Baked Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

by cakeduchess on March 16, 2011 · 62 comments

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Could I possibly love a donut that wasn’t fried? IS a donut a REAL donut if it isn’t fried in oil? I am like almost every other person that walks on this planet: I adore DONUTS!
But fried donuts don’t like my hips too much. Plus all that fried stuff  is bad for my porcelain complexion. I’d been searching high and low for a donut pan. I looked everywhere! How silly did I feel when I realized there was a Sur la Table store 20 minutes from my house! And it has been there for the past few years! Luckily, I stumbled into a few Sundays ago and grabbed a donut pan! I will be back soon to grab another one because these donuts were delicious!
My daughter was a little skeptical, “Mommy, how could they be REAL donuts if they aren’t fried?” A true donut connoisseur at such a young age. And then she caught a glimpse of the shiny glaze and pretty sprinkles. She had one. Luca had a powdered sugar one. Then they fought over sharing a glazed one. Donut chaos ensued! It was loud and obnoxious; sprinkles and powdered sugar everywhere. Fabrizio and I shared a powdered one with an espresso.

We all liked them. I meant to say, we all LOVED THEM!
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Don’t think you are getting the same texture as a fried donut. It’s not the same thing, but a really close second without all the artery clogging fried goodness. The texture is cake like-light and fluffy.

I promise I’m not steering you in the wrong direction…you should really try them.Smile
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Baked Cake Donuts
slightly adapted from Wilton
yields one dozen

2 cups cake flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk*
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted

* I used 3/4 cup whole milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar. I let it sit for a minute and then it magically turns into buttermilk.

Preheat your oven to 425°F.

Spray your donut pan with non-stick baking (or cooking) spray.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl bowl, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk and beaten eggs.
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In a large mixing bowl, sift together the cake flour, vanilla sugar, baking powder, and salt.
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Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined.
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Carefully spoon the batter into about 2/3 full. A cleaner way to add the mixture is to pipe the batter into the pan.
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Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until the tops of the donuts spring back when lightly touched. (I should’ve baked this 2 minutes less. They still ROCKEDSmile)
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Allow to cool in the pan for a couple minutes. Remove the donuts onto a rack to finish cooling before you glaze them.

You get to decide how you like your donuts! Do you like a rich chocolate glaze?

Chocolate Glaze1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon water

You could make this glaze in your microwave or with a double boiler. I did the double boiler method because I don’t own a microwave.

If you want to microwave, here is how you can do it:
Microwave on 50 % power for about 1 minute, stirring in-between, until melted.
Stir in the 1 teaspoon hot water until the glaze has thickened. You can add another teaspoon hot water if the glaze is too thick.
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Are you ready for the best part? Chocolate dipping!
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Then set these gorgeous chocolate gems on the rack to dry. But first add your sprinkles!!
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Or how about shaking them in a bag full of powdered sugar? I think you will be like us and like BOTH ways!Smile

Confectioner’s Sugar Donuts
In a plastic zipped lock bag, add 2/3 cups confectioner’s sugar. Add a your donuts one at a time and shake until they are nicely coated.
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We’ll be making these again and again. It’s hard not to when the recipe is just a cinch and the results are so good!
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If you have a minute, stop by over here at Babble and click that you “Like” meSmileplease! I am so grateful to have been nominated for a Top 100 Food Mom Blog! Click the alphabetical order option. Much easier to find me that way. Here’s the link:
http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/dinner/top-100-food-mom-blog-2011-nominate-a-food-blog/

Thank you so much!

Hope you’re having a wonderful week! My kids are on Spring break. We plan on playing a little in the sand.Smile

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box March 16, 2011 at 2:27 am

Ok. . . these look incredible! :-) PERFECT Saturday morning breakfast! :-) AND I voted for yoU! :-)

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domenicacooks March 16, 2011 at 2:44 am

These look beautiful, Lora. I’m curious about the texture. Are they very different from fried doughnuts? Are they similar to a coffee cake or a muffin in texture? Grazie!

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A little bit of everything March 16, 2011 at 3:37 am

i’m one of those that don’t make donuts because i’m afraid of frying, but baking, i LOVE it.
i’m going to look for a pan this weekend and make some donuts. thanks for sharing Lora

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Sue March 16, 2011 at 4:00 am

What a delicious alternative to fried! They sure look the same as the original. Thank Lora!

