No matter what your plans are this Valentines day these mini doughnuts nuts are sure to spark joy and love! Zach can't get enough of these and they are no longer a Valentines day special - more like once a month! Although it's a given these are not the healthiest of treats, the baked not fried dougnut makes me feel a little better.

Course: Dessert

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 mintues

Servings: 9

½ cup granulated sugar
1¼ cups cake flour, sifted
1¼ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
½ cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1½ tbsp. butter, melted

Prepare pan with baking spray.

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. In a small bowl combine sugar and lemon zest until the sugar is moistened and fragrant.

3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in sugar mixture.

4. Add buttermilk, egg, butter, and vanilla and stir until just combined.

5. Add batter to a piping bag and fill each donut cup approximately one-half full.

6. Bake 4–6 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched.

7. Let cool in pan for 4–5 minutes before removing. Finish the donuts with glaze, sprinkles, or cinnamon sugar.