Birthday Cake Doughnuts

Birthday Cake Doughnuts on a rack

Birthday Cake Doughnuts are fun and festive baked doughnut recipe with a sweet glaze and colorful sprinkles. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to these on their birthday?

Birthday Cake Doughnuts --- festively sprinkled doughnuts for any special occasion!

Say happy birthday with birthday cake doughnuts!

Birthdays are on my mind lately. My youngest daughter is turning 21 next month, but she won’t be home to celebrate it with us. She goes straight from the end of her semester abroad to a summer internship. I admire her determination and drive, but I also feel a little bit sorry for her, and for us. There doesn’t seem to be any time to just hang out anymore. Everything is a scramble for her generation.

Birthday Cake Doughnuts, a funfetti recipe to make any morning special!

Wouldn’t she have just squealed if I’d served her these when she was 7. Or 12. And I’m pretty certain she wouldn’t turn up her nose at them even now.

Birthday Cake Doughnuts --- baked doughnut recipe adorned with frosting and sprinkles!

Birthday Cake Doughnuts --- festive sprinkled doughnut recipe

I’m a closet sprinkle fiend. I buy them whenever I see a new variety, and since they last forever, I have a little collection going. I even made my own a couple of months ago.

These doughnuts gave me a change to use up some of my stash.

Birthday Cake Doughnuts --- a funfetti style baked doughnut fit for a celebration!

I highly recommend making a batch of these for someone you love. Birthdays come and go so quickly…

3.02 from 53 votes

Birthday Cake Doughnuts

Birthday Cake Doughnuts are fun and festive baked doughnut recipe with a sweet glaze and colorful sprinkles.  Who wouldn't want to wake up to these on their birthday?
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 1 dozen
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg don't leave this out!
  • 1 cup buttermilk you can use whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles plus more for topping
  • for the glaze
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk or cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
  • Add the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in the 1/3 cup sprinkles.
  • Spray your non-stick doughnut pan and fill the holes about 3/4 of the way full. An easy way to do this is to transfer the batter into a large baggie and cut a small hole in the corner. Pipe the batter into the holes.
  • Bake for about 12-14 minutes until the doughnuts are dry on top and spring back when lightly touched.
  • Let cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.
  • Make the glaze by mixing the sifted sugar with the milk and vanilla. Add a little more milk if the glaze seems too thick. Add more sugar if it seems too thin.
  • When the doughnuts are completely cool, dip them, top down, into the glaze. Add sprinkles before the glaze sets up.
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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    May 20, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I always feel bad when I don’t get to see my kids on their birthdays. These birthday cake donuts are adorable. My daughter graduation from college this weekend. I have been very busy preparing for it.

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    May 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    5 stars
    It’s so funny that you mentioned that about your daughter, Sue. My daughter works for a very large brokerage and is traveling a lot for her job lately since she was recently promoted. She called me on the phone yesterday and burst into tears because she hasn’t had time to come home for such a long time. She loves her job, which is a good thing but as you said, I feel badly for her and badly for us. These girls do have a lot of determination!

    Happy birthday to your daughter and love the birthday doughnuts!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone
    May 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Happy Birthday to your daughter, Sue! Don’t you love, and admire all their determination!! I love your fun celebration doughnuts for her, and I bet she enjoyed seeing your post!!

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    May 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I love all those colorful sprinkles. That’s a great way to turn almost any treat into party food! I have such a weakness for homemade donuts.

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    Magnolia Verandah
    May 17, 2013 at 7:11 am

    How gorgeous are these!

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