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

Baked Mini Vanilla Cake Donuts

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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


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


  • 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!