May 22

Confetti Cake Baked Doughnuts

in Dessert, Honey, Lucy Eats

Confetti Doughnut Birthday Cake

Confetti cake baked doughnuts topped with a light vanilla glaze are a fun twist on confetti cake—the fluffy white or yellow cake studded with flecks of color that is a popular choice for a child’s birthday cake.

Eating confetti cake baked doughnuts

May is Lucy’s birthday month, and so we thought she would appreciate an old favorite dressed up as a doughnut, another one of her favorite treats!

Lucy Eats May

Lucy Eats May: Illustration by Mike Collins, Text by Deborah Collins,

Plus, when you make a stack of doughnuts and add some candles, they turn into an even better creation!

Make a wish!Blowing out birthday candles

This particular recipe was a bit of a pain in the backside.  My initial batch had a wonderful flavor, but the crumb was too dry.  The next batch was more moist, but the flavor was bland.  On and on it went, as I tweaked things here and there until I finally came up with a recipe that fit what I wanted—moist and flavorful!

Doughnuts ready to go into the oven

My secret weapon?  A bit of honey!  Honey is hygroscopic, meaning that it is a natural humectant, giving it the ability to absorb and retain moisture.  Honey rocks. Just sayin’. (More about the awesomeness of honey.)

Doughnut loveDoughnuts for happy kiddos

We hope you enjoy these doughnuts as much as Lucy and our kids did!

Confetti Cake Baked Doughnuts

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Confetti Cake Baked Doughnuts

Makes 6 doughnuts

For the doughnuts:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 tablespoons multi-colored jimmies (sprinkles)

For the vanilla glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon softened butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Make the doughnut batter: Whisk together the flour, graunulated sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, honey, yogurt, vanilla, and almond extract together until foamy.

4. Pour the liquid mixture all at once into the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Then add the multi-colored jimmies and stir until they are evenly distributed.

5. Butter or grease the doughnut pan. Fill each doughnut form half full.

6. Bake the doughnuts in the preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 13 to 15 minutes. when done, the doughnuts will spring back when touched lightly, and will have just started to brown on top.

7. Remove the doughnuts from the oven, remove them carefully from the pan, and allow them to cool on a wire rack.

8. Make the vanilla glaze: While the doughnuts are cooling, combine all of the glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until the glaze is smooth and well blended.

9. After the doughnuts have cooled slightly, dip the tops of them in the vanilla glaze, then return them to the wire rack (glaze side facing up) to finish cooling and to allow the glaze to set.  Sprinkle additional jimmies on top if desired.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Betsy May 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

How bout for a 32 year-old’s birthday cake? The smiles on those kids faces sold me!


Fuji Bestie May 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I should not have read this while hungry! So delicious. Can’t wait to have them again, and I’m sure our kids can’t either :)


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

These sound soooo tasty! Love this recipe!


Rachel May 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm

What cute, colorful little doughnuts! I am definitely making these next time I need a birthday “cake”…or maybe I’ll just make them for myself this week!


Urban Wife May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Oh my goodness, these are so precious and I’m not even a big donut fan! I have to make these for my husband*.

*He’s 30 going on 13. ;)


Erin May 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

Haha I love that you put candles in them to look like a cake


Hisham Soliman May 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

very cute!


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Karriann May 29, 2012 at 7:12 am

This should have been my birthday cake! Lovely ;)

“Happy Cooking”


Minnie(@thelady8home) May 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Beautiful looking cakes!!!! Can I have a bite? :D


snenny June 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I made these for breakfast for my Pa, my sister and myself… entire batch, gone in seconds! Some were topped with the white glaze recipe you posted, and some were dunked in chocolate fudge sauce, kinda like breakfast churros. Decadent and delish! Thanks :D


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