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!

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43 Responses to “Baked Mini Cake Doughnuts with Maple Glaze {Recipe}”

  1. #
    Nana's Fun Stuff — June 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

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

  2. #
    Kat — June 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

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

  3. #
    Sue — June 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm

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

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    Chele — June 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    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.

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    Joy Adams — June 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm

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

  6. #
    Naturally Carol — June 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

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

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    My Little Space — June 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm

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

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    Delighful Sweet Treats — June 17, 2011 at 5:44 am

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

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    cookies and cups — June 17, 2011 at 6:48 am

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

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    At Anna's kitchen table — June 17, 2011 at 9:49 am

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

  11. #
    justJENN — June 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

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

  12. #
    Alia Dalwai — June 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm


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  13. #
    HoosierHomemade — June 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

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

  14. #
    Nam @ The Culinary Chronicles — June 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    OOOH! These turned out beautifully!

  15. #
    SweetSugarBelle — June 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm


  16. #
    Amy and Family — June 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

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

  17. #
    Jenn — June 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    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!

  18. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — June 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm


  19. #
    Butter Hearts Sugar — June 19, 2011 at 6:03 am

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

  20. #
    Alisa — June 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

    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!

  21. #
    Willow's Quiet Corner — June 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    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!

  22. #
    Kulsum@JourneyKitchen — June 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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

  23. #
    Jordan - Polkadot Prints — June 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    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!! :)

  24. #
    Jo — July 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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

  25. #
    Sherri — August 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

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

  26. #
    Grace — September 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    My tummy is growling AND my mouth just watered.

    I have you to thank.

    Haha, these look delish! 😉


  27. #
    Franchise Takeaway — June 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    They look so nice!!! Well done!

  28. #
    Morgan — July 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    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!

  29. #
    Claire — August 31, 2012 at 4:11 am

    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.


  30. #
    VANITA — October 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Inspiring me to prepare some. Beautifully shot.

  31. #
    Janet Piselli — April 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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

    • Glory replied: — April 21st, 2014 @ 5:41 am

      Yes, simply highlight the text you want to print, then right click on your mouse and print the selected text.

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    Erin — September 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

    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.

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    Rachel — March 4, 2015 at 2:36 am

    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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