I recently received a donut pan as a gift and I knew it would be perfect for making up some Valentine's treats. While I had intended on making the recipe from scratch, I ended up finding myself short on time this weekend and decided to seek out a recipe that utilized a boxed cake mix. Even though they might not be as dense as a traditional cake donut, these still have a great vanilla flavor with a light moist cake. When I made mini baked donuts before (see that post here), I was not happy with how the icing turned out since it never really stiffened fully. This time I picked up a bottle of pre-made dessert glaze. I have never used a product like this before and I believe it is actually intended for bundt cakes so I wasn't sure about what I would end up with, but this worked perfectly and really made a difference in the amount of time I spent making these.
I think all in these took me about 30 minutes from start to finish which means they are great as a last minute Valentine's treat for your loved ones or even to bring into your office tomorrow morning. Here is the recipe I followed:
Baked Vanilla Donuts
Makes: 18-20 3-inch Donuts
- Full box Vanilla Cake Mix
- 2 large eggs
- 1 stick melted butter
- 1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease donut pan. Combine eggs, butter, and milk. Add mix. Stir until smooth. Pour batter into prepared doughnut pan- make sure to only fill up the donut cavities about a third full as this batter will rise quite a bit. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes.
Next time around, I really want to try making these using a plain muffin mix and adding a savory topping like a orange glaze with chopped pistachios!