Funfetti Donuts

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These Funfetti Donuts are soft, fluffy and full of rainbow sprinkles! They’re baked, not fried and covered in a simple vanilla glaze!

Stack of Funfetti Donuts with vanilla glaze

I love all things containing sprinkles and these Funfetti Donuts are no exception. These vanilla flavored donuts are soft, fluffy and covered in a vanilla glaze. They’re bursting with colorful rainbow sprinkles making them perfect for a birthday party or pretty much any celebration! Plus the rainbow sprinkles can be easily swapped out for festive colors to match any holiday. If you’re looking for more funfetti recipes try my Homemade Funfetti Cookies or Small Batch Funfetti Cupcakes!

What Is Funfetti?

Funfetti is just vanilla cake with rainbow sprinkles added to the batter before baking. It doesn’t really taste any different from vanilla cake but the pop of color from the sprinkles makes it look so fun! In this case, our funfetti is a vanilla cake donut with rainbow sprinkles.

Which Sprinkles Are Best For Funfetti Donuts?

When making any type of funfetti dessert, whether it be cake, cookies, etc., you should always use jimmies sprinkles! You never want to use nonpareils because they tend to bleed into the batter. Confetti quins will also work if that’s all you have on hand.

Ingredient Breakdown

All-purpose flour – this gives the donuts structure.

Baking powder/baking soda – unlike traditional donuts this recipe doesn’t use yeast so it relies on chemical leaveners to rise and get fluffy.

Buttermilk – adds flavor and makes the donuts so moist!

Granulated sugar – sweetens and softens donuts.

Butter – melted butter adds both flavor and moisture! I always recommend using unsalted butter but salted butter works if that’s all you have on hand, just be sure to omit the 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Egg – helps bind the ingredients.

Vanilla extract and salt – enhances flavor. Always use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation for best flavor.

Sprinkles – make sure that you use jimmies and not nonpareils because nonpareils tend to bleed into the dough. Confetti quins will also work if that’s all you have on hand.

Funfetti Donuts with vanilla glaze and rainbow sprinkles

How To Make Funfetti Donuts

1. Make the Funfetti Donut Batter: in a small bowl combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2. In a medium bowl whisk the buttermilk, granulated sugar, melted butter, egg and vanilla until well combined.

3. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until almost combined, leaving a few streaks of flour then add the sprinkles and fold until just combined.

Donut batter

4. Use a piping bag or a zip-top bag to pipe each donut ring 2/3 full. Do not fill to the top, the donuts will rise as they bake.

5. Bake the donuts at 350°F for 10 minutes. Allow to cool in donut pans for 5 minutes then unmold and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Funfetti Donuts in a cake donut pan

6. Make the Vanilla Glaze: In a small bowl whisk the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Immediately dip cooled donuts and top with rainbow sprinkles. Store Funfetti Donuts in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature or up to a week in the fridge.

Pro Tips For Funfetti Donuts

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate; baking is a science after all!
  • Do not over mix the batter after adding the dry ingredients otherwise the donuts will be tough. Over mixing can also cause the sprinkles to bleed into the batter.
  • Don’t over fill the pan! Only fill each donut ring 2/3 full.
  • If your donut holes closed up while baking you can use a small round cookie cutter to cut out the middle. The smallest ring from this set fits perfectly.
  • Use jimmies sprinkles and not nonpareils because nonpareils tend to bleed into the batter. Confetti quins will also work if that’s all you have on hand.
  • Wait until the cake donuts are COMPLETELY COOLED before dipping in the glaze otherwise it will melt.

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Funfetti Donuts with vanilla glaze and rainbow sprinkles

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Funfetti Donuts

These Funfetti Donuts are soft, fluffy and full of rainbow sprinkles! They're baked, not fried and covered in a simple vanilla glaze!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 donuts
Calories 200kcal
Author Maria Azzarelli

Equipment

  • Donut pan
  • Piping bag or zip-top bag

Ingredients

Funfetti Donuts

  • 150 g (1 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp baking soda
  • 120 g (1/2 cup) buttermilk
  • 75 g (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) granulated sugar
  • 56 g (4 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 30 g (3 tbsp) rainbow jimmies sprinkles

Vanilla Glaze

  • 120 g (1 cup) confectioners' sugar
  • 30 g (2 tbsp) milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Funfetti Donuts

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease donut pans.
  • In a small bowl combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • In a medium bowl whisk the buttermilk, granulated sugar, melted butter, egg and vanilla until well combined.
  • Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until almost combined, leaving a few streaks of flour then add the sprinkles and fold until just combined.
  • Use a piping bag or a zip-top bag to pipe each donut ring 2/3 full. Do not fill to the top, the donuts will rise as they bake.
  • Bake the donuts for 10 minutes. Allow to cool in donut pans for 5 minutes then unmold and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Vanilla Glaze

  • In a small bowl whisk the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Immediately dip cooled donuts and top with rainbow sprinkles.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
 
  • Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter. You can use salted butter, just be sure to omit the 1/4 tsp salt.
 
  • Store Funfetti Donuts in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature or up to a week in the fridge.
 
  • Nutrition: the provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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