Black Velvet Donuts

I've been excited about Halloween for awhile. There are so many things I want to bake. There are so many candies and decorations I want to use. Also, two of my friends are having a combined birthday/Halloween party this year and I can't wait! I haven't done anything for Halloween the past couple of years, which made me sad because I thought maybe I had gotten too old for it. But that's completely ridiculous. You are never too old for Halloween. 

Some time last year I bought a mini doughnut maker for around $20 at Target. I don't use it very often and I don't know why. It's pretty easy and the doughnuts are so little and cute!

I was trying to think of something I could make for Halloween that isn't made very often. After Halloween last year, my mom randomly bought me a ton of Halloween sprinkles and things on sale. So I knew I wanted to incorporate sprinkles into it somehow. Also, I feel like sprinkles make everything cuter. I may have gone a little overboard on that part, though. Black and orange needed to be included too, so I decided on black velvet donuts with a cream cheese glaze.

As easy as it is to use the mini doughnut maker, I don't think I've mastered it yet. These black velvet doughnuts turned out pretty well though. Mainly, I love how bright and colorful they are. I even put some tiny spider sprinkles on some of them, and I don't deal with spiders. Even fake sugary ones.

For this recipe, I used a basis doughnut recipe that came in a booklet with my mini doughnut maker and added some things to make it red velvet, or "black velvet".


2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vinegar
2-3 tsp black food coloring

If you're using a mini doughnut maker:
  • Prepare the mini doughnut maker according to the included instructions.
  • Combine all ingredients except for oil in a medium sized bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on medium speed until incorporated. 
  • Add oil and beat for one minute. Add more food coloring if the color isn't as dark as you'd like it.
  • I plugged in my doughnut maker at this point and let it preheat while I transferred the doughnut batter to a decorating bag. When the doughnut maker has preheated, cut the tip off the bag.
  • Pipe the doughnut batter into the doughnut molds and close it. Let the doughnuts bake for a 2-3 minutes, or however long it says on the instructions.
  • When the doughnuts are done, transfer them to a cooling rack.

If you're using a doughnut baking pan:
  • Spray pan with non-stick spray and preheat oven to 350 degress.
  • Prepare doughnut batter as stated above.
  • Use a spoon, or you can still use a decorating bag, to fill the pan. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes and check doughnuts. If they aren't slightly golden-brown, bake for a couple more minutes.


2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature
1-2 tsp orange food coloring

  • Combine all ingredients in a small or medium bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. 
  • Mix on medium speed until completely combined.
  • Add more food coloring if it isn't as orange as you'd like it.
  • Make sure the doughnuts are completely cool before you dip them in the glaze. 
  • Hold doughnuts upside down and dip one side into the glaze. If it isn't thick enough, you could add more cream cheese or powdered sugar to the glaze, or wait a minute and dip the doughnut in the glaze again. I did two layers of glaze on mine.
  • I recommend dipping a doughnut in the glaze, letting it sit for a moment, and adding sprinkles after that. I wouldn't dip all the doughnuts in the glaze and then add sprinkles to all of them because the glaze would probably be dry on most of them.
  • Also, I didn't use all of my doughnut batter. This recipe makes a ton of mini doughnuts. I just stopped after I had enough, and even then I didn't dip them all in glaze. I still have some plain doughnuts in my refrigerator. 

I like using my mini doughnut maker because the doughnuts are baked instead of fried. They're cake doughnuts, which I like to think are healthier than fried doughnuts. I mean, they probably are a little bit. But I think I prefer the texture of  fried doughnuts, though. And by that I mean, when I think of doughnuts, I immediately think of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. So I might have to try frying some doughnuts soon, just so I can really compare the two. 

I got some of my friends to eat about half of these last night, but I still have some left. Any takers?


  1. Visually, I think your best work so far. Your photos turned out great. I just wish I could have eaten one. :o

  2. These look amazing. The pictures are wonderful. I want to run out and get a mini doughnut maker right now.

  3. I saw this post on Facebook and instantly thought it was a Pinterest post that someone was sharing! I'm sure folks will. The photography really looks so professional and very seasonal.

  4. thats how i found it was through pinterest, wow that pinned fast. These look so yummy. Ive never made donuts before but recently bought a donut pan for $4 at the store on sale so I cant wait to start trying out recipes. I'm guessing buttermilk is an essential every recipe i see has it.. Love that these are halloween colors too!

  5. Wow!!! Just wow! Great post & great photography! I love how you took a simple gadget and showed people how to make something beautiful!