Food Fun Friday: Homemade Mini Baked Donuts


About a year ago I got this mini donut pan from Crate and Barrel. We had gotten a gift card and most things there were over the amount we had on the card, so we ended up with the mini donut pan. I had visions of making freshly baked donuts all the time. Well, it's been a year and I am packing up for our move and come across the UNUSED donut pan. So we made some donuts. 

I found a recipe for baked cake donuts on I made a few tweaks and they turned out yummy, especially just out of the oven. This will make approximately 48 mini donuts.
Ingredients you will need:
2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
1 tsp of salt
3/4 cup of milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbs of butter
For glaze:
1 cup of confectioner's sugar
2 Tbs of hot water

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease your donut pan. In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.

Stir in milk, eggs, vanilla and butter. Beat together until blended well.

Fill each donut hole halfway full. This was the trickiest part for me. Mine ended up being filled more than halfway and they turned out bigger than I would have liked. The batter will be thicker than your normal cake/cupcake batter. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes.

Here they are just out of the oven. I overfilled mine so some of the holes were almost closed.

Pop them out of the pan and they are ready to decorate.

We made three varieties of donuts: cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, and glazed with sprinkles. I mixed up some white sugar and cinnamon in a bag and coated the donut with a little bit of cooking spray. Next I dropped the donut in the bag and the kids shook it around.

B makes a powdered donut using the same method.

To make the glaze, simply mix the confectioner's sugar with the hot water until it is no longer lumpy. Dip the top of the donut in the glaze and shake on some sprinkles.

The kids were excited to try the donuts they created. They loved them and I loved how they are way healthier than regular donuts. 

Our yummy creations!



  1. those are so cute! and so are your kids! I need a donut pan!

  2. Cooking activites provide so many great learning experiences, Math, Science, Reading, Discover, Vocabulary and my favorite...togetherness. What a nice post to see them enaged and learning together! Thanks for sharing:)

  3. I've done this with my grandsons and they are so proud of the results. We always have a great time. I agree with Deborah - lots of opportunities for learning while having fun! Renee

  4. @Katie,thanks! We will be using our more often.

    @Deborah,thank you so much for the comment. The kids are much more invested in a food when they actually help cook it - - and when it's donuts.

    @Renee,What are your favorite kinds of donuts to make?