Monday, February 22, 2016

Birthday Donut Cake

Kicking off the B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y celebrations bright and early this morning!
There is nothing fun about having a Monday Birthday. But at the very least, I think waking up to this donut cake makes today extra special for Husband. He loved my Apple Cider Donuts last Fall, so when I was thinking up a special birthday breakfast to make, I knew homemade donuts would be perfect. Since traditional birthday cakes are either vanilla or chocolate, I decided to go with a combination of both…vanilla donuts with a chocolate glaze. And I figured, why not cover everything in sprinkles while I'm at it?  
 These donuts are the simplest things to whip up. I didn't even have to break out the stand mixer, which was important since Husband was still sleeping while I baked. I needed to be extra quiet as not to ruin the surprise. 

For the Vanilla Donuts
1 cup flour 
1 tsp baking powder 
¼ tsp baking soda 
¼ tsp nutmeg 
1 egg 
⅓ cup brown sugar 
¼ cup milk 
 ¼ cup vanilla greek yogurt 
2 tbsp melted butter 
1½ tsp vanilla extract 

For the Chocolate Glaze  
(the best part) 
½ cup chocolate chips 
2 tbsp butter 
2 tsp dark corn syrup 
2 tsp water 

Cooking Tools 
Donut Pan OR Mini Cupcake Tray 

Yields 6 donuts or 15 donut holes
1.) Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a donut pan OR a mini cupcake tray {to make donut holes} with a non-stick spray. 
2.) In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg together. 
3.) In a separate bowl, whisk egg, brown sugar, milk, and yogurt together. Slowly whisk in melted butter and vanilla extract. 
4.) Pour the wet ingredients from Step 3 into the dry ingredients from Step 2. Whisk to combine.  
5.) Pipe batter into donut pan, filling ¾ full
6.) Bake ~10 minutes 
While the donuts are baking, it's time to make the glaze…with sprinkles on top!

7) In a medium bowl, combine chocolate chips, butter, corn syrup, and water. Melt in the microwave for 30sec increments, stirring in between. 
8.) Dip warm donuts into chocolate glaze and then dip directly into sprinkles 

 These donuts are quick and easy for a breakfast on the go. And as an added bonus, they are baked (instead of fried), which means not having to feel guilty about eating so many of them. But most importantly, they made for the best birthday surprise!

Linking up with blovedboston//morepiecesofme 


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Those donuts look amazing!

  2. Ahhh happy birthday to Tom! Those look so good. Donut cakes are just so pretty, and I think I like them more than cake! Being baked and not fried is also a plus!

    1. They are pretty that's true. I was shocked this looked so good bc I barely made any effort to stack them pretty. With cake, I feel like the whole thing never gets eaten, plus just the two of us really don't need to eat an entire cake. but the donuts were gone asap

  3. This is the best post ever. Happy Birthday!

  4. Seriously nothing better than birthday donuts!! So fun and happy birthday to Tom! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

    1. thanks biana. I completely agree, nothing is better than donuts

  5. All I want are donuts now! Going to have to find somewhere to eat them in Germany! AH!