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Overhead view of a plate of donuts with a light blue glaze and yellow decorative frosting drizzled on top with small plate with single blue frosted donuts to the side in the upper left corner.

Vanilla Frosted Donuts Recipe

Vanilla Frosted Donuts are deliciously light soft buttery cake donuts that are baked instead of fried and frosted with a sweet and creamy vanilla frosting, perfect for a breakfast treat!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Donuts, Vanilla Donuts, Vanilla Frosted Donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 244kcal
Author Michele


  • Plastic bottle or piping bags
  • Donut mold. Important: Use a metal mold for better results and puffier donuts.
  • Hand or stand mixer
  • Sifter
  • Measuring cup
  • measuring spoons


Donut Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the molds with non-stick spray and set them aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.
  • Add the milk, eggs, vanilla, and butter to the dry ingredients. Beat until combined. Do not over mix.
  • Fill each pan cavity with about 2⁄3 full, so they do not overflow. My suggestion is to use the plastic bottle for a cleaner and more even filling, or you can also use the piping bag.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the top of the donuts bounces when you touch. Let them cool in the pan 5 minutes before removing.
  • To make the frosting, combine the powdered sugar and vanilla. Then add the milk in little by little and food coloring if you are using it. You need it to be runny but not so much that it drips off. It should have a thick consistency.
  • You may use a piping bag or the plastic squeeze bottle to add the frosting. Pipe the icing clockwise and leave them to set.
  • Melt your chocolate in 20 second bursts in the microwave or on the stove over a pan of hot water. Once melted, add a few drops of food coloring and mix well.
  • Place your donuts on parchment paper and drizzle a bit of melted chocolate into the pattern of your choice
  • Add sprinkles and edible glitter to your drizzled icing right away before it hardens.
  • Note: The consistency of the icing can be adjusted by adding in extra milk or powdered sugar depending on if it is too thick or too thin.



  1. Vanilla. Use good quality vanilla for a better flavor.
  2. Milk. You may have to adjust the amount of milk depending on the consistency you want. If you want it thicker use two tablespoons of milk, but add it in little by little until it is the way you like it. 
  3. Prevent Donuts From Sticking. Be sure to spray cooking spray or grease the donut pan before adding the batter.
  4. Prevent Misshapen Donuts. Be sure to not overfill the pan so the donuts don't rise too much and become misshapen.
  5. Prevent Messy Baking. Use a bottle or piping bag to pipe in the batter for the pan. This makes it less messy.
  6. Best Frosting Consistency. The consistency of the frosting can be adjusted by adding in extra milk or powdered sugar depending on if it is too thick or too thin.
  7. Best Flavor. Use high quality pure vanilla for the best flavor.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg