These Baked Birthday Cake Donut Holes are easy and kids will love to help! Dipped in vanilla glaze and studded with sprinkles a perfect birthday treat!
What are Birthday Cake Donut Holes?
These donut holes were inspired by my nephew! The boys and I wanted to drop off a treat for his birthday. In this new reality we are always looking for a way to celebrate! We wanted to make something fun that he would like and the boys wanted to help so it had to be easy! He loves donut holes from our local donut shop and the birthday cake flavor, so I decided to replicate that! Our donut holes are baked , so the texture is different than a fried donut. My best description would be a cross between an donut dough and cake. The hint of nutmeg gives them that nostalgic donut flavor and dipping them in a sugar glaze and covering them in sprinkles just screams birthday party! We adapted our recipe from the one from Wilton!
If you are looking for a fried flavor these donut holes are not for you but you may be interested in my delicious and sinfully good Churros! These are baked so they are a bit healthier just like my baked Banana Bread Donuts!
Ingredients for Birthday Cake Donut Holes
The best part about these donuts are the simple ingredients that make them easy to whip up at any time. The only special equipment that is required is a donut hole pan we use one like this.
- Baking Powder
- Greek Yogurt
- Powdered Sugar
How to Make Baked Donut Holes
These donut holes couldn’t be easier to whip up and all in one bowl!
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease donut hole pan and set aside.
Step 2: Whisk together all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
Step 3: Add wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Do not overmix!
Step 4: Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each donut hole cavity. Gently tap pan on counter to even out batter.
Step 5: Bake for 7 minutes and allow to cool. Transfer to a wire rack set over a cookie sheet. Combine glaze ingredients in a deep bowl and use immediately! Dip in vanilla glaze and garnish with sprinkles allow to set and enjoy!
What if I don’t have a donut hole pan?
You can still make these cuties in a mini muffin tin! They will obviously not have the donut hole shape but cook time and taste will be the same. I think the donut hole pan is worth the investment because you can make lots of healthy versions for snacks and to add to school lunches. I also like to use it to chill energy bites and even to set up cake pops.
Can I make this recipe with Kids?
Yes! This is a super fun and easy one with kids as the batter comes together so quickly, no mixer involved and 1 bowl! There is only a baking time of 7 minutes , so they don’t have to wait forever for the fun part of decorating.
At our house I set up the kitchen island and the kids can work from either side I usually have “dippers” and “sprinklers”. They love it! If we are gifting them I usually have the kids make a card while they are setting and then we can pack them in a pretty baker’s box lined with parchment.
How to Serve Donut Holes
These donut holes are best served the day they are made. They are a great addition to any dessert table. Kids love them with a cold glass of milk. I of course love mine with coffee!
They can be arranged as a tower. Use a styrofoam cone and insert toothpicks and then assemble donut holes for a fun centerpiece for a donut themed party!
They can also be skewered and placed in a container or packaged up as a party favor with a pretty tag!
I think it’s super adorable to place a single candle in one for the guest of honor!
I hope you love these quick and easy donut holes as much as we do! Let us know how you like them and what ideas you have for decorating and sharing them! xo Charlotte
Baked Birthday Cake Donut Holes
- 1 1/4 cups All Purpose Unbleached Flour
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup Milk * I use 2%.
- 2 Tbsp Melted Butter
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 tbsp Milk
- 1 tsp Almond Extract *May substitute clear vanilla extract if desired.
- Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease donut hole pan and set aside.Step 2: Whisk together all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.Step 3: Add wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Do not overmix!Step 4: Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each donut hole cavity. Gently tap pan on counter to even out batter.Step 5: Bake for 7 minutes and allow to cool. Transfer to a wire rack set over a cookie sheet. Combine glaze ingredients in a deep bowl and use immediately. Dip Donut holes in vanilla glaze and garnish with sprinkles allow to set and enjoy! These are best served the day they are made!