Baked Vanilla or Sour Cream Donuts

Sunday, March 2, 2014
I just love my new donut pan!

Learn how to make homemade baked cake donuts just as beautiful as in a bakery!

If you haven't tried baked donuts, they are so easy, light and actually fun even if you hate baking!

Today I made two different flavored donuts so you have two recipes to love.

One is a baked vanilla spice that has a hint of cinnamon and a little nutmeg in the batter.

The other is a baked light donut with sour cream and vanilla.

Either one is delicious and has the same delicious white chocolate glaze on top.

Having had donuts with that cinnamon taste in them growing up was a favorite with powdered sugar on them.

You can dip them in chocolate frosting, vanilla frosting or roll in cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar.

Both recipes are very basic flavors easy to make and so versatile.

You can decorate these baked donuts any way you like.

You could even tint the frosting and make them festive for any event or to your party theme with matching sprinkles.

this is a baked vanilla donuts with white chocolate ganache and sprinkles on top

Easy Baked Donuts

Easy to make baked donuts are a breeze.

They are so delicious and I love making them.

Both flavors are perfect anytime, I just love the change of flavors and texture in each one.

Baked donuts last at room temperature freshly baked donuts (not cream-filled) for about 1 to 2 days at normal room temperature.

If baking for only two people, freeze them, they thaw out in no time!

Vanilla Spice Donuts or Sour Cream?

I have two different recipes for you today, one is a fall baked vanilla donut with some spice, the other I made during the warmer months that is a sour cream cake donut and both are fabulous.

I took photos of both kinds, they look similar, the batters are both perfect for baking donuts and there are several options for glazing and tips.

Baking donuts is so much easier than standing over a hot stove frying them.

They don't even take long to whip up and at the most 10 to 12 minutes to bake!

What quicker impressive dessert can be better to serve with that cup of Joe?!

My baked vanilla donuts are with a little cinnamon spice and everything nice for that quick warm up in the winter!

this is a baked vanilla donuts with white chocolate ganache and sprinkles on top

Sour Cream Baked Donuts

Summertime donuts for me are vanilla and lighter in flavor like these.

A cake donut, very light and airy and the perfect start of anyone's day!

I just love the smell of these baking with that pure vanilla extract.

these are a sour cream batter to make baked donuts that have white frosting and colored sprinkles on top

Easy Tips

  • Do not overmix the batters on either one, just fold in the dry ingredients
  • Always preheat the over
  • Put the wet ingredients and dry in separate bowls
  • Use a ziplock bag filled with batter to fill your donut hole trays
  • The pans are a must to make baked donuts
  • This batter can be fried in a deep frying pan and using an ice cream scoop to release the batter into the oil
  • Do Not Overbake these!
  • Either donut can have tinted frostings or extracts added to the glazes for a change
  • Both donuts freeze well
  • You can also use these donuts for fruit and whipped cream dessert and leave them plain

this is a donut pan with a ziplock bag full of vanilla donut batter to make the donuts


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this is the pan used to make baked donuts

Fun Ideas

As I will give you the recipes for regular frosting and ideas to change them up below, I also use these for other desserts.

The donuts don't have to be frosted at all.

The cake is so delicious you can eat them plain or dressed up and not frosted at all.

What do I mean by that?

Add some of your favorite cut-up fruits on top and a dollop of whipped cream.

These donuts are versatile in every way and can be frozen, thawed and used as a cake dessert and even making a layered trifle with cake, pudding and whipped cream, leaving them whole, they look so pretty.

Flavor the frostings in lemon, orange, cherry extracts for a delightful change or assortment of flavors!

this is a baked vanilla donuts with white chocolate ganache and sprinkles on top

Ganache or Frosting?

I love white chocolate or even regular melting dark chocolate to dip these in.

The recipe with white chocolate is included in the recipe card for it.

However, if you rather have frosting all you need for the chocolate frosting: 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix all together and dip the donut.

