Red Velvet Doughnuts

We all know doughnuts are the best way to win someone’s heart, so what could be more romantic than these Red Velvet Doughnuts? You’ll be fending off proposals, left and right.



  1. 60g unsalted butter
  2. 150g caster sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 10g cocoa powder
  5. 1 tsp Queen Red Food Colour Gel
  6. 1 tsp Queen Organic Vanilla Bean Paste
  7. 120ml buttermilk
  8. 250g plain flour
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
  11. 1 tsp white vinegar
  1. 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  2. 2 tbsp boiling water
  3. Pink pearls


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 170C. Lightly grease donut pan.

  2. Step 2

    Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, cocoa, red gel colour and vanilla, mix until well combined.

  3. Step 3

    Add half of the buttermilk and mix slowly, then add half the flour and mix. Repeat with the remaining buttermilk and flour.

  4. Step 4

    Add salt, bicarb soda and vinegar. Mix on low until incorporated, then increase speed to high and beat for 2 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Spoon mixture into doughnut pan, filling each well 3/4 full.

  6. Step 6

    Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cake springs back when pressed lightly. Remove from oven and gently turn onto a cooling rack. Repeat with any remaining mixture. Allow donuts to cool completely before icing.

  7. Step 7

    For icing, mix water and sugar to form a paste.

  8. Step 8

    One at a time, dip doughnuts in icing, and quickly decorate with Soft Sugar Pearls and if desired, coloured sugar (see note). Icing will dry quickly so do not delay between icing and decorating.

Discover our tutorial for DIY coloured sugar here.