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Baked Red Velvet Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze



Classic Red Velvet cake transformed into donuts / doughnuts with a sweet and slightly tangy cream cheese glaze


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Hope you all had a great weekend!

We had a birthday party we went to on the weekend and instead of the usual cupcakes that I normally bring to parties, I thought it would be more fun to bring donuts instead since I hadn’t made them in a while.

The birthday girl’s favorite color is red and pink so I thought it would be perfect to make her some Baked Red Velvet Cake Donuts since Valentine’s Day is coming up too.




These donuts are somewhat healthier than other donut recipes at only about 175 calories each minus the cream cheese glaze.

They are also pretty easy to whip up since you don’t need your mixer.



I used a combination of cake flour and white whole wheat flour in here but feel free to just use the whole cup of cake flour if you don’t have white whole wheat flour lying around.

Instead of melted butter, I used melted coconut oil, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, low-fat buttermilk and a touch of olive oil to ensure that these donuts were moist and fluffy.




They had that perfect classic Red Velvet taste of chocolate and vanilla and were like soft and light cakey cupcakes in donut form and made the perfect base for a slightly tangy and sweet cream cheese glaze frosting.





These donuts were a huge hit at the party and the birthday girl has already requested I make them again instead of cupcakes from now on.

The batter only makes about 7 donuts (my donut pan can only hold 6 so I poured the remaining batter in my single mini bundt cake pan).

The recipe can easily be doubled if you need to make more though.





I made a bigger batch for the party and my hubby loved them so much that I made this smaller batch for him once we got back from the party.

They still tasted  incredibly light and moist on the second and third morning.






These donuts make a great treat any time of year.

Feel free to dress them up with some pink and red sprinkles or  hearts  and share them with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day!


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Simply Gloria




Baked Red Velvet Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Serving Size: 7 donuts

Baked Red Velvet Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

Classic Red Velvet cake transformed into donuts / doughnuts with a sweet and slightly tangy cream cheese glaze


  • * 1/2 cup cake flour
  • * 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (feel free to use all cake flour instead)
  • * 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • * 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • * 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • * 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • * 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • * 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled (can also use melted butter)
  • * 2 tablespoons of non-fat plain Greek yogurt (can also use sour cream)
  • * 1/2 tablespoon of oil (I used olive oil but you can also use vegetable or canola oil)
  • * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • * 3/4 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • * 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • * 1/2 - 1 teaspoon red food coloring depending on how red you want the donuts (I used 1/2 teaspoon of AmeriColor Super Red)
  • Cream Cheese Glaze
  • * 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • * 1/2 cup icing sugar, or more depending on desired consistency
  • * 3 tablespoons heavy cream, or more depending on desired consistency
  • * 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or lemon extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly spray donut pan with baking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a liquid measuring cup, pour in the buttermilk and whisk in egg, melted coconut oil, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, distilled vinegar and olive oil.
  5. Add the liquids to the flour mixture stirring with a rubber spatula until just combined.
  6. Add red food coloring a little bit at a time while stirring until desired color has been reached.
  7. Using a small spoon fill each donut pan about 2/3 of the way full or you can transfer the donut batter to a ziplock or pastry bag and squeeze in. The batter was thick so I found using a spoon was easier. IMG_1485.jpg
  8. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and cool in pan for 5 minutes before moving to wire rack to cool completely before adding glaze. IMG_1504.jpg
  9. Cream Cheese Glaze
  10. In a medium bowl, whisk or beat cream cheese until it smooths out.
  11. Add lemon juice or extract and continue whisking.
  12. Slowly add icing sugar a little bit at a time, whisking until smooth.
  13. Add heavy cream one tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly until desired consistency has been reached. Add gel food coloring to glaze if desired.
  14. Dip donuts into glaze or frost them with a small spoon.
  15. Redip donuts a few times if you want them completely covered. I dipped the donuts a total of 3 times to get them to the desired thickness. IMG_1525.jpg IMG_1528.jpg
  16. Top with sprinkles or hearts. IMG_1534.jpg


*The brand of food coloring you use will depend on how much you will need to reach the desired consistency. I used AmeriColor Super Red and added a about 1/2 teaspoon.

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Adapted from: How Sweet Eats


Need more Red Velvet recipes for Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few that should help you get started on your baking:

Mini Red Velvet Bundt Cakes - Blahnik Baker

Red Velvet Bundt Cake – Two-In-The-Kitchen

Red Velvet Cake – Spicy Southern Kitchen

Red Velvet Cookie Cake – Crazy for Crust

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies - Flavor the Moments

Red Velvet Crinkles Cookies – Simply Gloria

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies – Cookie Monster Cooking

Red Velvet Stuffed Pound Cake – Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Triple Red Velvet Cookies – Inside BruCrew Life

White Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet Cookies – Sally’s Baking Addiction


121 Thoughts on “Baked Red Velvet Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

  1. Love these Kelly!! Especially since they are red velvet – my favorite! And so pretty too – I bet the birthday girl definitely enjoyed them! And those heart sprinkles are adorable!
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  2. Red velvet is one of my all time favorite cake flavors – and in HEALTHY donut form – I don’t know what to say other than “Please pass me one PRONTO!” These look fabulous – and sound like I would have a hard time eating just one!

