Recipes like this almost write the post for themselves.
Because really, what more can I say about these Baked Red Velvet Donuts other than Baked! Red! Velvet! Donuts!
This dessert (or breakfast or snack!) is perfect for Valentine’s day, what with all the rich red color and the delicious chocolate flavor. Donuts are always a crowd favorite, although they’re typically fried – which I’ve tried to do in the past, without much success – so the fact that these donuts are baked make them so much more loveable for how easy they are to throw together. To make them you will need a donut pan
(amazon affiliate link) for this recipe, but if you’d like to have homemade donuts in your house every week it would be worth picking one up. I was a little skeptical that the pan would work as well as they claimed, but as long as you don’t overfill it (pro tip: shoot for filling it half way) the donuts will turn out perfectly.
And even if you do overfill a few, don’t worry – those donuts will still taste just as good. Because those less-than-perfect donuts? They are the ones you get to eat on your own, fresh out of the oven with all the left over frosting, before anyone else gets to have some. Sometimes those are the donuts that taste the best.
I decorated the donuts in two different ways: some I just dipped in powdered sugar, like the picture above. It was a nice, light compliment to the moist donuts, and they looked beautiful.
For the others, I whipped up a super easy vanilla cream cheese frosting and drizzled it across the top.
I’m partial to the ones with the cream cheese frosting, but then red velvet always seems to go hand in hand with a little extra sweetness.
One thing I loved about this recipe was the use of oil over butter. And don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love butter (probably more than I should), but butter brings a lighter, fluffier texture to baked goods. Using oil makes everything a little bit weightier. This choice might not be for everyone, but it’s what made the donuts so incredibly moist and spongy. They reminded me of muffins with holes in the middle, and I am perfectly okay with that.