How to Make Baked Donuts

April 24, 2018
Who doesn't love a delicious fresh-made donut?  Well, just grab yourself a donut baking pan and follow these simple steps on how to make Baked Donuts.  You can enjoy a fresh homemade batch in minutes ~ all with the ease of baking instead of frying!
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There's nothing quite like a fresh-made donut.

And let me just say, I am blessed to live in an area of North Carolina that just so happens to be the headquarters of one not-to-be-named very famous donut chain.  And my oh my, when that "Hot Now" light is on? You're in for one heck of a delicious donut treat!

Fresh off the line, those hot glazed donuts are nothing short of miraculous in how tasty they are.  It's way too easy to gulp down way more of them than one should in a single sitting.  Trust me, I speak from "Hot Now" donut experience.

But what about when that donut craving hits and you just don't feel like running out to grab a dozen?  Or, if you want {or need} to pass on the fried part of their deliciousness?


There's truly much less effort involved in making baked donuts than you would think.

Well, you can make your own batch of homemade baked donuts at home!  All while skipping on the fat and hassle of frying.

Just follow these simple steps on how to make baked donuts and you'll have a batch whipped up in no time.  They're really quite easy to make.  You do need to have a donut pan on hand ~ but other than that, no special equipment is needed.

And since the batter is just a simple cake-type batter?  There's truly much less effort involved in making baked donuts than you would think.

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Start by combining the donuts' dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls.

This particular version of baked donuts' dry ingredients are a simple mix of all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground nutmeg.  Admittedly, it's a pretty hefty dose of ground nutmeg ... which I love.

Once wet and dry are together, you want to mix the batter as little as possible.  Over mixing will make tough donuts.

But if you're not a particular fan of nutmeg, dial back on the amount to suit your personal tastes.  Or, substitute a bit of ground cinnamon instead if you'd prefer.

The wet ingredients are a mixture of milk, sour cream, eggs, melted butter, canola oil, and vanilla extract.  Whisk these wet ingredients all together until very well combined.

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Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir by hand until everything is just barely combined.  Then stop!

At this point, once wet and dry are together, you want to mix the batter as little as possible.  Over mixing will make tough donuts.

Stop mixing when the ingredients are just combined.  The batter will be lumpy and there may even be little bits of unincorporated flour ... and that's okay.  That's exactly how you want the batter to be to make tender donuts.

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Piping the donut batter makes filling the donut pan a cinch!  Piping is way easier than trying to scoop the batter into the donut wells, believe me.

Spoon the batter into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.  

Or, spoon it into a gallon-sized zip-top bag, like I do.  Then just snip off the bottom corner of the zip-top bag with scissors to create an opening through which to pipe.

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Squeeze a batter circle into each doughnut well, filling the well 3/4 full.

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Then bake until the donuts are risen and lightly browned on the edges, about 10 minutes.

The top exposed sides of the donuts admittedly do sometimes bake up a bit "craggy."  But no worries about that ~ we're going to cover up that "cragginess" with glaze and sprinkles!

The underside of the donuts are beautifully smooth, I promise.

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Remove the baked donuts from the pan and place on a cooling rack for a bit while you prepare the glaze.

And see just how pretty and smooth the donut bottoms are?

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To make the easy vanilla glaze, mix together confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract with a whisk until the mixture is smooth.  {If you'd rather have your donuts slathered in chocolate, check out my Chocolate Glazed Baked Donuts post.}

Then dip the top of each donut in the glaze ...

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Allow the excess glaze to drip back into the glaze bowl.  Then set the donut back on the cooling rack, and add on a touch of colorful sprinkles.

Because don't we all love our donuts adorned with a touch of fun colorful sprinkles?

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If you've got a big donut sweet tooth, you can easily thicken up that sweet glaze layer on the top of your homemade donuts.

For an extra thick glaze coating, dip each donut  in the glaze 2 or 3 times, placing them back on a rack to let the glaze set up between dips.  Wait until immediately after the last dip to add the sprinkles, sprinkling them on while the glaze from the last dip is still wet.


If you've got a big donut sweet tooth, you can easily thicken up that sweet glaze layer on the top of your homemade donuts.

Then once the glaze is set, you're ready to enjoy your tasty donut treats!  

You can dive into the deliciousness immediately, or set them aside to enjoy later.  Either way, they're just perfect to enjoy alongside your morning coffee or a big glass of milk.  

And yes, it's actually that easy to make your own homemade baked donuts.  Doesn't seem too bad at all, does it?

So the next time that donut craving hits, grab your donut pan and enjoy delicious homemade donuts ~ with the ease of baking!

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How to Make Baked Donuts
(Print recipe)
Ingredients
Donuts:
  • 2 & 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Glaze:
Directions
  1. DONUTS: In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients - flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, sour cream, and eggs. Add melted butter, canola oil, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir by hand until just combined. Stop mixing when ingredients are just combined - the batter will be lumpy and may even have tiny bits of unincorporated flour. Overmixing makes tough donuts.
  4. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking or baking spray. Or, lightly grease with butter. Spoon batter into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip, or spoon into a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Snip off the bottom corner of the zip-top bag with scissors. Squeeze a batter circle into each donut well, filling 3/4 full.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees until donuts are risen and lightly browned on the edges, about 10 minutes. Let stand in the pan for 5 minutes, and then remove to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batter.
  6. GLAZE: Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  7. Let donuts cool slightly, and then dip the top of each donut in glaze. Allow excess glaze to drip back into the glaze bowl and place donuts back on the cooling rack until glaze is set. For added fun, sprinkle with sprinkles while glaze is still wet.

NOTE:  For an extra thick glaze coating, dip each doughnut 2 or 3 times, placing on a rack to let the glaze set between dips.  Add sprinkles immediately after the last dip while the glaze is still wet.


Enjoy!

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4 comments

  1. Your Baked Donuts look fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday for the party this week. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  2. I'll take baked donuts over fried donuts any day! Thanks for sharing on Friday Frenzy!

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  3. My mouth is watering! I need to get a donut pan! I need ti start making these on the weekend! Pinning for later!
    #mmmblockparty

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  4. Your post has been featured on Full Plate Thursday and we are pinning it to our Features Board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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