Coffee Cake Donuts

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So I used to be that person that never ate breakfast.  I’d go all morning with only a cup of coffee or hot tea and be fine.  Then I started getting my students off the bus in the morning and eating with them.  I enjoy the time I get to spend with them in the morning talking about their families, their weekend, and just how they are doing.

You won't believe these Coffee Cake Donuts are baked!

At first I would only have a piece of toast or two.  Then I started eating whatever the main breakfast choice was in the cafeteria.   While I wouldn’t call myself a big breakfast eater I do usually eat something in the morning every day.  Heck, I’ve even been known to eat oatmeal!

It's easy to make a delicious Baked Coffee Cake Donut!

I know that many people love a donut for breakfast.   My husband is one of these people.  I can take donuts or leave them.  They don’t really do anything for me.  However, I do like baked donuts that I make myself in the oven.  I’ve found that they are much healthier, they are smaller, and I can make them in a variety of flavors.

Coffee Cake Donuts

Today is National Coffee Cake Day.  Instead of baking a big coffee cake and then eating it for a week or so I decided to make Coffee Cake Donuts.  I mixed up a basic donut dough, piped it into my donut mold, then sprinkled on a crumb topping.  When they came out of the oven I drizzle icing on top.

Celebrate National Coffee Cake Day with these awesome Coffee Cake Donuts!

Don’t skip the icing!   My husband and I split a donut before putting on the icing and while both of us thought they had a nice flavor we both thought they were too dry.  I then put the icing on and the change was huge!   The donuts tasted just like a great piece of coffee cake but were bite sized and perfect for breakfast on the go.

You won't believe these Coffee Cake Donuts are baked!

Coffee Cake Donuts

Turn your favorite coffee cake into a baked donut for breakfast!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 donuts
Author: Hezzi-D


For the topping:

  • 1/4 c. butter melted
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the donuts:

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients for the topping. Mix well then set aside.
  • To make the donuts combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • In another medium bowl cream together the sugar, egg, and butter. Add in the milk and vanilla and mix well.
  • Pour the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Pour the donut mixture into a zip top bag. Seal the baggie then cut off the edge and pipe the mixture into the donut pan.
  • Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top of the donuts and lightly press down on it to make it stick.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes.
  • Run a knife around the edges and remove the donuts from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the glaze. Drizzle over top of the donuts and serve.


Recipe adapted from Chef-in-Training

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  1. Ugh, I love donuts. But really only do one… maybe one and a half or it’s a sugar overload.
    I love your coffee cake donuts – it’s the best of the best breakfast worlds!

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