Recipe: Coffee Cake Donuts

Hi, 2015! Let's fill you with laughter and fun and donuts.

Maybe you've made your New Years resolutions to go to the gym more, or eat a better diet. But over here in my little apartment, I'm making a resolution to eat more donuts. It's a resolution I feel pretty confident I'll be able to stick to all year long. And it's so much better than heading to the gym.

Coffee Cake Donuts

Yields 24 donuts

Adapted slightly from A Baker's Field Guide to Doughnuts


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour

Donut Batter:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick cold butter (I used salted)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a standard-sized donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Start by making the crumb topping. In a large bowl, combine sugars, salt, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over the mixture and stir until combined. Stir in cake flour and continue to stir until mixture becomes a smooth, thick dough. Set aside.

To make the batter, whisk both flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg together. Using a pastry blender or your hands, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly and sand-like.

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs until frothy. Whisk in sour cream and vanilla extract until combined. Using an wooden spoon, fold wet ingredients until dry until dough comes together. Small pieces of butter will still be visual throughout the dough. 

Scrape the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large tip and pipe the batter evenly among the wells of the greased pan. Keep the wells on the light side, you don't want to overfill them. Break the crumb topping up with your fingers and evenly distribute the crumbs on top of each donut. Lightly press the crumbs in place and be generous!

Before baking, tap the pan on the countertop to release any air bubbles. Bake each donut for 8-10 minutes. You'll know when they're done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. After cooling 5 minutes in the pan, transfer to a wire rack with parchment paper underneath to continue to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy the same day.