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Baked Red Velvet {Heart Shaped} Donuts

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I’m sharing with my family and friends these amazing baked (cake) red velvet donuts that are in the shape of hearts! These are a perfect Valentine’s morning breakfast treat. I mean who doesn’t like cake for breakfast? 
I’m well aware that all things red velvet are cliche for Valentine’s Day, and the heart pan may have just brought these donuts over the top, but its all in the name of love and the holiday! 
When I first spotted this recipe from Taste & Tell blog during her week of Red Velvet madness I knew I had to make these, and then as I browsed through the aisles of Target I spotted the heart shape donut pan and knew it was meant to be. I also knew my husband was not going to be happy with me bringing home another baking dish. Hence another reason why I knew I need to make red velvet flavored donuts. It’s his favorite cake flavor.

I added a little red food coloring to the frosting to give it an additional Valentine’s feel, but if you feel like you’ve already consumed enough food coloring in the cake you can omit the food coloring in the frosting. These look like donuts but taste like red velvet cake and the glaze suits for a perfect “frosting”. 

Source: Taste & Tell Blog

Baked Red Velvet {Heart Shaped} Donuts
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Dessert
Author: Katie’s Cucina via Taste & Tell Blog
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 18
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp red food coloring
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray. Melt the butter and chocolate in intervals in the microwave and in separate bowls.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the sugar and egg. Add the melted butter and melted chocolate to the egg-sugar mixture. Add the vanilla, buttermilk, and red food coloring.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing just until combined. Fill the donut pan with the batter, filling each about 1/3 full if using heart pan. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.

To Make the vanilla glaze:

In small bowl, stir together 4 tbsp hot water, 2 cups confectioners sugar, 1 tablespoon half & half, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 3 drops red food coloring. Make sure all ingredients are well incorporated and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Use immediately to glaze the donuts; dipping the tops of each donut in the glaze. Then let the glaze harden on a wire rack. *If the glaze starts to harden you can add more hot water.


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11 Responses to “Baked Red Velvet {Heart Shaped} Donuts”

  1. Danielle posted on February 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm (#)

    These look great!

  2. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray (Soon to be Rachel Cooks) posted on February 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm (#)

    These are adorable, Katie! And your pictures are great. Thinking I need to get myself that lightbox…

  3. Droolius posted on February 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm (#)

    When I make these I will post pics!!

  4. Kelly Senyei posted on February 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm (#)

    These look so spectacular, and donuts are my favorite food of all time!

  5. Teresa, posted on February 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm (#)

    I just had time to see what you have been up to this week and I must let you know that I adore your heart-shaped doughnuts.


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