Baked Buttermilk Pink Donuts

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for holiday traditions. I love putting together a list of fun activities to make the holidays extra magical for my family. Valentine’s Day isn’t a busy holiday for us, but I still try to make it special. Last year, I started a tradition of making homemade pink donuts for breakfast the morning of Valentine’s Day, and this year, I plan on doing the same.


We made a batch yesterday to test out a spin on a new recipe I found from Baker by Nature, and my daughter helped this year. She helped place the ingredients in the bowl, stir the dry and wet ingredients together and put sprinkles on top. I just love including her in my adventures in the kitchen and I hope it’s something we can do every year together. That’s why I love traditions so much. It gives us the opportunity to come together and make memories that will last a lifetime.


About a year ago, I came across the sweetest mama of two girls, Amy Hawthorne on Instagram.  I started following her immediately (and you should too!) because of her real, deep and relatable posts about motherhood, faith and marriage. Just when I thought I couldn’t love her feed more, Amy and her husband started The Ever Co to celebrate holidays and create traditions that last forever. Their mission is inspiring and I love the creativity they’ve put into their site and shop. I seriously can’t get enough!!


To celebrate Valentine’s Day, The Ever Co is selling Valentine’s Day printable downloads – eight for $2.99!! You can buy them here on their website. I snagged them and a few of the prints are pictured in this post. How adorable are these? I LOVE that they’re not your ordinary prints – they’re clever, funny and super unique. Not to mention, they make the perfect to pair for any treat and are super cute for littles to share with their friends.


I ended up buying these bakery boxes and plan on making some extra donuts to deliver to our friends and family. The Ever Co printables look incredible pasted and attached to them and I can’t wait to spread the love with these clever prints!


I hope this post will inspire you to spread the love this Valentine’s Day with these sweet treats and fun prints. If you end up making these donuts, don’t forget to tag #marinamakeseats.

Baked Buttermilk Donuts

Makes 12 donuts

  • 2 1/4 cups of cake flour
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • Pink sprinkles for topping

Pink Vanilla Frosting

  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pink food coloring


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the buttermilk, butter and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Don’t over mix.

Grease two (six hole) donut baking pans and spoon the mixture into each mold. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they’re baked through (test with a toothpick).

While the donuts are baking, make the frosting by combining the heavy cream, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and a couple drops of food coloring. Whisk to combine until smooth, adding more cream or sugar if needed.

When the donuts are finished, place them on a cooling rack. One by one, dunk the top into the frosting mixture and immediately add sprinkles. Repeat with the rest of the donuts and enjoy!

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