Baked Cake Donuts with Maple Glaze

Super-moist baked donuts topped with a sweet maple glaze and sprinkled with maple sugar. These donuts are cake-like in nature with a lovely crumb. The sour cream in the recipe works wonders for moisture and richness. Only a 1/4 cup of full fat sour cream goes a long way !

The source recipe comes from one of my new fave cookbooks: Doughnuts by Lara Ferroni.

The original recipe calls for yogurt but I used sour cream instead. I also reduced the nutmeg and added cinnamon.

The glaze recipe was also changed by adding some maple extract in addition to maple syrup. It made a world of difference in flavor.

As these are baked donuts, you can save the deep-frying for another day. I piped the batter into the donut molds and they baked up in perfect form. This recipe makes about 8 regular sized donuts or 6 large ones if you want to try and squeeze all the batter into your 6 donut mold pan in one shot.

You will also have leftover glaze with this recipe so either cut the recipe in half or save the excess, covered in the fridge for no longer than 24 hours, and simply give it a quick whisk before using to glaze your next batch!

I readily admit, I ate one still warm and freshly glazed. I didn't give them much time to cool. One one word: Perfection! But they are just as tasty several hours after baking. I do highly recommend eating them the same day they are baked.


*altered source recipe for Baked Cake: Doughnuts by Lara Ferroni.


3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup superfine granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Saigon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature or vegetable shortening ( I used vegetable shortening)
1/4 cup whole milk, scalded
1/4 full fat sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten


1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon maple extract
2 tablespoons milk
maple sugar


PREHEAT oven to 350F
GREASE a 6 mold donut pan with cooking spray

IN LARGE BOWL, sift together flours and baking powder
WHISK in sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt
CUT in butter or shortening with a fork until broken up into pea size
GENTLY FOLD in milk, sour cream, vanilla extract, beaten egg only until combined
SPOON batter into a piping bag equipped with a large french tip (swirl or large circle tips are great too) and pipe into donut pan.
BAKE 6-10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Mine were perfect at exactly 8 minutes.

LET COOL in pan 5 minutes
TRANSFER DONUTS to cooling rack.

IN MEDIUM SHALLOW BOWL, whisk together all glaze ingredients except maple sugar
DIP TOPS OF DONUTS into glaze and set back onto rack
SPRINKLE tops with maple sugar
LET glaze to set (approx. 10 minutes)

For those on the hunt for a good donut pan, Amazon has the Wilton one for a super price. I love my Wilton pan! Here is the link: Wilton Donut Pan

In closing, I would like to announce
a new addition to our family.
Her name is Majestic.
She is a glorious butter yellow KitchenAid Artisan Mixer.
I am confident we will soon share an inseparable bond :)

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  1. These look sensational! I love doughnuts with a glaze...and using sour cream would be even better!

  2. these look so amazing. ive always wanted to make donuts but i still havent gotten to it. i will have to make this recipe soon!

  3. They sound dreamy! I must find a donut pan. Yay for kitchenaids, the yellow is very pretty.

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  5. Yum! Congratulations on your KitchenAid! I just got mine this year, and I named her too. She is red and her name is Alma.
    I was wondering, what does it mean to have milk "scalded" - just really hot? Also, will this work with 1% milk?
    Thanks for the recipe! :)

  6. Gorgeous donuts! They look simply perfect, love the mixer and think it's great you went for yellow, fits perfectly with your blog name. x

  7. @ Sarah : to scald milk, heat is slowly over medium heat in a saucepan until it starts to form tiny bubbles on the surface. Do NOT boil. Remove from heat immediately. Scalding the milk is said to positively affect the way dough rises.
    You would really need to test the 1% milk. It may affect the batter consistency somewhat.

  8. Oooh, Majestic looks mighty regal, indeed. And what perfect looking donuts to start the day with. ;)

  9. Oh, I was just thinking about investing in a doughnut maker or pan. This just confirmed it! They look absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  10. You always have the best looking treats!! I love your new mixer - I am jealous!


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