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Old Fashioned Red Velvet Donuts

Old Fashioned Red Velvet Donuts

Red Velvet?  Donuts?  Um, yum!  These were absolutely delicious.  The kind of donut you wait for at brunch after going to church in the morning.  Ugghghg…I wish we made more…


This past fall, we made some yummy pumpkin donuts.  We sort of cut through that recipe and opted in for cake mix instead – it made it so much easier.  Experimenting with cake mix is always fun.  It’s easy and delicious.  We thought we’d try out a box of red velvet cake mix – yum!  Have you ever had those chocolate glazed donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts?  That’s what we were trying to go for.


We used a little bit of cake mix at a time – this yielded 6 large donuts, or 3 large donuts and 12 mini donuts – the perfect amount for the two of us to last for the week.  So be sure to double your recipe if you want a full dozen.

Old Fashioned Red Velvet Donuts

  • 1 1/4 cups + 1 tbsp red velvet cake mix OR any other kind!
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp melted butter


  1. Turn on your oven and preheat to a chilly 425 degrees.
  2. Beat all of your ingredients in a small bowl until combined – should look and feel like cake batter.
  3. Lightly spray your fancy donut pan (We got our large and mini pans from from HomeGoods) with cooking spray.
  4. Spoon in the batter into the donut pan. Only fill about 2/3 the way up. We over filled one and it was a frankenstein – but a yummy frankenstein. We used our steel pastry bag to pour in the batter – our pumpkin donuts were so messy last time.
  5. Pop in the oven and bake for 5-8 minutes. Our oven has a horrible baking problem and cooks things too fast. So the 5-8 minutes is very loose.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate them to your liking.  Want a glaze recipe?

Old Fashioned Red Velvet Donuts

Red Velvet Donuts

Photos were updated and replaced on 5/15/2016.

  • Holly
    April 9, 2016 at 2:51 AM

    For this I just take the cake mix right out of the box and mix it with the buttermilk? Or do I premix the cake mix as it says on the box and take the required amount of mixed cake batter and mix it with the buttermilk?

    • Brian Marquis
      Brian Marquis
      April 9, 2016 at 8:18 AM

      Hi Holly, thanks for commenting! The dry mix – I’ll add that note so it’s clearer. Thanks!

  • LaTisha Carter
    August 25, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Can I fry these in oil or is this recipe just for oven use?

    • Brian Marquis
      Brian Marquis
      August 25, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      Thanks for commenting LaTisha. The batter is much thinner than traditional donut dough for frying. This is a baked recipe.

  • Dyane
    May 27, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Is it the same cooking time for the little pan?

    • Brian Marquis
      Brian Marquis
      May 27, 2015 at 5:51 AM

      Thanks for commenting Dyane. Our oven can be fast and loose so even the 5-8 minutes for the large pans can vary. 5 minutes is a good start, but always check on them in case they cook sooner.

  • michelle
    May 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Where can I find a donut pan

    • Brian Marquis
      Brian Marquis
      May 10, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      We have a mini (makes 12) and a regular sized pan (makes 6). We got them at a homegoods near us. I’ve seen them at Target/Walmart and grocery stores in the cooking equipment aisle.

  • michelle
    May 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Why isnt anyone that posts this recipe using the whole box of cake mix and just tweaking the recipe.

    • Brian Marquis
      Brian Marquis
      May 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      A whole box made way too much for us. If you’re looking for over a dozen double the recipe.