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Candy Cane Donuts with White Chocolate

It’s the first day of December and what does that mean? The countdown to Christmas starts! To celebrate I am sharing with you a different festive Christmas donut recipe each week.


As much as I love making (and especially eating) donuts, the thought of hovering over a hot pot of boiling oil to deep fry them is not desirable in the Australian summer heat. These mini baked donuts are super easy to make in either a donut pan:


or a donut maker:


And the first Christmas donut to get you salivating is my Candy Cane Donuts with White Chocolate. It’s a classic Christmas flavour combination that looks and tastes great!


This was my first time using a donut machine and I was impressed by how quick and easy it was. No greasing was required and the donuts cooked in 2-3 minutes flat! It sure beats deep frying (plus it makes them healthier… err apart from the ganache and candy that covers them..)


Candy Cane Donuts with White Chocolate

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 30
Author: Swah



  • 70 g butter softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • cups plain flour

White Chocolate Icing

  • 100 g White Chocolate finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp thickened cream
  • Candy Canes to decorate


  • Preheat oven to 160°C and grease your donut pan with flavourless oil OR turn on your donut maker (you won't need any oil if you use the latter).
  • Cream together the butter and sugar in a medium bowl until fluffy. Add in the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until just combined. The mixture may look curdled but the dry ingredients will pull it together.
  • Add in the baking powder and flour and stir until just combined.
  • Transfer mixture to a medium zip lock bag and cut the corner tip cut off. Pipe the mixture into the donut pans until each is approximately 2/3 full.
  • If using a donut pan, bake in the oven for around 10 minutes until lightly golden brown. If using a mini donut maker, bake for 2-3 minutes.
  • Allow donuts to cool completely before decorating.

White Chocolate Icing

  • Put candy canes into zip lock plastic bag and pummel with a rolling pin until crushed.
  • Heat cream up into the microwave until warm (not boiling) and then add finely chopped chocolate, stirring until melted and combined.
  • Dip the top of the donuts into the chocolate mixture, sprinkle over crushed candy canes and place on a cooling tray to set.

The white chocolate ganache is incredibly easy to make, it just involves melting and stirring 2 ingredients together. And kids would love getting involved with the decorating – smashing candy canes is strangely satisfying!


And if you have leftover mini candy canes, they make the perfect donut topper decoration.


Have you ever used a donut maker before? Do you want to give it a go?


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  • Reply Vanny @Nessy Eater December 1, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Woah! What an awesome recipe for xmas. I’m so keen to make these at home :)

    • Reply Swah December 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      I hope you enjoy them Vanny! x

  • Reply Khai December 3, 2014 at 1:41 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’m a BIG fan of donuts and you may have just convinced me to buy a donut maker haha

    • Reply Swah December 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      I insist you get one Khai!

  • Reply Helen | Grab Your Fork December 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Never used a donut maker before but now I really want one! Or one of those mini donut pans!

    • Reply Swah December 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      They make life dangerously easy Helen!

  • Reply Toni December 4, 2014 at 11:01 am

    oh my, I never even knew such a thing as a donut pan existed, now I have to look for one. Those just look too adorable. Pretty donuts might be my new macaroon which was my new cupcake. Oh dear.

    • Reply Swah December 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Haha we always need a dessert in fashion don’t we! And baked donuts are incredibly easy and quick to make, unlike the macaron!

  • Reply Jessica @ Sweet Menu December 5, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I love making baked donuts – these are super cute! Perfect treat for the holidays!

    • Reply Swah December 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      They’re so easy and cute to make!!

  • Reply Pearl - Pretty Mayhem December 6, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I need these donuts in my life, they look AMAZING. They almost look too pretty to eat…almost ;)

    • Reply Swah December 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Pearl! I can assure you I didn’t have a problem demolishing them ;)

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile December 6, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Oh I looove these!! The fact that they’re not deep-fried is great because my tummy and oil do not get along at all so I never eat donuts… now I can!! Such gorgeous photos too. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Foodie Fridays! xx

    • Reply Swah December 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks Lucy! Likewise my tummy doesn’t love too many deep fried things, so baked donuts are the perfect solution for a sweet binge hehe xx

  • Reply House in Tillford December 6, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    How pretty are those donuts! And perfectly festive!

    • Reply Swah December 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you! I can’t beat a cute festive treat :)

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  • Reply Aditii April 3, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    This is so delicious. This sound is really great. Perfect treat for the holidays! Thanks for sharing your article.

    • Reply Swah June 15, 2020 at 11:45 am

      You are welcome, glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

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