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Cinnamon Sugar Cake Doughnuts

February 11, 2017 (Last Updated: June 19, 2019)

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Cinnamon Sugar Cake Doughnuts are a delicious treat for breakfast or anytime of the day!

Cinnamon Sugar Cake Doughnut on a white plate with a glass of milk in the background.

This past week we had two snow days….that’s two days with school closed due to weather. The first was on Monday and then again on Thursday. Tons of snow and then the temperatures warmed up and we had freezing rain and then pouring rain.

Everything is a big, sloppy mess. We are now in a flood warning! Goodness Gracious!!!

Ice clinging to a bare branch.

To me a snow day is a bonus baking day! I asked the kids what I should make during one of our snow days. They wanted doughnuts. My mom is the doughnut queen! When I was a kid she made the most amazing maple bars.

The only problem was she would make them on a day that she also made my least favorite dish! If I wanted a maple bar, I had to eat liver and onions! Or spinach….or….it really didn’t matter what it was. If it wasn’t tacos or spaghetti I really didn’t like it. I was such a picky eater! Sorry Mom! πŸ™‚ 

Doughnuts cooling on a baking rack.

My mom’s recipe is a yeast dough. I wanted something that was a bit quicker this time so I made a cake doughnut. 

What is a cake doughnut?

A cake doughnut is made without yeast. It is leavened with baking powder and baking soda. Most doughnuts are made with a dough that is leavened with yeast. 

What ingredients do I need to make cinnamon sugar cake doughnuts?

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • sour cream 
  • vanilla
  • oil for frying


A donut split in half on a white plate.

And then we ate them! We didn’t wait till after dinner. Nope, we just dove right in and said….”Yummy!”

A doughnut in a bowlful of cinnamon and sugar.

Cinnamon and sugar covering a doughnut.

You will be amazed how much these doughnuts puff up when cooked. They start out relatively flat and poof…they just puff right up once dropped into the oil.

Doughnut holes in a bowl with sugar.

 Don’t forget to cook the doughnut holes! I think the doughnut holes are my favorite part.

A plate with crumbs and a stack of doughnuts behind the plate.  

Tools needed for making doughnuts

A couple of items you could use to make doughnut making successful:  Doughnut Cutter, and a Thermometer. You need something to cut out a perfectly shaped doughnut and the key to cooking them is the accurate temperature. You don’t want to guess if your oil is hot enough.

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Other doughnut recipes

If yo are looking for other types of doughnuts, I have a recipe for baked mini doughnuts and one for apple fritters. 

Two fingers holding a doughnut hole.

Tips for Making Cake Doughnuts

  • Combine all ingredients to make a dough
  • Place dough on plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-4 hours
  • Shape dough into a large rectangle 
  • Cut with round cutter
  • Fry doughnuts in a preheated 375 degree oil
  • Only fry 2-3 at a time so oil is not overcrowded
  • Place cooked doughnuts on a baking rack so excess oil can drain

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A stack of doughnuts covered with sugar.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or snap a picture and tag me on Instagram #beyondthechickencoop

5 from 2 votes
Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts
Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnuts
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Cinnamon and sugar cake doughnuts

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake doughnut recipe, cake doughnuts, cinnamon, donuts, doughnut recipe, doughnuts, homemade doughnuts
Servings: 12 doughnuts
Calories: 183 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cinnamon Sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
For the dough
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a mixer beat eggs until light and fluffy.

  3. Mix in sugar.

  4. Add sour cream and vanilla. Stir until combined.

  5. With mixer running, add flour mixture. Mix just until ingredients combined. 

  6. Use a spatula to scrape bottom and sides and fold in any unincorporated ingredients.  Dough will be sticky and wet.

  7. Place dough on a piece of plastic wrap. Wrap up sides, form dough into a disc and place in fridge for 1-2 hours.

Forming Doughnuts
  1. Remove dough from fridge. It will not be firm and will still be sticky. 

  2. Place dough on a well floured surface. Sprinkle with more flour on top. Knead dough once or twice to incorporate the flour into the dough. 

  3. Add a bit more surface and to the top of the dough. Gently press dough down with fingertips into a rectangular shape. Dough should be approximately 1/2" thick.

  4. Using a doughnut cutter dipped into flour, cut out shapes. Dip doughnut cutter into flour before each cut. 

  5. Fill fryer or pot with at least 2 inches of oil. Heat to 375 degrees. 

  6. Add 2-3 doughnuts at a time. Cook 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove from oil onto a baking rack.

  7. Repeat until all doughnuts are cooked, reheating to 375 degrees between each batch. 

Cinnamon and Sugar
  1. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl.

  2. When doughnuts are almost cooled dip each doughnut  into mixed cinnamon and sugar.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from Joy of Cooking (with a few minor adjustments.)

Refrigeration of dough for at least one hour is needed.Β 

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 163mg7%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    February 19, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    My son has been begging me to make homemade donuts. Now I will have to with this recipe!

    • Reply
      February 20, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Just think…you will be his hero! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    February 19, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Oh yum, these look amazing!!! My kids would be super excited if I whipped up a batch of these πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      February 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      My kids love ’em!

