Cinnamon Sugar Cake Donuts

I remember when I was a kid, my mom or dad would pick up fresh, hot donuts for my brothers and I every Saturday morning. I always looked forward to getting out of bed and being the first one to browse the donut selection before my brothers woke up. Now, I can make my favorite donut at home with very basic ingredients!

The cinnamon sugar cake donut has always been one of my favorites. It is dense, crumbly, cinnamon-y, and absolutely delicious. To be honest, I never really considered making donuts at home until I discovered a donut pan. Yes, a donut pan which you can find in most grocery stores. I had no idea!

Making a cake donut is pretty much like making a cake because the batter is a wet one. All you need is very simple ingredients which you most likely already have in your pantry and refrigerator. Next time your kids, family, or friends want to get some donuts on the weekend, surprise them with this delicious, homemade recipe!

For this recipe you will need:

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup whole milk

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract


8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In another large bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, beaten egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Slowly and in increments, add the flour mixture to the milk and sugar mixture. Whisk everything together until the batter is nice and smooth.


Spray the donut pan with a baking spray. Pour the batter into the prepared holes. Bake the donuts for 18-20 minutes, until they are fluffy and golden in color. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

In a bowl, melt 8 Tbsp of the butter. Mix the sugar and ground cinnamon and pour onto a plate. One by one, dip each donut into the melted butter and then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mix.


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