Toddler-Friendly Donuts!!

Whew! The holidays are over and we are back to our normal routine! Finding free time the past month to dedicate to this little blog of mine has been a tad difficult – but I can’t complain too much when my hands and heart are so full thanks to my two little loves and my other little babe on the way. I can’t believe I’m already HALFWAY done!! Many of you have been asking what we’re having. We actually do know!! And I promise we will announce shortly!!

We had such an amazing Christmas break. We got to do everything on my holiday bucket list and more! However, it feels so good to be back to our regular schedule. Our everyday routine is pretty crazy and there’s never a dull moment, so you would think that a month off with no school and no activities would be much more relaxing. Wrong. The relaxation lasts for maybe half a day during Christmas break. After that, our house begins to resemble an asylum. The girls and I are NOT homebodies. We prefer to be out and about doing things, which we did. A lot.

As many of you know, I LOVE baking. And I have passed that love down to my girls. Baking is always a go-to activity for us, rain or shine, but there’s something so fun about baking on a rainy day. Since the rain kept us inside yesterday, that’s exactly what we did. I like to branch out and try different recipes with the girls, not just the usual chocolate chip cookies. So we decided to try donuts. Because… well, donuts. We’re all obsessed and can never get enough (clearly, seeing that we just had a donut overload for Leighton’s  birthday). However, I opted for baked cake donuts since I’m not about to have a pot of hot oil around my toddlers who literally spill EVERYTHING. If you’re looking for a super quick and easy donut recipe that is toddler-friendly, I would highly recommend this one!

**Please note that these were made with toddlers, so they are not Martha Stewart donuts by any means – but it was so fun and they were made with lots of love!

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Baked Cake Donuts

Step 1


  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Frosting of your choice for the glaze (we just used vanilla frosting and added food coloring)
Step 2

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray donut pan with vegetable cooking spray.

Step 3

In large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs and butter. Beat until just combined. Fill each pan cavity approximately 2/3 full.

Step 4

Bake 7-9 minutes or until the tops of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan 4-5 minutes before removing. Finish donuts with a glaze of your choice (plus sprinkles), or cinnamon sugar.

Step 5

Heat frosting in a microwave safe bowl for 10-15 seconds until of drizzling consistency. Dip one donut at a time into the frosting glaze and place upright back on the wire rack. If sprinkling with sprinkles, do so immediately after glazing each donut. Repeat with remaining donuts. Allow glaze to set for 5-10 minutes. **It was too messy having the girls dip theirs, so I just helped them spread the frosting on with a butter knife. So much less messy.

**Optional: If you want to take the simplicity to another level, you can literally just use store-bought cake mix!

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I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Cheers! XO


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