  • Reply
    Michelle @ The Last Food Blog
    February 18, 2017 at 5:58 am

    5 stars
    Hi Kathy, just wanted to stop by and say that these look fab! My daughter would love these. Also how clever is your Mum!! I think I may adopt that little trick πŸ˜‰ Hope the weather has picked up for you now x

    • Reply
      February 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! The weather has warmed up and the snow is melting!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    February 17, 2017 at 8:09 am

    We have snow days almost every day here, but first days of snow are magical. I can sit on my window and watch the giant flakes for hours. My daughter is suffering from flu, and she loves donuts like anything, so I guess these would make her happy. Will bake them for her. Lovely share, Kathy.

    • Reply
      February 19, 2017 at 5:49 am

      I hope your daughter feels better! These doughnuts would make a lovely treat once she is back on her feet again!

  • Reply
    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    February 16, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I love homemade donuts. There was a family friend that made her husband plain donuts every morning. These remind me of them. I can’t wait to try these.

    • Reply
      February 16, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Every Morning! Wow!!!

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    Muna Kenny
    February 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I love watching the snow falls but that’s it. And yes, I love these doughnuts and wish I can have some with a chilled glass of milk πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      February 16, 2017 at 5:05 am

      I agree! Watching snow falling is very peaceful! It’s all the cleanup after the snow that’s stressful!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    February 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I absolutely love snow and think it’s one of the prettiest things on earth, but the sloppy, slushy mess afterwards is less than pretty. ICK! Hope everything clears up soon for you guys! I’d stay indoors and just eat these donuts on repeat, because YUM! I love everything covered in cinnamon-sugar, especially donuts, so these are totally calling my name! Such a classic! Cheers, friend!

  • Reply
    February 14, 2017 at 10:59 am

    They do look perfect the doughnuts. My kids would love them as well.

    • Reply
      February 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Who doesn’t love a great doughnut??? πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    February 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

    So funny that your mom made you eat your least favourite food before giving you a treat. Smart though πŸ™‚ We have a snow day here today, blizzard actually. This donuts look like the perfect thing to make (and eat) cuddled up with a coffee!

    • Reply
      February 15, 2017 at 5:09 am

      She didn’t do it every time! But she did get me to eat a lot of foods I didn’t like back then! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Γ‡itra Kale @Γ‡itra's Home Diary
    February 14, 2017 at 1:30 am

    that doughnuts absolutely entertain the whole family during snow days. Nothing more heaven than stay warm inside our happy cave with family while freezing outside.

    • Reply
      February 14, 2017 at 4:52 am

      We all loved ’em!

  • Reply
    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    February 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    We have had some of the wackiest weather this year. These look scrumptious! I need these with my morning coffee. I love my avocado toast but come on the doughnut will always win, lol. Take care.

    • Reply
      February 14, 2017 at 4:52 am

      Sometimes a doughnut wins out over the avocado and toast! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    February 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Wow, two snow days! I’m in Buffalo and we’ve gotten zero thus far. Anyhow, it’s been doctors appointment after docs appointment here for me between the kids and myself, I feel like I don’t have 2 minutes to just think and honestly it’s time for a little treat! This is it!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2017 at 4:51 am

      We’ve actually had 6 snow days so far this year! We haven’t had that many in years. It has been a crazy winter!

  • Reply
    February 13, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Oh my goodness! You totally read my mind with this one. I’ve been looking for a doughnut recipe like this. My boyfriend loves doughnuts and doughnut holes, and this is exactly what he’s drawn to. Wonderful!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2017 at 4:51 am

      Perfect! Time to get making some doughnuts!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    February 13, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Yay for snow days and baking! I hate winter, snow and cold temperatures, but if it involves baking, especially these fantastic doughnuts, I’m in! They look amazing!!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2017 at 4:50 am

      I don’t mind the winter, but I do like a break every once in awhile! A little sunshine always is glorious!

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    David @ Spiced
    February 13, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Oh man, I love cake doughnuts! Whenever one of those variety boxes of doughnuts would show up at school/work/etc, I would zoom straight in for the blueberry cake ones! But I also love cinnamon + sugar, so I’m thinking these doughnuts are basically my heaven. Glad you spent those bonus days making doughnuts!! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      February 14, 2017 at 4:49 am

      Blueberry cake doughnut! Wow….I’ve got some more cooking to do!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    February 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    5 stars
    Sorry you’re having such messy, horrible weather, Kathy – but at least you get to eat those delicious donuts! I love a good, simple donut and these look awesome!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    February 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Cinnamon sugar donuts – now that is what I need for MY snow day, which is right now (boy is it coming down)…chilly weather perfection!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 12, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I’m sure these were a total hit Kathy! They look amazing! Wish I had one this morning with my coffee!

    • Reply
      February 12, 2017 at 9:35 am

      They were a hit! What’s not to love….a little fried dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar? Total hit!

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    February 11, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Donuts with a glass of milk- nothing is more comforting! I always find it a hassle to use so much oil to fry things in, but I suppose it’s worth the effort. I hope it warms up soon in your part of the world!

    • Reply
      February 12, 2017 at 4:49 am

      A glass of milk is the perfect beverage to drink when eating a doughnut!

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