Red Velvet Cake Donuts

Donuts are pretty much my favorite thing on this earth.

I mean, what’s not to love?

Fried or baked, cake or yeast, glazed or iced, I love them all. Even the sometimes-questionable fruit-filled ones.

However, my favorite picks of all? Vanilla cake with tons of sprinkles, sugar donuts, and crumb donuts.ย Ahmazing.

Also, one time, I heard from somewhere that donuts had less sugar than bagels which practically makes donuts a health food of sorts. Who chooses a boring bagel when they could have ANY donut of their choice andย still be eating healthy? Exactly my point, my friends.

Anyway, I’ve made my fair share of donuts on this blog and theseย Red Velvet Donuts were inevitable. While I’m not a red velvet fan, the inspiration for these pups came from this: Red Velvet Emulsion.

How cool is that?! It smells like red velvet cake batter and enhances the red velvet flavor and signature color in cake batters, cookies, or icings. Genius!

Plus, red velvet donuts are creepy-cool for Halloween, so why not make a batch with dripping red velvet glaze?

Speaking of genius: me. I mean, not to toot my own horn or anything, but when I spotted that red velvet emulsion and donuts came to mind, I simultaneously thought of you, my dear, loyal friends & readers. I didn’t want you guys to miss out on this whole red velvet insanity going on, so I made sure I picked up an extra emulsion.

And some other fun flavors, too…

And this ADORABLE donut dish towel…

And a 6-cavity donut pan of your own.


GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Congratulations to Kesha, whose Twitter follow scored her this awesome swag! A big, big, BIG! thank you to everyone who entered!

So if you want to be sitting pretty in donut heaven, you should probably enter this giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚ you’ll have a chance to win the following: a 6-cavity donut pan, a donut dish towel, a butter flavored emulsion, a red velvet flavored emulsion, and vanilla bean paste, one of myย favorite ingredients to use EVER.

To enter the giveaway, leave a commentย telling me your favorite kind of donut. Apple fritter? Maple bar? Old fashioned? Donut holes? Just let me know!

For extra entries, leave a separate comment for EACH:


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Contest will run from 9/16 to 9/21 where a winner will be selected randomly via around 5pm PST. Winner will be contacted immediately by email and must respond within 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be selected. This giveaway is open to US residents only. I was NOT compensated or provided with any of these materials by the companies; I purchased these on my own.

Good luck!!

Now, these donuts. If you like red velvet, they’re for you! Consider throwing on some Halloween-y sprinkles (eyeballs, methinks?) for a spooky twist.

Red Velvet Donutsย *adapted from the Twice-Glazed Funfetti Cake Donuts recipeย 

2 3/4 cups red velvet cake mix
3/4 cup buttermilk (regular works, but I used low-fat)
2 eggs
4 tsp melted butter
1 Tbsp red velvet emulsion (if you don’t have this on hand, leave it out)
Glaze (recipe and ingredients follow)
Red sugar

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Liberally grease a 6-cavity donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, eggs, butter, and red velvet emulsion until blended. Pour the mixture into a resealable gallon-sized baggy, seal the air out, and cut a small snip off one of the corners.
3. Pipe the mixture into the donut cavities, about 3/4 full. Bake for approx. 7-9 minutes or until donuts spring back lightly when touched. Allow to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then gently shake onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Quick Red Velvet Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp red velvet emulsion
2-3 Tbsp milk

1. In a small bowl, combine the above ingredients. Dip tops of donuts into the glaze, allowing excess to drip off. Top with red sugar or other sprinkles, if desired.
2. Allow donuts to set, about 15 minutes, before eating. Donuts are best served the same day.

Creepy, cool and certainly statement-making describe these donuts to a T! The red velvet emulsion gives these an extra rich red velvet flavor, but if you don’t have it, it’s okay to leave it out–the donuts will still taste rich and delicious.

Hope you win! Happy Sunday!!

xo, Hayley


  1. Cream filled maple bar! Yumm. So excited about this giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Following you on instagram!

  3. Chocolate covered donuts are my all time favorite! Nice giveaway and very generous of you!

  4. I love LorAnn oils! And N-M vanilla! And get this…I have a whole post pre-written about butter extract b/c of a cake I made. I couldn’t even make that up! LOVE your giveaway!

    Fave donut…a Krispy Kreme at like 2am when I used to live near a 24-hour K.K. with a drive-thru. Dangerous.

  5. I love Krispy Kkeme Chocolate Covered Cream filled doughnuts! Oh my they are so yummy!

  6. I follow you on Facebook

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  8. I instagram follow you!

  9. My favorite donut is a crueller from Krispy Kreme.

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  12. Best donut — Dunkin Donuts’ pumpkin cake donut. Flavor galore!

