I have a few Wilton Doughnut pans that are used for baking doughnuts in the oven. They are great for making all kinds of different flavored baked doughnuts and are a nice surprise breakfast treat for my family! Now, they don’t taste like a good ol fried doughnut or one of those tasty chocolate twist long johns that I love from the local Denny’s Doughnuts and Bakery back home. I grew up eating them every Sunday. Our church would buy dozens and have them there on Sundays. You came in your Sunday best and brought your quarter so you could get a doughnut and some chocolate milk, and hopefully not spill any on your pretty clothes! My dad would sometimes pick up a box of the goodies to take to our grandma’s house on mornings of the Labor Day and Memorial Day parades that went by her house. Of course, he always made sure there were some chocolate long johns just for me.
A couple of years ago my parents, my brother and his family, and my family all met at Denny’s for doughnuts and then walked over to watch the parade. It wasn’t the same as being on my grandparents’ front porch since they’ve both past on many years ago and the house has new owners, but those memories are forever imprinted and I get teary eyed every time I think about it. Some day, I will have a porch with a porch swing just like my grandma. I’ll sit and pat my foot on my sleeping dobie below me as the swing sways gently back and forth, just as I can vividly picture her doing. I’ll probably have a sweater or something on reminiscent of the blue shawl I always remember her wearing. I swear she was cold on a 90 degree day! I’ll say “Fiddle Dee Dee” as I watch the birds and squirrels chatter about, just as she said with a little ornery grin. I will be remembering her and giggle to myself as those memories linger and I remind myself of her in little ways.
So, the oven baked Glazed Cake Doughnuts are not the same as Denny’s or your traditional fried doughnut, but they are a special treat. They are simple to make and they will definitely hit that sweet tooth with a whack and wake it up! I always serve something else a little more hearty with them, or I’d be a shaky sugar level dropout in a few hours after eating these things. I love that you can make so many different variations of baked doughnuts. My girls always get excited when they see me making them and they don’t last long. You can use different food coloring and sprinkles to decorate the Glazed Cake Doughnuts for special occasions and holidays which is always fun. I’ve made a version of them before for valentine’s Day that were cute!
Yesterday, I made the doughnuts into St. Patrick’s Day yummies that we gobbled up! My little leprechauns were skipping to the breakfast table!
Glazed Cake Doughnuts
recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com
Ingredients for 12 doughnuts: (I made a batch plus a half since I have three pans)
2 C All Purpose Flour
3/4 C granulated Sugar
2 teas baking powder
1/2 teas ground cinnamon
1 teas salt
3/4 C milk
2 large eggs
1 teas vanilla extract
2 TBS melted butter
1 C confectioners sugar
2 TBS Hot Water
1/2 teas vanilla extract
You will need at least 1 doughnut pan in order to bake these in the oven. Having two makes it easier to make a dozen without having to do two bake cycles.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon.
In another bowl, combine your wet ingredients: melt butter first, then add in eggs and beat them, add in milk, and vanilla extract. (mine has lumps because I didn’t fully melt the butter as I should have)
Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into it.
Stir to incorporate wet and dry together until batter is smooth.
Grease your doughnut pans and fill each doughnut cavity 3/4 full with the batter. I use and ice cream scoop.
Bake doughnuts for around 10 minutes until done. They should spring back when you gently press on them. They don’t really get golden in color so go by feel and not by color.
Remove pans from the oven and allow to cool for a minute. Gently release the doughnuts using a butter knife or rubber spatula if needed. Careful not to damage the pan with the knife.
Allow doughnuts to cool a bit while you make your glaze.
Combine Confectioners Sugar, Hot water, and vanilla extract in a bowl that is big enough to dip doughnuts into. Stir until smooth.
Add food coloring if desired.
Gently dip doughnuts one at a time into the glaze and then set doughnut on a cooling rack with a pan underneath to catch glaze drips. I only dip one side in. If desired, you can re-dip the doughnut in glaze for a second coat. I recommend only dipping 2 or three and then adding the sprinkles or sugar, otherwise the glaze will harden and nothing will stick to it.
Once all the doughnuts are dipped and decorated as desired, let them set for a couple of minutes to help the glaze harden up a bit.