Hello Lil’ Luna readers! It’s me Natalie, from Life Made Simple, and I have a confession to make. Prior to making these donuts I had never eaten any sort of red velvet dessert! That’s pretty crazy, right?! In my 25 years of life I’d somehow managed, that was until a few days ago. I thought it was about time to see what red velvet was all about. Instead of making cupcakes I decided to make these cute little Valentines donuts… because there’s something about a festive treat that makes it so much more delicious!
The batter for these donuts came together in just a few minutes. I was able to get all of the dishes done while they baked- pretty perfect right? Then as they cooled I mixed up the glaze. I used cream cheese, it just seemed like the obvious choice… sort of like peanut butter and jelly. They’re just meant for each other. Anyway, I dipped the tops of the donuts in it and then covered them with an assortment of pink & red sprinkles. Not only did they look great but they tasted pretty darn good too! I’d say these were a big success for my first red velvet creation! They definitely won’t be my last! What are some of your favorite red velvet goodies?
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ c. sugar
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1 egg
- ½ c. buttermilk
- 1½ tsp. white distilled vinegar
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- pinch of salt
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- red food coloring (I used ½ tsp. of Wilton red gel)
- ½ c. powdered sugar
- 1 oz. original cream cheese, at room temperature
- ¼ tsp. vanilla
- pinch of salt
- splash of milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease three miniature donut pans* with baking spray, set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and food coloring for 1 minute on medium speed. Add egg, mix until incorporated.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With mixing speed on low alternate dry ingredients with buttermilk and vinegar until all ingredients have been incorporated.
- Fill donut wells ¾ of the way full (NOTE: I like to place the batter into a piping bag and fill them that way, it’s easy and mess-free). Place in preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes before glazing.
- While the donuts are cooling, prepare the glaze by combining all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisking vigorously until the glaze is smooth. Glaze donuts by swirling gently into the mixture. Top with desired sprinkles & enjoy!
- *Yield: Approximately 3 dozen miniature donuts or 1 dozen regular/heart-shaped donuts
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Oh WOW – don’t these look delicious and beautiful?! My kids would love these!! Thanks, Natalie!!
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