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Powdered Sugar Cake Donuts

Powdered Sugar Cake Donuts are a classic favorite American donut. You have to try this amazing, easy to make, (slightly) healthier baked version.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Calories: 328kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoon salted butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 2 donut pans with cooking spray.
  • In a small glass measuring cup, mix together milk and vinegar. Allow this to sit until it starts to curdle, or about 5 minutes.
  • Melt butter in a small bowl and set aside to cool.
  • In a medium mixing bowl add together flours, instant pudding, white sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Whisk the honey into the curdled milk and beat until well combined, then add the egg. Whisk until combined.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Don't over mix or the donuts will turn out dense.
  • Spoon batter into a piping bag or a ziploc with a corner snipped off. Pipe the dough evenly into the prepared pans, about 2/3 full. This should make 8 donuts.
  • Bake for 7 minutes, remove from oven and cool for 1 minute before you turn them over onto a cooling rack. Let the donuts cool completely before moving to the next step.
  • Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl. Add powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl. The recipe calls for 1 1/3 cups, but I like to add a little extra.
  • Dip the entire donut in the melted butter, make sure both sides are covered. Then gently shake off the excess butter, and place in powdered sugar until completely coated, place back on cooling rack. Repeat with the rest of the donuts, once all donuts are covered. 
  • Place the first donut back in the powdered sugar and add a second coating, gently shaking off the excess. Repeat with remaining donuts, ending with the last donut. Repeat sugar coating process if desired. Enjoy.
  • Store on cooling rack until ready to eat, you can even leave them out over night!


Total time includes time for donut to cool.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 50mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg