glazed cake donuts

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The moment you bite into one of these cakey, nutmeg-gy donuts you are transported back to childhood. At least I am! Easy to make and not overly complicated with ingredients, these simple fried glazed cake donuts may become your “go to” special dessert, any day of the week! 

TOOLS MEG USES IN THIS RECIPE

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Ateco donut cutter – you can also use a cookie cutter, or ring mold

Heat Safe Thermometer

Rolling pin

Pot for frying OR Deep fryer or large dutch oven

A hand-held strainer, chopstick or a fork to move the donuts around as they cook

Plate lined with paper towel 

Sheet pan with cooling rack for glazing

Heat safe slotted spoon, spider or chopsticks

glazed cake donuts

The moment you bite into one of these cakey, nutmeg-gy donuts you are transported back to childhood. At least I am! Easy to make and not overly complicated with ingredients, these simple fried glazed cake donuts may become your “go to” special dessert, any day of the week! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine Comfort Flavour
Keyword cake donuts, glazed donuts
Servings 12 donuts and 12 holes
Author Cook with Meg

Equipment

  • Donut cutter
  • Heat safe thermometer
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pot for frying OR deep fryer or large dutch oven
  • A hand-held strainer, chopstick or a fork to move the donuts around as they cook
  • Plate lined with paper towel 
  • Sheet pan with cooling rack for glazing
  • Heat safe slotted spoon, spider or chopsticks

Ingredients

Cake Donut Recipe

  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs let come to room temperature
  • cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp salted or unsalted butter melted but then let cooled to room temperature
  • ½ cup whole milk let come to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 L neutral oil for frying. Please have lots on hand as you may need to add more as you fry Canola, Vegetable, peanut works best

Classic Vanilla Donut Glaze Recipe

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk or water
  • add food colouring if you wish

Chocolate Donut Glaze

  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup or honey
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Instructions

LET'S MAKE THE DONUT DOUGH

  • In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl with hand mixer, add your eggs and granulated sugar and whip together for about 5 minutes until it’s very pale and fluffy.
  • Next add the vanilla and mix again.
  • In a separate bowl, blend together your dry ingredients. 
  • Now let’s alternate adding the dry ingredients with the milk and melted butter to the egg/sugar mixture.
  • Now your dough is together, so we need to cover up the bowl with cling wrap for about 20 minutes to let it rest and relax. 

CUT OUT THE DONUTS AND HEAT THE OIL 

  • While we let the dough relax, we can start to get our oil heated. You want about 1L of oil heated to 375F in a nice high sided pot, or if you have a deep fryer, follow the manufacturer instructions. Please use a candy or heat safe thermometer and be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • On a nicely floured counter, get the dough out of the bowl, and with a floured rolling pin, we want to roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thickness. 
  • Using either a donut cutter or 2 sizes of biscuit cutters, cut out your donuts. Typically the outside circle can be about 3 inches/7cms. Then choose a smaller cutter for the inside “donut hole” you plan to cut out.

TIME TO FRY

  • When your oil is heated to 375F, carefully lower 2-3 in at a time. We don’t want to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry for about 2 minutes on the first side until you can see the golden colour climb halfway up the sides of the pot. 
  • Using tongs or even a wooden chopstick, carefully turn over, away from you so the oil doesn’t splash up. 
  • Fry until 2nd side is golden, then carefully lift out with a slotted heat safe spoon or tongs and place on paper towel to drain. 
  • Once drained you can move them to a cooling rack with a little paper towel underneath to cool them fully.
  • Repeat until the whole batch is fried, watching and adjusting the temperature to ensure it stays at 375.

MAKE THE GLAZE AND SET UP TOPPINGS

  • Let’s make the glaze while our donuts cool, combining all the ingredients into each bowl (Chocolate and vanilla) then whisk or stir until smooth. 
  • Make an assembly line, donut, dip, sprinkles or topping if you wish, then back onto the cooling rack to harden. 
  • If you wish to skip the glaze, you can always turn in a mixture of granulated sugar and cinnamon.

Did you love the Glazed Cake Donuts? Want more dinner ideas, AKA din-spiration?

Try our Apple Pie Cupcakes – yum!

SOO GOOD! Enjoy! Meg xo

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