These Baked Old Fashioned Glaze Donuts are so much easier to make in the oven compared to frying! They’re easy to make, healthier than frying and delicious! Baked donuts are my new favourite treat and these old fashioned cake donuts are an absolute winner in my books!
In a world of gourmet donuts that come in any flavour you can imagine, nothing satisfies me as much as this classic! There is truly nothing I like more than an old fashioned donut. Whether you glaze these donuts or eat them plain, they are super delicious and perfectly sweetened.
I whipped up this recipe at my husbands request. After coming home from work one day and telling him that a coworker had brought in donuts for the staff, my hubby got a pang of jealousy. I decided I would whip up some donuts for him and so my quest to make a delicious batch of cake donuts began!
My first batch was not a huge success as the donuts came out a bit to dry. After playing around with the recipe a bit and some more taste-testing, I finally found the perfect combination of ingredients to create the ideal texture. Its a tough job, but someone’s got to do it! Haha!
Making the Best Baked Old Fashioned Glaze Donuts!
Making Old Fashioned Glazed Donuts is really easy. I make them in one bowl which helps minimize the clean up. To start, I mix melted butter, buttermilk, sugar, an egg and vanilla extract in a large bowl until well combined. Then I stir in some salt and nutmeg.
Once my wet ingredients are all mixed and ready to go, I start adding the dry ingredients. To the mix, I add baking soda, baking powder and flour. Stir it all up and voila! The batter is ready to go!
I then use a ziploc bag (you can also use a piping bag) with the tip cut off, and squeeze the batter into a greased donut pan. The donuts don’t take long to bake- just 12 minutes or so in the oven at 350F.
You can enjoy the donuts as they are but my husband insists on a glaze, and since I baked these for him, I happily delivered. To glaze the donuts, I mix icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk in a bowl. The glaze has the consistency of honey. If it is too runny it will slide off and barely be noticable on the donuts. If it is too thick it won’t spread nicely and drip down the sides at all.
Holding the donuts in your hand, dip one half of the donut in the glaze and then place on a cooling rack with a tray underneath to drip and cool. That’s it!
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Baked Old Fashioned Glazed Donuts
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups all purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
For the glaze:
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease your donut pans.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, butter, sugar, vanilla extract and buttermilk. Sprinkle in the salt and nutmeg. Add the baking powder and baking soda and slowly stir in the flour until everything is combined and you have a thick batter.
- Place batter in a piping bag and pipe into the donut pan, filling each cavity 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 12 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into the middle of a donut comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack.
- Mix the glaze ingredients in a bowl. The mixture should be thin enough to run a bit but not too runny. You are looking for the consistency of honey. Add a little more milk or sugar to reach the desired consistency.
- Carefully dip one side of the donuts in the glaze. The glaze should coat half of the donut when you do this. Flip back over and let them cool on a cooling rack with a tray underneath to catch any drips from the glaze.