I recently bought a donut pan. Donuts can be so cute and chic that I just had to have one, and I successfully made my first batch this weekend. Donuts will not replace my classic cupcakes but they sure look professional. Normally donuts are made by deep frying them; not only is not very good for you, I did not want to dirty my new stove with hot oil. Baking donuts is still a thing, especially since donut pans exist which make it super easy to bake rings. The donuts come out more cakey because they are baked, but it didn’t make them any less delicious.
The recipe here is vanilla flavoured (adapted from Cooking Classy), but I will now be on the hunt for the best donut recipes; playing with consistency, ingredients, and cook time (don’t worry I will share the list when I have one). You could also alter the icing I used. My glaze was basic just thin butter icing, but there are a million different recipes that you could use.
Baked Vanilla Bean Doughnuts
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 8 minutes | Yield: 14
2 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 small pinch salt
2 – 3 Tbsp milk
Food coloring and sprinkles (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Spray doughnut tin and set aside (I only have one donut pan so I had to make them in three batches)
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, blend together melted butter, vegetable oil, sugar and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. Blend in eggs one at a time then mix in vanilla extract.
- Working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with half of the milk and mix just until combined after each addition. Spoon batter into buttered doughnut wells, filling them about 1/4-inch from the rim.
- Bake in preheated oven 7 – 8 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into doughnut comes out clean.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool until lukewarm then dip in glaze and return to wire rack, immediately top with sprinkles if using and allow glaze to set at room temperature.
- In a bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla and salt then stir in 2 Tbsp of milk, adding additional milk 1 tsp at a time to reach desired consistency and whisk until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired.
- Warm in microwave in 6 – 10 second intervals on HIGH power to warm as it begins to set while dipping doughnuts, as needed, whisking after heating.