Treat yourself to our vanilla cake donuts with fudgy Nutella glaze for a decadent, sweet treat. It's perfect for breakfast or dessert!
Vanilla cake donuts have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. They are dense, flavorful, and not overly sweet.
While they are usually served with a simple glaze, Kim decided to take her version up to a new level.
She originally got the idea to make cake donuts from another blogger.
I encourage you to check the website because there are a lot of great dishes! I am not sure why Kim decided to use Nutella in the glaze, but I am glad she did.
The chocolate fudge and hazelnut combination works perfectly on the somewhat tart donuts. Furthermore, the glaze is not quite as sweet as it appears.
Don't get me wrong; it's rich but not as overwhelming as something you would get at your local grocery store. You could also use Nutella frosting instead of the glaze.
Density is important when it comes to cake donuts, and this dough delivers.
Vanilla Cake Donut Tips:
I am not going to get into the instructions here because they are already listed on the recipe card. However, I will offer a few tips.
Try not to substitute buttermilk for milk. Kim tried that on the first batch of donuts and they stuck to the pan and crumbled apart.
We are not exactly sure why that happened, but we suspected the liquid swap. Types of liquid and batter thickness can have an impact on this recipe.
Similar to our breakfast tacos, you don't want the batter to be too thick. Otherwise, it won't cook up properly.
Additionally, a pastry bag isn't necessary for this vanilla cake donuts recipe. If you have a large Ziplock bag, then put the dough into it and slice off one tip to make a bag.
Also, you could use a cupcake decorator as Kim used. It works really well. That's about all there is to it.
The main thing to remember is if things don't work the first time, try again. As always, I wish everyone a long life, love everlasting, and a full tummy!
Looking for another decadent sweet treat? Then check out our Brownie Mix Turtle Brownies!
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cake flour
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold, cubed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Fudgy Nutella Glaze
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons Nutella
- 2 to 3 tablespoons milk, adjust to achieve desired consistency
- First, preheat oven to 350°F.
- Next, grease donut pan(s) with non-stick cooking spray.
- After that, combine both flours, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Whisk all the ingredients together.2 cups all-purpose flour½ cup cake flour¾ cup granulated sugar2 teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoon kosher salt½ teaspoon baking soda
- Then, add the butter to the bowl using a pastry cutter. The mixture should look like grainy sand.4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Afterward, in a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until they are frothy and then add the sour cream and vanilla. Stir everything together to make sure they are smooth and creamy.2 large eggs1 cup sour cream1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Now, mix the wet and dry ingredients together to create the dough.
- Lastly, put the dough into a pastry bag and fill the donut pan(s) with the batter. Each donut should be filled ⅔ full so that they can rise properly. Bake them for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan(s) from the oven so they can cool off before you glaze the donuts.
Fudgy Nutella Glaze
- First, in a small bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder to remove any lumps.¾ cup powdered sugar2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Next, in a separate small bowl, warm the Nutella in the microwave for 10-15 seconds on high (just enough to make it easier to stir).4 tablespoons Nutella
- Now, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa, Nutella and milk and stir them together. If the glaze is too thick, add additional milk (1 teaspoon at a time). However, if the mixture is too thin, then add extra powdered sugar (1 teaspoon at a time).2 to 3 tablespoons milk
- Last, dip the top of one donut into the glaze and let the excess drip off. You can place on a cooling rack to set. Continue the process with the remaining donuts.