Mini Red Velvet Donuts Recipe

Rachael Dart | Spache the Spatula

Mini Red Velvet Donuts will make anyone swoon. Decorated with cream cheese icing and festive sprinkles.

I was never much of a red velvet fan. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just never thought too much about it.

Somehow that changed this year, and I’ve developed a full-blown obsession.

Mini Red Velvet Donuts Photo

I have been making red velvet eeevvvvveerrrything! Cupcakes? Check. Ice cream? Check? Chocolate bark?! Check.

And these red velvet waffles are on the to-do list!

Mini Red Velvet Donuts Picture

I attribute some of my new-found infatuation to making the stuff myself. You see, I’ve always thought that traditional red velvet was never chocolate-y enough.

It always has that teeny-tiny hint of chocolate, but not enough for my chocolate-loving heart. I like to up the cocoa powder content of all of my red velvet recipes, just to make that chocolate flavor run deeper and richer.

Mini Red Velvet Donuts Image

So, let’s chat about these little donuts. They’re baked, which means they’re healthier than fried, and a lot less of a hassle to make!

I dunked the red velvet beauties in a cream cheese glaze that is so good I considered drinking it (okay I may have settled for a few spoon licks…). There's just something about a good glaze on a good donut that takes them both over the top into can't-stop-myself realm of consumption. Same for you?

Mini Red Velvet Donuts Pic

I do have a confession though. I totally couldn’t locate my red gel food coloring while I was making these, so I settled for “electric pink.”

The good thing is, with all the cocoa powder, you can hardly tell that they are slightly pink tinged. The bad thing? I saw my red gel food coloring out of the corner of my eye right after I placed the donuts in the oven…WHYYYYYY –sigh- Oh well.

The important thing is that these are adorable, and perfect for Valentine’s Day! I covered mine with a variety of different sprinkles.

I think I like the little hearts the best, but the chocolate jimmies are more delicious! 

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Mini Red Velvet Donuts Recipe

    24 Servings


For the Donuts:
  • 1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2-4 drops Red Gel Food Coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup Milk
For the Glaze:
  • 4 ounces Neufchatel Low Fat Cream Cheese, At room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, At room temperature
  • pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar, Sifted
  • Sprinkles, To decorate


For the Donuts:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a mini donut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar for a couple minutes. Add in the vanilla, egg, and red food coloring, and beat for at least 5 minutes, until glossy, and the sugar has dissolved. Alternately mix in the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour.
  4. Pour the batter into a large Ziploc baggie and snip off one of the corners. Pipe the batter into the donut molds, filling them 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 10 minutes until set and springy.
  5. To loosen the donuts, carefully run a knife along the sides of them, then lightly grab them and twist back and forth.

For the Glaze:

  1. In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer, until creamy and combined.  Add in the remainder of the ingredients, and carefully beat until smooth. The glaze should be fairly runny.
  2. Dip one side of the donuts in the glaze, and set them on a wire rack. Sprinkle with sprinkles. The glaze will set up a bit as it sits, but it will remain slightly tacky.
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Author: Rachael Dart
Recipe Yields: 24 mini donuts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 donut
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 27
Calories 95

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 48mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 8g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rachael Dart

About Rachael

Rachael is passionate about every kind of food, but especially desserts. Her blog, Spache the Spatula, is darling! We're so glad to have her as a Dessert fanatic.

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