Baked Red Velvet Cream Cheese Donuts

baked red velvet cream donuts

Yesterday I took my son to get his Valentine’s Day cards for school. We got there a little late, so the selection was limited, but he was able to find a box of Valentine’s with pencils from one  of his favorite movies, How to Train your Dragon. He also insisted on buying some extra cute little Valentine’s Day mini cards with sweet little buttons for the girls. I tried  to reason with him that maybe the boys might want them too, but he had his mind made up, and only the girls in his class would get the extra cute little trinkets.

Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, I made these cute little baked red velvet donuts today. These will be perfect for breakfast and for snacks on the big day. I made them simply with red velvet cake mix and topped them with a sweet cream cheese frosting that I know my whole family will love.

These donuts are also baked, not fried, so they’re really quick and easy to make. I used the donut pan I got a few years ago to make them. If you don’t have a donut pan, you can find them at Target in the bakeware isle. This is the one I used. It’s Nordic Ware, non-stick and super easy to clean.

picture of donuts

For the frosting, I just mixed some cream cheese, a little powdered sugar, a touch of cream and some vanilla to get a beautiful glaze. Then I used some pearl sprinkles. You can use any type of sprinkles you have on hand.

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single donut on parchment paper

recipe photo

Yield: Serves 6

Baked Red Velvet Cream Cheese Donuts

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1 box Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter


8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 - 3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Candy sprinkles


Heat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix, milk, butter and egg in a large bowl. Mix well to combine. Pour batter into a pastry bag.

Pipe batter into a greased donut pan, filling each donut cup about 1/2 way full.

Bake donuts approximately 14 - 16 minutes, or until donuts pass the toothpick test. Transfer donuts to cooling rack and let donuts cool completely.

Combine all ingredients for frosting and mix well to combine. Frost donuts and add candy sprinkles.

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  11 Responses to “Baked Red Velvet Cream Cheese Donuts”

  1. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — February 13, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

    I love that these are baked! That is the kind I prefer to make at home 🙂 Definitely trying these out. Happy Valentine’s day!

  2. Paula - bell'alimento — February 13, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

    What a perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast!

  3. The Food Hunter — February 13, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

    I love the little candied pearls on these!!

  4. Nutmeg Nanny — February 13, 2015 @ 11:07 pm

    Red velvet is always so pretty! I love the look of these donuts and I want to eat that frosting by the spoonful!

  5. What a fun little treat! So pretty to look at too!

  6. These really are the perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day! I have to admit I’ve never made homemade donuts – but that has to change soon!

  7. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 14, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

    These are super cute! And that frosting… yum. Cream cheese frosting is the best!

  8. Heather / girlichef — February 14, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

    I love that you can make donuts with cake mix! I need to get myself a donut pan, because I’ve only ever made them with a cutter…seems so much easier for making baked ones. These are so pretty.

  9. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — February 15, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

    Baked donuts are pretty awesome in my opinion! haha. These are beautiful! and ps. Your son is too sweet!

  10. Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — February 16, 2015 @ 12:35 pm

    Gorgeous donuts! I love how the red donut contrasts with the white icing. And how easy it that to use a cake mix? Genius!

  11. CheeseSticks — March 2, 2015 @ 1:01 pm

    What a brilliant idea to use cake mix to make the doughnuts and so easy. I love the idea of the cream cheese topping. Can’t wait to try these!

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