For vanilla frosting: 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoon buttermilk or whole milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla mix all together and dip the donuts. Tint and flavor changes can be made omit the vanilla and add what flavors you prefer.

You could also just roll the donuts into powdered sugar or in a cinnamon and sugar mixture.

this is a baked vanilla donuts with white chocolate ganache and sprinkles on top

Baked Donuts

Growing up all the kids loved moms apple fritter donuts, pizza fritta (which is Italian fried dough) and other delights that were fried on the stove.

What innovation to have a donut pan and bake them in a snap and so easy and healthier!

Again, you can fry to your heart's delight if you wish, but try them baked they are amazing!

these are a sour cream baked donut cooling on parchment paper


Both donut recipes are much different in taste.

Baking them and removing them from the pan, they look the same.

If you are making both kinds in one day, just change the frosting color and tint the white to your favorite colors!

You also sprinkle nuts, coconut, chocolate chips and pretty colored sugars on top!

these are frosting sour cream donuts with sprinkles


The Baked Vanilla Spice donuts batter is thinner than the sour cream batter.

It actually is even easier to use the ziplock bag and flows easily.

The Sour Cream Spice Baked donuts are a heavier batter that works fine with a teaspoon more like a cookie batter.

this is a sour cream donuts batter in a white bowl and black spatula in it

Taste and Texture

Both textures of these donuts are cakey.

I love cake donuts that's why I prefer the vanilla spice donuts rolled into cinnamon and sugar for winter fall flavors.

The sour cream donuts can even have a flavor added to the frosting like cherry or even lemon instead of chocolate or vanilla frosting.

this is a greased donut pan ready to bake the batter in them for sour cream donuts

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Dark Chocolate Baked Donuts

Pin Baked Vanilla Donuts for Later

this is a pin for later photo of vanilla glazed donuts

Watch my Quick Video on These Easy Baked Vanilla or Sour Cream Donuts

Options Are Endless

Get the kids to help decorate your donuts, this is a family fun project.

Fun baked donuts to make and eat.

The kids love to drizzle chocolate and vanilla icings making a marble effect.

Your creative ideas can be endless!

There are so many possibilities to change up these flavors with the Sour cream baked donuts.

I really love the spiced one rolled in cinnamon sugar but if you have other suggestions please leave me a comment on what you love!

Happy Baking!

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this is the recipe for vanilla spice or sour cream donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts

prep time: 8 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 18 M
Here are two of my favorite recipes for baked vanilla donuts. One is a baked vanilla donut with a hint of spice and the other made with sour cream and also baked.. Both are delicious and with a ganache on top and sprinkles.


  • Vanilla Spice Donuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar or you can use white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 ounces white chocolate
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons water
  • Colored Sprinkles
  • Cooking Oil Spray
  • Sour Cream Baked Donuts:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Cooking oil spray


How to cook Baked Vanilla Donuts

  1.  Baked Vanilla Spice Donuts Instructions:
  2. Melt the butter in a microwave proof large bowl. 
  3. Add the vinegar, milk, vanilla, and stir, This will thicken as it makes sour milk. 
  4. Whisk in egg. Then just fold in all the dry ingredients till well blended. 
  5. Lightly spray donut pans.
  6. Taking a sturdy ziplock bag fill it with the batter, snip a little piece of the end off and pipe the donut batter into the pans to fill about 2/3 full each. 
  7. Bake for 8 minutes or until tops springs back when lightly touched. 
  8. Cool on parchment paper.
  9. For The Glaze: In a microwave safe bowl, add white chocolate and butter till melted. Mix in sugar and water, stir mixing till blended. Dip donuts in ganache and sprinkle with either colored sprinkles or cinnamon and sugar. Makes 12.
  10.  Sour Cream Baked  Donuts Instructions:
  11. Place all the wet ingredients in the bowl. Fold in the dry ingredients, gently combining.
  12. Use the ziplock bag method to pipe into the oil sprayed donut pans.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 t o10 minutes.
  14. Cool and dip in the same frosting for the Vanilla Cinnamon Donut Recipes and use whatever sprinkles you like.
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Pin Sour Cream Donuts for Later

this is a pin for later sour cream donut photo

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this is a baked vanilla donuts with white chocolate ganache and sprinkles on top


