Heart-shaped Goodness

Heart Pan

I love donuts.  The cake ones, the doughnut holes, frosted, plain, sprinkles…you name the kind and I like it (unless it’s a Bismarck, then it can only be Bavarian Cream….no exceptions.)  The one thing I don’t like is the guilt I feel after eating a doughnut.  I’ve always wanted to try baked doughnuts, but didn’t have the pan to do it.  Soooo, I bought the pan and away we went.  My daughter was so excited to see that I chose the heart-shaped pan (purchased here).

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Are these not stinkin’ cute?!  These puppies were so easy to make.  I was worried about the batter running over the edges of the pan or burning the doughnuts, but I followed the baking directions of the recipe to a T and they came out perfect!  They’re almost too cute to eat…almost.

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Of course it’s always necessary to eat a couple handful of sprinkles while decorating :-)

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar —–(I used 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg —–(I didn’t have this on hand, so I used cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%) —–(I used skim)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey —–(I used 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

3. Combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; whisk just until combined.

4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling twothirds full. Bake in middle of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom (about 8 minutes). Let cool in pan slightly (about 4 minutes); turn out. Coat with toppings (see ideas on website…click link above), if desired.

*I did edit this receipt somewhat.  My edits are in red.  Also, I had some homemade cinnamon roll frosting leftover, so I used that as a topping, as well as sprinkles.  It was fun to have the kiddos help mix the batter and decorate them with sprinkles.  Great Sunday morning breakfast treat.  I hope you’ll try them and enjoy!



4 Replies to “Heart-shaped Goodness”

  1. I like cake donuts also but I’ve never tried baked donuts myself. They look so good I’ll have to try them! Thank you for sharing! What fun!

  2. I’ve looked at the South Walmart and I could not find a heart-shaped donut pan. Where did you find yours? I’ll probably have to go to a specialty shop to find one but that’s OK.

    1. I bought mine on Amazon. Don’t think I’ve ever seen the heart-shaped ones in store, but I think Target has the regular round doughnut pans.

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