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Homemade cake donuts are surprisingly easy to make, especially when you bake them! There’s no messy oil or grease and they only take 10 minutes in the oven.
These baked donuts are your classic cake donuts made from a simple batter, yet they are soft and delicious just like you’d expect from the bakery. Top them with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar or your favorite icing and enjoy!
If you are a frequent baker you likely have all of these ingredients on hand. Be sure to set out the refrigerated ingredients to come to room temperature so your doughnuts cook evenly!
If you’ve ever had old-fashioned cake donuts (they are often mixed into a random dozen if purchased at a donut shop), these will taste more like that than the fluffy, airy fried donuts.
Baked donuts are paler in color without the distinctive ‘fried’ taste, and they are a bit more dense. They are equally as delicious as the fried version, just different!
You can use a muffin pan and some foil to make a makeshift donut pan! Put a square of foil over two fingers to create a mold for your donuts. Your fingers will create the raised center for the donut hole.
Then, place the mold into the muffin tin and press the foil up the edges. You should now have foil-lined muffin molds with a raised center. Spray with non-stick spray and follow the recipe as instructed. *They won’t be perfectly round, but they will still be delicious!
½ cup sugar
⅓ cup light brown sugar (packed)
¼ cup butter (salted, at room temperature)
¼ cup cooking oil
2 large eggs (beaten, at room temperature)
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
¾ teaspoon salt
2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk (or buttermilk, at room temperature)
Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C) and lightly grease your donut pans or mini-donut pans.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the room temperature softened butter, cooking oil, sugar, and light brown sugar. Cream together the wet ingredients, then add the beaten eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix until evenly distributed.
½ cup sugar,⅓ cup light brown sugar,¼ cup butter,¼ cup cooking oil,2 large eggs,2 teaspoon baking powder,1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract,¾ teaspoon salt
Add the all-purpose flour and milk into the wet ingredients, alternating and adding each in gradual amounts. You want the batter thoroughly combined, but do not over-mix once it comes together.
2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour,1 cup milk
Transfer the batter into your prepared donut pans, filling each donut cavity approximately ⅔ full.
Place the donut pans onto the center rack in your preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until they have risen, and are golden on the bottom (you can see the lightly browned edges).
Remove the baked donuts from your oven and leave them in the pan for 5 minutes before flipping them out onto a wire cooling rack.
Add your desired sugar, cinnamon sugar, icing, and any other toppings once cooled.