Hands up who loves Cinnamon Buns? You guys know I do! In fact they’re one of the earliest things I turned my hand to baking, as the stuck together page of How to Be a Domestic Goddess featuring the Norwegian Cinnamon Buns recipe will testify to!
These baked cinnamon sugar cake doughnuts taste exactly like a delicious cinnamon bun, but with about a quarter of the effort. The batter is a cinch to whip up, and while you do need a special doughnut pan, what are the odds of you ever getting sick of cake doughnuts? Less than zero. Best investment ever!
I got my Wilton doughnut pan from Amazon for under £10 and I’d highly recommend it – the doughnuts slip right out (I also greased it with Dr Oetker cake release spray), and it cools down very quickly so you can do another batch – I did about 6 in under an hour.
- 230g plain flour, sifted
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 100ml buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- First, preheat your oven to 220C/gas 7/425F and spray your doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Sift together your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and cinnamon). In another bowl, beat the two eggs together with the buttermilk and two tablespoons of melted butter. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
- Fill your doughnut pan - I found the best way to do this was by using a teaspoon to drop 4/5 tsps of batter around each doughnut mould, and then use the spoon to make sure its distributed evenly. You want to fill your moulds just around 2/3s full as the doughnuts will puff up quite a bit.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes - the doughnuts will take on a light golden colour, and spring back slightly when touched.
- The Wilton pan cools down very quickly, and I found the doughnuts dropped out easily onto a cooling rack, meaning that you can get on and bake your second batch of doughnuts.
- In a shallow bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Melt the butter in the microwave in a bowl or plate wide enough to dip your doughnuts in, then set up your dipping station! Dip each doughnut on both sides, and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar. Set aside to set.
- These doughnuts are best eaten fresh, and they can be revived with a short blast in the microwave! They taste awesome with vanilla ice cream too!
Needless to say I’ll be back with lots more baked doughnut ideas soon! Enjoy these!