Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts


Even though I've been a busy girl lately, I'm never too busy for a doughnut break!  I especially love the mini variety.  These are extra light and have a double dose of vanilla goodness. 

The idea for these came from the Starbucks Birthday Cake Doughnut, a very dense doughnut that is eye-catching with pink icing and tiny white nonpareils.  Since my recipe turned out very light and fluffy (the exact opposite of Starbucks) I made them in my favorite shade of blue.  The texture was not at all what I expected from a baked doughnut.  I love them so much, I had to share!

Newborn baby doughnuts... aren't they cute?

You'll need a mini doughnut pan for this recipe.  I usually don't like to clutter my pantry with unnecessary baking equipment, but I'll make exceptions (like this tuile stencil) if something special speaks to me. I'm eager to experiment with other doughnut recipes, so I think this pan will be well utilized.


The recipe is pretty strait forward, and the only extra advice I can give is to put the donut batter into a piping bag.  It is so much easier to fill the doughnut cavities without making a big ol' mess. 
  



Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts                      [click for printable version]
Adapted from Sur La Table

Yield: 5-6 dozen baby donuts


Doughnut batter:

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. butter, melted
Seeds from one vanilla bean

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In large mixing bowl, sift together all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds and butter and beat until just combined. Spray doughnut cavities with cooking spray or brush with butter.  Fill each donut cup approximately 1/2 full.

Bake 5-8 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4–5 minutes before removing. Finish doughnuts with vanilla glaze. Doughnuts are best served fresh.


Vanilla glaze:

1 cup confectioner’ s sugar
1 tbsp. milk
½ tsp. vanilla extract
4 drops of liquid blue food coloring
White nonpareils

In small bowl, stir together sugar, milk and vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved. Add food coloring and stir until color is uniform.  Use immediately to glaze doughnuts.  Sprinkle on nonpareils.


101 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Those are too adorable. I love the aqua color!

linda said...

love the color of icing…love the bowl (is it vintage pyrex?)…please share where it comes from!
thanks…:)

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Linda!

Yes, the bowl is vintage. It's the Pyrex Amish Butterprint pattern in Aqua. I think it was made in a mustard color too. I have 6 pieces and the mixing bowls are my absolute favorite.

Kacey said...

These look so great! And I love how you display your food!

The Urban Baker said...

I must admit, I have a serious crush - a doughnut crush! no yeast! you have made my day! and they are baked. these are on the top of my "to do" list!

Kristan said...

Love these and your beautiful pictures!! Love them!!

I will definitely be making these soon.

April said...

These have got to be the cutest thing!!!! Where did you find the pan?

♥Maria Medeiros♥ said...

cute! LOVELY!

HoosierHomemade said...

Those are darling! And your photos are amazing! I love that pan!
I host Cupcake Tuesday every week, and thought you might be interested. I also have a Cupcake Challenge going on this month, with great prizes and the author of What's New Cupcake is judging!
http://hoosierhomemade.com/sand-castle-cupcakes-cupcake-challenge/
Hope to see you there!
~Liz

Jennifurla said...

They are absolutely gorgeous *newborns* LOL, how lovely you pictures are

becky said...

these are just too cute... and your pictures are just awesome!

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

Gosh these are adorable! I seriously went "aww" when I first laid eyes on them. Love the glaze colour! Turquoise has become my new best friend.

SprinkleBakes said...

Thanks everyone! April, I got them at Cook's Corner in Turkey Creek. For those who are not local and interested in buying, it is the Norpro Nonstick Mini Donut Pan and can be bought online at Amazon.com for $9.99.

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

SO cute! And I love your little origami birds as well.

Angie said...

So pretty, looks like Tiffany blue!

Liv Wan said...

Oh my...I love the colour so so so much! It's looks so cute and I bet it must be really yummy! ;)

Anna said...

The cuteness is overwhelming! I got a pan a long time ago but haven't had time to try making this yet. I shall wait no more :D Thank you for the inspiration.

Su-yin said...

I *looove* these. They're gorgeous, and they're healthy (sort of anyway, heh).

Victoria K. said...

Oh yum, I love this idea. I don't think I've ever had a baked donut, but this sounds like a somewhat healthier option :)

Ingrid said...

