Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Friday, April 8, 2011

"Cake Donut" Mini Muffins

A mini muffin + the distinct taste of a cake donut = LOVE!  I came across this recipe on Tasty Kitchen a few days ago....and I DID say I should make muffins more often, so I bookmarked the recipe and made it today.  Easy and I think they are really cute all dusted in powdered sugar...they sort of remind me of donut holes.

Make sure you use fresh grated nutmeg!  Really, it makes a ton of difference.  I buy the nutmeg in the whole nut form and then grate what I need on my microplane.  Once nutmeg is ground up, it quickly looses flavor, so even if you buy a fresh bottle of ground nutmeg at the store, it will not taste as good or strong as the freshly grated nutmeg!  And the nutmeg in it's whole form will last a LONG time in your spice cabinet! 

I didn't really lighten up the original recipe....but I did use skim milk.  The recipe wasn't specific to the fat content of the milk it called for.  The original recipe did tell you to make regular sized muffins...but I really thought mini's would be cuter AND more diet friendly since I wasn't reducing any of the called for fats in the recipe.  I think you could sub out some of the oil for applesauce....and if you do, let me know how they come out.  But I think these little babies are fine just as they are!

The original recipe also called for the muffins to be baked at 350 degrees F, which seemed like a pretty low oven for muffins to I increased the oven temp to 400 degrees F and baked them for 10 -15 minutes.  I will tell you though, I have been having some issues with my oven lately, so please make sure to check them often since I am going by how my oven baked them.

The powdered sugar coating is not included in the nutritional info, because I didn't use much of the original amount called for...but you will need to put at least that much in the bowl in order to properly coat the mini muffins.  There will be quite a bit of powdered sugar left over. 

"Cake Donut" Mini Muffins
adapted from Tasty Kitchen

Servings - approx.  30 mini muffins   Serving size - 1 mini muffin   Points Plus per svg - 2 points+
Calories - 71.9   Total Fat - 2.7g,   Carb. - 10.9g,   Protein - 1.2g,   Fiber - 0.2g

1 3/4 cup all purpose, unbleached flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg ( I might have put a bit more in...I like nutmeg!)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
3/4 cups skim milk
1 cup powdered sugar ( not included in nutritional info as you will use only a small portion of this )

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray the wells of a nonstick coated mini muffin pans with cooking spray. Do not use liners for this recipe, because you want to coat the entire muffin with powdered sugar.

2.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon with a whisk.  Set aside.

3.  In a small bowl ( or I used a 4 cup glass measure ), combine the oil, sugar, egg and skim milk.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

4.  Fill the wells of the mini muffin pans with about a TBS or so of batter, pretty much up to the top.  Bake for 10 -15 minutes...checking often.

5.  While still warm, roll in powdered sugar to coat and let cool on wire rack. 

I think these little guys are so cute.  They taste just as good cool as they do warm.  I think they would be perfect to take to a party or bring to a meeting or just make them for fun!  I think everything is cuter when it's a mini, don't you?  lol 


  1. They look delicious!!! I don't know if I could stop at one.

    I need to add a few desserts to my blog just need to figure out what!

    My mommy taught me to cook through talking almost like watching a cooking show hahah! No one is allowed in the kitchen but you can watch and ask questions!

  2. Wow! These look totally delicious- just like donut holes! They'd be a hit wherever you brought them. I think it'd be fun to try different toppings (i.e. cinnamon sugar, etc!) I hope you have a great weekend

  3. Major YUM! These look awesome!!

  4. Hi Renee! Thanks for stopping by - following you and maybe we can share our Polish recipes! Join me over the weekend for Easter Traditions! Your recipes look great~

  5. You know I will be making those! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. These really sound delightful. I'd love to have one or two with my coffee as I do my correspondence. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

  7. Oh, I love these! I've made doughnut muffins before but regular-sized. These are much more fun. I agree about the fresh nutmeg, that's all I ever use. Have a great weekend!

  8. They do look like little donut holes, too! Yummy, these would totally disappear in a matter of minutes in this dangerous ;)

  9. These look super...the nutmeg is key in a good muffin - mini or otherwise!!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday! If you haven’t already, make sure to pop back over to enter my GIVEAWAY!!! Entries must be by Sunday evening and a winner will be picked Monday!!

  10. I'm SO glad I found your blog!working on eating healthy is my goal this year.
    ps--have you entered my giveaway?

  11. Those are so cute!! And they sound delicious, too. It is great that they are baked and not fried so they won't taste oily, excellent idea :)

  12. Those look amazing Renee!! Putting them on my list of things to make - my daughter would love it!

  13. Love these baked donuts! MMmmm!! Pinning!

  14. I can see why you made sure to make these so soon after seeing the recipe! I know my boys would love them, so I'll be adding them to my "to do" list for the upcoming weekend!


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