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The Best Baked Donut Recipe (+ Video)

This recipe for glazed sour cream donuts is a sweet treat. They are easy to whip up and bake in the oven.

It is the best-baked donut recipe and takes less than an hour to make, bake, and glaze. And I have a special donut baking pan just for the occasion.

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Just Like Old Fashioned Donuts

Donuts stacked on top of each other

Old-fashioned donuts are some of my favorite desserts. And we all love donuts, but we don’t always like them fried.

Can Donuts Be Baked Instead Of Fried?

Absolutely! And they taste wonderful baked. I am going to show you how to make them in this recipe.

This recipe is a great way to make sour cream cake donuts without all the fried fuss and grease.

And, if this is your first time making donuts, you will be pleasantly surprised because the recipe is super easy.

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by Zulay Kitchen. As always, the opinions are honest and are all my own. 

We Love An Easy Homemade Donut Recipe

We really love donuts around here, and there’s no hiding it, but I’ve never been one to make them at home, and it’s mainly because it seems like a lot of work.

But I found out about a donut pan set from Zulay Kitchen that I thought would be fun to try out. And it made the process so easy, and there’s no frying involved.

It’s a non-stick donut pan that’s a great addition to the kitchen.

I ended up making several dozen donuts with the pans and have been very happy with how the donuts baked and turned out.

The recipe is super easy and always comes out delicious. You can vary it a little bit and choose different glazes or top with chocolate or another type of frosting.

Y’all will love this dessert.

Kitchen Tools for the Easy Donut Recipe

I first heard about Zulay Kitchen after my husband made a delivery to them last year. I love that they are a local company here in the Tampa Bay area.

Be sure to check out their extensive list of kitchen items, including a Bento Lunch Box, lemon-lime squeezer, cookie press, cheesecake pan, and one of our favorites…the milk frother.

My husband can’t drink his coffee without using the milk frother first. Seriously, he LOVES that thing. And coffee always tastes great with a baked glazed donut.

What Ingredients Do I Need For The Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts?

Dry Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Light brown sugar, packed

Wet Ingredients

  • Sour cream
  • Butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs

Glaze

  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
Two glazed donuts stacked on top of each other.

By the way, donut or doughnut?

Doughnut is the grammatically correct way to spell the delicious treat, but we’ve Americanized it over here, and most people spell it donut.

So, either spelling will work, and I will come running for a donut or doughnut every time. As long as you have one, I don’t care how you spell it.

If you love donuts, you’ll love this tasty lemon pound cake recipe and this scrumptious pound cake recipe.

Sour cream doughnuts on the counter

Donuts Might Just Help with Math

I like to take treats to the kid’s schools, friends, and their tutoring center. This time, I brought the donuts to the tutoring center, and let me tell you, they loved the donuts.

The room was full of kids, and we even had a smart little negotiator saying he’d do more math problems if he could have a donut!

The baked donut recipe will even get kids to do more math – you heard it here first. 😉

A full printable recipe with measurements and instructions is listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

The Best Baked Donut Recipe

Ingredients for baked donuts

Gather your ingredients for the baked donut recipe.

You don’t need the donut cutter for this recipe. You can use the handy donut pan.

When you order the Zulay Donut Pan, you will get two pans in the package, so you can easily make a dozen baked donuts and save a step.

Dry ingredients in a glass bowl to make cake donuts

Start by adding the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a medium-sized bowl. Mix the ingredients together on medium speed and set the bowl aside.

Butter, brown sugar, and sour cream in a large glass bowl to be mixed

Next, add the sour cream, light brown sugar, melted butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl. Mix everything together.

I used my large countertop mixer, but you can use a hand mixer as well for this recipe.

Adding eggs to a donut batter in a large glass bowl

Add the eggs to the batter, one at a time, and mix them in.

Mixing the flour into the donut batter

Next, combine flour mixture with the batter and mix until well blended. It will be a thick batter.

