I wanted to fix something fun for my little guy for Valentine’s Day so I started thinking about donuts. We rarely get donuts and what a fun treat when we do! Years ago, I took on the ambitious task of making a heart-shaped red velvet cake for my husband and it was amazing, but this year I wanted to do something little hands could easily pick up and enjoy. These are delicious and make for a special breakfast or dessert. Enjoy!
Red Velvet Donuts
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 large egg
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon distilled vinegar
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon red food coloring
- 1 tablespoon red wine
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 ounce package softened cream cheese
- 1 ½ teaspoons clear vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons half and half
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease donut pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until well incorporated.
- In your stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, combine buttermilk, egg, wine, vanilla, sugar, brown sugar, and vinegar on low speed. Add in butter (make sure it is cooled).
- Once thoroughly combined, slowly incorporate dry mixture and mix until just combined. Don’t over mix. Stir in enough red food coloring until desired color is reached.
- Spoon batter into a large ziploc bag and use a scissor to cut about a ½” piece off one corner to create a makeshift disposable pastry bag. Fill each well in the donut pan approximately ¾ full.
- Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once completely cool, drizzle with cream cheese glaze and enjoy.
- Add cream cheese into mixer and mix until smooth. Then add the butter and do the same. Mix all other ingredients together until combined and smooth. Let rest for about 10 minutes to allow flavors to meld. If mixture is too loose, add a bit more powdered sugar. If too stiff, add a little more cream.