  13. Favorite donut? Hot glazed donut – the kind that just melts in your mouth and you can usually only get in the wee morning hours! Or an apple fritter the size of your head from Backdoor Donuts on Martha’s Vineyard!

  14. I love chocolate cake donuts with a simple vanilla glaze ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I like you on facebook

  16. I follow you on twitter too!

  17. I love your ideas! I would really like to win and make my very own doughnuts- love the towel too! My favorite doughnut would be the simple powered sugar. Yea I know-boring!!

  18. I just love jelly filled doughnuts with all that powdered sugar coating. If I win I will try a new twist on them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. My favorite donut is the old fashioned or blueberry…but these red velvet look so good. I love anything red velvet because of the rich color!

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  26. I love just an old fashioned glazed donut….but these red velvet look fantastic (I am a red velvet fan)

  27. I like you on FB

  28. I follow you on Instagram

  29. I follow you on twitter….(I kinda feel stalkerish now…but I can’t help it, I love your sense of humor and stories and of course super delicious desserts)

  30. Elizabeth Mulewich says:

    I can’t wait to use this recipe!! My husband loves red velvet cake, so I know he would love this!! My favorite donut however would have to be blueberry glazed donuts ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you can put a neat spin on that recipe!

  31. LOVE these donuts. (Ha, and I’m doing a butter emulsion giveaway this week to!) Maple bars. Hands down, best donuts evaaah.

  32. Sue Williams says:

    Apple Barn’s Apple Cider Cinnamon Doughnuts are my favorite!

  33. I follow you on Twitter.

  34. I follow you on Instagram.

  35. I like you on FB.

  36. What a creepy cool donut for Halloween! Looks super yummy too!
    I love boston cream donuts. Mmmmm, now I want one

  37. I follow you on fb

  38. I follow you on twitter

  39. I follow you on instagram. Duh.
    Thanks for such a fun giveaway. Love all the goodies you picked out!

  40. Old Fashioned Glazed.

  41. my favorite donut is the triple chocolate…chocolate cake donut with chocolate filling and chocolate frosting!

  42. I like you on facebook!

  43. Favorite donut would have to be chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles! Or I get extra excited when the sprinkles are holiday themed (green/red, black/orange, red/white/blue) don’t judge me ๐Ÿ™‚ your red velvet ones look fantastic btw!!

  44. I love cake donuts with chocolate icing and sprinkles!

  45. I like you on FB.

  46. I follow you on Twitter.

  47. What an awesome giveaway Hayley! I have always been curious about the Red Velvet Emulsion and these donuts make me want to try it that much more! My favorite donut is an old fashioned cake donut with chocolate frosting!

  48. Kara Hagerman says:

    I love cake donuts sprinkled with powdered sugar…yum!

  49. I Like The Domestic Rebel on Facebook!

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  51. Any doughnut! I love them all!

  52. Follow on FB

  53. I love old fashioned blueberry with that crunchy glaze on top, it doesn’t get much better!

  54. I Like You on Facebook!

  55. I Follow you on twitter!

  56. A glazed apple cider donut.

  57. Apple Fritters!! YES! Love them. I bring them home and pop them in the microwave. They remind me of my grandma because she was the only person who would buy them.

  58. I follow on FB!

  59. I follow on Twitter ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Now following on Instagrams as well! Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. I love MAPLE long johns with BACON…..drool.

  62. I love cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles

  63. My favorite donut is the regular old twisty one with the chocolate glaze! Yum!

  64. My favorite is just a regular old glazed donut. YUMM!

  65. i do love me some apple fritters

  66. i follow you on instagram ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. I like you on FB!

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  69. Ah I NEED a donut pan! All your delicious donut recipes make me really mad that I don’t have one. This would be awesome! And my favorite donut would probably be coconut, but way too hard to pick just one!

  70. I like you on Facebook.

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  72. Vanilla creme filled. ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. Keya Millionie says:

    My favorite doughnut has always been a maple bar

  74. Keya Millionie says:

    I like on Facebook

  75. Kristin Bailey says:

    I love Long John’s with bavarian cream filling and a maple glaze. I could eat dozens of these! YUM!

  76. Kristin Bailey says:

    I like The Domestic Rebel on Facebook

  77. Kristin Bailey says:

    I follow you on instagram

  78. I follow you because you make kick @#$% red velvet donuts!!!! I LOVE red velvet anything!! To have red velvet as a donut is a dream. Nice work my friend!

  79. Love blueberry cake donut holes from Dunkin donuts. Also love your blog and would love to win!

  80. I followed you on twitter!

  81. Shannon Moore says:

    I love old fashioned glazed!

  82. Shannon Moore says:

    I LIKE you on Facebook! :).

  83. Donut holes, of course, NO calories!!!

  84. Michelle Bowers says:

    I like chocolate covered( but they have to have sprinkles! More sprinkles = better donut! Especially if they are holiday colored/themed sprinkles!!)

