King Cake Doughnuts

I just love Mardi Gras. The colors, the jazz, the food…what’s not to love?! King Cake is a classic Mardi Gras cake that usually has cinnamon and vanilla with a glaze and plenty of colorful sprinkles. I’ve recreated that here with King Cake Doughnuts!

King Cake Donuts

King Cake Donuts

These doughnuts are baked in the oven using doughnut pans and they come out incredibly soft and moist. Plus, this is a one bowl recipe! Just whisk the dry ingredients together, then pour in the wet and give a stir. You can make the batter before your oven even preheats. So easy!

King Cake Donuts

King Cake Donuts

King Cake Donuts

I am delighted to tell you that I’ve successfully converted my Chocolate Doughnuts recipe to a vanilla-cinnamon version for you here. The texture is perfect and I think these absolutely capture the spirit of King Cake.

King Cake Donuts

I decorated some with multicolored Mardi Gras sprinkles from Fancy Sprinkles and some with gold, green, and purple sprinkles, which is more traditional for King Cake. No matter how you decorate this, I hope you love this recipe.

King Cake Donuts

King Cake Doughnuts
Makes 12

1 1/2 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp half & half
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mardi Gras sprinkles

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two doughnut pans.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. Add egg, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and stir until combined.
  4. Spoon batter evenly into prepared doughnut pans.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until doughnuts spring back when lightly touched.
  6. Cool in the pan for five minutes.
  7. Use a small spatula to gently pop doughnut out of pan. Cool completely.
  8. Whisk together glaze ingredients and carefully spoon over doughnuts. Decorate with Mardi Gras colored sprinkles.

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King Cake Donuts

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