The day after Valentine’s Day is our two-year anniversary of meeting each other, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate, and his friend who works at Disneyland is willing to let us in for free. Seriously, I’m stoked. Considering Disneyland is only about 30 minutes away, it’s crazy that we never get to go (because it’s incredibly expensive). Anyway, that’s my weekend and I can’t wait. I am literally going to feel like a child at Disneyland, hopefully with a really obnoxious princess backpack and Mini Mouse ears.
Ok, we can move on to the treats now. Baked vanilla donuts with sweetheart candies on them to be exact! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these adorable and very easy cake donuts, topped with colorful candy. I’m new to donut-making, but they’re pretty easy and delicious, and I highly recommend giving them a shot.
- 2 tbs butter, melted
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Sweetheart candies (for garnish)
First, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, sour cream and egg until smooth. Beat in the melted butter and vanilla, and slowly mix in the dry ingredients until it is just barely combined with a little bit of white still visible.
Spray a donut pan with cooking spray (I use this one for 6 donuts) and dispense the batter into the mold using a large plastic bag with the corner cut off (basically a piping bag). Using a large ziplock bag let’s you dispense the batter easier into such a thin space. Fill the donut mold about 2/3 fill and bake on 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes until the edges begin to brown slightly.
Let the donuts cool and begin making the glaze. In a small saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla on low-medium heat and slowly whisk in the powdered sugar until it reaches the desired sweetness and the sugar has melted into the milk.
Dip the cooled baked vanilla donuts into the glaze and let them drip on a cooling rack over some wax paper or foil. Once the tops have hardened a bit, dip them a second time for good measure. Press the sweetheart candies on top of the wet glaze and let set. Donuts are best while they’re fresh, so eat them as soon as you can! I brought them to work the morning after I made them, and they were still really good but fresh is always best. Serve them up for any occasion and everyone will love them and they’re baked vanilla goodness! They’re baked so they must be healthy, right?
Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day! I’m looking forward to a really exciting weekend because, unfortunately, I have to work on Monday despite the holiday. Disneyland, here we come!