  3. Looks so moist, pretty, and delicious, Kelly!! How sweet for Valentine’s Day and for a girl’s birthday! And I love that you lightened it up, too. Since I also hate to waste, I love that you filled the rest of the batter into the mini bundt. I really want some mini bundt pans! : )
    PS – I can barely remember how many times I’ve had red velvet (rare)…I need to correct that!

  4. I LOVE these Kelly! All of the colors and sprinkles are super fun and festive! I need to get a donut pan asap! Donuts at a birthday party sounds perfect! I know I’d rather have donuts than cupcakes:)

  5. These look amazing, Kelly, and I love that you lightened them up! That can never hurt. I love baked donuts so much and really want to do a red velvet recipe that won’t hurt the waistline. haha Thanks for linking up my red velvet brownies — that was so sweet! Happy Monday to you! :)

  6. These are SO colorful and festive!
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  7. Oh Kelly!!! These doughnuts are gorgeous!! And I have had doughnuts on my mind lately, though I very rarely make them because I hate messing with oil. But baked???? That is perfect!! ANd of course, I love the fact that they are red velvet with cream cheese!! So yummy!! Pinned. -and thanks so much for linking to my REd Velvet Bundt!! You are such a sweetie!!! :)

  8. These doughnuts look like they ready to party! Love their pink and red outfits. They must taste fantastic! :) ela

  9. Kelly, these donuts are awesome and are exactly what I need right now! Just pinned, can’t wait to give them a taste (and by that I mean many tastes!)

  10. Lovely recipe Kelly!! I bet everyone enjoyed these doughnuts at the birthday party… I hope you have a lovely week :)

  11. Kelly, I think your donuts were a good choice! They look delicious… I have one of those pans and should give these a try! Have a great day! Pinned alsol

  12. Kelly, I wish I had these donuts for breakfast today!! I love that you made them healthier and even more so you used coconut oil!! Eeeep!! Love! I need to get me a donut pan soon to try these.
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  13. Love baked doughnuts- they always taste better than fried. Love the fact these are red velvet- lovely photos too! :)
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  14. Kelly, these are amazingly cute! I’m sharing them all over the place ;)
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  15. I love baked doughnuts so much healthier for you than fried ones and these are so beautiful and would definitely be a wonderful valentines day treat for your sweetie. Lovely job with these Kelly :D

  16. Gorgeous photos, Kelly! Very bright and full of colour. I bet the birthday girl really liked these doughnuts, and I love all the things you added – from the coconut oil to the greek yogurt to the buttermilk – I bet those give a nice hidden tang which is necessary for doughnuts.

  17. Yes!!! I think you read my mind, Kelly! I’ve been thinking about red velvet donuts all weekend and couldn’t find a recipe that I loved. I am so glad that you shared these because I am making them very soon. Have a great week!
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    • Hehe thanks Ashley :) Yes, you must make them, you would love these! My husband asked me to make him another batch when we got home from the party and the flavors are spot on and they were so moist and light even on the next day. Can’t wait to see yours, they will look awesome! Hope you have a great week too girl :)

  18. These are darling, and I love the Valentines day theme! I especially love that you lightened them up – fantastic!
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  19. Your donuts look so good, love the red velvet flavor in them, that sounds so delicious!!! And the glaze on top sounds so good!!!

  20. I need a donut pan ASAP. These look insane. Been craving red velvet just thinking about Valentine’s Day!

  21. I love donuts and these look great! Perfect for Valentines day.

  22. These donuts are the perfect Valentines Day treat! I love how you decorated them, I really need to get on my Valentines Day baking!

  23. Whoah – these are made with Greek yogurt, coconut oil and are healthy? Pinned!!

  24. Kelly, I love how you used cake flour in with the other flour. I can just imagine how moist and delicious these are! I definitely have to try these… LOVE RV!
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    • Thanks so much Gloria, I loved your RV sweet rolls – they are gorgeous! The cake flour helped to keep these donuts moist even after a few days:) Hope you are staying warm and enjoy the rest of the week :)

  25. I love these dounts, Kelly! They look really pretty, but moist too! Pinned to my Red Velvet board! Thanks for joining us at Marvelous Mondays

  26. Kelly you won me over a long time ago, but now you have my heart! I LOVE red velvet and cream cheese frosting. It is my favorite! I’ve never made donuts before, but I will now. I think the kids would have fun making these with me.
    I’m sure the birthday girl loved these – they are beautiful and I’m sure delicious!
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    • You are always so sweet Chastity, thanks so much – your kids will have a blast making these with you :) Hope you enjoy the rest of the week sweetie :)

  27. Hi Kelly,

    Oh dear! I’m so busy with everything that I forget that it is going to be Valentine’s Day soon…

    I’m in love with your Valentine’s donuts. They are so pretty and sweet-looking especially the ones with sprinkles… because I’m the sprinkle girl :p


    • I agree, with CNY coming up, it’s hard to keep up with all the holidays for me too. Thanks so much Zoe, hope you enjoy the rest of the week and it has cooled down there for you :)

  28. These look amazing and delicious! Stopping by from Wine’d Down Wednesdays! Have a great week!

  29. I am so intrigued by the ingredients in these donuts!

  30. Oh my gosh! I think I could eat all 7! Love red velvet anything, mostly for how pretty it looks. Thanks for sharing my recipe Kelly!

  31. what 175 calories for a tasty red velvet doughnuts???
    you gatta be kidding me, i guess i just find some perfect sweet bites for me then…..

    i guess i can lower the calories with non calories sweetener too…
    thx for sharing this my friend!
    beaten low fat creamy greek yoghurt topping will be the best replacement for my licking

  32. they look so yummy and festive!

  33. These look wonderful and so so lovely with thse sprinkles! And I adore that you used wholewheat, yogurt and olive oil and even that way, managed to get donuts which look this decadent. What a treat!
    That cream cheese glaze is calling my name, yuuum!
    *Happy Birthday to the Birthday girl!*

  34. These look so fantastic and I love that they’re pretty low in calories, too!

  35. Oh Kelly, these donuts look so cute…I love the vibrant color and they are sure perfect for Valentine’s Day.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are enjoying your week :D

  36. Oh gosh Kelly, not only are these adorable but they look delicious! I love a great baked doughnut and for 175 calories each I would be digging in!

  37. Yum! I’m loving all the festive toppings :D
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  38. Donuts look yummy Kelly! Just in time for valentines day!!
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  39. Kelly, these look so pretty I don’t even know if I could eat them .Yum!

  40. These are PERFECT for breakfast, Kelly! I had a red velvet donut from Dunkin Donuts one time. It was so darn good! Pinning and sharing your recipe. Have a great week, Kelly!

  41. These are too cute Kelly! Perfect for Valentines Day. And I must try this cream cheese glaze!

  42. These are gorgeous!!! Not to mention, they sound SO. GOOD!!! Love these!!

  43. So SO pretty, Kelly! I love all the festive sprinkles you’ve used. I’m sure the birthday girl must have been beaming over these. They sound delicious and look gorgeous!
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    • Thanks so much Allie, the birthday girl loved them and has requested I make these for her again hehe. Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

  44. Kelly, these are so cute! I love the colors! They look absolutely delicious and I adore that you made them healthier! Cheers to that! I could definitely get used to eating these. :)
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  45. How yummy and cute! I love the valentines decorations. I’ve been thinking about making cake donuts too–but haven’t bought a pan yet. But it sounds like a nice way to cut down on some calories. They do look like a fun alternative to cupcakes!

  46. Oh Wow, I love anything red velvet, those looks so delicious, I could eat two of those right now! :-) Love cream cheese icing!

    Happy Birthday! :-D I hope you had a wonderful day!

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  47. So cute and perfect for V-Day :)
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  49. These look so delicious and perfect for Valentine’s Day, Kelly! I’m featuring them tonight at Saturday Night Fever….thanks so much for joining us each week!
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  50. Kelly, these are adorable! I love that you used coconut oil and they look so festive for Valentines! All your recipes look so tasty! I’d love for you to share them with us at Sewlicious Home Decor, we love treats like these!!

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  52. Aww…Kelly, these are so cute! But, even better…I bet the texture and flavor is out-of-this-world! I think you nailed it with your flour and oil choices. Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing and have a great week! xo
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  53. Hi Kelly! I have a big red velvet fan in my family and love these! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Hope you have a happy Tuesday and a wonderful week!

  54. Sooooo so pretty! But definitely not too pretty to eat because they sound delicious too!

  55. Now I want a donut mold :).

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  57. These are adorable!!! I love your decorations. My hubby is a fan of red velvet and I just got a donut pan…so I’m totally making this to surprise him with when he comes back from his trip on Monday :)

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  59. These just look so pretty and delicious AND they were the most clicked on link at our Best of The Weekend party last week so you are featured on all FOUR of our blogs at the party tonight. Congrats and have a great weekend! xo
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    • Wow, thanks so much, I’m so glad to hear so many people enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for the feature and hope you have an amazing weekend Claire :) xo

  60. These donuts are soooooooooooo beautiful!!
    They look super delicious, and I’m totally in love.

  61. Yum! I love donuts, these look delicious! =)
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