Mini Donuts + Free Printable Donut Party Invitations

Hello again! Last week was another busy week, and I am starting this week out with something pretty sweet… Mini Donuts! I was at Meijer on Saturday, and saw this Mini Doughnut Pan again (I restrained myself from buying it the first time I saw it!) and caved in and bought it! I love donuts (doughnuts?) and so do my 3 kids, and my husband too… And I love anything tiny. Can’t resist. So I made donuts on Sunday for my kids, and they turned out so well! Here I am going to share my photos, the recipe I used, and at the end of this post – a free donut party invitation!

First, I want to let you know, if you don’t normally bake you will need some patience for this process. The mini donut wells are very tiny, and you have to slowly and deliberately pour the batter off the end of a spoon into the wells, so you don’t get the batter all over the little “hole maker” in the center of each well. Does that make sense??? But over all, except the pouring of the batter, this is very very easy.

Since I was the only one awake at 6 am on a Sunday, I couldn’t capture a photo of me putting the batter into the pan, so here is my first photo, of the donuts baking.

mini donuts baking

My first batch, in which I filled the wells a little too much, looked slightly more like mini bundt cakes…

mini donuts in pan

mini donut

 

I dipped the mini donuts in a vanilla glaze, just turned them upside down and dunked them half way. Super easy. Then, I showered them with rainbow non-pareils! These rainbow non-pareils were purchased at The Flower Factory.

 

rainbow non pareils

 

glazed mini donut

 

rainbow sprinkled mini donut

 

Don’t they look cute?!?!

 

mini donuts finished

 

My second batch looked a lot more like donuts, not mini bundt cakes. The directions say to fill them half way, and this time I did a better job of that…

 

mini donuts 2nd batch

 

The only other advice I have for you if you bake up a batch (or 3) of these mini donuts, is when you spray the Pam into the donut wells, spray only a little, and if you spray too much, wipe out the excess with a paper towel, or this will happen:

 

mini donut fail

 

 

Here is the recipe I used, that was on the back of the donut pan packaging:

 

Baked Mini Cake Doughnuts by Wilton

1 1/4 c. cake flour, sifted

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. buttermilk (I used regular milk, and added 1/2 tsp. white vinegar)

1 egg, beaten

1 1/2 tbsp. melted butter

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray Mini Doughnut Pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, egg, and butter and stir until just combined.

Fill each doughnut well approximately 1/2 full.

Bake 4-6 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched.

Let cool for about 4-5 minutes before removing from pan.

Finish the donuts with glaze and sprinkles.

The recipe states that this will yield 24 mini donuts, but I got 40 out of it!!!

 

Vanilla Glaze

1 c. confectioners’ sugar

1 tbsp. milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In small bowl, stir together sugar, milk, and vanilla until sugar is completely dissolved. Use immediately to glaze donuts.

 

Alas, since I gave up all sugar for Lent, these are the only mini donuts I could indulge in:

 

Unsweetened Cheerios

 

 

Also, here is a list of cute donut party finds on the internet:

P is for Party: Delectable Doughnut Party

Have Faith. Every Day. : Donut Party

One Charming Party : Strawberry Party – Donut Cake

Kara’s Party Ideas : Donuts & Doilies Party

 

Well, as promised, here are the free donut party invitations, in downloadable pdf format. You just open the pdfs in Adobe Acrobat Reader, and print onto Letter sized paper (preferably cardstock) and cut out! There are two color schemes in the file (see below). Click here to download the free PDF.

 

Free Printable Pink Donut Party Invitation Free Printable Donut Party Invitation

 

 

 

Pinterest Pretties #2 – Cupcakes!

Well, this week, I looked and looked on Pinterest, and found a few cupcakes that I liked, but for some reason I kept seeing the same ones re-pinned all over the place, instead of a lot of variety. So I pinned some more of my own finds. You can see them all on my cupcake Pinboard. I hope that these great cupcakes inspired someone out there to make their own party cupcakes! Here are my great finds:

Cupcakes

Credits:

1. Fields of Cake on Flickr 2. Cake Ink on Flickr

3. Cake Ink’s Flickr 4. Sprinkle Bakes 5. Fields of Cake on Flickr

6. Craft Gossip 7. Martha Stewart 8. Martha Stewart

9. Martha Stewart 10. Martha Stewart as well!

Inspiration Board #5 – Rainbow Themed Party

So I always plan my kids’ birthday parties months in advance. Everyone thinks I’m nuts, but if I don’t plan ahead, I can’t get it all finished in time. Life with three kids is hectic! So I kept seeing rainbow themed parties around the internet, and I was so inspired that I talked my daughter, who was about to turn 8 into a rainbow party. But not just rainbow. It had to be more – to get her interested – so I showed her this party over at One Charming Party, and the whole arts & crafts + rainbow = awesome party started to settle into her brain! We didn’t do the same art projects that they feature in their party, but we did use a few of their ideas. Like the 8 layer rainbow cake (8 layers for 8 years!) and the “about the artist” coloring sheets for the girls to do about themselves. We also had painting, but we had the girls paint on 8×10 inch canvases with acrylic paints, instead of watercolor. The only other craft I was brave enough to tackle was bracelet making. With rainbow colored beads of course!

