Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Baked Donuts

My parents got me a donut pan for my birthday.  They also got me a heavier kettlebell.  Good combo parental units.

I have been wanting a donut pan for awhile.  Like I would remind my mom that I wanted a donut pan for my birthday every time I called her  (which is almost daily).  My parents tell me that they are sure the donut pan will end up on our next garage sale. Like any good daughter, I aim to prove them wrong.

This past Sunday I whipped up some baked donuts.  They didn’t disappoint.

Baked Donuts

Keep in mind that baked donuts are baked.  Baked means that they will not taste nearly as good as their fried cousins.  They are more of a cake donut.  I, personally, am not picky when it comes to donuts.  If it’s sugar in a ring form, I’ll probably love it.

Did I mention that I’m trying to eat better this week.  Mmm, donuts.  It’s okay.  They are baked.

I have made two donut recipes.  The following is my favorite. 

Spiced Cake Donuts

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp shortening

Preheat oven to 325.  Lightly grease the oven pan.

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking power, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.  Stir in milk, eggs, vanilla and shortening.  Beat together until well blended.

Fill each donut cup approximately 3/4 full.  I used the Wilton Dessert Decorator.  I’m still a messy donut maker but the decorator did make filling the pan easier.


Bake 8-10 minutes or until donuts spring back when touched.

Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan.

Now to choose your topping.

Baked Donuts from Decor and the Dog

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbs. melted butter
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp, hot water

In medium bowl, microwave chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup on 50% power for 1 minute.  Stir frequently until completely melted.  Stir in hot water until the glaze is thick and smooth (~1 tsp).


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot water

Mix together and dip donut in the glaze.

Powdered Sugar

Place powdered sugar in a resealable plastic bag.  Add donut.  Shake until coated.

Are you a baked donut fan?  Any great donut recipes that I should try?


  1. i have been under a rock. or maybe a heavy kettlebell. because i didn't know donut pans existed and i need one. my kids are so deprived.

  2. I am not a baker... But D is!! Yeahhhh!! Get in my belleh, baked donuts!!

  3. I've been wanting a donut pan, too. I keep telling Joe that they'll be healthy because they're not fried. What I don't tell him is that I'll be eating roughly a million donuts if I get one...

  4. These seriously look SO good. And the fact that they're baked makes me feel better about eating them, although that is utterly ridiculous with the amount of chocolate I would put on top :)

  5. I got one of those pans for Christmas and I have used it once. You're inspiring me to use it again soon! Thanks! And your donuts look delicious!

  6. I MUST HAVE THESE NOW. Mmmmmmm, I'm starving!!!

  7. Baked or fried, these look delicious. I have considered buying one of those thingies, and now I want cake ;-)

  8. I'm a new fan of your blog, but I'm a really really old fan of baked donuts!! Our favorite kind is pumpkin donuts (with cinnamon-sugar coating) from King Arthur Flour: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2012/09/07/pumpkin-doughnuts-baked-to-perfection/

  9. Those look delicious! I think I'd like baked donuts better than fried, I guess I'd better get a donut pan to find out!

  10. You made the fat, gluten-free/sugar-free girl literally drool like a rabid animal in a professional work environment. those look amazing. I need to find a gf/sf/non-cardboard doughnut recipe STAT!

  11. I mostly only like your recipe posts so I know what you harrass you about making me the next time I come to your house. So, donuts next time.

    These look awesome.

  12. Mmmmmmmm....I looove donuts, and I am with you, as long as it's cake in the shape of a circle I don't care how healthy they are. I have been wanting to make my own donuts but I don't have a fancy pan like you! These look like they turned out great!

  13. Oh yum! These look absolutely delicous! Now I need a donut pan!

  14. On top of wanting to eat them, is it bad that I'm dying to smell them?!?!! oh my, those look yummy!

  15. i always think i like donuts then i eat them and get a stomach ache..it could be because i eat more than one. boo. that is hilarious that your parents got you a donut pan,,,and a kettle ball. win.

  16. My doughnut pan is highly underused. (Sad but true.) So, thank you for posting this as inspiration for me to dig it out!

  17. This donut pan is a total new adventure to me. Didn't know they existed! Now I can eat a DOZEN donuts (because they're baked) and there'll be NO bad affects!

  18. I have now added a donut pan to my list of must haves. 20 lbs of donut weight- here I come!

  19. Pretty sure I popped a button just by reading this post. Spiced cake donuts sound crazy good!!

  20. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm -- addicted to donuts for breakfast. (I got my pan in November from Hobby Lobby & should've gotten two!)My boys love them hot from the oven. (Kinda like the "Duck Dynasty" episode...)

    For my gluten-free self I've made several batches of grain-free donuts. I love the way the almond flour ones taste! The coconut flour makes a close second...

  21. Yum - those look delish. I think you should try Cake Batter Doughnuts next! :)

  22. I LOVE baked donuts! I have the mini pan (and then I bought a second so I could cook the whole batch faster.) I have a recipe on my blog for a delicious version that I stuck in a bag with sugar and cinnamon and shook all around. So delicious. Drooling.


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