Cutting the end off of a large ziplock back with scissors

Pour the batter into a large Ziplock bag and cut the tip off of the piping bag so you can add the donut batter to the pan.

For best results, don’t cut a large hole. Keep it fairly small, about the size of the tip of your index finger.

Tips to Make Perfect Donuts

  • TIP: For this recipe, use a disposable piping bag. I learned the hard way that if you cut a large opening at the end of the bag, you will be squeezing too much batter into the pan, and you will end up with more of a muffin instead of a baked donut.
  • I had to transfer my batter into another bag because I cut the original hole too large, and it was adding too much to the pan.
  • The picture below is the perfect amount for the donut pan. And if you go a little over or under, it’s ok. They will still taste great.
Pouring donut batter into a donut baking pan

The donuts will rise quite a bit bigger when you bake them, like in the photo below.

Baked donuts in a donut pan

Other Donut Toppings

  • Cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top of the glaze to make cinnamon sugar donuts.
  • Chocolate glaze made with cocoa, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Sprinkle a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon on top of the glaze.
  • Top with some holiday sprinkles for festive glazed donuts.
Zulay donut baking pan

Bake the donuts for 10 minutes.

Donut Baking Pan

I was excited to get the donut pan from Zulay Kitchen because we’d tried some of their other kitchen items and loved them so much.

Since I made this recipe, I have used the pan several more times, and it cleans up very easily. It’s also dishwasher-safe to make life easier.

The pan is a non-stick pan, but I decided to test that out.

I used non-stick spray on one pan and nothing on the other, and in the long run, I didn’t need the non-stick spray because the donuts slid right out of the pan. Easy peasy.

A baked donut sitting on top of the baking pan

After the donuts are baked, they will be a little darker on the bottom, and that’s normal. They will be golden brown on the top.

Baked Glazed Donut Recipe

Finally, mix the powdered sugar and milk for the glaze (recipe below) in a small bowl.

Dip the donuts into the glaze, place it on a cooling rack, and allow the glaze to harden.

Who says you need to go to a donut shop for the best donuts?

The donuts are great breakfast treats, especially when they are freshly glazed.

This is such a simple glaze recipe, and it takes about one minute to mix it up and dip a donut.

This has become one of our favorite recipes around here, and it’s fun to try different toppings on the fresh donuts.

This baked version is so much better than fried, and it doesn’t take a large amount of time to make them, and that is part of why we love them!

Be sure to get the recipe, bake them up, and grab a cup of coffee to enjoy with your donut.

Glazed donuts on a cookie cooling rack

How Do I Store The Donuts?

You can store the donuts in an airtight container and leave it on the counter or in the refrigerator.

Glazed baked donuts on a cooling rackl

Tips for making the old-fashioned baked donut recipe

  • Once you add the donut batter to a large baggie, cut a small hole in the bottom corner. Otherwise, you will be adding too much batter to the donut pan, and the donuts will rise and look more like a muffin.
  • When you remove the donuts from the oven, dip them into the glaze as soon as possible to seal in some of the moisture.
  • Bake the sour cream donut recipe for 10 minutes because anything over will cause the cake donuts to be a little dry. It’s okay if the inside of the donut is still a tad moist.

Creative Donut Flavors and Toppings to Try

Here are some fun flavors to try with your donuts to switch things up now and again:

  1. Chocolate lover’s dream – Dip your donuts in some decadent chocolate icing for an indulgent dessert. Or add some unsweetened cocoa powder and sugar to make chocolate cake donuts.
  2. Fruity delights – Add some fresh fruity glaze such as lemon, raspberry, or a blueberry compote topping.
  3. Spicy donuts – Add some warm and aromatic spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for a cozy and comforting treat.
  4. Crunchy Textures – Roll your donuts in crushed nuts, sprinkles, or cookie crumbs for an added layer of flavor and texture.
  5. Try a Savory Twist – Donuts aren’t just for a sweet tooth! Try some savory flavors like cheddar cheese, bacon, or herbs for a unique treat.
  6. Old-fashioned flavors – Sprinkle your favorite seasoning on top after dipping them in the glaze. Or do it while the donuts are on the baking sheet before they go into the oven. You can also drizzle on some maple glaze for a deep flavor.
Baked donuts stacked on top of each other

