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The Mini Donut Maker

Updated on September 10, 2014
Mini donuts are fun and yummy!
Mini donuts are fun and yummy! | Source

Easily Make Your Own Mini Donuts at Home!

The mini donut maker is a small electric kitchen appliance that allows you to easily made delightful mini donuts to serve on either casual or fancy occasions. They can be made using "standard," gluten-free, or vegan ingredients.

The mini donuts (or "doughnuts") are baked in the appliance, so they are far healthier (or far less unhealthy!) than traditional deep-fried donuts.

Admittedly, I have a soft spot for kitchen gadgets. However, the mini donut maker does fill a niche, providing small, adorable cakes that offer a change of pace from cupcakes or mini cupcakes but are still easy to prepare.

Mini donuts work well as a simple snack when made with less sugar than called for by most recipes and served plain. But they can also be glazed and decorated to create a more elaborate presentation for special occasions.

There are many recipes available for different kinds of donuts to bake in mini donut makers. Of course, there are lots of flavor varieties -- but there are also recipes that are specifically gluten-free and/or vegan.

Freshly baked donuts
Freshly baked donuts | Source

Mini Donut Makers

Convenient Electric Kitchen Appliances

There are some variations between the different models of mini donut makers, but generally speaking, they produce donuts that are about two inches in diameter, making batches of six or seven mini donuts at a time. A recipe calling for one cup of flour should yield approximately four batches, or 24-34 mini donuts.

Mini donut makers work like small ovens that bake batter into small, round donut shapes. Instead of frying donuts in oil, which isn't healthy, takes a lot of time, and creates a big mess, mini donut makers quickly and easily cook the donuts. This typically takes only 2-5 minutes per batch.

Mini Donut Makers allow you to easily bake

your own delicious donuts at home!

Electric Donut Maker

Bella Cucina 13466 Donut Maker
Bella Cucina 13466 Donut Maker

This is the mini donut maker that I use, and I've been delighted with it!

As with other mini donut makers, it bakes the batter into yummy little donuts in only a few minutes.

It has a nonstick surface, so cleaning it is a breeze!

 

Ingredients for Basic Donuts

How to Make Mini Donuts Using a Mini Donut Maker

The preparation time to mix the batter is usually only 10 minutes. The entire process, from mixing the batter to removing the last mini donut from the appliance is approximately 40 minutes. (This would be for cooking several batches.) Adding a glaze will take a bit longer, though that is not a difficult process. Naturally, the more complicated the decorations, the more time it will take to complete.

Here is the basic process for making delicious mini donuts.

  1. Prepare the mini donut maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. This usually involves spraying oil on the appliance and plugging it in. You may want to wait to plug the mini donut maker in until you have almost finished preparing the batter, since you don't want the unit to sit at cooking temperature for too long before adding the batter.
  2. Mix the batter. This is usually from a straightforward recipe using ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, and milk. As I mentioned, there are plenty of vegan and gluten-free recipes available.
  3. Carefully pour the batter into the individual donut molds of the heated mini donut maker. For two-inch donuts, this may be only about 2/3 of a tablespoon of batter. Gently move the batter around each donut mold as you pour it. This step can be completed faster if you do not leave the donut hole batter-free. This, however, will result in a hole-less donut. Still yummy, but not the classic donut look.
  4. Close the lid of the mini donut maker and wait several minutes, until the mini donuts are cooked and can be easily removed. (Consult the instruction manual for specific directions for your particular unit.)
  5. Carefully remove the donuts from the mini donut maker and place them on a wire rack to cool. There are two important considerations for this step. The first is that the cooking surface and the donuts are going to be HOT. This leads to the second point, which is that you need to use a heat resistant and scratch resistant utensil to remove the mini donuts from the appliance. I did not realize just how hot the cooking surface was the first time I went to remove the donuts. I used a small rubber spatula, which resulted in the melting of the rubber. A sad occasion, since this was a great little spatula!

