Birthday donuts are the perfect celebratory treat! With funfetti sprinkles inside and out, these baked donuts are simply delicious.
And the birthday festivities have begun! Yes, I’m one of those people who takes full advantage of the birthday month. With my big day falling in the middle of January, I pretty much start the celebrations soon after New Year’s Day. This year I treated myself by baking birthday donuts!
This was my first time attempting donuts in the kitchen. I had been meaning to try for quite some time now, but it wasn’t until I was scouring the post-Christmas retail at Home Goods when I came across a donut pan.
It was a sign. I was meant to bake birthday donuts.
As you may have predicted, I bought myself an early birthday gift, which resulted in these funfetti treats.
For a first-time donut maker, I was surprised how easy it is to make donuts. It’s as simple as making muffins. The recipe calls for your basic ingredients (flour, sugar, egg, butter, etc.) plus some nutmeg to achieve that bakery donut taste and a whole lot of sprinkles.
And when it’s a birthday, the more sprinkles the better.
So back to this easy donut recipe. After whisking the ingredients together, I found that the batter was a touch thicker than what I was used to when baking muffins or quick breads. To ensure that the batter distributed evenly in the donut tin, I transferred the batter to a frosting bag and piped the batter into each cup (as you can see in the image above).
This method got the batter right where I wanted it in the tin. Then into the oven they went!
In a matter of minutes I had colorful donuts ready for the eating. Well, almost….
The donuts of course needed a glaze (and more sprinkles!) After the donuts cooled, I whipped up a quick glaze and dipped each donut into the sugary coating. And after another dash of sprinkles, the baked treats were ready to be enjoyed!
The donuts were so tender and sweet—exactly what I wanted to indulge in on my birthday. And with all the colorful rainbow jimmies, I couldn’t help but smile every time I took a bite!
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Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.