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Old-Fashioned Donuts

Old-fashioned donuts have a soft and cake like center, crunchy exterior and taste just like your favorite old fashioned donuts from a bakery!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 12


  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutemg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup +2 TBS sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup hot water


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until sandy with a paddle attachment.
  • Add in the egg yolks one at a time and mix until light.
  • Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg into a large bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the stand mixer bowl, in 3 additions, alternating with 2 sour cream additions in the middle. (The dough will be sticky)
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
  • Sprinkle flour over a flat surface and roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Use a doughnut cutter (or two different sized round cutters) to cut as many doughnuts as possible.
  • Fill a frying pan with 1 inch of oil heated to 325 degrees.
  • Shake any excess flour off the doughnuts before carefully adding them to the oil.
  • Allow the donuts to cook for about 1-2 minute then flip and fry for an additional 1 minute or so on the other side. Be careful not to let them burn.
  • Let them drain on paper towels to soak the excess grease.
  • Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before dipping in glaze.
  • Mix all glaze ingredients in a bowl, and whisk until smooth. Dip both sides of the doughnut into the glaze.
  • Place dipped donuts on a wire cooling rack over a sheet pan to catch any excess glaze.
  • Allow glaze to set for about 20 minutes and enjoy.


**You can make your own cake flour with all purpose flour and corn starch. You'll scoop 1 cup of flour, remove 2 tablespoons of flour and add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Sift together.
***Prep time does not include 1 hour chill time.