Oh, my those are darlin'! My babygirl loves birthday cake ice cream. I wonder how'd she dig birthday cake donuts?
~ingrid

Heather I. said...

Oh so pretty and delicate! The sprinkles are my favorite part, so cute and petite :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, these look perfect and so sweet. I just happen to have a donut pan, so these are going into my bookmarks. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.
*kisses* HH

berry lovely said...

Your doughnuts are absolutely adorable, and I love the color scheme on the pictures.

Ken said...

These are stunningly adorable. It's nice to know 'donuts' can be baked.

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

i think i need about 50 of these immediately. so what if they're all for me? :)

these are seriously beautiful!

Kelsey Siemens said...

Oh my gosh....these are so adorable!!
I guess a doughnut pan will now be added to my Christmas wish list =)

Amy L said...

SO adorable...and I recall my mother having that same bowl in a salmon type color print...nostalgia along with a good recipe: priceless :) Thanks!

baking.serendipity said...

These look delicious...I love the blue frosting! It really makes them pop :)

Mara... said...

these are so stinkin' cute and mini!! I love the mini donut pan and yours are just too cute for words. The color is beautiful!

Kimber said...

Gorgeous! Love the origami, the vintage bowl, and the gorgeous blue of the donut icing. Loving the donuts...well, I don't need to tell you this girl loves her some donuts!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Heather, you are truly gifted. I LOVE the baby donuts and your blue color is superb! A soft robin's egg blue, one of my favorite colors. I do not particularly like to bake, but I now want to make these baby donuts! I want to buy the pan and everything. You are truly inspiring. Happy Baking!
Best regards,
Gloria

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

P.S. AND your photographs are amazing too!

gv

Sue said...

Your babies are ADORABLE!!! Congrats:)

Honey said...

These are just gorgeous... the color reminds me of a Tiffany Bluebox... Will I be biting into a diamond, possibly? :-)

kuriouskitteh said...

Those are too cute!
& that is a gorgeous blue =).

~Kurious Kitteh

Morgan said...

These are totally fantastically adorable! I am just smitten with them!

Swee San said...

So pretty!!

Sugar Plum Fairy said...

Oh god, they are the cutest doughnuts i've ever seen!

Kerry said...

These are so adorable. I didn't even know they made mini doughnut pans! The things I'm learning from food blogs.

Chic Cookies said...

Way too cute! My 3-year old loves the baby Starbucks donuts (pink is her preferred color, blue would be mine)

Bonnie said...

oh yes! i will be trying this recipe! every time i go into Starbucks i see these donuts in the case..but i have yet to try one.

cookies and cups said...

Great, now I guess I have to get one of those donuts pans, because I am pretty sure I cannot go on living without a mini donut!

amryne said...

omg! those doughnut make me hungry. ouhh..im starving here!!

Zahra said...

so so soooo cute!

O. said...

These are so cute, I just had to hop over to amazon and order a pan right away. Can't wait to try out your lovely recipe, thanks so much!

Sandy De Luxe said...

I absolutely adore them! OMG! You are really good. I'm going to buy me a doughnut plate as well. You don't know a good site transferring american recepies into liters?

Memória said...

These doughnuts look absolutely perfect. Wow. I'm so impressed!

AandEmom said...

I love these donuts, they are so cute. I however don't have a pan right now and can't wait to try them. Do you think they would work in a mini muffin pan. I will be buying the mini donut pan ASAP though.
Lisa

Debra said...

I have been obsessing about doughnuts lately but haven't found the time to make any...these are perfect!

Carolyn said...

Seriously gorgeous, both the doughnuts and the photos!

Bethany @ The Paper Pony said...

OOooh! I definitely need a mini doughnut pan now! Just darling!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Stumbled across your site...Absolutely beautiful! Love that little doughnut pan!

MerBella said...

Can't wait to make these for a baby shower this weekend!! The mom-to-be is having a girl so I will do a pink glaze...any tips on how to glaze them? And do you have a good formula for getting the right pink color? Thanks! LOVE your blog!

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi MerBella!

Sounds super cute for a baby shower! Here are some tips for the glaze:

If you are using liquid red food coloring, only mix one drop at a time until you get the desired shade. Baby pink should only take one or two drops. The same applies to the gel colorant, mix in small amounts. Wilton has pink gels that are really pretty. I like "pink" and "rose petal pink" in their line. I'd also consider using a clear vanilla extract. Brown extracts can sometimes muddle the icing color.

