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Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts – The perfect vanilla donuts made in a donut pan and topped with a vanilla glaze. Great for breakfast or dessert!

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts

When I got my donut pan a few years ago, it changed my life.  I absolutely love donuts but I hate having to deal with deep-frying foods so the fact that I could just bake donuts instead was amazing.  After making everything from peanut butter chocolate baked donuts to apple cider baked donuts, the donut pan became a mainstay at my house.

For this recipe, I wanted to keep it simple and make a baked vanilla donut loaded with vanilla bean paste (which you can find at many stores or online retailers like Amazon).  If you don’t have any on hand, just substitute in vanilla extract instead or the caviar of one vanilla bean.  It is then topped with a simple glaze and some sprinkles.  You can always add a bit of food coloring to the glaze if you want to give the donuts some color but I normally just leave it white.

Baked Vanilla Donuts Recipe

Common Questions About Making Baked Donuts

What are baked vanilla donuts?

Baked vanilla donuts are homemade donuts made with vanilla bean paste that are baked in a donut pan and topped with a vanilla glaze.

Can you make donuts in the oven?

Yes.  All you need is a donut pan that you can find at most stores or Amazon.  You just fill it up with batter and then bake the donuts in it.  They will have a much more cake-like texture than deep fried donuts.

Are baked donuts healthier?

A little bit.  All though they still have a lot of sugar in them, they are not deep fried and greasy.  They can be made even healthier by subbing granulated sugar for alternative sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup or using whole wheat flour instead of white flour but I have not tested those substitutions with this specific recipe so please do so with caution.

Are cake donuts baked or deep fried?

Cake donuts are baked.  That’s what makes them different from traditional donuts.

Baked Donut Recipe

Can you freeze baked donuts?

Yes, they freeze really well if you put them in a ziploc and into the freezer before you put the icing on top.  Before serving, let the donuts defrost at room temperature and then make up the icing and assemble the donuts.

Do these donuts save well?

Yes, they do if you do not put the icing and shredded coconut on them before.  You can pop them right in the refrigerator as is and then just assemble them with the icing when you are ready to eat the donuts.

What other types of donuts can I make?

There are so many different types of donuts but some of the most popular are –

  • Old Fashioned Glazed Donuts
  • Apple Fritters
  • French Cruellers
  • Cronuts
  • Jelly Filled
  • Baked Donuts
  • Cake Mix Donuts
  • Apple Cider Donuts
  • Sour Cream Donuts

Homemade Baked Donuts

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Vanilla Donut Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts - The perfect vanilla donuts made in a donut pan and topped with a vanilla glaze. Great for breakfast or dessert!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 standard donut pan with non-stick baking spray and set them aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla bean paste. Mix until combined.
  4. Divide the mixture between the prepared pans (about 1/4 cup per donut).
  5. Bake the donuts for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Transfer the donuts to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk for the glaze until it is smooth and fully combined.
  8. Dip the each donut in the glaze. Let set before storing.
  9. Store any leftover donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.

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