Pink Party Donuts

Literally love at first bite.

SO fun! Vanilla cinnamon donuts baked in a heart donut pan and topped with pastel pink glaze and rainbow sprinkles! BAKED, not fried donut recipe on

I mean… does it really get any better?

These are my party donuts! Party ready, party perfect. I made these about 3 weeks ago and have been holding on so I could share them with you on a Monday. Because if anything is going to help cure your post-superbowl-monday blues, it’s rainbow sprinkle heart shaped donuts. That are PINK. You are welcome.

SO fun! Vanilla cinnamon donuts baked in a heart donut pan and topped with pastel pink glaze and rainbow sprinkles! BAKED, not fried donut recipe on

Guess what? I’m on the road again. (UPDATE: I just learned that my book signing in Boston tonight is being rescheduled because of the snow, we’re working on finding a new date now! My NYC stop tomorrow is still on.) I hope to meet many of you on the last leg of my book tour! I’m looking to add a few more stops later this year, so I’ll keep you updated. While we’re speaking business things, thank you for all your supportive words as well as applications for the job opening. I’m continuously blown away by this community!! I’m still accepting applications, so read more about the marketing assistant position if you’re interested. Thank you. 

Alright, let’s celebrate. These pink party donuts are not only for Valentine’s Day around the corner but for freakin’ every day. I mean, wouldn’t your day just be 1000x better if you woke up to pink donuts every morning? You’re guaranteed happiness. As well as a larger pants size.

SO fun! Vanilla cinnamon donuts baked in a heart donut pan and topped with pastel pink glaze and rainbow sprinkles! BAKED, not fried donut recipe on

Do you know how easy it is to make baked donuts? It’s like whipping up an easy muffin batter. And you don’t need a mixer; a simple whisk and a couple bowls will do. One thing you DO need is a heart-shaped donut pan. You can obviously use your regular donut pan, but hearts > circles. The world needs more heart donuts.

The heart shaped pan is just like a regular donut pan, but the cavities are somewhat smaller. Do not fill the heart cavities up very high or you won’t have a hole in the center of the donut. They’ll look a little, ahem, bloated. 🙁

So, careful on that one!

SO fun! Vanilla cinnamon donuts baked in a heart donut pan and topped with pastel pink glaze and rainbow sprinkles! BAKED, not fried donut recipe on

The donuts are flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. You can essentially make any of my donut recipes into hearts and top with this pink icing. For these photos, however, I made a version of my baked cinnamon sugar donuts. Without the cinnamon-sugar topping, but full of their divine cakey-ness. Cakiness? Whatever.

Alright, let’s chat about this pink icing situation. It’s really just a thick vanilla glaze tinted pink with magical sprinkles on top. I add a little melted butter to this vanilla donut glaze– just adds extra flavor and richness. It also helps set the glaze on top of the baked donuts after a few hours. The glaze won’t completely set, but won’t be dripping off either. A happy (rainbow bright) medium.

So in addition to being pink  pretty   sprinkled  and heart-shaped  , these pink party donuts are flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Nutmeg is my secret ingredient in baked donuts. I don’t add much; just a little gives the baked donuts that bakery donut taste. You know cake donuts? Just like them! I always add it– and I think you’ll be hooked too.

SO fun! Vanilla cinnamon donuts baked in a heart donut pan and topped with pastel pink glaze and rainbow sprinkles! BAKED, not fried donut recipe on

This recipe only makes 9 or so heart-shaped donuts, so I suggest making 2 batches for a larger crowd. And make 2 batches of glaze, too! I obviously made more than 1 batch because I can’t get over the cuteness.


Pink Party Donuts

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 mintutes
  • Yield: about 9 heart donuts or 8 round donuts
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


An easy recipe for baked pink party donuts covered in pink tinted vanilla frosting and an overload of rainbow sprinkles. It’s love at first bite!


  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (65g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk, at room temperature*
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Vanilla Glaze

  • 2 cups (240g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons (43g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 34 Tablespoons (45-60ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 12 drops red food coloring
  • for garnish: rainbow sprinkles*


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray the donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the donuts: Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk the egg, brown sugar, and buttermilk together until smooth. Add the melted butter and vanilla, whisking until fully combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. The batter will be very thick.
  3. Spoon the batter into the donut cavities—I highly recommend using a large zipped-top bag for ease. Cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each donut cup, filling only 1/2 – 2/3 full. If baking hearts, do not fill up too much or the donuts won’t have a hole in the center (they’ll puff up too much).
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool in the pan for about two minutes then place each on a wire rack set on top of a baking sheet or parchment paper (to catch any sprinkles or glaze in step 5). Bake the remaining donut batter (there is usually enough batter for 2-3 more donuts) and once baked, transfer to the wire rack. Allow donuts to cool down until you can handle them.
  5. Make the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk the glaze ingredients together until completely smooth. Add more cream to thin or more confectioners’ sugar to thicken, if desired. I always add a little salt to offset the sweetness. Dip each donut into the glaze, then place back on the rack. Top with sprinkles. Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If glazed lightly, the glaze will somewhat set after a few hours.


