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Vanilla Bean Cake Doughnuts Recipe

Vanilla Bean Cake Doughnuts

Some days really suck and everything goes wrong.

Sometimes you’re absolutely miserable and nothing can make you feel better.

And then you have a doughnut and life gets a little more bearable.

Vanilla Bean Cake Doughnuts

I got this doughnut pan the other day.

It came just in time for some bad news, thankfully. I’ll be fine, don’t worry, I have doughnuts.

Vanilla Bean Cake Doughnuts

These are easy to make and are baked instead of fried. They are fluffy and have strong vanilla flavor. You can add coloring to the glaze to make it more fun, just make sure you mix it completely (I was lazy, that is why there are the sugar spots).

These are perfect if you are ever down, they are stress free and delicious. So make them, now, and be happy.

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts Recipe

Adapted from Sprinkle Bakes

Makes about 5-6 dozen mini doughnuts or 2-3 dozen regular sized

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray or grease doughnut pan and set aside.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, whisk together to combine and set aside.

Scrape vanilla bean sides into the melted butter, reserve pod for other use. Add in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla and whisk to combine.

Add wet ingredients to dry and beat until just combined. Fill each doughnut hole about half full. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and doughnuts spring back when touched. Let cool on a wire rack and dip in glaze.

Doughnut Glaze

Adapted from Sprinkle Bakes

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and stir together until sugar is dissolved. You can add in food coloring for some color. Dip doughnuts in glaze and then move back to wire rack to let the icing set.

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