When glazing, I dip the tops and let all the excess glaze fall back into the bowl before I flip the donut over. This keeps the glaze from running down the sides. If your glaze is too transparent (mine was at first) then mix in a little sifted powdered sugar to thicken it up. I added 1 extra teaspoon. It should not be so thick that it does not run back into the bowl when dipped.

I found that if I sprinkled the nonpareils on right after dipping, they sometimes disappeared into the glaze. Let the donuts dry for about 30 seconds before you use the sprinkles. They will sit on top of the glaze and look perfect.

Thanks for your question!

Tejal said...

These are ridiculously amazing.. can these be used as a wedding favor?

Best Hamburger Recipe said...

wow! what a delicious recipe! I just wanna take it taste! :)

MerBella said...

They turned out extra beautiful and were a hit-I ended up making a strawberry glaze flecked with meyer lemon. They were the perfect shade of vintage pink :-) I still used the mini nonpareils like you advised. Thank you so much for your response!

Sherry G said...

These are adorable! Can I have one??

Darla said...

I just got one of those donut pans. Going to try that recipe soon, oh and love the dish the newborns are in, a woman after my own heart.

Nikkimay said...

For me, this recipe only made 3 1/2 dozen. They are really tasty, though!

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

These are just way too cute!

Jenn Erickson said...

Oh my goodness-- those are positively precious! The last thing I need is another specialty pan, but I'm feeling a strong urge to track one of those down nonetheless. I'm simply a sucker for doughnuts and adorable little mini things!

stefania said...

Sono deliziosi con un bellissimo colore :) ciao

Jackie said...

I got the pan and made these last week, while they are definitely SUPER cute, they didn't taste very good, I thought they were very bland.

Janet Ellis said...

So pretty I was inspired to go out and buy the pans. Love the little babies on the straw. Like Jackie says, SUPER cute!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

happy to find you today via koralee at bluebird notes...what a charming blog you have here...

those tiny doughnuts are adorable...i have to make some soon. love that color blue....

happy to have a new friend to follow...

kary and teddy
xxx

Rosie said...

Oh, I am sure these little "rings of pleasure" are completely scrumptious...but REALLY, they are SO cute....what does it matter? I would enjoy their beauty for days, as they lounge on a their circular bed of porcelain...OK, we both know they would not last more than a few moments...Y U M !
.......smile on...Rosie.......

Jennifer said...

I can look, I can see, I can appreciate, your site is perfection - of course a little birdie told me...she is a sweetie! These are the bomb...I can look and not touch but I'll spread the word (I'm watching calories right now lol!). Jennifer jennsthreegraces

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Those are just the happiest little things, aren't they? I've printed the recipe and I hope to whip some up soon.... I'll have to go get that cute little pan first.

Thanks for sharing!

Warm blessings,
Spencer

dolly said...

YUMMY CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THEM !! THANKS FOR SHARING.

Maria said...

I love these! they are so pretty!

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

I never thought about filling my donut pan with a tube. What a stellar idea! That's why I almost never use mine, because it's such a pain to fill them. Thank you so much!

Yours are beautiful and it's better not to have them pink anyway since SB already does it.

I'm excited to get my pan out and make baby donuts now. :D

Anonymous said...

I succumbed- bought the pan, made the donuts and fell in love with the delicate vanilla flavor and the buttermilk definitely made the difference... tender crumb.

Baby Shower Themes said...

Love the doughnuts, they look mouth watering yummy and simply perfect for a baby shower celebration.

I think I will have to give them a go.

Natalie said...

I really loved how these turned out and blogged about them here:

http://www.mintlovesocialclub.com/2011/03/mini-donuts.html

I definitely want to experiment with different glazes- I love the suggestion above from MerBella to do a strawberry glaze with meyer lemon flecks!!

YM said...

Can I substitute buttermilk with something else? I cant get hold of them here :(

Urvashee@ Dessarts.com said...

These are the cutest donuts I've ever seen! I love your photos. Perfect springy looking treats.

K8 said...

I made these and they turned out perfect what an easy and very nice looking treat for a shower or party. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

Signed,

Your newest follower

Sageist said...

