Mini Red Velvet Donuts

 Mini Red Velvet Donuts on { } Soft velvety donuts with a yummy cream cheese frosting!

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!

Mini Red Velvet Donuts on { } Soft velvety donuts with a yummy cream cheese frosting!
They’re just so dainty… which makes it all the more difficult to eat just one.
But that’s why they’re miniature, so you can justify eating half a batch of them 😉

Mini Red Velvet Donuts on { } Soft velvety donuts with a yummy cream cheese frosting!

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?

Mini Red Velvet Donuts Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Mini Red Velvet Donuts. Soft velvety donuts with a yummy cream cheese frosting!

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Cool 20 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 36 mini donuts or 12 regular sized donuts
Calories 36 kcal
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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Wilton Red Gel (food coloring)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • splash milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease three miniature donut pans* with baking spray, set aside.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. *Yield: Approximately 3 dozen miniature donuts or 1 dozen regular/heart-shaped donuts

Mini Red Velvet Donuts on { } Soft velvety donuts with a yummy cream cheese frosting!

Thanks again Kristyn for having me!
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For more delicious Valentines recipes, be sure to check out:

Cream filled Hostess Style Cupcakes recipe
Homemade Cream Puffs recipe
Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes recipe


Oh WOW – don’t these look delicious and beautiful?! My kids would love these!! Thanks, Natalie!!

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I’m the food photographer and blogger behind Life Made Simple. I’m passionate about creating from scratch family-friendly recipes ranging from healthy to decadent.

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  1. Love this! I’m so glad you did a cream cheese frosting too! Red velvet just isn’t the same if it’s not with a cream cheese frosting LOL