Friday, April 13, 2012

Baked Spiced Cake Donuts {Baking with Sisters, Part 3}

The third and final treat my sisters and I baked during their visit was a batch of baked donuts. I foolishly ordered a donut pan right at a time when I was trying to start losing weight (I know, what was I thinking?) so, mustering all my self control, when it came I stashed it away and didn't look at it again. However, when the girls came, I thought it would be fun to give it a try (we'd already indulged in cinnamon rolls and scones, what could a donut hurt? And besides, they're baked so they're...less unhealthy...). We decided the safest route to go would be to try the simple recipe for spiced cake donuts on the back that had come attached to the pan. They proved to be super easy and delicious! And, the donut pan worked like a dream! The donuts came out looking absolutely perfect and round.

We whipped up the batter in no time and piped it into the pan. The recipe notes that a pastry bag or plastic bag with a corner cut off works best to fill the pan- and they were right. A Ziploc bag with the corner cut out worked perfectly!
Once the donuts were baked and cooled (and after the mishap we won't talk about where a certain chef dumped the second pan of donuts into the bottom of the oven), we decorated them. Half the batch was appointed to be coated with the recommended glaze from the donut pan recipe (and some leftover scone glaze), the other half we decided to split evenly between being dipped in melted butter, cinnamon and sugar and  the others being "frosted" with Nutella and finished up with sprinkles. All the donuts were delicious and beautiful, and were certainly a hit with the rest of the family who came up to visit that evening! They were spongy and soft and the toppings were yummy!

And now that this chapter is closed, I look forward to the next opportunity I'll have to bake with my beautiful sisters!

Baked Spiced Cake Donuts with Glaze
(printable version)
from a NORPRO pan
makes 12 donuts

2 cups flour
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
1 TB shortening

Preheat oven to 325.
Lightly grease donut pan. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Stir in milk, eggs, vanilla and shortening.
Pour batter into pastry bag or plastic bag with the corner cut off. Fill each donut cup approx. 3/4 full.
 Bake 8 to 10 min. or until donuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.
When donuts are cooled, frost, glaze or dip in melted butter followed by a cinnamon-sugar mixture (or other topping of your choice- get creative!).

To make glaze: mix 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 TB hot water until smooth. Pour over cooled donuts or serve on the side for dipping.


  1. I saw one of these kinds of pans at Ross for like $8.00 and when I showed Josh, he gave me that look and said," You are really going to use this pan? You aren't even a donut person." True, very true. I'm not, but these look really good. It makes me wish I was a donut person, lol!

    1. Haha! I'm not a crazy donut person either, but I do love to have one now and then. BUT with just two of us in the house, a dozen donuts is NOT a good thing. No sir. So, I will save the donut pan for another day when we'll have enough people around to eat them all.


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