This Old-Fashioned Baked Donut recipe will remind you just how delicious breakfast can taste! These simple, donuts will give you familiar old-fashioneds without all the hassle of rolling, cutting, and frying the dough.
Old-Fashioned Baked Donut Recipe
These old-fashioned donuts are perfectly sweet and cakey without being too sugary. They make a great breakfast treat or delicious snack at any time of day!
I’m a sucker for a fresh hot donut. Coffee and donuts for breakfast are one of life's simple pleasures. I can never pass up baked chocolate donuts with peanut butter frosting, pumpkin pie donuts or baked apple fritters.
But, a few weeks ago, I had a major craving for old-fashioned donuts, but the idea of having to pull out the fryer and clean up grease splatters didn’t appeal to me.
So I went on a mission to find and perfect a baked version that tastes just like this classic cakey donut.
Through my research, I discovered that there are two types of old-fashioned donuts. One is made with sour cream and the other is made with buttermilk.
I tested both during the development process and prefer buttermilk best in this baked version.
How do you make old fashioned donuts from scratch?
It took several batches of failed donuts before I achieved exactly what I was looking for. The batter is made with simple ingredients that most people already have on hand.
I used melted butter and oil with the addition of buttermilk to keep the texture soft. While whole wheat flour combined with all-purpose flour keeps the donuts sturdy.
You don’t have to chill and roll the dough because these donuts are baked in a donut pan. And the batter can be mixed by hand making the process much simpler.
The homemade buttermilk donuts are soft and cake-like without being overly sweet while the vanilla glaze adds just the right amount of extra sweetness. Or you can dust them with powdered sugar if you wish to omit the glaze.
How are old fashioned donuts different?
Old fashioned donuts are a style of cake donut that is fried. It features a crunchier texture compared to other styles of cake donuts.
What is a cake donut?
Cake doughnuts are made sweetened dough and they are leavened with chemical agents like baking powder. They are fried to yield a firm, crisp exterior with soft, cake-like center.
Tips for making this donut recipe
- When measuring flour, lightly spoon it into a measuring cup and level it off with the back of a knife.
- The easiest way to get the batter in the pan is by using a pastry bag or zip-top bag with the corner cut off.
- Nutmeg is used for that classic old-fashioned flavor but feel free to leave it out or use your favorite spice in its place.