Mini Donuts

Baked Mini Cake Donuts ~ Donut coupled with the word “baked”, um yeah, I’ll have another. Throw on some rainbow nonpareils and I’ll have a few more.

Now you can see why I was so excited to get this pan for my birthday, of course so were my boys.

These mini donuts are fun and easy to make. And since this was my first time making donuts I followed the recipe on the pan. I have to admit, the recipe didn’t impress me enough that I would follow it next time. But when I’m trying something for the first time, I generally like to stick to the recipe then doctor it up after I tried it once.

Having said that, you will most likely see a few more donut recipes from me, since I love this pan and love making them.

A few notes:

  • Follow the bake and cool instructions explicitly. I didn’t the first time around because they looked under baked—uh,wrong. I ended with darkened bottoms and uneven tops.
  • These are best eaten the day of, as they become hard by the next day.
  • Use a pastry bag fitted with a #12 tip to fill the pan. Pipe one layer all the way around. Do not overfill.

Baked Mini Cake Donuts

Makes 24 mini donuts.  Prepare pan with baking spray. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.


  • 1¼ cups cake flour, sifted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1½ tbsp. butter, melted


  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, egg and butter and stir until just combined. Fill each donut cup approximately one-half full.
  2. Bake 4–6 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4–5 minutes before removing. Finish the donuts with glaze, sprinkles, or cinnamon sugar.
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25 Responses to “Mini Donuts”

  1. #
    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — August 21, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    I’ve been loving all the baked donuts around the blogosphere and so want one of those pans! I can’t wait to try them.


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    Su-yin — August 21, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    These look lovely! Baked mini donuts seem to be the new craze, I might just have to get myself a pan so I can join in the fun!


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    Michelle — August 21, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    Oh my gosh, they’re super cute. Now I have to add a mini donut pan to my wish list. Geesh!


  4. #
    Jenn — August 22, 2010 @ 3:22 am

    Your picture is amazing, it makes me really want a donut!


  5. #
    Kathy in Greendale — August 23, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    So cute! Could you share a link where we could see the pan?


    • Naomi replied: — August 23rd, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

      Hi Kathy,

      Here is the link for the mini donut pan from Sur la Table. It’s a Wilton pan, so you maybe be able to find it at Michaels if Sur la Table is not near you.


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    Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot — August 23, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    I am so going to make these! I’ve had my eye on those doughnut pans for a while now. Yum!


  7. #
    Lisa — August 23, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    OK I need to try these too! So pretty Naomi.


  8. #
    Glummy Mummy — August 23, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    These look so cute! Going to try baking these next week :)


  9. #
    Mimi — August 23, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

    So cute. I think I have room in my kitchen for a mini donut pan.


  10. #
    Eliana — August 23, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    Could these be any cuter….hmmm….I don’t think so!


  11. #
    Kathy in Greendale — August 23, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

    I’m adding these pans to my Christmas list…along with the link to help Santa with his shopping! ;)


  12. #
    Jessica — August 28, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to see the new donut recipes from your kitchen!

    Do they turn soft if you warm them in the microwave?


  13. #
    Amanda — August 30, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    How cute. These would be dangerous to me. Much too easy to pop in my mouth and end up eating all of them!


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    Lucy — August 30, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    I love these dounuts – they look so pretty and sound so delicious! Do you think it would be possible to make these free form? Or perhaps I should just treat myself to one of these fab tins :)


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    Meredith — September 1, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    Oh man this looks delicious! Your pictures are gorgeous! Everything here looks so yummy!
    I’ve recently launched my own blog, I’d love for you to check it out and tell me what you think :) Thanks!


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    Anne — September 12, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    I made these mini donuts this morning. I followed your recipe to the letter and they came out beautifully. My only complaint is that my glaze doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as yours. My glaze was quite opaque and you could see the donut through the glaze. Can you let me know your glaze recipe – or the trick to making them look like yours. Thanks so much. And – I love your blog! (and keep buying all the pans you suggest)


    • Naomi replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

      My glaze is a dipped buttercream with some food coloring (used very sparingly for that pastel coloring). See my post here for the tutorial.

      Thanks for letting me know how your donuts turned out and thanks for reading. Happy baking!


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    Anne — September 14, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    Thanks so much! I’m going to try the dipped buttercream next time.


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    ritu — April 30, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

    can u tell me how to make mini donuts without egg because I m vegetarian


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