Baked Mini Cinnamon Cake Donuts

Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Breakfast, Donuts, Food | 12 comments

So, I decided to start off the new year with a healthy recipe. These donuts are baked, so that means they’re healthy, right?

I spent the last week trying to decide what to post about.

Resolutions? (Even though I really don’t like to make resolutions… I’d rather make goals and work on those throughout the year. I suppose that’s the same thing, isn’t it?)

Food? (That’s a given– I just needed to decide what to post about.)

I would love to get into more spiritual stuff but I always like to wait until the Holy Spirit gives me something to talk about instead of just blabbing all over the place, which is easy to do. So, we’ll see where that goes.

Anyways, so I made donuts. Pretty much one of my favorite things to eat ever. And these… Oh, these Cinnamon Cake Donuts rolled in cinnamon and sugar. They’re mini, which means they’re really cute. And since they’re mini that means you can eat as many as you want. Right?

They taste like a light, fluffy cake donut. They are infused with a lovely cinnamon flavor. You are going to love them!

If you don’t have a mini donut pan you could either make them in a regular-sized donut pan or even a mini muffin pan or a regular-sized muffin pan. They would be delicious baked in anything!

Baked Mini Cinnamon Cake Donuts

recipe slightly adapted from Edible Perspective


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (If I had whole wheat pastry flour, I would have used a cup of that instead of the WW and AP)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup canola or coconut oil (If you use the coconut oil make sure you melt it first)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 3 T sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 T sprinkles
  • 4 T butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a mini donut pan (or other pan, if using).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, milk and vanilla.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Make sure not overmix. Your batter will be slightly lumpy.
  5. Fill donut pan halfway up with batter.
  6. Bake about 10 minutes, until donuts are done. They will spring back when lightly touched. You can also insert a toothpick into one donut to make sure they’re done.
  7. Let cool pan in 5 minutes before removing, and then move donuts to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. While the donuts are cooling, mix up your cinnamon sugar topping. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and sprinkles in a small bowl.
  9. Once donuts are cooled, dip them in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Enjoy!

— Jill

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  1. These doughnuts look fabulous!

    • They are! I think I’m going to make them for breakfast tomorrow!

  2. Yum! These look amazing. I bet they smell great in the oven too. I really need a donut pan.

    • Oooh, they do smell great! Yes, you should definitely get a donut pan. They’re so cute and so fun! Although, I know these would be great as muffins also!

  3. Ooh, I’ll try these in my mini-muffin pan! They’re so cute with the sprinkles, Jill :)

    • I love sprinkles! They make everything so cute and the kids just love them! :)

  4. These are SO adorable! I am a sucker for sprinkles – and if I can have them for breakfast and justify it as a whole wheat option, then sign me up please! I love my mini muffin pan!

    • I love my mini muffin pan, too! They’re so wonderful!

  5. These are adorable! I bet they really are great. I need to get a donut pan b/c there are so many donut recipes I want to try, and this is going on my list! :)

    • I know. As soon as I saw how popular and cute the baked mini donuts were, I had to get a pan. If you get one, you won’t regret it!

      And, yes, these are really great! I made them again yesterday. :)

  6. these look delicious and it looks like i’ll need to get a doughnut pan asap. can’t wait to try these once i do.

    • You’ll love having a donut pan. They’re so fun!

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