Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts with Cream Filling

4.5 from 2 reviews

Jump to RecipeLeave a Comment

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Incredibly light and soft baked cake donuts dusted with a coating of cinnamon sugar will satisfy your sweet cravings with each scrumptious bite. You can stuff them with creamy and velvety Italian pastry cream, also the chocolate version, or enjoy them plain.

These delightful treats you will crave and are surprisingly easy to make. The best part- no mess with hot frying oil! Make any morning or afternoon special with baked cinnamon sugar donuts! You will also love Zeppole Recipe (Easy Italian Donuts), Authentic Struffoli Recipe, and Bomboloni (Italian Donuts with Cream Filling).

Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

Donuts are a classic and favorite treat, but making traditional fried donuts from scratch can be time-consuming and messy. That’s why we love these baked donuts.

My mom loves to gather the grandchildren around her kitchen and make these sweet baked donuts. What child doesn’t love donuts?

These are fun to make with children and require no mess or danger of hot oil.

They love pouring the dough in the round donut cake mold. It’s a fun activity and a yummy treat for the entire family. We also love to deliver them to neighbors and friends.

Shop this CucinaByElena two in one cutting and charcuterie board here!

Simple Ingredients for Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

Donuts

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Orange zest
  • Kosher salt
  • Egg, lightly beaten
  • Whole milk
  • Butter, melted
  • Pure vanilla extract

For the filling

1 recipe for Italian Chocolate Pastry Cream (Crema Pasticcera) or Italian Pastry Cream (Crema Pasticcera) Recipe

Equipment

Where can I buy the donut cake pan mold? Here is the link to the one we love. You can also use mini muffin tins.

Best Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts with Cream Filling

Reasons to Love These Baked Donuts:

  • No electric mixer required
  • Baked, not fried
  • Filled with a melt-in-your-mouth Italian pastry cream filling (chocolate and/or vanilla)
  • Subtle orange and vanilla flavor
  • Coating of sweet cinnamon sugar
  • Soft, dense, and cake-like
  • Perfect for birthdays and celebrations
    Fun and happy!

Do I Need to Add the Pastry Cream Filling to These Donuts?

In short, no! The filling makes them a little extra special on a day you have more time for the extra step. These sweet, soft, and tender baked donuts taste delicious all on their own!

These baked donuts offer a soft and tender cake-like crumb that is simply perfect!

Variations for Baked Donuts

  • Add fresh blueberries.
  • Mix in chopped nuts.
  • Try other extracts, such as almond extract, for a birthday cake-like flavor.
  • Whisk in other spices and cinnamon (nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspices).
  • Use half-brown sugar in place of granulated sugar for additional flavor.
  • Bake as mini muffins if you are without a donut pan.
  • Finish with this orange vanilla almond glaze
  • Finish with this simple vanilla glaze
  • Decorate with sprinkles

Are Baked Donuts Healthier Than Fried Donuts? 

Yes, they are! A typical fried, glazed donut will be around 269 calories, while a baked donut will have much fewer. The difference is that you won’t be dealing with any extra fat from the oil frying when you bake. I’m not much of a calorie counter.

My nonno taught me a little bit of everything in moderation. If you want to eat a little lighter this time of year- these are the perfect alternative to a fried donut with delicious flavor and texture.

Italian desserts you will also enjoy…

BEST Authentic Sicilian Cannoli Recipe

Simple Italian Apple Cake (one bowl)

Easy Almond Sponge Cake with Italian Cream

Vanilla Cake Roll with Cream and Berries

Easy Italian Pear Cake (Torta di Pere) Easy

Italian Crumble Cake Pastry Cream Filling

LEMON YOGURT LOAF CAKE (blueberries)

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts Cream Filling

Donut recipe adapted from Ina Garten

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts Cream Filling

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Cake Donut Cream Filling

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

4.5 from 2 reviews

Incredibly light and soft baked cake donuts dusted with a coating of cinnamon sugar will satisfy your sweet cravings with each scrumptious bite. You can stuff them with creamy and velvety Italian pastry cream, also the chocolate version, or enjoy them plain. These are a delightful treat you will crave and they are surprisingly easy to make. Best part- no mess with hot frying oil! Make any morning or afternoon special with a batch of baked cinnamon sugar donuts! 

  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale

For the donuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the filling:

Instructions

  1.  Make Italian pastry cream as directed and let cool in fridge at least 4 hours to overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 doughnut pans well.
  3. Into a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, orange zest, and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Spoon the batter into the baking pans, filling each one a little more than three-quarters full. Bake for 17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap the doughnuts out onto a sheet pan.
  5. For the topping, melt the 8 tablespoons of butter in an 8-inch sauté pan. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar, either on one side or both sides.
  6.  To fill the donuts, simple cut them in half and ad 1-2 tablespoons of the prepared pastry cream in the center of the cut donut and cover with the other half. Best fresh. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Category: Sweet
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

You May Also Like

About Elena

My dream is to share delicious wholesome recipes that you will share around the table with all your loved ones. The memories surrounded by food are the heart and soul of CucinaByElena.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

4 Comments

  1. Hello
    How was I adapt this recipe to make jam donuts for the kids (ie without the donut holes in the middle). Would the batter consistency allow for me to roll out and use a cutter?
    Thanks in advance !