Red Velvet Waffles

Delicious Red Velvet Waffles made from scratch and topped with berries and syrup – the perfect fun and festive breakfast recipe! They’re simple and easy to make, and are just slightly crispy on the outside and light and soft on the inside.

Sometimes it’s fun to do something a little extra special for breakfast! Whether it’s a holiday or someone’s birthday, these red velvet waffles are perfect for the occasion. Or, try these funfetti panckes, and cinnamon roll waffles!

Stack of Red Velvet Waffles topped with strawberries and blueberries on white plate

Hello again! It’s Alicia from The Baker Upstairs, back to share another delicious recipe with you! These red velvet waffles are indulgent and delicious, and perfect for a special occasion breakfast or brunch!

Fun and Festive

I don’t usually use a lot of food coloring in my cooking, but there is just something so fun about red velvet! My daughter is obsessed with red velvet everything, and she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw these waffles. I think a little food coloring is okay in moderation, especially when it helps create waffles this fun and festive!

Because we have brinner (breakfast for dinner) at least once a week and are huge fans of waffles, you better believe this recipe is getting added to the rotation. They’re not only simple but they have delicious cocoa powder that makes red velvet recipes so delicious!

Red Velvet Waffle batter in bowl

How to Make Red Velvet Waffles

Making the red velvet waffle batter is very simple, but first preheat and grease your waffle iron.

While that is warming up, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until well blended. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.

Cook in preheated waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s directions. (I used about ⅓ cup of waffle batter for each waffle, but size will vary according to your waffle iron.) Let waffles cool slightly, then add toppings of your choice.

How do I make red velvet waffles using a mix?

  • Waffle mix: mix up the waffles according to the recipe directions. Add ½  tablespoon of cocoa powder per cup of mix. Also, add food coloring until you reach the desired red hue.
  • Red velvet cake mix: In a large bowl, add the cake mix, 4 eggs, and 2 cups milk. Mix until smooth.

What can I use instead of red food coloring? The red color in red velvet cake is caused by a chemical reaction between the vinegar and buttermilk which then causes the red color to come out in the cocoa powder. For a deeper red many add red food coloring. You can also use red beet root powder.

Top view of stack of Red Velvet Waffles with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream on top

Pile on the Toppings!

We piled our waffles high with powdered sugar, homemade whipped cream, and fresh berries, then drizzled them with maple syrup, and they were amazingly delicious. This is definitely a recipe that I will make again and again for birthdays and special occasions!

Some other topping ideas include:

  • Cream cheese spread or glaze
  • Honey
  • Fruit compote
  • Jam
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Nutella
  • Peanut butter
  • Mini chocolate chips

Red Velvet Waffles on white plate

Making Ahead and Storing

Can I make waffle batter ahead of time? Yes, you can make the batter the day before and store it covered in the fridge. Since baking powder can lose some of effectiveness when refrigerated you may need to add a dash more. Cook a sample waffle to see how well it rises before adding extra baking powder.

How to store red velvet waffles? Once the waffles have cooled place them in an airtight container.

  • Store in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • Freezer: Flash freeze first by placing the waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze for about 2 hours then place in a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: In the microwave, toaster, oven or toaster oven.

For more waffle recipes, check out:

Red Velvet Waffle Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Delicious Red Velvet Waffles made from scratch and topped with berries and syrup - the perfect breakfast recipe!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 491 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Waffles

Topping (optional)

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • cool whip
  • caramel sauce
  • syrup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat and lightly grease a waffle iron.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until well blended. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
  • Cook in preheated waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions. (I used about ⅓ cup of waffle batter for each waffle, but size will vary according to your waffle iron.)
  • Let waffles cool slightly, then add toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

adapted from What the Fork Food Blog

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About Alicia

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made THIS as pause day continues It was great my go to velvet waffle.
    Made changes added 1 Tbsp of powdered chocolate 2 TBSP sugar egg white instead of an egg. It was great. I made a simple cream cheese glaze.
    It made 5 waffles. Will make again

  2. Incredible Recipe! Made them pink for my daughter’s 12th birthday🎂 They were a Hit! Thanks for sharing ❤️