Colourful Vanilla Doughnuts – Baked not Fried

[Post sponsored by Volkswagen.]

Those colourful doughnuts are healthier than regular ones as they are baked not fried. The fact that
doughnuts are rather sturdy (comparing to other desserts) and already portioned, make them perfect for road trips with family and friends.
They are super easy to prepare (no sugar craft skills needed) and would also make a great addition to any parties, bake sales or even car trips.

We made them especially for Volkswagen so if you are looking for more car and road trip themed recipe inspirations, take a look at the Food Bloggers for Volkswagen Pinterest board.

super easy baked doughnuts recipe


for the doughnuts

  • 2 cups plain flour (sifted)
  • ¾ cup golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • ¾ cup full fat milk
  • 2 eggs, 3 if small
  • 3 ½ tbs of unsalted butter / about 50 g (melted) + some more (about 1 tbs for greasing the tins)

for the icing

  • 1½ cup icing sugar (sifted)
  • 3 tbs of milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

for the topping

  • liquid food colouring

healthier doughnuts recipe


  • doughnut pans
  • silicone pastry brush
  • large mixing bowl
  • small mixing bowl
  • flat bowl / deep plate for dipping in icing
  • piping bag or any plastic bag with pointy corner
  • cooling racks – optional

baked donuts recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F).
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  3. Melt the butter and use some of it to brush the tins.
  4. In a small mixing bowl lightly beat the eggs, add milk and the rest of melted butter.
  5. Add this to the bowl with dry ingredients and stir until batter is well combined.
  6. Transfer the batter into piping bag – depending on the size of the bag you may need to refill the bag as you go.
  7. Fill about 2/3 of each doughnut cavity (you will need about 3 tbs of batter for each doughnut).
  8. Place trays in preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and turn the trays over the cooling rack, tap to remove the doughnuts.
  10. Once the doughnuts have cooled down completely prepare the icing by mixing all ingredients together.
  11. Dip doughnuts in icing, one by one, place back on the cooling rack to drip off icing excess.
  12. Before the glaze will set splash them with food colouring.
  13. Leave aside for the glaze to set.

Makes 12 regular sized doughnuts.

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Add a bit more milk if the batter is too thick and sticky to mix well.

Baked doughnuts taste best the same day but can be easily prepared night before and then glazed on the day.

Optionally skip the icing sugar and dip doughnuts in melted chocolate as a glaze.


For more car themed goodies, why not try the Food Bloggers for Volkswagen board on Pinterest for more creative ideas from different bloggers about the topics cars & Volkswagen. 

DISCLOSURE: This post has been sponsored by Volkswagen. All opinions expressed here are our own and we retained full editorial control.

Your thoughts…

  1. Such beautiful doughnuts! My kids would have such a fun time decorating them. Love all that color.

  2. It looks so easy – I need to get hold of some doughnut pans to try these, I much prefer them baked to fried!

  3. I LOVE making baked donuts. They are so much better than fried. So fun to make…and SO many options for flavours. These look and sound totally delicious. Perfect for an afternoon treat.

  4. Great colorful donut for the kids, and they look delicious! Great fun post!

  5. Love baked donuts and this glaze is fun! Would love a few dipped in chocolate!

  6. These look almost too gorgeous to eat!

  7. These doughnuts are so colorful and a wonderful piece of art done by a food artist!

  8. Wow, those are fun! Looks like I need to order some doughnut pans.

  9. I love anything with rainbow sprinkles and this ALMOST falls into that category. :)

  10. baked donuts?! this is awesome for when I’m feeling like getting a donut fix but still want to lie to myself and say its healthy. It wont be because I’ll eat every last one in one sitting.. lol

  11. These look so fun!!! What a cute idea!

  12. Baked doughnuts? These look great!

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