Baked Vanilla Donuts are perfect for any occasion, Valentine’s Day treats or birthday sweets, the possibilities are endless. My Baked Donuts are made with a special ingredient that I have been recently obsessed with.
If you haven’t cooked with it before then this is the day you are about to change your baking life. I have been using browned butter in a lot of my recipes recently. Simply because it brings out so much flavor in your baked goods that make you feel like you grabbed it straight out of the bakery. That’s right, it’s that bakery-style treat yet you can make it in your own home.
Is this your first time browning butter? Well, don’t freak out, because I’m going to help make sure you master this easy step. To brown your butter, simply add the cold butter to a room temperature medium saucepan. On medium heat let the butter melt completely while stirring often, this helps prevent the butter from burning.
As the butter cooks it will start to turn a nutmeg brown color, this is the color that lets you know it’s done. Remove from heat immediately and then set aside to cool. That’s it! You did it! You made browned butter! Now add this secret ingredient to other recipes to help enhance the flavor of your favorite desserts.
Pink Vanilla Glaze
For my vanilla donuts glaze, I made the glaze as instructed in the recipe card. This recipe features multiple pink glazes which I achieved using neon pink gel food coloring. The easiest way to make an array of pink colors without making multiple batches of glaze is to add the gel food coloring in stages. For the lighter pink color, I added in a small number of drops until I achieved the light pink color I was looking for.
I dipped a few donuts and reserved a few tablespoons of the glaze in a plastic zip-lock bag for decorating purposes (alternatively you can use an icing bag). Moving forward I added a few more drops of the neon pink gel food coloring to deepen the pink I was working with. I repeated this until I had the 3 colors of pink I was looking for, feel free to decorate the donuts with the leftovers.
When you try these baked donuts you will never miss a fried donut every again. With baked donuts you get all that fluffy light texture you know donuts to be without the grease that fried donuts have.
Are Baked Donuts Cake?
Well technically they are very similar to cake yet they are much lighter and require much less baking time. Thankfully with baked donuts, you can grab some nifty trays like the ones I use online at Amazon or in a store near you that sells home cookware. Make sure to grab 2 pans if your tray only holds 6 donuts, or else you will be like me waiting patiently by the stove ready to unload and reload at warp speed.
Piping and Decorating
Remember above when I said I reserved a few tablespoons of vanilla glaze in a ziplock bag? Well, I admit that sometimes when I run out of piping bags I turn to my trusty ziplock’s. Treat them like any piping bag and snip the tip just a tad to use for decorating the Donuts. Or even pipe the donut batter into the donut pans. I know it seems crazy and it’s a little messy, but when you do it once you will get the hang of it.
I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as my family has, please come back and leave a comment with your experience. I would love to hear some feedback on what you thought! Enjoy!