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Sanjeeta kk March 16, 2011 at 4:20 am

Wow, for long I was avoiding Donut like plaque..but not any more :) Would love to bake mine too. The glaze would be set for the kids and the plain one for the mommy. They look perfect and I can indulge in it guilt free!

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chefpandita.com March 16, 2011 at 4:48 am

Months ago I ordered Lara Ferroni’s book + a donut pan but haven’t made a single donut yet. I must say your donuts look just like the fried ones!

I just voted for you but got confused… there are two entries for your blog! [I liked them both] good luck, Lora! xo

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Jeannie March 16, 2011 at 5:59 am

I like! Really must try this out, looks delicious minus the oil!

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Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook March 16, 2011 at 6:43 am

Baked are just as delicious as fried, just without the guilt. I will take a dozen please :)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

Those powdered sugar donuts look gorgeous! They are still donuts to me:-)

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

I’m more of a cake doughnut person anyways so these would be right up my alley!

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Lizzy March 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

This is exactly what my family requests from the bakery…so I’d love to introduce them to your non-fried version. They look fantastic!!

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Blog is the New Black March 16, 2011 at 11:59 am

These look awesome, Lora! I just got a donut pan. :)

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egb March 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Yum! I love donuts so this is a must try!!

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Wilde in the Kitchen March 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I’ve been going back and forth on buying this donut pan. Everytime I see beautiful results like this I head to Amazon again :) Great looking glaze!

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Pretend Chef March 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I think I would like baked donuts more than fried. I fried some donuts for our Christmas Eve tradition but I think this method would be much safer and less time consuming. I’d rather spend more time creating toppings! I need to get those donut pans. The search is on! Yummy!

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Jamie March 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

What perfect donuts! Yum! And boy they look delicious! Yeah, I often order baked donuts in bakeries and donut shops when I’m in the US because of my hips :-) What a great recipe and one I will try! Donut lover that I am I think these will really hit the spot.

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Claire Gallam March 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

OMG THESE LOOK AMAZING!! I need a cake pan!

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ravienomnoms March 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I really really realllllly want to try and make donuts! I think I am going to try and make them after Lent…I gave up all sweets for Lent so I can’t have them til Easter. These look really amazing!

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A Thought For Food March 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm

They’re mini bundt cakes! I love it!

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Evan Thomas March 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

These look delicious. I’d never be able to guess they weren’t the real thing.

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Roxan March 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Mmmm donut. These look awesome! I wish I could have one right now – I’d pick the one that’s covered up in good ol’ powdered sugar. Have you tried making yeasted baked donuts yet? They taste even closer to the traditional fried ones!

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Renathe Schneider March 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

OMG!!!! I want some now :)

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Fresh and Foodie March 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Yummy! I love that donut pan! My brother and his girlfriend gave me a donut maker for Christmas but I haven’t used it yet. I think your post just gave me some inspiration! The powdered sugar one looks especially delish.

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Feast on the Cheap March 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I never eat donuts because I generally steer clear of fried foods, but I have a MAJOR sweet tooth… I love that these aren’t fried and they’re still amazing, definitely need to pick up one of those donut pans

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Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow March 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Those look AMAZING. I think these could definitely make me love a donut that isn’t fried. Yum!!

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kita March 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

These look great. I have been itching to try another donut recipe since I made the donut holes a while back. I love the powdered sugar coating. Mmm

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Shannon March 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

WOW!! I especially love the powdered sugar donuts!! They look amazing! I HAVE to get a donut pan! Thanks for sharing…..Now i’m craving donuts!

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foodiesonthefly March 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Maybe I’ll host a donut tasting party this weekend…

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Sandra March 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I need that pan asap…looks so good and delicious!

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Evan @SwEEts March 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Ive been wanting to use my donut pan since I bought and I told myself this weekend would be the day! Now I don’t know what recipe to use because yours sounds fabulous!

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whatsfordinneracrossstatelines March 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I’ll go vote right now! You are killing me, waiving those in front of me. I love donuts, they just don’t love me as much. He He I think the sifted cake flour is what really lightened them up. Have a great week.
-Gina-

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Magic of Spice March 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I think baked donuts are a fantastic idea and these look wonderful…I “Liked” you :)

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Jean March 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I think I would love these, too. Your daughter is too cute for knowing the finer points of donut making. :-) I’ll have mine with sprinkles, please!