  1. Freezing Instructions: You can freeze the glazed or plain donuts for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up to your liking in the microwave. I usually just zap ’em for a couple seconds– even with the glaze on. Very tasty.
  2. Double Batch: Instead of doubling the recipe, make two batches. I find it’s easy to overmix when working with a double batch in 1 bowl. Overmixing may lead to too-dense donuts.
  3. Muffins: You can make this recipe into 8-10 muffins using a muffin pan. Bake at the same temperature for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. Buttermilk: Buttermilk is fabulous in this recipe! I highly recommend it. So much flavor, you’ll love it. Instead, you can use 1/4 cup any milk and 1/4 cup any yogurt to replace the 1/2 cup buttermilk.
  5. Sprinkles: I mixed a bunch of sprinkles for these donuts– I got rainbow sprinkles from Target and mixed them with Sweetapolita sprinkles.
  6. Donut Pan: Heart-shaped donut pan or regular donut pan.

Keywords: heart donuts, donuts

Since I don’t think you got enough pink today, have you tried my frosted sugar cookie bars yet? Frosting layer as thick as the cookie layer. YUP.

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars - soft baked and heavy on the sprinkles! Recipe by

I suggest making two batches because these adorable heart donuts will disappear!! Easy baked vanilla donut recipe found on
ake two batches of these easy baked vanilla donuts because they disappear! Heart shaped, SPRINKLES, and you can color the frosting any color!! Recipe found on


  1. i love the baby pink! i bet these would also be perfect for a tea party since they’re so adorable and universal (who doesn’t like donuts??).

  2. “You’re guaranteed happiness. As well as a larger pants size.” Hahaha love it! I don’t think I would care about my pants size if I got to eat these every day! I’ve never seen a loveheart donut, but now that I’ve seen one, I NEED them in my life!! Hope you enjoy Boston, Sally! Safe travels 🙂

  3. These are beautiful! I love pink everything (except clothes on me…I look terrible in pink 😉 ), and pink desserts are great because I always hope for strawberry! These donuts look delicious as they are, but I’d probably add some strawberry extract to the glaze or something 😀

  4. They make heart donut pans?! Aaaaah. Another pan to buy that my husband will shake his head at me for, but worth it. And pink glaze is definitely the best!

  5. So heavenly sweet! My daughters Kindergarten Valentine’s Day party is Friday and I should bring these. Even though it looks like you make them 9 at a time, she has a small class, only 17! And she got her first marriage proposal ~ she said yes! My husband laid the law down though and told her she needs to ask him if he goes to church and is a hard worker! 

    1. I should add that the boy is very cute! But there’s 2 others she likes too making it a grand total of 3! And I like, um , went on my first date in college so we are worried LOL. Beautiful donuts Sally =) Waaaaay too cute. 

  6. These are so adorable! Pink, heart-shaped, with sprinkles?! Yes, please. Love that you added a little nutmeg. My coworkers are going to lose their minds over these!

  7. Hi Sally! These doughnuts look amazing! My friend and I were going to come see you at your book signing tonight- but we are looking at a big Boston snowstorm! Are you going to still be there? Either way, travel safely!!

    1. Hey Amy! I’m still waiting to hear back from the bookstore, actually. I’m already on my way, so who knows! I’ll reply to this when I know more information.

    2. Amy- just heard that the event is being rescheduled. Trying to let everyone know via social media and just updated this post. I’m so sad! I was looking forward to it. I will update my book tour page once we have the new date.

      1. Thanks so much for responding, Sally! We are so bummed, too! We will definitely come when it is rescheduled! The good news is, I have an excuse to do some snow-day baking 🙂 

  8. Okay, you’ve convinced me to give my mini donut pan another try. If not, I’m totally throwing that pan away!

  9. The first thing I caught myself doing when I opened this post is grin ear to ear.  Just looking at the pink cuties is such a treat on this gloomy February day. And that’s without even trying them.  Never even thought about doughnuts and Valentine Day.  The combination of spices seems sublime.  I am already planning on baking two batches, one exactly like in the recipe.  And the other with chocolate frosting and for the spices – lemon zest & cardamom.  The combination of pink and chocolate – simply mind boggling.

  10. “The world needs more heart donuts.” <– Yes. These are adorable. I love baking donuts and now I think I need a heart donut pan. I just made a batch of Valentine-themed donuts to share with friends and have requests for more – shaping them like hearts would totally put them over the top! 

  11. Sally, no post-Super Bowl-Monday Blues here!  I live in Denver — woohoo Broncos!  But pink donuts — it just gets better and better!

