Glazed Cake Donuts


What a treat! These cake donuts are lightly sweetened and mildly spiced with nutmeg. It’s a fun recipe that makes just the right amount, and so simple to pull off. Take note that while you might be tempted to re-roll the scraps, you’ll end up with a layered donut of sorts (not that bad if you want to try your hand at a possible cronut). Instead, fry the scraps separately for donut-hole like bites. Go wild with the unlimited types of sprinkles, or enjoy with just the glaze. Either way, you can have these for breakfast or dessert, paired with a hot cup of coffee.

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
8 donuts


  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ cup whole buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 ¼ all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for work surface

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk

  • Rainbow or chocolate candy sprinkles


  1. Stir together brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Whisk together buttermilk, butter, and egg in a small bowl; add to sugar mixture, and whisk to combine. Stir in 1 cup of the flour until blended. Stir in 1 more cup of the flour until blended. If dough is too sticky to handle, stir in remaining ¼ cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until just dry enough to handle.

  2. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours.

  3. Pour oil to a depth of 1 inch in a large cast-iron skillet and fit with a deep-fry thermometer; heat to 350°F over medium-high.

  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll to ½-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch round cutter, cut out 8 rounds; use a 1-inch round cutter to cut out holes in the center.

  5. Working with a few at a time, and being sure not to overcrowd the skillet, gently lower donuts into hot oil. Fry, turning once, until golden brown and done, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain, and let cool completely.

  6. Stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of the milk in a small bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, if you prefer a thinner glaze. Dip one side of donuts into glaze, and sprinkle with candy sprinkles and place on a parchment lined sheet until set.

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Chef's Notes

Coffee Glazed Donuts: Prepare recipe as directed substituting 1 to 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee for the whole milk in the glaze and chocolate sprinkles for the rainbow ones.

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