I’ve been in a bit of a creative rut the past two weeks and have had a very difficult time coming up with ideas for blog. I find myself scouring Pinterest for inspiration, but nothing comes to me. I decide to give my mind a rest and hope that I had some sort of idea come to mind. Yesterday during M’s nap I really wanted a donut. Since the little one was sleeping and I couldn’t leave her (that’s a parenting no-no, right?), I decided to make a batch of donuts that I quickly devoured after taking these pictures. It took a lot of self control to do that!

I didn’t have many weird cravings while I was pregnant. I actually had more food aversions than cravings, but no matter how crappy I felt I was always in the mood for a donut. Fortunately we have a 24-hour donut shop near our house that the hubby would go to when a craving struck. Now that I think about this I don’t think it was necessarily a pregnancy craving since I’ve always loved donuts. How many other foods are acceptable to eat for breakfast or as delicious treat throughout the day?

While I like most types of donuts, my absolute favorite is a cake donut with vanilla frosting and rainbow jimmies. I don’t want to brag or anything but I’m kinda a sprinkle connoisseur. Weird, right? I definitely prefer jimmies to nonpareils when it comes to donuts. Have no idea what I’m talking about? No problem, it’s a little strange that I know so much about sprinkles. Click here to see the differences between sprinkle varieties. I guess I can add sprinkle knowledge to my list of talents now 🙂

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Baked Donut with Vanilla Frosting

Donuts
2 2/3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup yogurt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup canola oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

Vanilla Frosting
1/2 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
sprinkles, for topping

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt, and eggs until smooth. Whisk in the melted butter, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and sugar and mix until combined.

Spoon the batter into a piping bag (or zipped bag) and pipe into the donut pan until it’s 3/4 filled.

Bake the donuts for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove donuts from the pan and place on a cooling rack. Add additional batter to the donut pan and bake until cooked.

While donuts are cooling, get the glaze ready by whisking together the milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Dip the donuts into the glaze and top with sprinkles. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Deliciously Sprinkled.

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What’s your favorite donut?