  85. Michelle Bowers says:

    I like you on Facebook

  86. Sherry Dugan says:

    I like the creme filled chocolate iced doughnuts the best….but there may not be any that I would refuse.

  87. Sherry Dugan says:

    I like the Domestic Rebel on Facebook!

  88. My favorite donut is peanut stick!

  89. HAYLEY….I actually just ate a red velvet donut – one of my personal faves, although I tried a peanut butter filled long john recently and I thought I died and went to heaven…it was amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ Your donuts are beautiful!

  90. I follow you on Facebook!

  91. I follow you on Twitter ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. And on Instagram too ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. I will never ever choose a bagel when there are yummy donuts close by:-) My favorite are chocolate cream filled!! I love how fun and red these donuts turned out!! I’m thinking eyeballs on them would be so fun!!!

  94. So many fun goodies…I love love LOVE that towel. I like you on Facebook!

  95. I follow you on Twitter:-)

  96. DONUTS?! This was unfortunate timing to read this because I am tired and hungry and I want to eat ALL THE DONUTS but I have none. So now I am dreaming about donuts. Except the ones with filling. I don’t like any filling.

    But if you are going to make me choose one, it will be old fashioned. Or else one with coconut.

    Dang it, I need a donut.

  97. I follow you on Instagram.

  98. I follow you on twitter @erinsgirls

    Also, donuts make me think of Homer Simpson and my favorite Homer quote: “God if you’re up there, save me Superman!”

  99. My favorite has to be cider donuts. Mmmm, apple picking, hot cider, and a cider donut. Can’t wait!

    Great giveway Thanks!

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  102. Wow it’s so hard to not like all donuts:)
    I however fall in love with Cream filled Long -Johns Oh my Oh my ๐Ÿ™‚
    I don’t are if they are iced in maple-vanilla or chocolate It’s all good!
    I also love all cake donuts with Sprinkles and and and and……

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  104. Cindy Aiton says:

    My current favorite is maple glazed. Yum! Thank you so much for offering such a sweet and generous giveaway. See what I did there? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.S. I will definitely be making your red velvet doughnuts for Halloween. Pure genius!

  105. Cindy Aiton says:

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  106. Cindy Aiton says:

    I follow you on Twitter – @normawatson

  107. Best donut is the Pon de Ring from Mister Donut shop. We lived in Japan for the last 10yrs and we had that almost every breakfast. Missing it soooo much. Wish they make it available here in the US.

  108. My favorite is apple cider donuts!

  109. Okay, I don’t even really care for red velvet, and I think I could eat a dozen of these – no problem! I love apple fritters, though I’d be hard-pressed to turn any donut down!

  110. I like you on Facebook!

  111. And follow you on Twitter.

  112. And Instagram. =)

  113. Jelly munchkins are the best! They have the perfect amount of filling!

  114. I also follow you on facebook =)

  115. Jennifer Mc says:

    Do I have to pick just one??? My favorite sweets in the world are DONUTS! But I must say even when I get a mixed dozen I ALWAYS get a glazed lemon filled and Blueberry cake – so yummy! And even though I have the full intention of sharing said dozen with my hubby and sweet boys… sadly they all disappear before they get a chance to enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚
    If I had my own donut pan maybe they would have a chance to actually share in my bad habit!
    BTW – love your blog and thanks for sharing all your AMAZING recipes!!

  116. All donuts!!!! The best are those craggily top ones!

  117. I follow you on FB

  118. Apple cider potato donuts might be my favourite thing ever.

  119. hi! following on twitter (:

  120. I love butternut donuts now, but my go-to donut when I was younger was always boston creme!

  121. I like you on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

  122. hmm… fave donut would be the first i can remember liking! dunkin donuts munchkins- all varieties (:

  123. Following you on twitter, too

  124. Oh my these might be the best donuts ever! I’m a huge sucker for red velvet (who isn’t)! As for the giveaway, my favorite donut is a vanilla glazed one!

  125. old fashioned all the way – but I’m a BIG red velvet fan!!

  126. of course I “like” you on FB

  127. follow you on twitter:)

  128. follow you in instagram – I sound like a stalker:) promise I’m not that creepy

  129. donuts with white frosting and lots of SPRINKLES!!!!!!!

  130. and, of course i’ve already liked you on facebook! ๐Ÿ™‚

  131. Fave donut: strawberry donuts from Top Pot in Seattle! =)

  132. Already a facebook fan!

  133. and…now i’m following you on instagram.

    what can i say? i need a donut pan! and all of those other goodies! plus, i’m just thrilled to be able to access your site on my computer again!

  134. Maple Bars.

  135. Liked on Facebook

  136. Already a twitter follower! Man, those donuts look SO good.

  137. I like glazed donuts

  138. I like you on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
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  139. I love the chocolate-covered Bostom cream filled.

