Orange-Glazed Donuts

9 Jan

I got up early today, watched the Food Network, did some baking, then had a donut photo shoot at my kitchen table. This is what normal people do, right?


I wish you could smell them, though. These pictures don’t do them justice. My kitchen is filled with zesty, orange-y goodness…and dirty dishes. I’ll do those later.


The great thing about these donuts is that they aren’t total diet-busters for those of you still keeping New Year’s resolutions. For the rest of us, they’re still really good.


And yes, we only have a heart-shaped donut pan that our sweet friend Tyler got us as a wedding gift. My husband has requested spherical man donuts, but I promise these taste just as good.


I adapted the recipe from Prevention RD and used butter instead of applesauce to give them a little more fat content. The recipe also calls for cake flour, which I stuck with because it makes the donuts lighter (cake flour has lower protein content- SCIENCE!).


Bake, photo shoot, eat, repeat.

Orange-Glazed Donuts

Yields 6 donuts


4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp

¾ cup sugar

2 eggs, room temp

2 ½ cups cake flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp orange zest

¾ cup buttermilk, room temp

1 tsp vanilla extract


1 ½ cups powdered sugar

1 tbsp milk

1 ½ tbsp squeezed orange juice

½ tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cream together butter and sugar with stand or hand mixer until smooth. Slowly beat eggs. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and orange zest and slowly incorporate. Add buttermilk and vanilla and mix until just smooth.

Fill each greased donut hole about 1/2 way with batter, or about level with the top of the pan. Cook for 8-9 minutes, or until toothpick/knife inserted comes out clean. Once removed, let them rest in the pan for a couple minutes before removing for glazing.

Put your glaze ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk smooth. If you’re having trouble whisking, microwave your bowl for a few seconds more. You can also add more milk to thin the glaze, if desired.  Dip your warm donuts to coat and enjoy!


45 minutes




One Response to “Orange-Glazed Donuts”

  1. Tyler January 10, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Yay heart-shaped donuts!!! ❤ And that recipe looks DELISH.

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