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tastesbetterwithfriends March 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

So what you’re saying is that these donuts are good for everyone’s porcelaine like complexion? :)

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Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking March 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm

OK, I officially need a donut pan. Lora, these are to die for!! What an awesome and fun recipe for kids to help out with, and a yummy breakfast treat. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Angie's Recipes March 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Those look stunning! Well, I think I would go for the baked one in future!

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Lindsey March 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

My husband would go crazy if I made him some of these for breakfast. :) What a fabulous way to start your day!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels March 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Oh my word I need these now!!! I have to make them asap, I can hear them calling my name. :) I love the sprinkles!

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Jennifer March 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I’ve had baked donuts. And while I’m not a fan, yours are making me think twice. They look soooooooooo good!

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Raina March 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I have been wanting to get one of those pans. Your donuts came out perfect. They look amazing.

I voted for you on Babble:)

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Christina March 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Oh donuts how I love thee. These look amazingly delicious!!

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Happy When Not Hungry March 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm

These look amazing Lora! I love that they are baked. I definitely need to buy a donut pan from Sur La Table!!!

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Celia March 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm

These look delicious – and like so much fun to make! I’m totally doing this one with my littlest stepsister…

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Reeni March 17, 2011 at 1:06 am

This is the second baked doughnut post I’ve seen today – it’s a sign! They look positively scrumptious! I LOVE that they are baked. Can’t wait to make some of my own! xoxo

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Danielle March 17, 2011 at 1:55 am

These look fantastic! Now I want to go out an buy a doughnut pan!

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Terra March 17, 2011 at 2:28 am

I love donuts too!!! Really, you are telling me I can enjoy them again, and without the guilt? You ROCK!!! I will definitely have to try them soon. I have been hungry for a donut lately:)
Take care,
Terra

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bunkycooks March 17, 2011 at 2:38 am

I would not have known these were baked…shhh. I would love to try these. They look like those awesome fried donuts that we don’t need to eat!

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sara @ CaffeIna March 17, 2011 at 4:56 am

I love baked donuts too and these ones look fantastic! Maybe with a different glaze for me, poor chocolate non-lover but the donuts themselves look amazing

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE March 17, 2011 at 6:36 am

They look like “real” donuts to me! I’ve got to try this. :)

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Emily Malloy March 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I have never made donuts like that before! I am so intrigued and dying to try!

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Kulsum@JourneyKitchen March 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I dont really like doughnut because they r deep fried! no wait not that I don’t like deep fried food, I just don’t like donut deep fried. So this fits right in!

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alana March 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Wow they look so good,thanx for the idea.

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Spicie Foodie March 18, 2011 at 12:01 am

In the words of a very wise man, “mmm donuts” It’s too bad our hips don’t like them as much as my tummy. I didn’t even know there were donut pans, hehe. They look amazing and if I was there I’d also be fighting over one, or three:)

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Claudia March 18, 2011 at 1:53 am

I had to laugh at your daughter even questioning the validity of the doughnuts. But looking at your results – I won’t question. They look fabulous and if I can avoid deep frying – and I usually can – I do. The photos are luscious! Now, excuse me – must go vote.

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marla March 18, 2011 at 2:49 am

I have been seeing baked donuts on so many awesome blogs & I too have been coveting a baked donut pan. These are gorgeous & I must try making them pronto!
Gonna go vote for you now…

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Elin March 18, 2011 at 8:47 am

Lora..this baked ones are much healthier than the fried ones. I would love to try this out. First I have to get the donut mold and I am going to try this baked ones for sure :) Thanks for sharing and I am happy that you are back to baking :)
*hugs
Elin

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Susi March 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Lora, if you wouldn’t have told me these are baked donuts I would have never been the wiser. They look positively delicious and are healthier. I think this is a win-win situation. I must find one of these awesome pans :o)

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Carole March 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I’ve always wanted to make baked donuts–after Lent, for sure.

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Becky March 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

These doughnuts look like fried doughnuts, but they are baked not fried, and they are real! Great Job!

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megan @ whatmegansmaking March 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

oh man, I wish I had a donut right now! They look awesome!

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Kim - Liv Life March 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Oh, how my daughter would love these!! I have somewhat of a frying phobia… I’ve never done it, and I just don’t see myself doing it anytime soon. These guys fit the bill

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. June 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

oh my! How fabulous!

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