  140. These look delicious!! And I’m a sucker for anything with sprinkles. If I had to choose I’d say chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles!

  141. Donut holes, yum! Poppable ๐Ÿ™‚ Though I do like the cream filled – ooo yum! Or long johns….mmmmm this is probably why I don’t get donuts a lot, I can’t make up my mind and eat them all ๐Ÿ™‚

  142. Already like you on Facebook

  143. Following Twitter

  144. Following Instagram! ๐Ÿ™‚

  145. I looooove chocolate covered custard filled donuts! and blueberry donut holes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  146. I liked you on facebook, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  147. My most favorite donuts are old fashioned Glazed chocolate cake donuts! Mmmm bear claws too (:

  148. I like you on fb

  149. I follow your tweets!

  150. Chocolate Long John…yum!

  151. Liked ya on FB! ๐Ÿ™‚

  152. Buttermilk donut!!

  153. Holy crap that look insanely good! But so far my favorite is a glazes blueberry

  154. I follow you on Twitter

  155. I like you on Facebook

  156. My favorite donuts are vanila- glazed chocolate old fashioned, but these red velvet ones might change that

  157. Either a maple bar or bear claw – depending on what type of mood I’m in when I want a doughnut. =)

  158. i think cinnamon sugar is my fave donut but i do loOOove anythign red velvet ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  159. rachel davis says:

    The orange cake and key lime pie donuts from blue dot donuts in new Orleans!!! Amazing!

  160. rachel davis says:

    And blueberry munchkins from Dunkin donuts (liked on facebook)

  161. rachel davis says:

    Mini powdered sugar from the grocery store, I tend to eat half the bag while at the computer at work (twitter)

  162. rachel davis says:

    Totally forgot about the brownie batter filled donuts Dunkin had for a bit…so good!

  163. Following on twitter

  164. Following in instragram

  165. Cinnamon snail doughnuts!

  166. A cake doughnut with white icing and toasted coconut all over the top! Oh, and warmed-of course. As Homer Simpson says, ‘Doughnuts, is there anything they can’t do?’

  167. I almost panicked when i couldn’t find your blog to check what new goodies you’ve been cranking out, thank goodness i just misspelled your web address ๐Ÿ™‚ sounds delish!
    i’ve always been a fan of the “hot out of the oven” krispe kremes!

  168. On twitter too ๐Ÿ™‚

  169. and facebook too!

  170. I love glazed yeast donuts, blueberry cake, bear claws, chocolate creme filled…I really can’t pick just one!

  171. I actually like the “questionable fruit filled” kind raspberry filled and glazed. so good! followed by the less tooth achingly sweet cinnamon twist.
    My boyfriend likes raspberry filed with the white icing and fruit loops on top! Something they do in Portland.
    I will have to give this a try if I get a donut pan!

  172. Plain ol’ cake donuts are my favorite. No glaze or anything, just the plain ones. Don’t know why, but I love ’em!

  173. I liked you on Facebook (you’re one of my favorite people to follow!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  174. I follow you on Twitter

  175. And I also follow you on Instagram!

  176. Nothing beats a glazed buttermilk bar!

  177. Follow you on Facebook

  178. Hi! Following on Instagram!
    Great photos!

  179. Tammy Sullivan says:

    Apple fritters are my favorite

  180. Tammy Sullivan says:

    Also follow you on Facebook!

  181. Mary fanara Coleman says:

    My favorite is a maple bar with cream filling

  182. Mary fanara Coleman says:

    I follow via twitter

  183. How are you not a red velvet fan?? It’s the best cake in all the land! I’ve requested it for my birthday almost every year since I was 12.
    And these look like glorified cupcakes. Not doughnuts. Tricky, tricky…

  184. I soooo need some of that red velvet baking emulsion in my life right now, and the butter, and the donut cavity pan. They don’t sell them here. The dish towel is cute, I need that too. Hopefully I can enter since they can be sent to a US address.

    What fonts did you use in that top photo? I need them too LOL.

  185. Love you on Facebook.

  186. Stalk you on Twitter.

  187. And finally, watching your every move on Instagram.

    (I’m joking, totally, Thought I’d keep in with the Halloween theme (and rhyme too!))

  188. Cindy Keltner says:

    Raised donuts with chocolate frosting are the best, but only in bar form.

  189. All 3 done! Picking 1 favorite donut is hard to do!
    The best donut I’ve had is a Kaldi Crunch Donut.
    A local donut shop makes a chocolate glazed donut with coffee beans ground on top. Delicious!

  190. Thnx for the tip &so crazy about doughnuts try glaze w /3. Bacon. From diners drivein &you dives

  191. WOAH! These are soooo colorful and beautiful and make me jump for joy! I wants these now!

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