Last Friday was National Donut Day. I actually had not ever even heard of the day until I woke up that morning and read about it online (apparently it falls on the first Friday in June every year). Mid-morning after I put Parker down from his nap, I decided I wanted to celebrate in the festivities! I had a mini-donut pan I purchased years ago that had yet to be used, so I set out on Pinterest to look for a recipe.
I soon realized that I had no buttermilk, or vinegar to make buttermilk from regular milk. I then realized I was just completely out of regular cow's milk as Parker had had the last of it at breakfast. Finally, I came across a recipe for baked mini donuts that used almond milk, which we actually had. Score!
I followed the step-by-step instructions found here on the Granny Girls blog. You can make these donuts completely vegan using almond milk and a butter substitute, but I just used the real butter we had in the fridge. The Granny Girls somehow yielded 30+ mini donuts from their recipe. I think they were using Barbie-sized pans because I only got eleven, I couldn't even fill the twelfth spot to finish my pan! (Pictured are nine because, um, I had to sample two.) I was actually really surprised at how perfect they came out!
After they cooled, it was time to decorate! I followed the website and made a glaze of almond milk and powdered sugar, and made rainbow sprinkle donuts. Then I added cocoa powder to the glaze to make a chocolate frosting and added chocolate sprinkles. Finally, I did a cinnamon sugar donut by dipping in melted butter and rolling in cinnamon and sugar. Parker woke up just as I was finishing.
He really liked looking at the rainbow sprinkles.
Little man finished the entire cinnamon sugar donut!
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the donut baking was, and how beautiful they turned out! I'll definitely be making them again!