Birthday Cake Baked Donuts are a colorful treat for any occasion.
This easy to make recipe will put a smile on anyone's face! Light and fluffy buttermilk donuts are filled with sprinkles. The baked donuts are then dipped in a warm glaze and topped with more sprinkles! Make them for breakfast or dessert!
Why this recipe works so well:
Birthday cake baked donuts were super fun to make.
First of all, who doesn't love a good donut? If you're looking for a baked cake doughnut recipe, you've come to the right place. What I'm sharing here is basically a baked glazed donut recipe. Simple and easy.
These are not to be confused with my birthday cake sugar cookies. Those are also covered in sprinkles and are flavored with a touch of almond extract. But we all know cookies and doughnuts satisfy two different kinds of cravings!
Have you ever woken up your favorite birthday boy or girl with donuts?
Instead of buying maple bars and apple fritters, make up a batch of these fun birthday cake baked donuts and I promise it will be a birthday breakfast long remembered!
Here's how to make them:
- First step is to make the donut batter. You will make this very similar to a pancake or muffin recipe - combine the dry and wet ingredients separately and then mix them together. Take care not to over mix. Then the sprinkles are folded into the batter.
- I like to transfer the batter to a gallon sized resealable storage bag, snip off the corner, and then pipe them into the donut baking pan.
- You will bake them in a preheated oven for about ten minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
- Final step is to make the glaze. Dip your warm (but not hot) donuts in the glaze, top with additional sprinkles, and let them sit until the glaze is no longer sticky.
Baked vs. fried donuts:
A real donut is made by dropping sweet donut batter into hot oil. Although that is my preferred method of eating donuts, I don't own a deep fryer. For that matter, I don't often deep fry anything.
Making baked donuts, on the other hand, is really not much different than making cupcake or a muffin. You prepare the batter, bake them in a donut pan, then cover with glaze.
Baked donuts are basically muffins but cuter, smaller and easier. The batter is also lighter.
For these donuts, I like to incorporate those long sprinkles right into the batter because they cook up so well.
The trick with baked donuts is to squeeze the batter into the donut pan using a plastic bag. The result is so much prettier than if you try to spoon it in.
Can you make them without a donut pan?
Not really. You could try to pipe them onto a baking sheet, but they won't hold their shape. You could cook them in a muffin tin, but then they would be muffins and not baked donuts.
he donut pans are relatively inexpensive and easy to find on amazon. If you're interested in making these, I highly recommend just buying the pan.
I prefer to make things interesting and use those little teeny tiny ball sprinkles on the top. They just add the perfect little crunch to the warm glaze.
When I made my birthday cake cookies, I snuck a bit of almond extract into the batter and for whatever reason, that stuff makes the end result taste fabulous!
Watch the step-by-step recipe video below:
Birthday Cake Baked Donuts
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- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- extra sprinkles to sprinkle on top
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
For the donuts:
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and granulated sugar together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a larger bowl, whisk the egg and buttermilk together until smooth. Add the melted butter along with the vanilla and almond extracts, whisking until fully combined. Add the flour mixture to this wet mixture and stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the sprinkles.
- Transfer the batter to a gallon sized freezer bag. Squeeze out all the air before sealing and snip the bottom corner off so that you can pipe one fat bead of batter into each well of the donut pan.
- Bake for 9–10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack placed over a large baking sheet to later catch all of the icing drips and allow to fully cool to room temperature.
For the glaze:
- Combine the confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and almond extracts in a small sauce pan. Heat over low heat while stirring constantly just to warm the glaze and allow the sugar to fully dissolve. Remove from heat.
- Dip the top of each donut in the warm glaze and return to rack. Then, once the glaze in the pot has cooled more and begins to thicken, re-dip each donut in the glaze once again and then top with additional sprinkles before the glaze sets.
- Donuts are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an air tight container for a couple days if not eaten right away.