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Cinnamon and Sugar Doughnuts

Cinnamon and sugar cake doughnuts
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 doughnuts
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Kathy



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Cinnamon Sugar

  • cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


For the dough

  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a mixer beat eggs until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in sugar.
  • Add sour cream and vanilla. Stir until combined.
  • With mixer running, add flour mixture. Mix just until ingredients combined. 
  • Use a spatula to scrape bottom and sides and fold in any unincorporated ingredients.  Dough will be sticky and wet.
  • 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

  • Remove dough from fridge. It will not be firm and will still be sticky. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 ½" thick.
  • Using a doughnut cutter dipped into flour, cut out shapes. Dip doughnut cutter into flour before each cut. 
  • Fill fryer or pot with at least 2 inches of oil. Heat to 375 degrees. 
  • Add 2-3 doughnuts at a time. Cook 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove from oil onto a baking rack.
  • Repeat until all doughnuts are cooked, reheating to 375 degrees between each batch. 

Cinnamon and Sugar

  • Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl.
  • When doughnuts are almost cooled dip each doughnut  into mixed cinnamon and sugar.


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


Serving: 1Doughnut | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 131mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1.2mg