A Spicy Red Velvet Cake Made of Donuts. Oh Yeah, We Made It!
Got a sweet Valentine you’re looking to spoil this year? Try this whimsical wonder: stacked four-high, these Red Hot Velvet Donuts make the perfect two-serving “cake.” No joke! This over-the-top treat is like a cross between rich Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake and luscious Red Velvet—sweet with a bit of spice. Of course, you could always enjoy one “layer” on its own with a cup o’ coffee, but we recommend stacking them sky-high, because, why not? It’s time to celebrate!
<br/>– 1 cup all purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
– 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
– 1 egg
– 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
– 1 1/2 teaspoons red velvet emulsion or
– 1 teaspoon vanilla + red gel food color
For the Pink Almond Glaze:
– 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
– 1/2 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice or pink food gel color
– 3-4 tablespoons milk, or until slightly runny consistency
For the Dark Chocolate Glaze:
– 1/4 cup heavy cream
– 2 tablespoons corn syrup
– 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 3 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
It’s pretty simple: combine powdered sugar, almond extract, and maraschino cherry juice with milk until its consistency is ever so thin, then dunk until your heat’s content (if you’re doing this with freshly baked donuts, make sure they’re still slightly warm for this.) Then, let them cool on a rack while you whip up the finishing touch, aka the dark chocolate glaze.
Once you’ve whisked your chocolatey mixture, let it cool before you generously drizzle it over your donuts. Just move the bowl back and forth over the entire sheet pan so that your drizzles look super pro.
Now for the best part: building your donut cake. You could stack one on top of the other and cross your fingers they stay in place, or you can use decorated cake dowels to keep your stash stacked (read: do this! You can even scroll through this post to find super cute printables to use as cake toppers!)
See what we mean? So pretty…but not pretty enough to NOT want to eat ;)
This unconventional cake is perfect for sharing. Dig in, Valentine!
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.