Love and Confections: Vanilla Bean Doughnuts #VanillaWeek

February 5, 2015

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts #VanillaWeek

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts are the perfect treat for your sweetheart any day of the year. Vanilla Extract gives it a delicate and delicious flavor while vanilla bean seeds are flecked throughout the doughnut.

Vanilla Bean Doughnut from

It's day 4 of #VanillaWeek!! I hope you enjoyed my Vanilla Bean TiramisuVanilla Bean Ladyfingers and the Vanilla Bean Macarons so far. Today I made everyone's favorite treat - doughnuts! Don't forget to head on over to my blog post with all the details for the #VanillaWeek Giveaway! The #VanillaWeek Bloggers and I have some great recipes today, so please head on over to their blogs as well. We hope you join us throughout the rest of the week as we share vanilla recipes that include breakfasts, drinks, desserts and even savory dishes!

Vanilla Bean Doughnut from

It doesn't matter if it's "doughnut" or "donut", they are delicious anyway you choose to spell it. I wanted to make some doughnuts for #VanillaWeek, because everyone loves doughnuts. There are so many different ways to make them, baked cake doughnuts, baked yeast doughnuts and fried yeast doughnuts. Heck, you can even make a "Cronut" (croissant-doughnut for those of you who have yet to experience this awesome treat).

Vanilla Bean Doughnut from

I chose to do a baked cake doughnut because lately the less mess and time I spend in the kitchen, the better. Baby L&C, or rather, Toddler L&C is in full toddler mode at the moment. She is so full of energy, very attached to Mommy, and wants to get into everything. Cake doughnuts were an easy way to get my doughnut fix, while not worrying about how much time they would take. The batter is simple and the icing is easy.

Vanilla Bean Doughnut from

I wanted a pop of color, so of course I chose pink since Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Also, these little heart sprinkles are THE cutest! I want to put them on everything!! They were perfect for my Vanilla Bean Doughnuts and I can't wait to bake something else to be able to use the sprinkles. You, too, can make these adorable doughnuts at home, especially if you go enter for our big #VanillaWeek giveaway! Enjoy!

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts
A Love and Confections original recipe
Click here for a printable recipe
Yield: 22 Doughnuts

Vanilla Bean Doughnut Ingredients:
- 5 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 1 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 1 & 3/4 cups Bob's Red Mill Cake Flour
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2 Eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
- 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
- 3/4 cup Whole Milk

Vanilla Bean Doughnut Directions:
1. Heat oven to 375F and with baking spray, lightly coat 2 doughnut pans and set aside.
2. With your stand mixer, beat the Butter and Sugar until light and fluffy. While the butter is beating, Sift together the Cake Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt, and set aside.
3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with butter. While on low, add in the Eggs one at a time as well as the Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Bean Paste.
4. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to insure everything is mixed.
5. Fill a piping bag with half the batter. Pipe the mixture into the doughnut pans, about 1/2 way full. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the doughnut is lightly golden and cooked throughout. Let them cool in the pan for a few minutes then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. Ice doughnuts when completely cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Vanilla Icing Ingredients:
- 2 cups Dixie Crystal's Confectioners' Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Vanilla Extract
- 2-4 tablespoons Whole Milk
- 2-4 drops of Neon Pink Food Coloring
- Sprinkles, optional

Vanilla Icing Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, add the Confectioners' Sugar, Vanilla Extract and 1 tablespoon of Milk. Whisk to combine. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you have reached a good consistency. Add in the Food Coloring, blend, and using a spoon, drizzle onto cooled doughnuts. Garnish with sprinkles and enjoy!

Until next time,

Here are more #VanillaWeek Blogger recipes:

Kahlua Vanilla Cream Soda from Frugal Foodie Mama.
Sparkling Tahitian Vanilla Cupcakes from Pineapple and Coconut.
Raspberry Vanilla Vinaigrette from It's Yummi
Vanilla Bean Doughnuts from Love and Confections
Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Cheesecake from {i love} my disorganized life

Disclosure: Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Bob's Red Mill, Silpat, Quirk Books and Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar are providing the prizes free of charge. These companies are also providing the bloggers with samples and product to use for #VanillaWeek. All opinions stated are my own.


  1. Wow! These donuts look amazing!

  2. Absolutely beautiful shot ! Love the color palette, light and the composition.

  3. I can envision a giant plate full of these doughnuts placed in front of Brian next Saturday. He normally goes out for them after his Saturday morning Bible study. He'll flip over these!

  4. I crave doughnuts and don't allow myself to have them often. But you know it's been a while. Plus these are baked and I have a new doughnut pan to try out!

    1. Yay! There are so many yummy doughnut flavors that you can try out now with your new pan!

  5. Beautiful!! Love the colors, what a great Valentine's Day recipe

    1. Thanks Shaina! I definitely wanted some bright color and not just all white.