Super Easy Baked Sour Cream Donuts

Sometimes you just really want donuts for breakfast.  Ya know?  This can really be a problem when you live 30 minutes from civilization.  Homemade donuts are amazing, but the ones that require frying are way too much trouble for a Saturday morning in our house.  We like this very basic cake-type baked donut recipe, and change it up with various toppings.

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Makes 6 donuts


  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toppings: icing, nutella, jam, sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanut butter… whatever you like!


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients
  4. Add in remaining (wet) ingredients, and stir just until combined
  5. Transfer the batter to a large zip top back and squeeze it all to one corner, then snip the tip of the corner off (about 1/2 inch up from the point) and pipe the batter into the pan.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes
  7. Meanwhile, prepare toppings (see below for suggestions)
  8. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.  When slightly cooled, add your toppings and enjoy!

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The kiddo loves to help in the kitchen.  I put the batter in a bag and let her pipe it into the pan.

For the toppings:  This time around, we happened to have some store bought vanilla icing in the fridge, so we mixed some with chocolate syrup and chocolate chips to make a chocolate topping.  I also mixed some of the store bought icing with some blackberry jam to make a yummy fruity topping.  Easiest of all (and no less delicious), we just spread plain nutella on top of some of them.  Yum!  You really can’t go wrong– experiment and work with what you have in your pantry.

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And there you have it… yummy, fun, and easy Saturday morning breakfast!  Isn’t the blackberry frosted one so pretty?  And of course we had to add sprinkles to some of them– I’ll let you guess who decorated that one!


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