Wow, I don't think doughnuts could get any cuter! I really like that you baked them instead.

Hanna said...

Can you freeze them?

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Hanna!

I'm afraid not. These are really best the same day you make them. They have an airy texture, but can become rubbery over time.

You may be able to make baked donuts out of a standard cake batter and freeze them. I've never tried it though, but I DO know that some cakes can be frozen and still retain a nice texture.

Thanks for your question!

Stacey said...

Oh. My.

Mewantee.

These look incredible! I love your photography, your colour coordination, your origami... it's all perfect. I could spend the rest of my week just looking through all of your amazing posts!

Heather McMullin said...

I LOVE the newborn baby doughnuts. Makes me want to snuggle them!!

Hugs,
Heather
www.made-famous-by.com

Lean the drink said...

The doughnuts look like they taste pretty good!

Anonymous said...

Hey! Love the donuts. I just made them. Super yummy and adorable! I just had a question. They were a tad dry for me and I'm wondering if you know of anything that would fix that. They weren't incredibly dry, but I think they would be perfect if they were a tad more moist. do you think a glaze would help? Or add a little more milk? thanks so much!

Amanda said...

never heard of a donut pan before! but the color of the frosting is fantabulous!

Anonymous said...

just wondering-I'd like to use vanilla extract instead of the seeds from a vanilla bean. how much should I use!?

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Anonymous,
I'd use 1 tsp vanilla extract in place of the vanilla bean.

Zack said...

I've been browsing SprinkleBakes off and on for a while, but this is the first recipe I made, and I just made it for the first time tonight! Because I got a mini donut pan for Christmas.

They are great! I even made them gluten-free and dairy-free because my mom is allergic, and they still turned out great. Thanks for the great recipe!

Nikki said...

Made these last night with what I THINK was a mini doughnut pan considering the batter only made 1 1/2 dozen... They came out delicious anyway!

The taste is more like pancakes than a doughnut. I had 3 of them for breakfast, dunked in maple syrup.

When I made the glaze, I was unable to use it. The mixture hardened almost as soon as I was done mixing. I added more milk to try to soften it up, but it just kept hardening.. it was like a rock when I went to go clean it out of the bowl. I don't know what happened! :D

Victoria M. said...

I tried this recipe and it was really runny ( I probably added too much milk) They were still great though. I just adore your blog, it's gorgeous. In case you want to see some pictures here's the link http://itsgottabedelicious.blogspot.com/2012/01/baby-doughnuts.html

Anonymous said...

Hi! Do you know how to incorporate any other flavors into this recipe? I would LOVE this texture donut in vanilla bean, chocolate, lemon and strawberry for a party! Thanks!

**Kim** said...

Hi!
I would like to try making these!! Do you have any tips for you exact icing technique? Thanks!! :)

Anonymous said...

Would this recipe work with a regular sized donut pan? Looks delicious!!

debcom said...

yes, could I use my 6 hole standard donut pan with this recipe??

Anonymous said...

looks yummy!

Crystal and John said...

Hello!

I made these on Thanksgiving, and they were awesome! We had a few to take home, so I threw them into a ziplock bag. That was a BAD IDEA apparently because the nonpariels bleed all over the frosting (couldn't find white) and the icing sort of... Dissolved/absorbed into the donuts making them kinda awful.

Do you have a recommended way to store and/or transport these so they don't get all gross? I was thinking about giving some away for Christmas, but I'm afraid I'll have a repeat of Thanksgiving.

SprinkleBakes said...

I've had the same problem with trying to transport these. They really get unattractive after a while under plastic wrap. The icing gets wrinkly and strange-looking. If I were gifting these, I'd skip the glaze. I'd probably butter them and coat them in cinnamon/sugar or powdered sugar instead of using the glaze.

Roshini said...

I love the look of those babies & want to try them. But I can't buy buttermilk here. Any suggestions for the best substitute? I have not tried many recipes simply because I don't have buttermilk here :(

Melanie Milliman said...

My mother had the same dish pictured in the third image :) These are quite adorbs and look amazingly delectable!

Sarah said...

My glaze was big solid blob. I couldn't get the food coloring to mix in until I added more milk. Then it was too transparent. They still okay, and I tasted one before glazing. Yum!

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