  1. I've been wanting a donut pan...these look great!

  2. I can already imagine how my daughters eyes would lite up if I would make this;)

  3. These donuts are amazing dear, I'd take one immediately. The ones with colored sprinkles are very happy those with cinnamon are heavenly for me. Bye, have a great week

  4. Sounds like I need a doughnut pan. Baked doughnuts sound like a great idea and they are attractive and best of all, not greasy.

  5. I think I need to buy a donut pan coz I have a plan to make one like this...they look really nice

  6. OMG Claudia, these are so colourful! I'm drooling already. Hahaha!

  7. I love your donut pan too! Trying to get one soon.

  8. Those look sinful enough to have my name on them. I adore donuts and have been known to eat more than my fair share of them. I know I'd love these. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. I love white chocolate. That Ganache glaze looks really creamy and rich.

  10. I love doughnuts but didnt try to make it ever coz i was scared.
    I think i should get the tin, you have inspired me :)

  11. Your donut glaze sounds wonderful. I use to demo these and yes they are fun and make perfect donuts. However, I've never tried them with a wine glaze. Wow these are adult donuts.

    I'll definitely have to try these.

  12. well I think this just might help solve area crime - I'm gonna start baking and give these out to passing cops... so much better that Krispy Kreme or Dunkin'....

  13. Where have I been? Had no idea there was a donut pan. These are tempting - sitting all alone with my coffee and now dreaming of your donuts.

  14. your donuts look absolutely amazing!
    Wait my kids see these!!! xgloria

  15. Okay... I think I need to get one of these pans! I have been craving doughnuts for a while, but wasn't in the mood to fry them. I had a serious craving for some this morning. Where was the pan then? LOL I think I will be heading on over to Williams-Sonoma and soon!

  16. Super the sprinkles! They look so yummy!

  17. These are so fantastic and love that they are baked...gorgeous!

  18. I need to get my hands on one of these pans. These sound so much healthier than our routine weekend run to the donut shop down the street which leaves my stomach turning from all of the sugar. These look so delicious and I love the sprinkles on top. Yummy!

  19. Amazing colors and recipe - need them right now :)



  20. Dear Claudia, How do you do it!!! This is just so tempting looking!!! Just delicious!!! You are wonderful. Your "foodie" friend, Catherine xo

  21. I may have to invest in one of these donut family would love to wake up to these beauties!

  22. These are positively delectable! I have been lusting after one of those pans for far too long. I love your new look! xoxo

  23. Hi Claudia! I have to get this pan. I hate to bake. It's too precise for me, but my husband would be in heaven if I made him homemade doughnuts! I'll bet I could get anything I wanted for the next month! :)

  24. I have these pans too and love them! Your donuts look yummy and of course...I love the rum in the glaze! :)

  25. I will have to go find some of these pans. My grandaughter would love to help make these, of course I might have to leave the rum out :)

  26. Really wish I had about 5 of these for breakfast this morning!

  27. Great donut pan and great recipes, must run and get one. Thank you pertty girl for the wonderful recipes I always see and comment, I love Italian, my fav!! Thanks for your sweet visit and lovely comments, so nice to have you! Have a terrific week. FABBY

  28. Claudia, these baked donuts look simply yummy!

  29. These look amazing! I'm craving doughnuts this morning!

  30. I have a donut makers so I LOVE making baked donuts, I'm definitely going to have to try this ganache glaze!

  31. This looks so pretty and delicious. I love the colored sprinkles with it. It so yummy to look these two donuts in sydney


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