I wanted to keep this idea to myself at first. However after eating every last grain of cinnamon sugar off my hands once I had eaten a donut (or two), I was feeling more generous, so decided to share it on here.
If you have a donut pan (lucky face), then I don’t know why you’re not making donuts right now! But seriously, then you can then skip the pan making part, and get right to the recipe. If not, read on!
DIY Donut Pans
(this looks long but takes only 15 minutes to do)
You will need:
Paper towels / tissues / paper
First, we’re going to make a donut shape to form the mold around:
Take your paper towels/tissues/paper and roll up into a cylinder.
Voila, your finished foil donut!
Now for the actual molds:
Cut a large sheet of foil out and fold in half.
Center one of these pieces on top of the foil donut you just made and carefully push it into the middle of the donut, making sure you don’t tear the foil sheet. Then tightly form the foil around the edges of the donut.
Remove the foil donut from the foil around it.
Repeat until you have enough donut molds ( I made 6 because I got bored, but this recipe needs about 12)
Baked Cinnamon Vanilla Donuts
slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour – Doughnut Muffins
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup (2 oz / 55g) granulated sugar
2 tbsp + 1 tsp brown sugar
1 large egg
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 – 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg, to taste
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups (6 oz / 170g) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup (2-4 oz / 55-110g) sugar
1- 2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp vanilla sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Spray your (diy) donut pan(s) using non stick spray or brush with oil using a pastry brush. If you’re using the diy donut pans, place them on a cookie sheet.
In a bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars till smooth.
Add the eggs, beating to combine.
Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla.
Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
Spoon the batter into a disposable plastic sandwich bag. Cut off the tip of one corner and pipe batter into the prepared pans, filling each cavity 2/3 full.Bake the donuts for 10-18 minutes, or until they’re a pale golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.
Remove them from the oven, and let them cool for a couple of minutes, or until you can handle them. While they’re cooling, melt the butter for the topping (this is easily done in the microwave), and mix cinnamon and sugar(s) in a shallow, wide bowl.
Remove the donuts from the foil/donut pan. Use a pastry brush to brush the each donut with the melted butter, then roll in cinnamon and sugar.
Serve warm, or cool on a rack and wrap airtight. Store for a day or so at room temperature.
40 thoughts on “Baked Cinnamon Vanilla Donuts (plus DIY donut pan)”
This is an geniously brilliant idea! Now I can make donuts without having to buy that little pan!! Maybe I’ll make some tomorrow 🙂
This is so smart! Thanks so much for sharing!
@ Becca: Thank you! You should definitely make them soon!
@ Amanda: haha, thanks, and you’re welcome!
What a great idea! Can’t wait to try it!
@ Lauren W. : thank you 😀
This is a very innovative idea.
I think you are amazingly genius to figure out how to make your own donut pan!!!
The donuts look good, can’t wait to try them. I have made the KAF Donut Muffins that you adapted the recipe from and those are delicious—so I bet these donuts are tasty!
I seriously face palmed after see this. Simply brilliant! Thanks for saving my brain and wallet! I love the internet!
or if you happen to have a bagel kicking around, you could use that for a form…
If you want to save some time, you could also use the roll of tape as the form…that is, shape the foil around the tape. That’s what I did…and it worked! Good idea, BTW.
Izy, just wanted to say I love your blog! This doughnut post is my absolute favorite! I hope you don’t mind, I posted a link to your site on my blog to share your amazing doughnut pan DIY! I would probably share your recipe too, if I could take the time to take a photo (I don’t like reusing other people’s photos) before chowing down on these de-lish baked goods! Cheers!
these are to die for,DIY pans,good idea too
Brilliant! Or you can also use the multiple CD case to make the mold.
So awesome! Thanks!
How did you come up with such a great idea? I’ve never bought a donut pan or a bunt pan (any ideas on how to make a bunt pan?) Thank you sincerely!
sorry i dumb but the foil….uuhm i dident make thes donuts but does the foil not melt in the oven????….
Ummm foil is made of aluminium, a metal with a melting point of 1120 F (660 C) sooo…no it won’t melt in the oven, unless your oven somehow gets that hot
So smart!Now would I just stick the molds in the oven as is or would I put them on a cookie sheet or cupcake pan? Cant wait to try this!
put them on a cookie sheet first!
I don’t always comment on recipes that I try, but I just had to this time. These are AMAZING. They are perfectly fluffy, and I think my husband loves me more 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!
SO GLAD i stumbled across this on NATIONAL DONUT DAY. I’ve wanted to make my own but never have the pan. Such a great idea! I couldn’t quite make the pipe out of paper towel and foil, but I used a sock, just put it on my leg and rolled it down to create a donut shape and cut out the center. Worked great and held it’s form 🙂
Just looking at your archive and this pan is INSANELY CLEVER Izy!! Seriously you’re a genius!!
I bought a donut pan from Amazon it was the only place where I could purchase one, you know I have had it for about twelve months and never used it, now I have found your baked donut recipes I will have to get it out and use it!
Hii!!!!!!!! Literally just made these donuts! They are so insanely good that I just ate them all!!!!
Girl, you are genius making your own doughnut pan. Brilliant you are.
March 12, 2016 at 9:54 am I have a question where can you buy a donut pan? I used thus DIY it works but my donuts were missed shaped! Its a good idea but I just want to know were to buy one. Love Lexi?
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