Baked Mini Cake Doughnuts with Maple Glaze {Recipe}

On my recent trip to the Wilton headquarters (which included a mini shopping spree at the annual Wilton tent sale) I picked up two mini doughnut pans.  I usually try to steer clear of  “one use” pans, but they were just too cute to pass up!  And I love mini desserts so much I think I’ll find plenty of reasons to make good use of my new pans.  In fact, just this week a friend called to see if I could help bring some doughnuts to church on Sunday as a special “Doughnuts for Dads” after church treat (in celebration of Father’s Day).  Of course I can bring doughnuts… and I’ll make them myself!

The Wilton pan comes with a recipe right on it, so I thought that would be a good place to start.  I gave it a practice run and I’m quite happy with it.  I will be experimenting with other recipes as time goes on, but this was a nice starting point.

~ Baked Mini Cake Doughnuts ~

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk plus 1 teaspoon white vinegar, mixed and set aside)

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425*F.  Spray mini doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together (or stir with a whisk), flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Add buttermilk, egg, and butter and stir until just combined.

Scoop batter into a large ziplock style bag, or large piping bag and snip off the tip to fill doughnut pan.

Fill each doughnut cup approximately 1/3- 1/2 full.  The batter will rise quite a bit during baking.

Bake 4-6 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched.

 Cool in pan 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Makes 36 mini doughnuts.

Recipe Source- Adjusted slightly from the Wilton mini doughnut pan

~ Maple Glaze ~

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple extract (as desired)

*For a vanilla glaze, simple substitute 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in place of the maple extract

In a small bowl, stir together sugar, milk and extract until sugar is completely dissolved.  Use immediately to glaze doughnuts.  Dip each doughnut in glaze, then set on a plate or baking sheet and top with sprinkles of your choice.

Go ahead and go get yourself a mini doughnut pan, because I think you’ll be seeing a few more of these from me!  There are all sorts of variations I want to try.  In fact, Sprinkle Bakes, Cooking with my Kid and Cookies and Cups have all recently made some delicious looking variations!


  1. Oh these look so yummy!! I wanted to reach in and grab one :)

  2. Thanks so much for this recipe. I have this pan and haven't used it yet.

  3. These are so darn cute! How mini are they? Is that a cupcake stand? :)

  4. I have a mini doughnut pan which I confess to only using the once. But with all these mini baked doughnuts popping up on blogs these days I think it may be time to get it put of storage. Love how professional yours look.

  5. Looks very good. Wish I loved closer so I could try one.

  6. I really love the idea of baked, not fried, donuts…especially if you can make them yourself!

  7. Oh my, what gorgeous looking donuts! Bookmarked it to try on this weekend. Thanks for sharing & have a great day.

  8. I have never tried baked donuts-you make them look terrific. Will definitely have to give them a try.

  9. Love the super mini donuts!! I still have to use my mini pan!!

  10. Glory, what a beautiful photo. The donuts look scrumptious!

  11. Adorable. I need to use my new donut pan too!

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  13. Yum! I made some chocolate doughnuts with my new pans! They are so fun!
    Love this recipe too!

  14. OOOH! These turned out beautifully!

  15. Can't wait to see them in person. Thanks again!

  16. I am so jealous. That Wilton workshop looks so fun. Your photo of these donuts in beautiful and I think I could easily eat at least 10 of these in one sitting!

  17. They are so little and cute. The maple glaze sounds really yummy.

  18. They look wonderful,I love that maple glaze.I found you from the foodie blog roll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this doughnut widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about doughnut,Thanks!

  19. I agree with one of the other commenters, I'd love to reach in to grab one of these! Yum! I just recently bought this pan, but haven't used it yet. This makes me want to get it out right now and whip up a batch! Thank you for sharing this!

  20. They look amazing and certainly don't look baked!!

  21. These look so yummy Glory! And love your photos of them…
    I think they would be better for you too if you make them yourself…surely!! :)

  22. these are just beautiful! and they look ridiculously good- thanks!

  23. Any suggestions how to make these if I don't have a donut pan? Could I use a mini muffin pan?

  24. My tummy is growling AND my mouth just watered.

    I have you to thank.

    Haha, these look delish! 😉


  25. They look so nice!!! Well done!

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  27. These look delicious, Thank you for posting the recipe, I’m going to use my doughnut pan for the first time! Oh, and I love how professional yours looks!

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  29. Does anyone know if these would work in a mini donut maker?
    This recipe looks much nicer than the one that comes with the machine.


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  33. Inspiring me to prepare some. Beautifully shot.

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  36. Is there an easy way to print this recipe? Thanks so much!

  37. Just made these with a normal-sized doughnut pan- it made 8. They’re cooling right now, will glaze them later, but I tried one that broke (forgot to grease the pan on the first batch, the rest came out ok with a little coaxing from a small spatula, but one broke on the way out) and it was very nice. I don’t have maple extract, going to do almond. For future reference, do you think it would work with maple syrup? I’m not sure the texture would be right for a glaze.

  38. My family loved this recipe! Easy to make and fun to eat! Thanks for this recipe, I hope you could share more of these easy recipes.

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