Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Tuesday, 9th November 2010

I was back to making doughnuts this weekend, but not just any doughnuts, Baked White Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze.  Unlike the Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts I made a little while back these doughnuts require no yeast, oil or deep-frying.

A photo of Baked White Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with pink Vanilla Doughnut Glaze and decorated with white nonpareils in a clear martini glass.

When I was in San Francisco a few weeks back I had the opportunity to visit one of my favourite kitchen stores, Sur La Table.  I was like a kid in a candy store, so many things to see.  Every time I walk into this store I feel like I am in kitchen heaven.  I could easily have filled 2 baskets with items I’d like to take home with me.

A photo of mini baked cake doughnuts with vanilla doughnut glaze and decorated with assorted sprinkles cooling on a wire rack.

One of the items that landed in my cart was a Wilton Mini Doughnut Pan.  I was more than a bit skeptical.  How could the texture of a baked doughnut match up to the amazing, classic deep-fried version?  Well, it doesn’t!

A photo of mini doughnuts with pink doughnut glaze and decorated with white nonpareils in a Wilton mini doughnut pan.

But that doesn’t mean these mini doughnuts aren’t delicious, they’re just different. The texture is more like cake than doughnut.

The buttermilk adds flavour and it also helps to keep the doughnut moist.  That being said, these are minis, and they can dry out rather quickly, they are at their best when served immediately.  The nutmeg is essential and gives the doughnuts loads of flavour.

A photo of a plate of white chocolate baked doughnuts with vanilla glaze and decorated with various sprinkles.

I love my new mini doughnut pan.  Next time I plan on using the batter from the Sugar Donut Muffins recipe I tried a while back.  The sugar donut muffins were so light and airy and extremely moist and I am hoping I have the same result in the mini doughnut pan.

A photo of Baked White Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with pink Vanilla Doughnut Glaze decorated with white nonpareils on a white cake stand.

The first batch I made went so quickly I made a second. Inspiration was sent my way and I used my second batch to decorate this Chocolate Layer Cake.

A photo of Baked White Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze and decorated with sprinkles on a wire rack.

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Comments (51)

51 Responses to “Baked White Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze”

  1. briarrose Says:

    What cute little doughnuts. They look wonderful. I so desire one of these mini doughnut pans. ;)

  2. Grace Says:

    It was so cute I couldn’t resist.

  3. Liz @ Blog is the New Black Says:

    gorgeous and adorable!

  4. Natalie Says:

    I had the pleasure of trying these mini donuts and they were wonderful! The icing on top was so yummy.

  5. Petes Says:

    My co-workers will love this.

  6. Amy Says:

    These are beautiful! I love that they are baked!

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  8. Kita Says:

    These are so cute! I wanna go buy a donut tin now. :)

  9. Marly Says:

    I love it when you get new baking dishes…so we can benefit with new recipes and pictures! These baked donuts look SO cute! Bite-size deliciousness!

  10. Sandy Says:

    These are so adorable! I like how you styled the shot. Tiny and cute but some how sophisticated. Congrats on making the top nine… again!

  11. Jenny Nguyen Says:

    I always love your desserts :) This one’s no exception!

  12. Cherine Says:

    Those donuts are so cute and beautiful!!!

  13. Azee's Kitchen Says:

    Wow..these looks absolutely delicious

  14. Crustabakes Says:

    i saw these pictures and went “OMG, these are so pretty!” Your pictures are amazing!

  15. Peggy Says:

    I’ve always wanted a mini doughnut pan! These look so adorable and I’m sure they tasted wonderful!

  16. Lizzy Says:


  17. Says:

    they looks so cute but also… yummy!!! :D

  18. Annie Says:

    Those are so cute!

  19. Boulder Locavore Says:

    These are gorgeous! Nothing like pink icing. Your presentation is extraordinary. I’m going to buy this pan and make your delicious sounding recipes!

  20. Kori Says:

    These are absolutely adorable!!!!

  21. Grace Says:

    Thank you Kori

  22. Grace Says:

    Thank you Sandy

  23. Grace Says:

    Thanks Jenny I had fun with this one.

  24. Baking Serendipity Says:

    These look fantastic! I love the pink frosting :) I have made the sugar donut muffin recipe before and added pumpkin to the batter.It was a huge hit!

  25. Ashley Craft Says:

    How adorable and delicious-looking are these?!

  26. The Tomato Snob Says:

    OMG the pink donuts with the white little candy balls are so lovely. Fabulous for a party for your gall palls. Love em.

  27. Sandra Says:

    You had me at White Chocolate!

  28. nancy@skinnykitchen Says:

    These look so adorable. Can’t wait to make them. Thanks for this fun recipe…

  29. Carla Meine Says:

    WOW. I’m going to have to see if my local toy store (Orson Gygii Kitchen Store) has this great pan. I really want to try to make a low calorie version for my blog. Thanks for the ideas.

  30. Emily Z Says:

    Your little mini donuts are just adorable! Almost too cute to eat! Congrats on making the Foodbuzz Top 9!

  31. Chicago Cuisine Critique Says:

    These are so adorable. Nice presentation. :)

  32. Shannon Says:

    Omg, could these be any cuter?!!!?
    How great would these be for a girl themed baby shower?! I love them. I’ve been a little hesitant about the donut pans out there, but now I’m reconsidering getting one!! Beautiful!

  33. Suzee Says:

    You have inspired me to make a french vanilla layer cake today :) I’m gonna try a grapefruit icing that looks pink like yours! Thanks! Needed this project today :)

  34. Grace Says:

    Thanks Emily!

  35. Grace Says:

    Speaking of cakes, wait till you see my next post.

  36. tcmaryf Says:

    Now I absolutely need to go buy this donut pan, you’ve talked me into it. Then I can make these beauties. They do look so lovely and upscale. Thnx

  37. Priyanka Naik Says:

    OMG i’m drooling over these right now.. i’ve been staring these ALL day whenever i logged onto foodbuzz! They’re so cute and amazingly delicious looking!!

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  39. Stephanie Says:

    Stunning presentation! Thank you for sharing.

  40. Stephanie Says:


    Came across your site on FoodBuzz!!! Hope you don’t mind, but I shared this recipe on my food blog at with credit to you of course :)

  41. shafriza Says:

    Hi i love wat you done…I havent madedoughnuts in a while and it reminded me how fun itd to make them. Wilton cake tins are very expensive for me to buy. I often pass their stores and look at the items and wish some day I could buy them. Do you think it would be the same for me to make them in a mini muffin tray?

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  45. mohammed amer Says:

    hi, i would like to try these lovely doughnuts but we don’t have cake flour where i live, what to substitute and is it gonna change the texture. thanks.

  46. Grace Says:

    Hi Mohammed you can make your own cake flour for every 1 cup of cake flour needed use 3/4 cup all purpose flour sifted with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Hope this helps.

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  48. StarDragon77 Says:

    Wonderful recipe. I made it and it came out wonderfully. I hope you don’t mind, I made a blog post about it at my blogspot page. But I was sure to give credit to you. If there’s an issue with that then I can rework the post or remove it.

  49. Grace Says:

    I don’t mind at all, I’m very happy you enjoyed them. And they look fantastic!

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