In celebration of National Donut Day, this post is dedicated to the only food in life that can bring you true joy, true bliss and pure ecstasy all in one bite… DONUTS. And there’s no better way to celebrate this national holiday (which is arguably the best of all the holidays), than by whipping up a batch of Baked Buttermilk Cake Donuts. This batch makes enough to share with your friends and coworkers, but who am I to judge if you decide to keep them all for yourself?
Baked Buttermilk Cake Donut Recipe
Since these donuts aren’t fried, they’re just like frosted mini cakes. Which means three things:
- They’re really easy to make.
- Homer Simpson was really on to something.
- Everything tastes better if it’s shaped like a donut.
To start, you’ll need to purchase a donut pan. They’re surprisingly affordable and easy to find. I purchased this Norpro Nonstick Pan from Target, and it worked great! I’ve also seen them at places like Hy-Vee, World Market and Walmart.
As you can see from the pictures, I made both vanilla and chocolate donuts. I didn’t use two separate recipes or mix two separate batches. I just split the recipe in half, and only added the cocoa powder to one half. You can keep them all vanilla or all chocolate if you want… You do you.
- 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
- 1.5 Cups Flour
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
- 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder (optional for chocolate donuts)
- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 3-4 Tablespoons Buttermilk
- 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder (optional for chocolate frosting)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
- Mix in flour, baking powder.
- Add cocoa powder if making chocolate donuts.
- Add buttermilk and beat together until the batter is mixed. Batter should be thick.
- Spoon batter into donut pan, filling each space almost all the way to top. Smooth batter with spoon or spatula.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow donuts to completely cool on a wire rack before frosting.
- Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and buttermilk until smooth.
- Add in food coloring or cocoa powder if desired.
- Dip donut into frosting for a smooth finish.
- Top with sprinkles of your choice.