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Red Velvet Scones

There's never been a more perfect scone! These Red Velvet Scones are easy to make (use a cake mix!), totally fool-proof, soft and moist, and super delicious! #scones #recipe #redvelvet


Somewhere along my blogging journey, I’ve discovered that I’m not very good at the holiday “stuff.” Like… making my food into Christmas Trees or Witch Hats. I’m not great at *decorating* food. So I usually default to holiday flavors and create all of my seasonal posts around that flavor. Pumpkin for Fall and Halloween. Peppermint for Christmas. White Chocolate for “snowy” Winter Time…


It’s just easier that way.


And Red Velvet is the obvious choice for Valentine’s Day. So as the big day nears, you can expect to see an onslaught of Red Velvet recipes on Something Swanky. I’m predictable that way. I hope you’ll pardon me the cliche. :)


Red Velvet Scones | These scones won't dry out, and are absolutely fool proof! Such an easy and yummy Valentine's Day Breakfast idea! #scones #recipe #redvelvet #valentines


I was thrilled with these Red Velvet Scones. I knew I wanted to use a cake mix to get a gorgeous red color and to keep it from drying out (maybe you don’t share my love of boxed mixes, but I’ve always found cake mix to be the cure for baked goodies which typically become dry and stale the quickest).


These scones turned out perfectly moist and soft, and they’re absolutely fool proof. They’re very best fresh out the oven and topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans. But I can assure you that they are also plenty delicious the next day!


The perfect Valentine’s breakfast to make for your sweetie :).


Recipe adapted from: scrumdillydilly
Red Velvet Scones


    For the Scones:
  • 1 1/4 cup Red Velvet Cake Mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 1 1/4 cup flour (plus a little extra for dusting)
  • 8 tablespoons of cold butter
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 - 8 oz. package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


    For the Scones:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Do not grease.
  2. Mix together the cake mix and flour in a large bowl.
  3. Use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut in the cold butter until the mixture looks crumbly.
  4. Create a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the milk. Use a wooden spoon to gently mix the milk into the rest of the mixture. Just like in making biscuits, try not to over mix. Only mix until the dough has JUST formed. Tip: make things easier on your self by trying to keep the dough all in the center of the bowl, like you're forming a dough ball.
  5. Dust a small handful of flour over the dough in the ball, and with well floured hands, form the dough into a ball and remove it to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Gently press the dough to flatten into a domed circle that is approximately 8 inches in diameter,
  7. Use a greased knife to cut the circle into 8 wedges (easiest to make 4 long cuts across the diameter of the circle).
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. For the cream cheese frosting:
  10. Use a hand mixer to beat together the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla.
  11. Spread over the scones and top with chopped pecans (optional).

Notes about this Recipe:

  • Be sure to keep some flour on hand. Add a little bit at a time to the dough if it’s a little loose and needs a little help forming into a ball (but not too much! Too much flour will make it dry. JUST enough to form a ball).
  • Keep your hands well floured when handling the dough.
  • And, no, I didn’t make a mistake in the cream cheese frosting ingredients. There is no butter, and you use granulated sugar– not powdered sugar :)
Red Velvet from Friends:


Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

28 comments on “Red Velvet Scones”

  1. I too struggle with the holiday blogging stuff! One of my blogging goals this year is to get better at it. Chances are I will do the same thing as you and just stick with the flavors and colors. Pink frosting clearly makes something a Valentines’ Day dessert right?

  2. Oh, these scones look so moist and would go perfect with a cup of tea! Thanks for reminding me about Valentine’s coming up….I need to get baking! :)

  3. I’m not good with the holiday cutesy stuff, either. I just don’t have that crafty/decorating gene! But I can totally get behind these red velvet scones…they turned out just gorgeous! Loooooooove your pictures, too. And thanks so much for the shout-out on my cheesecake brownies–that just made my day. :-)

  4. I LOVE this Ashton. I can’t wait for the month of red velvet. :)

  5. Going to make these for my kiddos for breakfast today!!! Why wait for February? Do you think it would work with strawberry cakeix as well?

  6. These look amazing! What a fabulous idea to serve up for Valentine’s Day breakfast. Pinning :)

  7. What a way to start breakfast! I am starting to get into scones now. Nice twist!

  8. I am all ready for all your fun red desserts! Bring it on! And cake mix for scones? What a great idea! I am so picky about my scones…they CANNOT be dry. These look like they are that perfect scone texture that I love!!!!

  9. Yum!!! These look delicious!

  10. I tried to fix these this morning. My dough was so wet, I just couldn’t form it into a disc. I fixed them like drop biscuits and they looked like cookies but my girls said they were good! Would love to know if anyone else has the same problem.

    Also, I still cannot get anything to pin from your website? Is there some security feature or something that I don’t understand ha ha??

    Thanks for the recipes :-).

    • No! I have no idea what’s going on! There are two of you who can’t pin, and it’s so random! Which Pin button are you using? The one in the post, the one in the box below the post, or one in your tool bar?

      I’ll add a note to the instructions– you may need to just add a little more flour to firm it up a bit. And you seriously can’t mix it too much. I’ll add another note– it’s really more of a folding motion the whole time instead of a stirring….. Do you think either of those things would have made a difference to your batch?

    • I have tried pinning every possible way and it won’t work!

    • Also… I may just have to make more scones so I can write more specific instructions :) Hmm….. Maybe turtle scones?

  11. Red Velvet is so Valentine’s day and these scones look great! I love making scones, in fact I make some almost every weekend. Guess I have to try red velvet next time. Thanks for the recipe

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  20. Great idea but the dough is waaay too wet. Barely possibly to form and dough ball let alone slice them.

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  22. Lovely recipe! Is it possible to use almond milk instead of skim milk? Thanks :)

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