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Baked Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

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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!!

62 comments

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

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. What a delicious alternative to fried! They sure look the same as the original. Thank Lora!

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. I like! Really must try this out, looks delicious minus the oil!

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

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

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

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

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

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. OMG THESE LOOK AMAZING!! I need a cake pan!

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

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Those look AMAZING. I think these could definitely make me love a donut that isn't fried. Yum!!

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. Amazing! I can't wait to try this recipe. Maybe I'll host a donut tasting party this weekend...

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  27. I need that pan asap...looks so good and delicious!

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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. I think baked donuts are a fantastic idea and these look wonderful...I "Liked" you :)

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

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

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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. Oh donuts how I love thee. These look amazingly delicious!!

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  40. 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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  41. These look delicious - and like so much fun to make! I'm totally doing this one with my littlest stepsister...

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

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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. They look like "real" donuts to me! I've got to try this. :)

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

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  49. 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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  50. Wow they look so good,thanx for the idea.

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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. I've always wanted to make baked donuts--after Lent, for sure.

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

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

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  59. 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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