Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

I’m pretty sure that Monday is no one’s favorite day of the week, least of all Baby E’s today seeing as though we’re starting the day off with a doctor’s appointment and shots. But that’s ok! I am here to save Monday by way of donuts. By hugely popular demand, I am going to start working to feature a lot more recipes, which served as the perfect opportunity to try my hand out making donuts! I’ve been wanting to make donuts for a while now anyway, so today we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting messy with these baked vanilla bean cake donuts with blueberry glaze. As donut recipes go, this one is seriously a cinch to make and the glaze also couldn’t be easier. Bookmark this one, friends! You’ve got the star of your next weekend brunch right here. Oh, and I promise.You can totally make these. Donuts are not intimidating! (I was a bit intimidated myself, to be honest.)

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts
Makes approximately 18 donuts

  • 3 cups all-purpose flower
  • 1-1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 425° then, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, eggs and melted butter until thoroughly combined. Fold in the dry ingredients until well combined. The mixture will be thick and quite sticky. Using a piping bag (or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off), pipe batter into a greased donut pan. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool before glazing. To glaze the donuts, simply dunk them one by one into the glaze, then return to the rack and allow the glaze to set up for 15 – 20 minutes before serving. If you plan to add sprinkles, shake them on immediately after glazing.

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Blueberry Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered or confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water

Place blueberries and half of the water in a saucepan over medium heat and cook down blueberries for approximately 10 minutes, adding additional water as necessary to keep them from cooking onto the pan. In the meantime, sift powdered sugar into a small mixing bowl. Remove the blueberries from the heat and strain into a second small bowl using a fine mesh sieve. Add about four tablespoons of the strained juice into the sifted sugar and whisk to combine, adding additional blueberry juice as needed to create a glaze. (It should be about the consistency of pancake batter when it’s done.)

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse

Vanilla Bean Cake Donuts with Blueberry Glaze | Donut Recipe from @cydconverse


[Recipe + art direction by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]


The Birthday Weekend To Do List

I am going to be playing a bit of hooky this afternoon because today is my birthday! We’ve had such a crazy schedule lately that honestly we have zero formal celebration plans at this point, which sounds kind of amazing. My mom is supposed to bring over my annual birthday cake (the same one she has made me every year since my 6th birthday) and I believe we’re going to cook something really really good for dinner tonight. But otherwise, I’m ushering 33 in pretty quietly. My afternoon is probably going to consist of taking myself out for a latte and maybe a quick trip to Target if the baby is feeling up to it. I know, I know! It’s getting crazy around here. No doubt, as you get older birthdays grow a lot tamer, but they also feel a lot sweeter in a lot of ways, too. A good cake, a cute card and a bit of champagne is about all I need to make a birthday feel complete these days. Here’s wishing you and yours an awesome weekend! Next week I’ve got a bunch of new posts in the queue that I am really excited to share with you. Until then, loads of hugs from me to you! xoxo

Birthday Celebration Ideas | Birthday Party Ideas from @cydconverse

1 | Eat This
In lieu of your typical birthday cake, a stack birthday cake donuts and sky high birthday candles will do the trick! [Photo from Sprinkles for Breakfast]

2 | Light This
The ultimate guide to birthday candles! Big ones, little ones, sparkly ones, rainbow ones. All of the birthday candles you can ever need. [Photo from Studio DIY]

3 | Scoop This
Considering ice cream is my favorite food in the entire universe (without even one single bit of exaggeration), I’d gladly take a couple of scoops in a waffle cone instead of cake. Yum! [Photo from Paper & Stitch.]

