After months and months of resisting, I finally gave in and bought this Wilton mini doughnut pan! It helped that I had won a Sur La Table gift card that I could use for this, haha. But to be honest, I was debating on how practical it was- but then, at a certain point, you realize that the whole point is that it's NOT practical, but super cute and fun :o)
I made my first batch of mini doughnuts using a Japanese hotcake mix which I had heard before makes tasty doughnuts as well. These turned out really cute and were a snap to bake. One issue I had is that they were done almost too quickly- and having only one doughnut pan, it took a while to carefully spoon in the mix into each cavity so I could get the pan back into the oven. But I think this is one of those things where repeated use will make the process go faster.
To make the hotcake doughnuts a little more interesting, I added some toppings I had on hand - cookies n' cream peanut butter on the left; Nutella on the right. These were really delicious, and a great one-bite dessert or snack!
I'm looking forward to using this pan again to make other flavors of doughnuts very soon!