Recipe: Fresh, Homemade Baked Donuts Using a Bella/Sensio Mini Donut Maker

Updated on May 1, 2017
3.3 stars from 51 ratings of Homemade Baked Donuts

This recipe is for use with the Bella Mini Donut Maker that was received as a gift for my birthday. I finally decided to give it a try. I've read reviews on this donut maker which were positive and sometimes negative. I decided to try this for the first time and shed some light on how to get these donuts to be tasty! Please note that these donuts do not have any toppings or glazing on them. I wanted to test out how the machine performed as well as the recipe that I've altered. I will put together more recipes for different donuts and toppings a little later.

Fresh homemade baked donuts
Fresh homemade baked donuts

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 27 min
Yields: 21-30 Mini Donuts (may vary depending on batter)

The prep time is around 15 minutes or so to gather and to mix the ingredients. It is rather fast once you have all your items measured out and portioned. The cook time is 12-minutes. However, the actual cook time per batch is around 2-minutes. Results may vary depending on the amount of batter that is put into the molds. It also matters depending on how mixed the batter is.


  • 1-Cup Flour
  • 1/2-Cup Sugar
  • 1-Tbsp Baking powder
  • 2-Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2-Cup Skim Milk
  • 1-Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4-Tbsp Canola Oil
  1. Before preparing the dough, use a brush or paper towel to wipe on cooking oil onto the molds. This will condition them. Plug in the machine to turn it on. Once the ready light (the green light) turns OFF, spray in a non-stick cooking spray onto the molds.
  2. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add in egg, vanilla, and milk and beat with a hand mixer or vigorously by hand.
  3. Add in the oil and continue to beat or mix vigorously until combined.
  4. Open the machine and using a scant tablespoon, spoon in the batter into the molds. Be careful not to overfill molds.
  5. Close the lid, and time for about 2 minutes. Check to see if donuts are cooked by checking to see if the color is brown or using a toothpick to see if it's clean.
  6. Take the donuts out using a non-metal object such as a plastic spoon or wooden spatula. Place on a cooling rack or paper towel to allow donuts to cool.
Tasty mini donuts
Tasty mini donuts
Inside of the mini donut maker.  There's 7-mini donut forms. You only fill the bottom mold as they will expand.
Inside of the mini donut maker. There's 7-mini donut forms. You only fill the bottom mold as they will expand.
The outside of the mini donut maker.
The outside of the mini donut maker.

Overall review / impression


The ingredients were easy to obtain and because they're mini donuts, they don't require a lot of batter to start with. I added cinnamon to the recipe in addition to doubling the vanilla extract.

Cooking process:

The cooking process was very easy. All you do is spoon in the batter into the molds. Very easy! I've been reading some reviews out there that the donuts burn too fast. This is true only if you don't watch the time. You have to be mindful that these are little donuts and baking them is not an exact science as cooking time will vary from place to place and based on ingredients used. I can say that around 2-minutes will give you a nice golden brown color without making it black or overcooking the donut.


This donut tasted very good! It's healthier than a fried donut because it's not immersed in oil and frying in all that grease. It's light and airy, not heavy. The taste is excellent and I could taste the cinnamon and vanilla in it. Not salty at all (as there is no salt). You could easily eat 10 of them at one time because they're so delicious (as well as bite sized!). Highly recommended.


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      gregg matchett 5 months ago


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      jaydawg808 8 months ago

      Sugar is already in the recipe. Sure, you could add cocoa to make chocolate ones.

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      8 months ago

      Can you add in sugar and cocoa to make chocolate ones?

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      InfaMiss Amber 12 months ago

      recipe was awesome ...super moist and spongy my nieces and nephew had a great time making their doughnuts!!!!

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      Tory 3 years ago

      My dad just got me one if these doughnut makers for Christmas and excited to try this recipe later tonight :) I love the idea of adding cinnamon.

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      jaydawg808 4 years ago

      Whole milk is fine to use. But if you want to cut the fat, using Skim Milk would be better.

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      Jane 4 years ago

      May I use whole milk?

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      I may have to try one of these donut makers for healthier alternatives to fried donuts. I wonder if you can do Gluten Free donuts in there? hmmm I'll have to do some research. Thanks for the great hub.

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      wow these look so good! I need to get one of those mini doughnut makers! I am going to try the recipe without it!

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      jaydawg808 5 years ago

      Yes, CarNoobz, Leonard's is the name. :)

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      CarNoobz 5 years ago from USA

      oOh... these look delicious. Have you ever had malasadas? They're a Portuguese donut I think. There's a place here in Hawaii that makes them and serves them fresh right out of their catering trucks. Like, you literally have to wait while they're cooking (deep fried donuts...coated with hole LOL).

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      Manuela Theissen 5 years ago from Inner Circle London, Greater London NW1 6NW

      Thank you! I love donuts specially homemade.