I already confessed the truth — even though this is a cupcake blog,  I’m having an affair. While cupcakes will always be my dependent lover, donuts will always be my secret paramour.

I love them.

So guys, this is my very first donut recipe and I’m really, really, REALLY excited to share it with you:


Lemon scented cake donuts with a bright pink rosewater glaze!
Admittedly, this is the second rendition of this recipe. It’s adapted from a donut recipe that I found on Foodgawker. During the first iteration of it, I followed the recipe down to a tee, making some educated guesses so that the batter would work at high-altitude. The recipe was simple and, best of all, delicious — they tasted like the cake donuts you buy from a legitimate donut shop. I couldn’t believe donuts were so easy to make at home:



Unfortunately, CaffeIna did not provide a glaze recipe to go with the donuts. I was left to come up with that on my own. I was originally just going to go with a plain vanilla glaze. But as I was reaching for the vanilla extract in my cupboard, I got distracted by other bottles — I had a TON of extracts. Coconut, orange, lemon, almond, jasmine, rosewater…
A little bit of background: although I moved around a lot as a kid and have lived in a bunch of different places, I consider my hometown to be Portland, Oregon. One of the things Portland is famous for is a donut shop called VooDoo Doughnuts. Voodoo has a TON of crazy flavors and toppings. You’ll find donuts with topped with bacon, Fruit Loops, KoolAid powder, and so on.
Remembering this, I was inspired. I wanted to recreate a unique donut that would fit in with Voodoo’s selection. That’s why I decided to make a pink rosewater glaze to accompany the vanilla donut. Unfortunately, the rosewater on its own was far too floral and overwhelmed CaffeIna’s original recipe. Don’t get me wrong, it was still delicious — just a little intense. I needed something to cut down on the floral-ness. 
The second time around, I decided to swap out the vanilla for some lemon zest. Although lemon is a little floral itself, I figured that the zest’s tartness would help cut down the intensity of the rosewater. And boy, I was right! This second iteration was fantastic. 
Without further ado, since  I present to you the recipe. I hope you like it!

Get the Recipe: Lemon Scented Cake Donuts with a Pink Rosewater Glaze

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For the Donuts

    (makes 6 regular sized donuts or 18 mini donuts)

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (for sea-level, increase to 1 teaspoon)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 tablespoon (7 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • 1 egg, at room temperature
    • 3 tablespoons whole milk, at room temperature
    • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, at room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest

    For the Glaze

      (enough for 6 regular sized donuts or 18 mini donuts)

      • 1 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
      • 1 tablespoon whole milk, at room temperature
      • 1/2 teaspoon rosewater
      • 2 drops of liquid pink food coloring
      • sprinkles to decorate (you can also decorate the donuts with extra grated lemon zest)


      * = different for sea-level; please consult ingredients list above

      • Preheat the oven to 375 (F); for sea-level, preheat the oven to 350 (F).
      • Spray the donut cavities in your donut pan with cooking spray. I like to use Coconut Cooking Spray Oil from Spectrum, but any kind will do. If you don't have any cooking spray, generously butter the donut cavities in your pan.
      • Put 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder*, and 1/2 tablespoon salt in the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on slow speed until everything is combined. If you don't have a freestanding electric mixer, you can also do this by hand with a regular ol' whisk.
      • Add 1/2 tablespoon melted butter, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons cream, and 1 tablespoon lemon zest to the flour mixture. Beat until well blended. Again, if you don't have a freestanding electric mixer, you can stir these ingredients in by hand using a rubber spatula.
      • Once the batter is ready, fill your piping bag (or makeshift Ziploc piping bag 🙂 ) with the batter and fill each donut hole until two-thirds full. For my donut pan, I ended up piping batter twice around the donut hole-mold. Be careful not to put too much dough into the molds or you’ll end up with donuts without holes!
      • Bake for 14-16 minutes (for sea-level, bake for 8-10 minutes) or until the donuts spring back when lightly touched. Don't worry if they look pale — trust me, the other side will be cooked! Place the baking tray on top of a cooling rack and let the donuts cool in the pan a bit before trying to unmold them.
      • Once the donuts have cooled, prepare the rosewater glaze. In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 tablespoon whole milk, and 1/2 teaspoon rosewater until the sugar is completely dissolved and you are left with a liquid-paste like substance.
      • Add a couple drops of pink food coloring and keep stirring the glaze until the color is uniform. Use immediately to glaze the donuts! If not, the glaze will harden. The best way I found to glaze the donuts was to actually dunk the top halves of each donut into the bowl containing the glaze. Once the top has been glazed, lay the cake part of the donut on top of a cooling rack with a plate underneath — this will allow excess glaze from the donut to drip onto the plate.
      • Once the donuts have been glazed, sprinkle immediately with your chosen decorations (e.g., non pareils, sprinkles, lemon zest). If you wait to decorate the donuts, the glaze will harden and the decorations will not stay on the glaze.


      Adapted from CaffeIna for a high-altitude environment of approximately 5,000 ft
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