  12. PERFECT timing to receive your pink heart shaped doughnut email!!!  I have two elementary Valentine Day class parties to bake for on Friday and wanted to bake something different for the kids (no store bought goodies for this mom).  I have more baking pans than I know what to do with and I KNOW I have a heart shaped doughnut pan that I got a few years ago when Valentine items go on clearance.

    I will pull it out and will try your doughnut recipe Sally!   I also love making homemade frosting so this is going to be perfect.   Can’t smile enough about SPRINKLES (I have a ton of them in my cupboard)!

    I can’t wait to see how they come out.    The kids are going to be so surprised and excited!! 

    Have a great book tour week!!  🙂

  13. Hi Sally,
    these donuts look amazing!!  I may just have to make them (in my regular donut pan)… I’m looking forward to meeting you tomorrow!!  Just wanna ask with these signings, is it ok that i already have both your books & bring them with me?  Or are we expected to purchase them at the store?  I tried going on the stores website but couldn’t find any info on that…  Thanks so much!!  See you tomorrow! 

    1. Austria, I’m so excited to meet you! You can bring your own copies (maybe put it in a bag or something), readers do it all the time. 🙂

  14. These are so cute! It makes me want to go out a buy a heart-shaped doughnut pan right now! But, alas, all I have is a mini doughnut pan –> still super cute, not as Valentine’s Day appropriate though <3

      1. Oh you do! I’ve made tons of your doughnut recipes in my mini pan and it makes more than 8 regular sized doughnuts (between 20 and 30 mini ones!) — nothing better than that!

  15. Ahhhh!!! This post is EXACTLY why I love your blog. The photos are so cute and perfect and… everything! Sally, you are a constant inspiration for budding food bloggers like myself. Thanks for the awesome post! Side note: my sister’s a teacher in Boston and she said there was a snow storm coming. Be safe on the book tour! xoxo
    p.s. I seriously cannot even think about sprinkles without thinking about this blog! <3

    1. Oh my gosh, thank you so much for the kind words! I’m happy you associate sprinkles with my blog. Ha! That’s my goal. 😉

      1. Fangirling because you replied! XD Thanks Sally! I’m hear to let you know that you goal has been achieved. 🙂

  16. These look adorable!! I love the heart shape with the pink frosting. They are perfect for my friends on Galantines Day! Do you have any other tasty recommendations for a fun night with my friends on Galantines Day??

  17. So sorry to hear about your book signing being cancelled! Boston and February = Snow, snow, and more snow! Of course this snow storm means a snow day for me- I might have to whip up some pretty donuts 😉

  18. These must be the cutest donuts in the entire world!! I want to run out to the store and grab the ingredients to make them now! Love them xx


  19. So pretty…I am going to make these for my family this weekend! It’s nice knowing I can freeze them!

  20. Pink Glazed Donuts were my favorite as a kid. My mom always used to treat us to Dunkin’ Donuts when we were little, and I always asked for the pink glazed. Now I can relive my childhood with this homemade treat. 🙂 

  21. Love these, Sally! So cute. I’ve got a pink heart doughnut recipe coming up later this week (fried though)–we must be on the same wavelength. I may just have to break out my doughnut pans and make these too. Can you ever have enough pink heart doughnuts? I think not.

  22. How do I NOT have a heart shaped donut pan?! I’m a failure as a baker!! Have fun on your last leg of the tour!! Can’t wait to hang when you get back (can you still hang?? I’ll text ya!)! 🙂 

  23. Girl, these look heavenly. I’ve been craving for donuts a lot the past couple of days, I need to get all the ingredients now and try this out. My kids will surely love these donuts.

  24. Oh they do look gorgeous like jewels! Love pink! They would really make a fab Valentine present (I love edible gifts). Your blog is full of lovely recipes like this one 🙂

  25. Oh my gosh! I am so excited about these! Just the other day we were talking about donuts in the car and my daughter said that her favorite were cake donuts with pink frosting and sprinkles! (I know, too many exclamation points, but seriously. I’m going to be like mother of the year when I make these for her birthday.)

  26. You’re only allowed to post pink recipes on Wednesdays. DUH. YOU JUST CAN’T SIT WITH US!!!

    I’m pretty sure if I overfilled these for my magical, nerdy, tan, and tall running boyfriend (i’m so single) … I would say it was to portray our overflowing love. (<- good save! ten points!!)

  27. Hi Sally, these look great.

    I do have a question. I use my phone for your recipes cause it’s easy. However, since the format change the pages are loading so slow, and it will not scroll correctly. I don’t know if anyone else is having a problem like this. It’s just frustrating.

    1. Andrea, the new mobile site just went live and we’re still working out a few kinks. Hopefully it will be a little more efficient and user friendly soon. I appreciate you letting me know!

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