Living in Sugar

Easy Cinnamon Baked Donuts

Have you ever woken up on the weekend and just *needed* a donut? No? Well then, we can’t be friends. Just kidding! I find that donuts are just one of those things that you either really like or you could careless about them. ya know?

Thankfully, if you are one that cares about donuts there are many homemade versions out there that can help tide you over if a donut shop is nowhere to be found. I took inspiration from the one and only Ina Garten on these baked delights, but I think I’ll keep tweaking the recipe until I find a baked donut that really hits the spot.

Don’t get me wrong, these dough-to-the-nuts are great! I just want to keep working until I find the *perfect* version.

Any who, enough rambling. Lets get to Donut making!

But first…coffee — cause you know, it’s the morning and stuff.

*NOW* on to the donuts…


For the Donuts:

  • Baking Spray
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla

For the icing:

  • 2-3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Other flavorings/extracts

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease 2 doughnut pans with no-stick spray (I only have 1 donut pan, so I did this in batches).

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Using a 1.5 Inch Scoop, spoon the batter into the baking pans, filling each one a little more than three-quarters full.

Bake for 17-19 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap the doughnuts out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before icing.

For Icing, combine powdered sugar, vanilla & milk in a bowl. Using a fork, mix together. If the mixture is too thick for your tastes, add a bit more milk. If the mixture is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Basically, there’s no real way to screw this icing up, just keep adding and mixing ingredients until your ideal consistency is achieved.

Next, divide your icing into however many bowls you would like (I used three) & to one bowl, add 2 tsp cocoa powder — mix to combine. To another add any other flavorings you might like {I chose orange & almond extract} — Mix to combine. Dunk your donuts face down into the icing and add sprinkles/decorate however you like!

I basically made these donuts as an excuse to use these awesome sprinkles I received last night from my friend Claire. They are from Sweetapolita and you can check out all of her sprinkles here: They are seriously some of the best sprinkles I’ve used! Thanks Claire! 🙂

Consume immediately or store your donuts in an airtight container for up to 3 days.



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