I will post the photos of Emma’s actual party after we host it, on Monday. But I wanted to share some of the parties that inspired me to choose this theme.

Here is my inspiration board:

rainbow party inspiration board

Details:

1) Scene from the One Charming Party Art Gallery Party

2) These 4 photos were featured on Amy Atlas’s blog! The party details can be seen here on the Cake Ink blog.

3) Dessert table from the Rainbows & Unicorns Party over on Juicy Bits.

4) These 2 photos are from the Rainbow Party on Buggie and Jellybean.

5) Candy from the Rainbows & Racecars party featured on Kara’s Party Ideas from Glorious Treats.

6) Love the decorations at this Rainbows & Ruffles party from Hip Hooray.

 

Check back Monday to see photos from my daughter’s party. I really hope it goes off without a hitch! Maybe I’ll have some disaster photos to share! 😉

 

Erin

Favorite Vendors – Online

Today I thought it would be useful for a lot of people who are planning parties out there to have a great list of vendors for party supplies at a reasonable price. These are the places I look when I need something for a party, and I hope you check them out!

Online Vendors:

Bake It Pretty – fabulous baking and decorating resources, such as: cupcake liners in every pattern and color, cupcake toppers (some are pretty funny, actually), sprinkles, pastry bags and tips, candles, bakers twine, and the list goes on and on!

My favorite 3 items from Bake It Pretty:

cupcake boxes

Small Favor - Cupcake Boxes

Disco Dust - Edible Glitter

Soda Bottle Cupcake Toppers

Shop Sweet Lulu – Great shop that sells cupcake liners galore, candy cups, vintage-y goody bags, beautiful Japanese washi tape, real fabric bunting, and much, much more!

My 3 favorite items from Shop Sweet Lulu:

Fabric Bunting

Pink Striped Goody Bags

Paper Straws

Stripey Paper Straws

The Sweet Life – A candy supplier in NYC that ships bulk candy right to your door!

My 3 favorite items from The Sweet Life:

Gummy Strawberry Puffs

Gummy Strawberry Puffs

Grape Rock Candy

Grape Rock Candy Crystals

Smooth N Melty Mints

Smooth N Melty Mints

Specialty Bottle – They have all sorts of containers on this website, mostly for candy displays and favors. Glass, plastic, aluminum and tin. In all shapes and sizes, all for a pretty decent price.

My 3 favorite items from Specialty Bottle:

Tall Clear Glass Jar with Lid

Tin Container

8oz Tin Container with Lid

Glass Gallon Jar

Glass Gallon Jar - Great for drinks or candy!

Save On CraftsThey have anything you could need for DIY crafts and decorations for a party. From party lights to apothecary jars!

My 3 favorite items from Save on Crafts:

Apothecary Jar for Party

11" Glass Apothecary Jar

6 chalkboards

Set of 6 4x6" Chalkboards - Great for buffet signs!

White Paper Parasols

White Paper Parasols - Little girl's Japanese Tea Party???

Oriental Trading Company – Of course, most party planners, teachers, and mothers everywhere know about this place! They carry super-affordable (cheap?) party supplies, crafting items, favors, etc. Great for saving money!

My 3 favorite items from Oriental Trading:

 

Valentine Pops

Valentine Twisty Pops

Children's Paint Palettes

Children's Paint Palettes

 

Pirate Treasure Treat Box

Pirate Treasure Chest Treat Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etsy – Probably my favorite online retailer EVER! Etsy is a collection of handmade and vintage sellers, each with their own individual shop, all in one place. You can find ANYTHING cool on Etsy. Including our shop! 😉

My 3 favorite items on Etsy (very hard to choose just 3! – And I will not put my own shop in this little list).

 

 

Children's Number t shirt

Children's Birthday Number Shirt

 

 

 

Lego Man Crayons

Lego Men Crayons - Party Favors

 

 

 

Vintage Cowboy/Girl cupcake toppers

Vintage Cowboy + Cowgirl Cupcake Toppers (Printable)

 

 

Last on my list for today’s online vendors list….

 

The Party Studio – Loads of cute tableware for parties. Simple and sweet.

My 3 fave items from this online shop are:

 

 

Wooden Forks for party

Wooden Forks

 

 

 

Cloth Bags

Cloth Bags for Party Favors

Red Striped Party Plates

Ruby Red Party Plates

 

 

 

And that concludes my current favorite online vendors list! I know there are a lot of others out there, too many to count! What are your favorite online vendors for party wares? Wanna share? Leave a comment below!

Tomorrow I will have a list of my favorite local vendors for those of you who live in the Dayton/Cincinnati area.

See you then!

 

Colourlover Friday #1

I love Colourlovers! It’s a website all about color, and you can make your own color palettes there, for importing into your computer as a wallpaper, to use on projects, etc. I get a lot of my color inspiration there.

