’em. Now you just need to send me a batch, ok? :-)
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