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Recipe: Rainbow Doughnuts!

I am sort of obsessed with the trio of pink, purple, and teal together–though admittedly it’s not exactly a rainbow of color, it’s close enough for me. I always call it the Care Bear/Rainbow Pony color scheme. It’s the girliest and while I love, love it there aren’t a lot of applications of it in my life these days…as I am no longer 8-years-old and prone to hoarding my cache of Lisa Frank stickers. Those days are, sadly, long gone.

I originally purchased myself a heart shaped doughnut pan with plans for Valentine’s treats that never really happened, so when I was toying with the idea of something rainbow inspired for St. Patrick’s day I just knew it was time to make some heart-shaped, candy-colored doughnuts happen.

These doughnuts are the baked cake variety, all vanilla with a bit of pure maple syrup in the glaze for fun. They are tender, light, and unabashedly bright. I made them on a gloomy, rainy day…which we all know is just the sort of day that makes the best rainbows.

I made the little flags out of washi tape and toothpicks–I thought they came out super cute and they were really simple too. *Also, the plates, bunting, and cups were c/o Susty Party and were part of a fun, compostable party kit. You can find this kit, among other supplies on their website. The cups hold hot and cold liquids like a charm and the plates are SUPER strong. They also carry those paper straws we all know and love!

Baked Vanilla Cake Doughnuts

Adapted from Doughnuts by Lara Ferroni

I used vanilla sugar and vanilla extract in these, you can certainly omit the vanilla sugar for regular sugar if you do not have any on hand. This recipe make about 12 doughnuts. 

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup vanilla sugar

1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup warm milk

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 large egg, beaten

Gel food coloring, optional

Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

If coloring, place a small drop of food color in 3 separate bowls and set aside.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, nutmeg, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and using your fingertips, rub the butter into the dry mixture, as if you were making a pastry crust, until evenly distributed. Add the milk, yogurt, vanilla, and egg, stir until just combined, OR if using gel color leave slightly under-mixed, divide evenly among 3 bowls and fold to combine with the color.

Using a piping bag or spoon, fill each donut well 3/4 full, making sure the center post is free of batter. Bake until doughnuts spring back to the touch–6-10 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from the pan. Glaze as desired.


1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2-2 teaspoons milk–depending on desired consistency

In a medium bowl whisk together all ingredients except milk. Add milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time to reach your desired consistency for the glaze. Dip donuts, rounded side down, in glaze and add sprinkles as desired.

** For the sake of full disclosure, I have to note that these items were given to me by Susty Party, however I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.