Baked Donuts

by Barry Lewis

Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
12 mins


120g plain flour
100g sugar
pinch salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
80ml buttermilk
1 egg
1tbsp melted butter
drop of vanilla extract
extra melted butter, cinnamon and sugar to coat

So baked donuts / doughnuts are they any good? Well, hopefully with this recipe you’ll be able to make some for yourself and make a call! Personally for me this twist on classic cinnamon sugar donuts was really impressive, the only thing you don’t get is the fried smell of donuts, which of course is quite enticing, but at the same time, these are healthier and fast and the taste and texture for me was pretty much identical – also it’s ready in under 20 minutes! If you don’t have a donut pan just use a cupcake tin and make cupcake donuts!

I’m no science whizz here but the buttermilk and it’s acidic properites help the baked donuts to have a more tender texture like a normal donut and also works really well with the baking powder properties…anyhow….

First get a large mixing bowl and add all the wet ingredients together – the buttermilk, egg, extract and the melted butter. Just give this a stir to break up the yolk and merge together briefly.

Next add in the remaining dry ingredients, you don’t really need to sift the flour, once they are all in ensure you scrape the bottom of the bowl to catch any powder hiding but it should be a relatively thickened batter texture.

Pour the mixture evenly into the donut pans and bake in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 5 or equivalent (see temperature conversion charts) for 10-12 minutes. They’ll rise up and a quick check with a toothpick will let you know if they are ready if it comes out dry, if it’s still wet, bake a little longer.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan. Meanwhile melt a knob of butter, and mix together some more sugar with a little cinnamon – say 150g sugar and a tsp cinnamon. Turn out the donuts and brush with the melted butter using a pastry brush, then roll the donuts in the sugar cinnamon mixture to fully coat. Repeat and you are done!

Good luck with this recipe i’m sure you’ll love it!