Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts (Reduced Fat & 233 calories)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Husband!red velvet 114

Today mark’s my husband’s ## birthday.  He’s one of those who doesn’t make a big deal about his birthday, and I’m the exact opposite which means, STOP everything you are doing and make it all about velvet 130
Each year I try to think of ways to make my husband’s birthday special and each year he declines my suggestions and tells me not to make a big deal about it.  I only have one word to say to him – WHATEVER!red velvet 182
His ideal birthday means no desserts from outside, no dining outside because we’ve been pigging out for the last 2 weeks, no gifts, and only homemade food for dinner. red velvet 185
Can you believe it?  Seriously, if you knew me, you’d know I’m the exact opposite of him which translates to… dessert from New York City, dinner at a romantic restaurant, lots of gifts, and no homemade food!red velvet 205
So this year, I made it about him and partly velvet 216
This means I baked doughnuts at home, we agreed that dinner at a restaurant will be over the weekend, gifts – well, I can’t NOT give him gifts on his birthday, that’s the best part and I totally ignore his thoughts on this one.  And dinner tonight will be homemade food.  red velvet 220
That’s fair, don’t you think?red velvet 246
Happy Birthday VS!  Here is to wishing you a lifetime full of happiness and hope you have a great day back at work.  Hopefully you’ll like what I have planned.  Love, velvet 268
And now let’s talk Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts.  I found this recipe on one of my favorite food sites – How Sweet Eats by Jessica.  The original recipe is from velvet 257
As you know I’m a huge fan of Red Velvet anything, and I recently made this decadent Red Velvet Cake over Christmas which incorporated oil in the recipe.  This version of Red Velvet Doughnuts uses butter which I feel results in a dryer cake and not as moist – especially when it comes to red velvet.  More on the review below, but overall these doughnuts turned out A-OK.  Enjoy!red velvet 234

There is no nutrition in this recipe.  

  • Instead of using 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp of sugar, I just used 1/3 cup of sugar. 
  • Instead of using a full fat cream cheese glaze, I used reduced-fat cream cheese and milk to make the glaze.

(makes 6 big doughnuts)
*you can also make 12 smaller doughnuts and cut the nutrition in half.
  • Calories: 233 cals
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.4 g
  • Carbs: 38 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g

(mostly adapted by How Sweet Eats; originally from Wilton)

~ yields 6 large doughnuts @ 425 degrees using a doughnut baking tray

*you can use Cake Flour instead of using a combination of All Purpose Flour & Cornstarch.
  • *All Purpose Flour – 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp
  • *Cornstarch – 2 tbsp
  • Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar – 1/3 cup
  • Egg – 1 large (lightly beaten)
  • Buttermilk 1.5% Lowfat – 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp
  • Unsalted Butter – 2 tbsp (melted and cooled)
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
  • Distilled White Vinegar – 3/4 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Food Color – 1 tsp


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.blondies 073
2. Grease a doughnut baking tray with velvet donut 116
3. In a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients – flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and sugar. velvet donut 106
4. Add the egg and buttermilk. velvet donut 109
5. Add the butter. velvet donut 112
6. In a small bowl, add the vinegar and baking soda.  You’ll observe a reaction.  Add the vanilla velvet donut 110
7. Add the contents of the small bowl to the batter. velvet donut 114
8. Add the red food color and mix – do not velvet donut 115
9. Using a spoon, add the batter to the doughnut pan.  You can also add the batter to a Ziploc bag and snip off the end – whichever is velvet donut 117
10. Into the oven for 8 velvet donut 119
11. This is what you should velvet donut 120

enough to glaze 6 to 8 doughnuts


  • Neufchatel Cream Cheese – 2 ounces (or reduced-fat cream cheese)
  • Powdered Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
  • Milk 2% Reduced Fat – 2 tbsp


1. Dip each doughnut into the cream cheese glaze for a few seconds.  Set aside on a flat velvet donut 129

2. Top with chocolate sprinkles.  Indulge with velvet 256

4 / 5
Overall, I found these Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts to be slightly dryer.  The doughnut wasn’t as moist as I had hoped, and as I mentioned above I prefer anything red velvet made with oil over butter.  In addition, I thought there was way too much cocoa powder incorporated in this recipe, and instead there should only have been a hint of cocoa. 

Furthermore, these donuts were huge.  I probably need to invest in another donut pan so they are just the right size, or simply just have the donut portion of the recipe.

I’ll have to re-work this recipe and come up with one that suits my palette.  Having said that, these doughnuts are definitely good, but they need to enjoyed when warm.  They don’t taste as great after 4 hours or more.  The cream cheese glaze is what makes these doughnuts sweet, creamy, and indulgent..

TELL ME: Have you ever baked doughnuts in the past?  If so, share some of your recipes.


  1. This looks amazing, I wish I was there to partake in it. JC

  2. Happy Happy Birthday to your hubby! Homemade food is seriously the best gift ever. And I'm with him - I could care less about my bday! :)

  3. this looks great
    tell VU i said happy b-day

  4. Wow I don't blame your hubby for wanting to eat homemade food...look who he has cooking! These look amazing! Wishing him a very happy birthday!

  5. Thanks guys, it seems all of you sided with him. I'm sure he'll be happy.

  6. I really need to get a doughnut pan! These look insanely delicious! Happy birthday to your husband! :)

  7. My husband is just like yours and I'm just like you...I plan for birthdays, especially mine, months ahead cos I always get so excited! The baked doughnuts look absolutely yummy!

  8. The donut pan is worth getting. Thanks guys!

  9. Wow these look seriously good!! YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing! Oh and I am totally with you on the birthday front..completely ignore request for no gifts!!

  10. These look amazing. I'm doing a cooking class tomorrow and i was struggling what to cook, I'm deffo going to make these...I think this recipe is good because you can change some of the ingredients on the top of the doughnut to suit yourself.

  11. @The Head Caterer - please check my suggestions.. because these could have been more moist. Also, you can probably add half the batter to another doughnut pan. Let me know how they turn out.

  12. Such a nice colour, I really love velvet coloured batter. As some people have to stay on diet for most of their life (hi, that's also me) some sweets with reduced fat are wonderful. And if they appear in such beautiful colours like your doughnuts it's even better!


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