how-to-make-mini-donuts-1One of the best things about the fall season is how sociable it is, don’t you think? Whether it’s having a drinks party with your neighbors, attending your work holiday party, or simply heading home to catch up with friends and family, it’s the time of year where we connect with those around us in our lives. It’s also a time of sharing: sharing stories, sharing gifts, sharing love – sharing moments. If you’ve been following Bright.Bazaar’s Instagram recently you may have seen how I’ve been posting moments that bring #MakeYouSMileStyle vibes during the fall season. It’s all been part of TargetStyle’s #VibeItForward project that aims to inspire people to bring their new collection to life in their own personal vibe. So fun! In the spirit of #MakeYouSmileStyle sharing vibes, I’m sharing a super easy and fun mini donuts recipe after the jump. It’s the perfect go-to for passing around at parties this season! Also, that marble and hammered copper cake stand? DIVINE, isn’t it!

how-to-make-mini-donuts-2WHAT YOU NEED
For the donuts:
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/8 tsp. salt
– 1/2 tsp. baking powder
– 1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
– 1/4 cup buttermilk
– 1/4 cup whole milk

For the glaze and decoration:
– 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
– 1 1/2 Tbs. water
– Food coloring in desired colors
– Readymade colorful piping icinghow-to-make-mini-donuts-3STEP-BY-STEP
Step one: Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a mini donut pan; place to one side. Using a large bowl as your vessel, mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. In a small bowl also mix the buttermilk and whole milk together.

Step two: Beat together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg. You can do this by hand or using an electric mixer.

Step three: Gradually add the dry mix to the butter and sugar mix, alternating between adding the flour and the combined milks, until everything is combined.

Step four: Spoon mixture into the mini donut tin and bake for around 8-10 minutes or until a skewer can be inserted into the donuts and come out clean.

Step five: Leave the donuts on a cooling wire rack for until cooled. Enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate while you wait!

Step six: Mix together the confectioners’ sugar, water and food coloring to create a semi thick icing for covering the donuts. Once the colored icing has set you can decorate the donuts with contrasting colored stripes using readymade piped icing. Remember: have fun with it! I’m not the world’s best cake decorator by any stretch, but that’s OK. This is all about making something that’s tasty and fun for a party!how-to-make-mini-donuts-4Sharing food is always great when it’s easy to eat by hand – and quickly, after all no-one likes being at a party when you’re struggling to hold a drink and food at the same time. Bitesize morsels of deliciousness, like these mini donuts, are perfect for passing around and sharing amongst friends and family. They add #MakeYouSmileStyle to a party, for sure! Plus, the great thing about so many of the pieces in Target’s fall tabletop collection is their versatility. Chopping boards seamlessly transition from kitchen prep to stylish serving platters, while sharing dishes work overtime to hold pre-measured ingredients so that baking is anything but a chore. Plus, you can have fun displaying your baking efforts. How about making a tower of mini donuts upon their showstopping marble and hammered copper cake stand? This is my favorite piece and I can’t wait to use it all season long! What are your fall season vibes? Do you have a favorite sharing recipe that you like to make when hosting?how-to-make-mini-donuts-5 // Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with TargetStyle; all views my own


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Thanks for sharing this fun recipe with us Will! Bookmarking it to make with the kids. Love how you styled them on the board and stand. I think I need to head to Target! 🙂 🙂 Kaz x

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.