How to Make Baked Donuts with a Simple Vanilla Glaze

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I’m not sure what it is about 2020 (ha ha ha) but our family has really developed a thing for donuts lately!  WAY too many trips to the Tim Horton’s drive-thru lately and it’s starting to show.  Trust me – it’s all over our hips and our bank statements.  So I thought I’d look for some ways to have some awesome sweet treats at home that are a little healthier than the takeout versions.  And believe it or not, these snacks hardly take more time than getting into the car, heading to the nearest donut shop and waiting in line!  I took some inspiration from Wilton and learned how to make Baked Donuts with a Simple Vanilla Glaze!



What You’ll Need

One thing that I really love about these baked donuts is that you’ll typically already have all the ingredients on hand.  The only ingredient that I don’t regularly keep in my kitchen is buttermilk, but after tasting these awesome treats, I think it will become a staple around our house.  Everything else was sitting in the cupboard or fridge, just awaiting their transformation into a delectable dessert.

Your list of ingredients for the donuts is pretty basic:

  • Cake flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • Butter

And the ingredient list for the glaze is even easier:

  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract

Yeah – that’s it!  Oh, and of course, you’ll need your Wilton Non-Stick Donut Baking Pans!  These are awesome pans and I was so excited to get mine!  You can get the regular size and mini as well – how fun is that?

What You’ll Do – Baked Donuts

Overall, it’s a really basic recipe.  Sift your dry ingredients together, add in the buttermilk, eggs and melted butter and mix it.  Once it’s combined (not over-mixed!), I transferred the dough to a Ziploc bag for filling the donut pan.  You could also use a piping bag for this, but my Ziploc bags were handier at that moment.  Cut one corner off the bag and fill the individual cavities in the donut pan.  Only fill them about ⅔ full, or else your donuts will not come out donut-shaped!

Depending on your oven, they’ll bake for roughly 7-9 minutes.  You’ll know they are done when they spring back from the touch.  Let them cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.  I allowed my donuts to cool thoroughly before adding the glaze on top, so that it set nicely.

What You’ll Do – Simple Vanilla Glaze

The simple vanilla glaze is just that – simple!  Mix the sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a small bowl and make sure the sugar is totally dissolved.  I like to sift my sugar first to get rid of any big lumps, but it’s not necessary if you mix it really well.

To pour the glaze over the donuts, I transferred the mixture to a squeeze bottle, to give me more control of how much I wanted on each donut.  I got my bottle from my local dollar store but it’s very similar to this Wilton Mini Squeeze Bottle.

Alternatively, if you use a bowl that is wide enough, you could just dip your donuts into the glaze and then let them set on a tray.

Once you’ve added the glaze, you can add any toppings you might want.  I LOVE anything coconut, so naturally, I sprinkled some finely shredded coconut on some of the donuts.  The rest of them got chocolate sprinkles.  Note – these toppings are NOT included in the nutritional information contained in the recipe below.

These baked donuts with simple vanilla glaze are so easy and tasty!  And because they are baked, not deep-fried, you can feel good about serving them to your family any time you get the cravings!  Yummy!

Baked Donuts with Simple Vanilla Glaze

Baked Donuts with Simple Vanilla Glaze

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

So quick and easy to make, these delicious treats are healthier than the drive-thru! Topped with a simple vanilla glaze, these baked cake donuts are sure to please everyone!


Baked Donuts

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter

Simple Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


Baked Donuts

  1. Preheat oven to 425 ° F.
  2. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add buttermilk, eggs and butter.
  5. Beat mixture until just combined.
  6. Transfer mixture to a piping bag.
  7. Fill each donut pan cavity approximately ⅔ full.
  8. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until tops spring back when touched.
  9. Allow donuts to cool in pan for approximately 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  10. Allow donuts to cool completely before adding glaze.

Simple Vanilla Glaze

  1. Stir sugar, milk and vanilla extract together in a small bowl, making sure sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Drizzle or pour over donuts.
  3. Add additional toppings if desired.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 204Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 37mgSodium 333mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 0gSugar 22gProtein 4g

For other quick & easy recipes, be sure to check out these posts:

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