Lemon Cupcake Baked Donuts

With subtle lemon flavored cake and tart lemon icings, these delicious treats are quite deceptive. While they may look like donuts on the outside…they are truly cupcakes on the inside. I love the lemony flavor and they were a huge hit at my house.

I topped these delicious lemon donuts with both a lemon glaze and a lemon frosting. You can definitely choose to do just one or the other.

Lemon Cupcake Baked Donuts
adapted from Cookies and Cups
Makes 6 donuts

1 1/2 cups minus 2 Tablespoons yellow cake mix
3/8 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Preheat oven to 425F. Spray donut pan with cooking spray.

Beat all the ingredients together on medium speed for 30 seconds. Pour batter into a ziploc bag. Cut a corner from the bag and pipe into the donut pan. Bake for 7-9 minutes until the tops are lightly brown and spring back when touched. Cool 5 minutes in pan before removing.

Lemon Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon sour cream
1 teaspoon lemon zest
lemon juice

Combine powdered sugar, sour cream and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Add enough lemon juice to make a glaze. Drizzle over donuts (You may be able to dip the donuts in the glaze. However, they might crumble if you are not careful). Allow glaze to slightly harden on donuts.

Lemon Frosting
adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter
lemon juice
*1/4-1/2 tsp lemon zest, optional (I didn’t have any, or I would have added it)
food coloring, if desired

Combine powdered sugar and butter. Beat in enough lemon juice to form frosting of desired consistency. Frost cooled donuts (with or without the glaze layer).

Since you will only be using part of a cake mix you will have some leftover for some other delicious treats:

Cake Batter Ice Cream – Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced
Cake Batter Truffles – Fearless Homemaker
Cake Batter Pancakes – How Sweet it is
Cake Batter Chocolate Bark – How Sweet it is
Cake Batter Crispy Treats – How Sweet it is

And if you are looking for a delicious baked lemon donut recipe that doesn’t use a cake mix and are not cupcakes disguised as donuts  you have to check out this Baked Lemon Donut from Barbara Bakes (she also uses Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour). I am dying to give it a try!

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9 Responses to Lemon Cupcake Baked Donuts

  1. Whoo-hoo! I’m always looking for different recipes to make in my donut pan…and this one looks great. Cake mix? Donuts? Count me in. =)

  2. oh, they look great, must try out my donut pan one of these days.

  3. WOW! I love lemon flavored goodies and doughnuts! I don’t think I have ever combined them though. I think I need to go buy a doughnut pan…. asap.

  4. i absolutely love citrus, so i will definitely be giving these a try. they look delicious! + thanks for the link to my truffles – i so appreciate it. =)

  5. J’ai acheté le moule à donut’s … il est terrible. Tes gourmandises sont @ croquer
    Je te souhaite un bon début de semaine.

  6. mmmmm…. those look absolutely incredible! I will definitely have to give these a try!

  7. These look so yummy! I just got a whole bag of lemons and need something to do with them. :)

  8. Yum, your donuts look amazing. I love anything to do with lemon flavor.

  9. This is such a cute idea! I’m browsing around for some valentine treats :) These cupcake donuts look so so yummy!

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