Thousands of people share their colors, palettes, and patterns that are all made on the website. It’s a lot of fun to look at what color combinations people have thought of, and the color names can be quite comical, almost like OPI colors, for those of you who are familiar with their nail polish.

This week, I visited Colourlovers because I wanted to make a palette for a party pack I have been inspired to make, in honor of my niece, who will be turning 16 this year.

A SWEET 16 PARTY PACK!

Here are my five colors:

– Black

– White

– Light Metallic Gold (which is impossible to truly make in a color palette, but I tried!)

– Soft Pink

– Hot Pink

Here is my palette:

And some fun patterns I made with the colors while I was there…

I am really loving this palette. And I am excited to see what I can dream up for a Sweet 16 Party!

Have a blessed weekend!

Pinterest Pretties – Party

I have started a new weekly feature, where I share with everyone my favorite pins on Pinterest for the week. For those of you who have never heard of Pinterest, this is how the website describes itself:

“Pinterest is a social catalog service. Think of it as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can post collections of things you love, and “follow” collections created by people with great taste.”

It is great fun to browse and “pin” on Pinterest! Very much a time-suck actually, but if you are looking for inspiration for a design, or a party, then that is the place to go!

This week I have found eight great finds that all have to do with parties, of course. Mostly decorating ideas, party supplies and dessert buffets that I like this time. Take a look…

Pins from Pinterest about parties

 

Credits:

1) Adorable birthday crowns for the birthday princess from The Quilted Fish via Becca Sutton

2) Beautiful, and woodsy dessert table from Jenny Cookies via Amy Atlas’s Blog via Becca Sutton as well!

3) Salmon colored stripey paper straws (which I love for their old-fashioned soda shoppe appeal!) from Anthropologie via Leah Dent

4) Fabulously pink decorations and table set up from Martha Stewart Weddings also via Leah Dent

5) Tiffany Blue Polka-Dotted paper cups from Sambellina via Leah Dent

6) Soft and subtle birdy themed dessert table for a baby shower from Tip Junkie via Becca Sutton again! (Clearly, she and I have similar taste…)

7) Ribbon wands perfect for a princess party from Style Me Pretty via Kelly Beall

8.  And I really love these Mason jar drink dispensers from Pottery Barn – but I’m convinced I could find a DIY to get them at a lower price. Via Duet Letterpress.

 

Well, I hope you go and check out Pinterest, and make your own Pin Boards to bookmark anything your heart desires from around the net. Maybe you’ll even follow some of the Pinners I have referenced above…

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new Party Pack release and Free Party Printable.

 

Round Up | Dessert Buffet Ideas

Today I wanted to find some of the cutest dessert buffet compatible desserts from around the internet, but also find some that actually wouldn’t be that hard to pull off yourself for a party. I found some beautiful ideas! Check them out below…

The Macaron Tower



Now, macarons are a little intimidating to make, but if you are a baker at all, then following the recipes found around the internet aren’t actually that hard – you just need to follow them exactly and practice your technique. Once you feel comfortable making them, or if you are fortunate enough to live near a bakery that sells them, assembling the macaron tower isn’t too bad! You can see the DIY here, on the Merci New York blog. For a macaron recipe I have made myself, which turned out great, go here.


Marshmallow Pops + Striking Colors



Check out this fabulous dessert table featured on Inspired Bride! For this post I wanted to focus on the marshmallow pops, due to the fact that they are easy to make, and people really swoon over them! You can make pops that only have one marshmallow on the stick, or stack them two high on the stick for a more substantial look. I also love how these have sprinkles on them. Great texture and visual appeal.

The other thing I like about this dessert table is the way they used different variations of the same color. Very striking and easy to adapt to any party theme.

For the tutorial on these marshmallow pops, go here.  Found via Eat Drink Chic.

Homemade Marshmallows, Tinted


Not to go overboard with the whole marshmallow theme, but I looooove to make my own marshmallows! They are so much more tasty, and you can tint them in any variety of colors, and cut them into any shape you like! The ones pictured above, from Martha Stewart, are very cute stacked three high, with picks holding them together. I love the pastel color palette…. I have made marshmallows many times, and even added peppermint oil to them to make a special wintery treat – my kids really loved those! I am sure you could find many other flavors here that you might like to use yourself. For my stand by marshmallow recipe, click here.

Miniature Cakes



Ok, as a woman, and I think women are more susceptible to this, I can tell you that anything in miniature is automatically cute. I really loved these little cakes when I saw them on Martha Stewarts website. They look elegant in all white, but you could obviously do them in any color, with the help of some food coloring, sprinkles, etc.

These were cut from a larger sheet cake, then frosted using small piping tips. Genius!

Cake Pops + Cake Balls



These are both inventions of the fabulous, and super-talented Bakerella! She does amazing things with sugar… I think these red velvet cake balls look delicious, and who wouldn’t love to bite into one of these adorable chicks??? She makes cake pops in every shape and flavor you can imagine. You should head on over to her blog now!

I hope that this small list has your brain working on ideas for your next party. Check back for more tips and round-ups!