4 | Give This
A super sweet giant birthday card? Yes, yes and yes! It’s a birthday cake you can send in the mail. Brilliant! [Photo from You Are My Fave]

5 | Drink This
Because every birthday girl deserves a super bright pink cocktail! Basically, I am 100% sure this pink lemonade cocktail will do the trick nicely! [Photo from Cocktails + Joints]

6 | Pop This
No contest, the world’s coolest birthday balloons. Ever. I kind of want to fill my house with them. Excessive? Never! [Photo from The Flair Exchange]



12 Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Shake Up Your Morning Routine

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

I’ve been a little bored with breakfast lately, which is never a good thing for me. I don’t know about you, but if I start the day with a healthful, nutrient dense breakfast that is super satisfying, I am way more likely to reinforce that behavior by making good choices throughout the day. So when I’m bored with breakfast, it usually means I’m going to start straying from good habits. (And you know I’ve been working hard at eating clean!) So today I did us all a favor and I’ve rounded up 12 healthy breakfast recipes that will help shake up your morning routine. (You know, so you don’t end up face first in a box of cocoa puffs. Been there, done that.) If you’re into eggs, can’t get enough of avocado toast, prefer smoothies or qualify as an oatmeal junkie, there’s a little something here for everyone!

1. Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl [above]

Apple n' Oats Smoothie | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

2. Apple n’ Oats Smoothie

Crunchy Buckwheat Granola | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

3. Crunchy Buckwheat Granola

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

4. Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

5. Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

Poached Eggs with Avocado Toast | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

6. Poached Eggs with Avocado Toast

Overnight Buckwheat Cashew Parfait | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

7. Overnight Buckwheat Cashew Parfait

Steel Cut Oats with Cinnamon Stewed Fruit | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

8. Steel Cut Oats with Cinnamon Stewed Fruit

Coconut Banana Oats Smoothie Bowl | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

9. Coconut Banana Oats Bowl with Crunchy Black Sesame Quinoa Cereal + Mango

Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowl | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

10. Savory Pesto Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Carrot Cake Smoothie | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

11. Carrot Cake Smoothie

Spinach Mushroom Feta Frittata | Healthy Breakfast Recipes from @cydconverse

12. Spinach Mushroom Feta Frittata



A Fresh + Colorful Bathroom Makeover | 31 Days of Color

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Mini Bathroom Renovation | Bathroom Paint Colors from @cydconverse and @valsparpaint

I’m so excited to share with you today that I am going to be teaming up with my friends at Valspar again to bring you a whole bunch of colorful interior design and DIY ideas throughout the year! I had such an amazing time working with them in 2015 so I could not be happier to keep the fun going. To kick things off, Valspar asked me to jump on board with this year’s 31 Days of Color celebration with Ace Hardware. I got to work with this really cheerful shade of green, Kiwi Slice VR015C, which immediately inspired me to tackle a little bathroom makeover! When I shared my tips for choosing a paint color palette, I mentioned that I love a home that is full of neutrals with a couple of rooms that pack an unexpected punch in the color department. Our bathroom? It now brings all the punch and then some, friends. It feels perfectly fresh and bright, just in time for spring!

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Loving Paper & Stitch

If you’ve been wondering when I was going to spotlight another one of my favorite reads, you’re in luck! Today is the day. (Because I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath.) There are some blogs you follow and you’re like, “Ooo that’s pretty, I like that.” Then, there are other blogs you follow and you’re all like, “Yup. I want that. I want to eat that. Yes! I am so going to make that!” Paper & Stitch is the latter for me. The type of blog where I literally flag just about every single post, because Brittni’s taste and style is such a close match to my own. Also, judging by all over her incredible recipes, we also share a love affair with ice cream. You can’t hate a girl for that! Bottom line – Brittni’s blog is loaded with endless craft ideas, DIY projects, recipes and interior design inspiration, all packaged up in her signature pretty pastel color palette. Spoiler alert: She’s got some seriously gorgeous stuff going on.

Favorite Bloggers | Paper & Stitch featured by @cydconverse

To get all of the latest daily inspiration from Brittni, be sure to follow along over at Paper & Stitch! You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook so you can get your fix wherever and however you please. (p.s. See more blogs and trends I am loving right here!)


[Row 1: DIY Spring Bouquet | Pistachio Pear Ice Cream | Row 2: DIY Makeup Organizer | Row 3: Chai Tea Popsicles | DIY Lettered Clutch | Row 4: DIY Nail Art | Row 5: Animal Cracker Fudge | DIY Pink Ombre Chair.]