Baking Recipes for Kids: Mini Chocolate Donuts

by TerriRexson

One of my favorite baking recipes for kids is mini chocolate donuts. Little baked ring donuts dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Fun and easy.

Kids love Baking

Kids love baking. It's fun and messy, they make something really great and they get to eat it and share it! Mini chocolate donuts is one of my favorite baking recipes for kids. 

We like making Mini Donuts (or doughnuts as we call them in the UK) because you get two sessions in the kitchen. One to mix the donut batter and put it in to bake and one to decorate the donuts once they've cooled.

My son was disappointed recently when his Dad came home from the store with the wrong donuts, so we set about making the right donuts!

My son loves his FunPod Kitchen Helper

A Kitchen Helper raises your toddler up to counter-top height to keep them safe in the kitchen while they help and join in. Choose from a range of kitchen helpers.

Mini Donuts Recipe

Makes at least 12 mini donuts

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 egg 
  • 2.25 fl oz / 60 ml milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)


Dry Ingredients:

  • 2.5oz / 75g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2oz / 55g sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Replace 1 tablespoon of flour with cocoa powder for chocolate donuts

Kids Baking Set

Your donuts don't need a hole. You can use a mini cake pan.
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Mini Donuts Preparation

While I preheat the oven and get the ingredients out of the cupboards, I set my son up with the donut baking tray and a silicone brush (like the one it the set above) and get him to paint the donut holes with oil. 

Don't forget, oil does stain clothes so an apron is a good idea. For a toddler choose one with sleeves. 

Time to Mix the Donut Batter

Measure the dry ingredients into one bowl and the wet ingredients into another bowl. 

My boys love to help tip ingredients into the bowl and mixing is mostly their job. I just finish it off. And breaking an egg is great fun! Let them break an egg into an empty bowl so you don't have to pick eggshell out of any other ingredients if it goes a bit wrong. 

A lot of recipes suggest sifting the flour. This doesn't seem to be necessary with modern flour but can be fun!

Mix the wet mixture into the dry and give it a good stir. 

Fill the Donut Pan

Put a spoonful of donut batter into each space in the donut pan. Younger kids might need a bit of help to steady their hand. My son loved this bit!

You want each space to be about 3/4 full as the donuts will rise slightly. 

Mini Donut Pan

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Cook the Donuts!

Cook the donuts for 8-10 minutes. Then take the pan out and let it cool for 10 minutes before removing the donuts - they seem to come out cleanly when we do this. Let the donuts cool before decorating them. 

Mini Donut Maker

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A mini donut maker is handy if you're going to make these regularly. Older kids will be able to use a machine like this with supervision. 

Now for the chocolate!

Now melt 50g (2oz) chocolate in the microwave. I do it in 30 second bursts stirring in between. You can stop when the chocolate is almost melted and stir the rest in. 

Now you'll need your helper again! Make sure the chocolate isn't too hot for them. And now let them dip the donuts into the chocolate to cover the top. Then turn them over and pop them onto a plate. My son loved this part. I did a few myself for the photo, but his were fine too. 

You can add sprinkles or any other cake decorations you fancy. My son wanted his with just chocolate!

Once decorated, pop the donuts into the fridge to cool. 

Chop up some fruit (apple works well) and let your helper dip it into the remaining chocolate. They like this bit ;-)

Mini Chocolate Donuts

And they tasted great!

Lots of ideas for cooking with kids

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Updated: 10/28/2011, TerriRexson
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TerriRexson on 08/16/2012

@Jaynr Excellent. I've got the Lakeland mini Doughnut silicone tray too.

Jaynr Wallace on 08/16/2012

just what I was looking for - I have now got the Lakeland mini Doughnut silicone tray so wanted to find a recipes that works with that. This looks like it's perfect! Thanks.

Doll Bookcase on 11/15/2011

Really lovely cupcakes! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

dustytoes on 10/22/2011

What fun! I agree with WordCustard, who wouldn't want to have fun making mini-donuts ... and then of course eating them!

hamshi5433 on 10/21/2011

Looks easy enough for me to make as well! Thanks for sharing yumm

WordCustard on 10/21/2011

Easier to ask if I know someone who wouldn't like to make mini chocolate donuts! Talk about giving me an appetite for my lunch... they look scrumptious!

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