Cinnamon and Sugar Spiced Cake Donuts

5 from 1 reviews

These donuts are the perfect excuse to eat cake for breakfast! No matter how you top them, there’s nothing better or more reminiscent of childhood – especially when dunked in a big glass of milk or a cup of coffee.




1 cup sugar

13/4 cups all-purpose flour

13/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping 1:

1 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Topping 2:

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

23 Tablespoons half and half (adjust amount as needed to make glaze pourable, but not liquid)

Topping 3:

Ganache flavor of your choosing



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray donut pans with cooking spray. (We used Baker’s Joy.)
  3. Whisk together sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add vegetable oil, egg, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  5. Mix until blended. Batter will be thick!
  6. Snip the end off a piping bag or ziploc. Spoon batter into bag.
  7. Pipe into prepared donut pans. Tap to level out.
  8. Bake 15 minutes for larger donuts, 10 minutes for smaller ones.


Topping 1:

  1. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and set aside.


Topping 2:

  1. Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and half and half.
  2. Mix until smooth and pourable, but not runny.



Keywords: cake donuts, cinnamon sugar donuts