Homemade heart donuts

Claire Gallam

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Show your kids you love them this Valentine's Day with a big batch of homemade heart-shaped donuts for breakfast! These fluffy, cake-like donuts taste like the kind you buy at the bakery, just with half the fat and calories since they are baked, not fried!

Heart shapped donut

These baked, fluffy donuts are fun to make too, so enlist your kids' help as you frost and decorate! Fun sprinkles and glaze add a cute, donut shop look. You can also fill these with your favorite frostings, jams or creams!

Homemade heart donuts

Yields about 12 donuts

heart shapped donut accent


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sprinkles or food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a heart-shaped tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, mix the oil, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Pour mixture into the heart cavities about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until cakes are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Place donuts on a wire cooling rack.
  5. While donuts cool, prepare frosting by mixing the sugar, milk and vanilla together. If you want to make the frosting a fun color, add the food coloring now. Once donuts have cooled, drizzle the glaze over the tops. Add fun sprinkles and enjoy!

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.