Perfect to treat your Valentine’s, these Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting are amazing! Baked instead of fried, these donuts make for a fun classroom Valentine’s treat, a great weekend breakfast for the family or sweet workplace snack!
Have you ever baked donuts before? A while back I bought a couple of donut pans, and it’s been donut heaven here at our house ever since! We’ve made Pumpkin Coffee Cake Donuts, Blueberry Muffin Donuts, Coconut Glazed Donuts, and now these fun, colorful Red Velvet Donuts! Since this recipe starts with a regular boxed cake mix, making these donuts couldn’t be easier!
Much like the classic cake, I made some creamy, delicious cream cheese frosting to pair with these moist, delicious donuts. When thinking this beautiful red cake could make for a great Valentine’s Day treat, I decided to make half of the frosting pink (adding a few drops of red food coloring), and kept the rest of the frosting white.
Topping these donuts with pretty Valentine’s Day sprinkles, hearts and gel frosting made this really fun for both me and my 7-year-old. We got creative making stripes, dots, and swirls, too!
These donuts make for a great treat to take to school for a class Valentine’s Day party, or a nice snack to take in to work. Everyone will be super-impressed that you made these donuts!
Here’s how these pretty donuts come together:
- 1 Red Velvet Cake Mix
- 1 c. water
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
- For Frosting:
- 1 (8 oz.) pkg, cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ c. butter, room temperature
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4½ c. powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray a regular sized donut pan with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
- With a hand or stand mixer, combine the cake mix, water, eggs, and melted butter. Mix until smooth and completely combined. Add the batter into a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag. Cut off the tip to make about a ½" opening. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each donut about ¾ full.
- Bake the donuts at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. (My donut pan is regular sized donuts, and there are 6-donuts to a pan.)
- Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Gently run a knife around the donut to release it from the pan, and transfer to a cooling rack. Let donuts cool completely before frosting.
- To make frosting:
- Add the room temperature cream cheese and butter into a mixing bowl. Using a hand or stand mixer, cream together. Add the vanilla and mix. Begin adding the powdered sugar one cup at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl after each cup. If you want to color your frosting add the desired amount of food coloring to achieve desired color of frosting. Spread about 1-2 Tbsp. of frosting on each donut.
- Decorate with colorful sprinkles or gel frosting, if desired.
I hope you get to celebrate Valentine’s day with the ones you love! Make sure to have some delicious Red Velvet Donuts on hand to enjoy with your sweethearts! Enjoy! ~Erin