Monday, December 5, 2011

Vanilla Cake Donuts

Hurray, my donut pan arrived from Amazon just in time to make donuts with three of my grandkids!  They spent the night & we whipped up the batter & icing for them to decorate their donuts the next morning.  I got the basic recipe from, but slightly adapted it to include no spice for the little ones.  Here's the adapted recipe:

2 c. cake flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
3/4 c. buttermilk                                                     
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 T. oil (or melted butter)
1 t. vanilla

Sift together the dry ingredients (my trick is to just use a whisk in the bowl & this mixes & aerates the dry ingredients...easy peasy!!).

Whisk in the rest of the ingredients.

Pour the batter into a greased (or sprayed) donut pan, two-thirds full.  You will use half the batter.  Save the rest for your next batch.

Bake at 425 degrees for 7-9 minutes.  Let cool in the pan for a few minutes & then turn the donuts out.

Simple Glaze

Mix powdered sugar & hot water together to get a pourable consistency.  Spread on donuts & let the kids decorate with sprinkles.

Chocolate Glaze

Melt a few chocolate chips in the microwave with a tiny bit of butter.  Add this to the leftover powdered sugar glaze for the chocolate lovers.

Woo-hoo...I can't wait to make more flavors of donuts.

Make 12 donuts
Happy donut helpers!!!

I am sharing with:


  1. Your grandkids are so cute! They look like they're having a great time. I haven't made a donut since high school-and that's a long time ago! Thanks for the recipe. Have fun!

  2. Hi Kitty,
    I am so used to dropping by your blog from Yvonne's on Monday. I just had to come say Hi, we will really miss her and her beautiful blog. Your helpers are just adorable and those donuts look awesome. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  3. ME ME ME...Can I be a happy donut helper too???!!! Oh dear me, I could talk donuts all day long. Do you want to know something? Donuts love me just as much as I love them....there, the secret is out.

    BTW, you reminded me with your generosity today of an important quote.

    The true measure of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
    Nelson Henderson

    Thank you for planting a tree with me today.



  4. I imagine your house smells wonderful... and I love your helpers. You are making some wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe...yum!

  5. Amazing donuts,Kitty!Your grandkids are very cute - you must have had a great time with such an energetic pack of helpers;)And congrats on your new donut pan!

  6. They look delicious! I think I may have to buy another pan to add to my collection :) Love those adorable, little kitchen helpers of yours!

  7. Hi Kitty,
    Your donuts look wonderful! When my father was alive we had our own tradition of making Christmas donuts together every year. Now I make them by myself. Bakery donuts cannot touch homemade! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week.

    Christmas blessings,

  8. They sound GREAT but NOOOO, I will not be making donuts:):) XO, Pinky

  9. Oh yum!!! And what cute donut helpers you have!

  10. Kitty, this is wonderful! I didn't realize that making donuts could be this simple. I thought they were always fried - even the cake ones. I think my grands would love doing this together. I'm going to pin your recipe to Pinterest and add it to my recipe board. Thanks for sharing!

  11. They are adorable! WI got my donut pan at Michaels with my 40 off coupon. I made apple donuts in it once, I have to dig it out again. Were you pleased with that recipe?

  12. Hello Kitty,
    Your little helpers are just adorable, that is what makes this time of the year so special. Those Vanilla Cake Donuts would be so good, with a nice cup of coffee or tea, yum! Have a wonderful week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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