Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts
Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts

January is a funny time, because just as you’re getting a fresh start and looking at things anew, the world outside looks grey and dismal. Something about that doesn’t exactly match up. Although there are days when I prefer a sky that looks like wet cement (accompanied by snowflakes, hot tea and fuzzy socks), there are other days when I long for a colorful landscape. On those days I am prone to create my own scenery – like a mountain of purplish-pink doughnuts with the prettiest confetti sprinkles.

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts

Remember way back when I made these baby doughnuts? Since then I’ve used the heck out of that mini doughnut pan.Recently I decided that I needed the regular-sized version.I put it on my Christmas list and was happy to find it in my stocking.

These buttermilk doughnuts could almost be called pound cake doughnuts. They’re hearty and cakey and so good with cup of java. The tang of the buttermilk really makes all the difference, so I suggest seeking out the real thing. If you can’t find real buttermilk, then a good approximation can be made with 1 cup of whole milk mixed with 4 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar or fresh lemon juice.

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts

How pretty are these confetti sprinkles? I just love the color palette.

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts

Heather Baird
Tangy baked buttermilk doughnuts are perfect for dunking in hot coffee. You'll need a standard size donut pan for this recipe.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 13

Equipment

  • donut pan

Ingredients
 
 

Doughnuts

  • 2 cups/240 g cake flour sifted
  • 3/4 cup/150 g granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup/180 g buttermilk
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze

  • 2 cups/260 g confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • Whole milk
  • 1 drop violet gel food color I used Americolorbrand
  • 2-3 drops neon pink liquid food color (I used McCormickbrand)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425F. Spray the doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add the buttermilk, eggs, butter and vanilla. Beat until just combined. The batter will be thick. Transfer the batter to a piping bag with a 1/2-inch opening. Pipe the batter into the doughnut cavities until approximately 2/3 full.
  • Bake the doughnuts for 7 to 9 minutes, or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched. Let cool in the pan for 4 minutes. Turn the doughnuts out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, put the confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of milk. Stir together with a whisk; add the food color. Add more milk a little at a time as needed, until a thick glaze is formed. The glaze should fall from a spoon in a thick ribbon back into the bowl, leaving a trail that disappears completely by the count of 10.
  • Spoon the glaze onto the doughnuts. Garnish with confetti sprinkles. Let the doughnuts stand until the glaze is set, about 30 minutes.
  • Doughnuts are best served fresh. They can be stored in an air-tight container overnight, and they will still taste fresh, but the glaze will have a wrinkly appearance.
Keyword buttermilk, confectioners’ glaze, nutmeg
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Kimberly | Chic and Sugar
Kimberly | Chic and Sugar
6 years ago

I love this for so many reasons! #1 the pound cake doughnut. #2 your frosting matches your chair (!) #3 sweet dog. Amazing!

Yolonda | Style Fragment
Yolonda | Style Fragment
6 years ago

These look amazing! Reminds me of the Simpson's

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

That is THE CUTEST picture of the dog and the donut…color coordinated and a pleading, curious look!!!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
6 years ago

these are adorable – love these!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
6 years ago

The cutest. Like little Homer Simpson donuts!!

Emily
Emily
6 years ago

So colorful! Makes the dreary days brighter for sure.

Sarah @ Bonjour Sucre
Sarah @ Bonjour Sucre
6 years ago

Yum! They look delicious – I love glazed doughnuts. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Unknown
Unknown
6 years ago

Everyone would want to get out of their warm beds if these donuts are waiting for them, along with a hot cup of coffee…YUM! Beautiful color

Ashley
Ashley
6 years ago

These are SO PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love baked donuts, I dont make them nearly as often as I would like to.

situ
situ
6 years ago

lovely little bites! would it work to use a all purpose flour cornstarch mixture if we can't find cake flour? It's hard to find where I live!

Colleen
Colleen
6 years ago

Fantastic! I prefer baked to deep fried donuts.
That Pug sure is eyeing that donut. Such a cute photo
Thanks for sharing the recipe. I need to go and find my donut pan and clean off the 'dust bunnies.'

Colleen
Colleen
6 years ago

I'm wondering if these would taste just as good in a donut maker compared to baking them in the oven

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

These look like so much fun! love the colors!

Linda
Linda
6 years ago

Beautiful and colourful.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

So cute! This is one of the few times when "just like on The Simpsons" is amassive compliment!

Beauty Follower
Beauty Follower
6 years ago

Sooo cute photos!

Mary @chattavore
Mary @chattavore
5 years ago

Your photos are stunning! Love the colors…and the dog! 🙂

Rissaweb
Rissaweb
5 years ago

Can you make these chocolate donuts? Should I add melted chocolate or cocoa powder?

Rissaweb
Rissaweb
5 years ago

Can I make these chocolate donuts? Should I add melted chocolate or cocoa powder?

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
5 years ago

Hi! You can replace 1/2 cup of flour with cocoa powder.

BonnieReadsAndWrites
BonnieReadsAndWrites
4 years ago

This one's a keeper. Other baked donut recipes I've tried are not dense enough. This is perfect. I rolled mine in cinnamon sugar. Delicious.

Cheaptech
Cheaptech
4 years ago

Looks good. Had to get over my fear of pink. When I think of overdoses of pink, it always reminds me of old gross ladies that douse their houses with vanilla scented everything.

Boris Reitman
Boris Reitman
2 years ago