Gluten Free Red Velvet Baked Donuts


One bowl, a handful of ingredients, plus a donut pan equals these deliciously moist, and tasty Gluten Free Red Velvet Baked Donuts. With a classic red velvet flavor and color they are ideal for Valentine’s Day!


Who doesn’t like a donut? With their light texture, glazed top and hole in the center for easy eating, they are a dessert that will never go out of style. Frying donuts gluten free can be a bit of a challenge. Creating a dough that can stand up to the kneading and frying is not as easy as it sounds to make without gluten. 

So when I found a pan that was made for baking donuts, the excitement within me built and the creative juices began to flow!

I began searching for recipes that I could make in my new found toy. Then I began creating flavor combos and for a while it seemed like the only thing I was baking was baked donuts.

For my niece’s birthday I made Minnie and Mickey donuts. (Something I don’t think I’ll be doing for a while, those suckers were time consuming!)

Gluten Free Minnie Mouse Baked Donuts
Gluten Free Brownie DOnuts

Then I made cinnamon sugar donuts and even brownie donuts. But somehow the one that really stood out were these Gluten Free Baked Red Velvet Donuts.

A quick batter, using one bowl made these donuts a real hit. And with Valentine’s Day in full swing, sharing this recipe now seemed like a great choice!

Red Velvet is a Valentine’s Day Classic and one of my favorite cake recipes. With the mild chocolate flavour, red color and cream cheese topping, these donuts are a play on the traditional cake recipe, just baked in a donut pan with a few minor changes. 

Gluten Free Red Velvet Baked Donuts dipped in glaze



Traditionally red velvet cake has buttermilk, unfortunately it isn’t always easy to find in Trinidad, so we have substituted the buttermilk for evaporated milk with a 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar and the results were delish!

You can also make these dairy free! Simply use your favorite dairy free milk in place of the buttermilk.


We’ve tried this recipe with expeller pressed coconut oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil and vegetable oil. A neutral oil is key, so when using oil in this recipe, make sure it’s one that won’t affect the taste of the batter. 


Cream cheese and red velvet go hand in hand, so it was the obvious choice for topping these donuts. But if you want a dairy free option, simply leave out the cream cheese when making the glaze for the donuts. (You might need to increase the powdered sugar slightly to make the glaze drizzle or dipping consistency)

Finally box these up, share them with friends and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Red Velvet Baked Doughnuts
Yield: 12-15 Donuts

Red Velvet Baked Donuts (Gluten Free)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes 10 seconds
Total Time: 22 minutes 10 seconds

One bowl, a handful of ingredients, plus a donut pan equals these deliciously moist, and tasty Gluten Free Red Velvet Baked Donuts. With a classic red velvet flavor and color they are ideal for Valentine’s Day!


Red Velvet Donuts

  • 1 1/4 cups GF 1:1 Baking Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted) or vegetable oil
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon red food coloring (depending on how red you would like the donuts)


  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons milk
  • Powdered sugar (about 1/2 - 3/4 cup)
  • splash of vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Using cooking spray, grease donut pans and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together GF flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Next add the sugar and whisk together.
  3. In a large measuring cup, mix together the oil, milk, vinegar, egg and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
  4. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add wet and whisk until just combined, trying not to overmix the batter. Next fold in the food colouring. I used 1/2 tbsp of powder but you could use gel or liquid.
  5. Pour the batter into a large piping bag. Snip off the top and pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan filling about 1half way. (if you are using regualr sized donut pans you will get about 12 donuts, if you are using smaller ones you may get about 15-18 donuts depending on the pan size)
  6. Bake in the center of the oven for about 10 - 12 minutes until the donuts are cooked through and spring back when you touch them. Remove from oven, let stand for a couple of minutes then remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. To prepare the glaze for the donuts, combine the cream cheese, vanilla and 1 teaspoon of milk in a bowl, whisk to combine. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and milk again until combined and a glaze like consistency forms. If you need to loosen up the mixture add more milk or if it needs to thicken add more powdered sugar.
  8. Once donuts are cool, drzzle them wiht the glaze or dip them to cover the top and finish wiht sprinkles. Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Drizzle Gluten Free Red Velvet Baked Donuts dipped in glaze

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  • Ronak Mehta

    August 18, 2020 at 8:15 am

    I tried out cake with the above recipe. The cake was very soft and tasty. Thank you.

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