These vanilla-baked vegan donuts are soft and cakey, bake up perfectly, and are a sweet delightful mouthful in every bite! Pair with one of my sweet and tasty donut icings or glazes for the best vanilla cake donut around!
Preheat your oven to 350° and prepare your donut pans. Even though I use non-stick pans, I still give them a little spritz of cooking spray for easy removal.
Melt your butter and set aside. I put mine in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: the all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
Add the plant milk, butter, apple sauce, and vanilla extract. Stir by hand until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated. Do not overmix.
Fill each donut mold about 3/4 the way full. You can put the batter into a container with a pour spout or use a pastry bag.
Put the filled donut pan in the preheated oven and bake for 14-16 minutes or until nice and golden brown. When you press gently on the top of a baked donut, it should spring back.
Remove from the oven and cool enough to handle - about 10-15 minutes. The donuts will ice better if still a little warm.
Prepare your icing while the donuts are cooling. You will have better luck icing the donuts before the glaze has begun to set up. Ice and sprinkle right away! See suggestions below for my favorite donut glazes and icings!
This recipe will make six to eight donuts depending on the exact size of your donut pans and how full you fill them. I set the nutritional information for 6 total servings. Adjust accordingly.Icing, donut glaze, or other toppings are not included in the nutritional information. If you want to make this recipe oil-free then sub in apple sauce for the butter. I personally like the texture using butter - but to each their own:)If you are not vegan then of course use butter and milk of your choice. We are a vegan family and so luckily have some wonderful plant-based options!Try my Buttery Cinnamon Brown Sugar Glaze, Brown Butter Glaze, or Classic Buttery Donut GlazeThese donuts are best eaten within a day. Or sooner. There is a reason "day-old donuts" are sold cheaply at bakeries!