½ C plus 2 T butter, softened
1 C sugar
½ t vanilla
3 C flour
1½ T baking powder
½ t salt
1 C milk (soymilk if you want to go that way...)
Preheat oven 350°. Lighlty coat doughnut pans (or mini muffin tins!) with non-stick cooking spray.
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add in dry ingredients and milk a little at a time, alternately.
Fill pans 2/3 full. Bake 12-15 minutes, until just beginningto brown at the edges. Remove to wire racks to cool.
For sugared doughnuts, dip in melted butter and then in sugar (or sugar cinnamon, etc.). Or frost with thin glaze of powdered sugar and water. If desired, add sprinkles.