Adding Batter to Mini Donut Maker

This is the basic recipe that was included in the user manual for my Bella Cucina Mini Donut Maker.

When I followed this recipe, I veganized it by using egg replacer and soymilk.
I also added a bit of cinnamon.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 40

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp Cooking Oil

Instructions

  1. Stir dry ingredients together.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk, and beat 1 minute with electric mixer or vigorously by hand.
  3. Add the oil and continue to beat 1 minute more.
  4. Following the specific instructions from the user manual, cook the batter in the mini donut maker.
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Baked Donuts

Gently Removing Mini Donuts Using Lexan Knife

Lexan Has Worked Well for Me

When you remove the mini donuts, you don't want to use a utensil that will melt. Nor do you want one that will scratch the nonstick surface of the mini donut maker. The solution for me is Lexan. No scratches; no melting (assuming you don't hold it against the hot surface for too long).

Lexan Works Well for Me!

Lexan 3pc Camping Utensil Set, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Set)
Lexan 3pc Camping Utensil Set, Emergency Zone Brand (1 Set)

When you remove the mini donuts, you don't want to use a utensil that will melt. Nor do you want one that will scratch the nonstick surface of the mini donut maker. The solution for me is Lexan. No scratches; no melting (assuming you don't hold it against the hot surface for too long).

This is a handy set for various utensil needs, including for use on camping trips.

 

You're in Charge

Customize your donuts to your needs!

The great thing about making your own donuts is that you're in charge! You decide the flavors, how sweet to make them, whether they'll be standard, vegan, gluten-free, or designed to meet any other dietary requirement you have.

My family is vegan, so of course I've only made vegan donuts. While I enjoy sweets as much as anyone, I found that cutting the sugar by a third or a half in many recipes results in a donut that is mildly and comfortably sweet. It's just right to enjoy with a cup of tea or to have as a quick snack.

Entire Batch of Donuts Cooling

Mini Donut Cookbook

Mini Donuts: 100 Bite-Sized Donut Recipes to Sweeten Your "Hole" Day
Mini Donuts: 100 Bite-Sized Donut Recipes to Sweeten Your "Hole" Day

These recipes (not vegan, though can be veganized!) are designed to be used with either a mini donut maker or an oven.

 

The Donut Maker Is Not Just for Donuts!

In addition to using mini donut maker to cook donut batter, these little gadgets can give you the option to create other mini delicacies using your favorite batters.

Try brownie mix or quick-breads -- either homemade batters or those from a box. You may need to adjust the recipe by slightly reducing the amount of liquid ingredients in order for them to work well in the mini donut maker. I've used cake batter without any problem when making donuts!

Glazed and Plain Donuts, Ready to Eat!

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Valerie, this looks like fun to do and easy to make. Voted up for useful!

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      Since you said "Hole" I actually like the donut holes better. Bite size and all that. But the rest of the family go for actual donuts. So between all of us there is nothing left.

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      Valerie Bloom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @kattylovesdonuts: Oh, what a great idea! Mmmmmm......Donuts!!!!

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      kattylovesdonuts 4 years ago

      ok so im new to squidoo but this is the best page ive found so far!. Going to leave this page open see if someone takes the hint and gets me one of these for christmas hehe I'll let you know if they do :)

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      Hannah Writes 4 years ago

      My kids love anything bite sized!

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      Valerie Bloom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @JoshK47: Thanks! They are both extremely cute and delicious!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      These are so cute, and lookg quite tasty! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      yogendrachavda 4 years ago

      Thanks for this creative lens..

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      Aquamarine18 4 years ago

      I love donuts. I have a hand-held device for making them which doesn't work well enough. I was thinking of buyin an electric one.

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      gregs411 4 years ago

      I love donuts. Thanks for the great looking product ideas.

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      Valerie Bloom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Thomo85: Oh, YEAH!!!!

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      Thomo85 4 years ago

      mmmmmmmmmm donuts