Donut Trivia

  • What is the most popular type of donut? Glazed, of course!
  • Who invented donuts? An American named Hanson Gregory invented the ring shape of the donut. In 1847, he was aboard a lime-trading ship and came up with the idea-at the ripe age of 16!
  • What is a cake donut? It’s a donut that is leavened with baking powder and without yeast.

Grab a glass of warm milk and give some of these classic cake donuts a try.

Can Homemade Baked Donuts Be Frozen?

Yes, baked donuts can be frozen. However, I would freeze them before adding glaze. Once you thaw them out to room temperature, you can add the glaze to the baked donuts.

Are Baked Donuts Healthier Than Fried?

Yes, baked donuts, on average, are healthier than fried ones because you are baking them and not frying them in grease, which typically has more calories.

More Delicious Desserts

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts

This homemade baked donut recipe is a delightful way to satisfy your donut craving with less hassle and more health benefits than the fried version.

Using simple ingredients, you can create fluffy donuts that are perfect for Christmas morning or as a warm treat the next day.

I am guessing this recipe will become one of your favorite things.

Two glazed donuts stacked on top of each other.

Baked Donut Recipe with Sour Cream (+ Video)

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

We all love donuts, but we don't always like them fried. I've got a recipe for glazed sour cream donuts that are easy to whip up and bake in the oven. The baked donut recipe with sour cream takes less than an hour make, bake, and glaze. 

Ingredients

Donut Mixture

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425-degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. In a separate large bowl, add the sour cream, brown sugar, butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  5. Finally, add the flour mixture and mix well.
  6. Scoop the batter into a large bag and cut a small amount off of the tip of the bag.
  7. Pipe the batter into the donut pan in a circle.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Make the glaze while the donuts are baking by mixing the two ingredients.
  10. Once the donuts finish baking, place them into the glaze mixture one at a time. Set on a cookie rack to cool and harden. Allow the donuts to cool for about 30 minutes.

Notes

TIP: If you'd like to make a sweet vanilla glaze, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to your glaze.

You can also make a cinnamon sugar glaze by adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to the glaze recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is approximate.

Did you make this recipe?

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Heidi

Saturday 20th of January 2024

Could you make this batter the night before to bake in the morning?

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 20th of January 2024

I think that would work. I would let it sit on the counter for about 10-15 minutes before squeezing it out into the donut pan so it will squeeze out easier. Hope you love it!

Jeanne

Sunday 31st of December 2023

“Newbie” donut 🍩 baker here… how would I change the recipe (need measurements) to make this a chocolate donut with chocolate frosting?

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 31st of December 2023

I haven't made it as a chocolate donut. You could probably add a couple of tablespoons of cocoa to the mix. I would add two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa to the glaze to make chocolate.

Basil

Saturday 30th of December 2023

Planned to make these but dont have a metal donut pan, instead I have one of those rubber donut moulds. Could that work as well? Would I need to change the baking time?

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 31st of December 2023

I haven't made them in a rubber mold. I think it would work fine. I would read up on it, but I think you do cook them a few minutes longer.

William

Wednesday 20th of December 2023

Sounds good What can be substitute for sour cream?

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 21st of December 2023

You can substitute sour cream with some plain Greek yogurt. Hope you enjoy them!

Jake

Sunday 23rd of April 2023

This recipe is great. I don’t understand the people that say “these taste nothing like sour cream doughnuts” maybe you should learn how to read & follow instructions & things would turn out how they are intended to. To the person that posted this recipe, thank you! These turned out fantastic. To all of you who don’t know what you’re doing, stay out of the kitchen & stick to buying doughnuts filled with preservatives & high fructose corn syrup. Thank you again!

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