Baked Mini Vanilla Cake Donuts

Who says you can’t have fun with food? Try these baked mini vanilla cake donuts for the tastiest and cutest way to start your day. Perfect for brunch, breakfast or a quick, poppable snack, these mini vanilla cake donuts are almost too cute to eat! 

Baked Mini Vanilla Cake Donuts – Healthyish Foods

I was able to make 24 mini donuts which sounds like a lot, but they are about the size of a silver dollar. They have a moist fluffy texture and taste great with the simple vanilla glaze.

Personally, I like to enjoy them with a cup of coffee or as a sweet treat throughout the day. The only thing I would advise against is adding extra sprinkles into the batter. Adding the extra sprinkles made the batter a little too sweet for my liking. 

Baked Mini Vanilla Cake Donuts – Healthyish Foods

Fun fact: this is the vanilla cake recipe I use to sell in-stores. It tastes so great and is made from a few simple, tasty ingredients. 

Looking for other tasty brunch menu ideas? Try my Healthyish zucchini pie or my protein packed egg muffinsfor a delicious way to kickstart your day! 

Baked Mini Vanilla Cake Donuts – Healthyish Foods
Baked Mini Vanilla Cake Donuts – Healthyish Foods
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Baked Mini Vanilla Cake Donuts

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mini cake donuts
Servings: 6 people


  • baking tray
  • mini donut tray
  • piping bag
  • 3 mixing bowls


Donut Batter

  • ⅓ cup + 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup AP flour I did NOT test any other flours
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • GENTLY spray your mini donut tray with baking spray. A light coating goes a long way. Set aside.
  • Grab two mixing bowls.
  • Add the cane sugar and vanilla flavor to one bowl. Whisk together. This is called plating your sugar.
  • In that same bowl add the room temperature unsalted butter and 1 egg. Mix until everything is well combined.
  • In a second bowl add the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk until your batter forms.
  • Next, you’ll pour the batter into a piping bag.
  • Gently squeeze the batter into the mini donut tray.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. I was able to get two batches of 12 mini donuts.
  • Prepare the vanilla glaze while the first batch of mini donuts are baking.
  • In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Whisk until the glaze forms.
  • Once the donuts are cool, gently dip them (face down) into the batter. You will not fully submerge them, just a light dip that covers half of the donut. Top with a few sprinkles and set aside.
  • Repeat this process until all of the mini donuts are glazed and sprinkled.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh is a recipe developer and creator of the brand, Healthyish Foods®. Sarah makes plant-based, fish and chicken recipes that are simple and delicious. Her work can be seen in Healthy-ish by Bon Appetit and Bon Appetit Magazine (digital), Women’s Health Magazine (digital) and Mind Body Green. Sarah is a Pittsburgh, PA native but currently lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dan and rescue dog, Graci!

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