Thursday 11 July 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

I grew up eating sugar-coated donuts (either small round ones or in the shape of a ring) from the neighbourhood bakery shops. As a little girl, these were such a treat - soft and fluffy deep fried dough dunked in lots of sugar! Later on, we had many chain stores such as Dunkin Donuts selling assorted donuts in many different flavours and fillings. But I think the traditional ones I grew up with are still the best.

I was intrigued by this Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins recipe as it reminds me of those donuts I grew up loving except that it's baked and not deep fried - which hopefully means its healthier and I can eat a few more :)

The texture of these donuts are not exactly like the traditional ones which is more bread-like. These ones are more cake like and they actually remind me of scones. Nonetheless, they are very delicious - soft, crumbly and carries a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon which makes each bite extremely aromatic. 

These donuts muffins are then coated with melted butter, and cinnamon sugar. The muffins on its own can be rather plain, but is fully transformed after coating into a delicious and addictive bake. My daughter kept asking for them and they were gone in no time. I halved the amount of sugar in the donut muffins so they are not sweet. But after they are coated with sugar, they are just nice. 

Cinnamon-Sugar Donut Muffins (12-15 regular muffins)
Recipe adapted from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day and posted by Tasty Kitchen found here.

Muffin Ingredients
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2-½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¾ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Cardamom Or Ground Cinnamon
  • ¾ cups Plus 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk (substituted with 2 tbsp yoghurt)
  • ½ cups (113 g) Butter, Room Temperature
  • ¾ cups Sugar
  • 2  Eggs
Coating Ingredients
  • ½ cups (113g) Butter, Melted
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

For the muffins:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Lightly spray 12 large muffin cups (I made 14 muffins)
2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cardamom (or cinnamon). In a medium bowl, combine milk and buttermilk.
3. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer on medium speed, cream the butter. Turn the speed to low and gradually add the sugar. Mix until mixture lightens in color. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined. Add the dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the milk mixture, mixing just until smooth; do not overmix.
4. With a large ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them approximately 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are firm to the touch and lightly golden,.

For the coating:
1. While the muffins bake, set up 2 bowls to dunk them in. In one bowl you will have the melted butter, and in the other bowl you will have the cinnamon sugar.
2. Let the muffins cool completely on a wire rack. Dunk them in the melted butter, then coat them with the cinnamon sugar.

I am submitting this to Bake-Along hosted by Joyce of Kitchen FlavoursLena of Her Frozen Wings and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids


  1. Hi Mich,

    I remember eating lots of the fried sugary doughnuts too when I was a kid. The more sugar the better :p

    Being mothers, less sugar is better for us now :p

    Nice that your daughter is enjoying these doughnuts without our fear of excess sugar indulgence.


  2. Hi MIch,
    Me too as a kids back then love the old fashion doughnuts a lot. Then more sugar the better.
    Now my youngest is like me. He would like..Mum add more sugar on mine doughnuts please...=p
    I try my best now not to let them take too much sweet and sugary food now :D

    Love your version of doughnuts muffin ..they looks nice and inviting :D

  3. I will try this but without the ground cinnamon, my children don't like the cinnamon smell:D

  4. I will just "eat with my eyes" because my boys are not donut eaters lol! I love it with lots of sugar...:)

  5. Mich yours is so perfectly bake. I like yours too.

  6. I think I need a dozen of these lovely muffins donut. >o<
    Have a lovely evening.

  7. They look soooo good! The photos are stunning, I wish I could give them a bite. I really love your baking X

  8. I would love to enjoy this yummy muffin with a cup of black coffee.

  9. Hi Mich,
    I'm glad that these doughnuts are a hit with your family! While these doughnuts are yummy, my favourite are still the deep-fried fluffy ones, with lots of sugar! Childhood favourites still remain the no. 1!

  10. I'd like to make these doughnuts. Looks pretty and delicious :)

  11. Hi Mich, your doughnut muffins look so delicious. Love the coating ingredients, awesome!

    Have a nice week ahead.

  12. Mich love these muffins I can smell them!!!!!

  13. morning mich, i agree with you that these donuts are a little plain on its own, the sugar and cinnamomn coating really did the magic! You hv baked them well, thanks for baking again with us! Have a nice day!

  14. I like the name of these - donut muffins sound so delicious.

  15. They look like such yummy and amazing bites

  16. These muffins are great with either tea or coffee. Irresistible!

  17. If I were around I'd eat half of the batch!
    I looooooooove cinnamon sugar muffins. You say the texture is more like a cake then donut, then it's more to my liking :)

  18. These are morning donuts this looks so delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Mich, I love doughnuts a lot! I have yet to try a doughnut muffin but I am sure I would love it too.

  20. They look very delicious. Cinnamon-Sugar Donut Muffins are super for breakfast or tea hours.
    Thanks for sharing.

  21. Muffins and doughnuts in one? Sounds like an amazing idea!

  22. I baked them this evening, yet to coat with butter and sugar, will do so tomorrow
    have eaten plain, it's already good! :)

  23. I would never turn down Cinnamon Sugar anything, Mich, especially Donut Muffins!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  24. I completely forgot that there are things like Donut muffins... I bought donut hole pan thinking that's the only way to make donuts... didn't realize I can make muffins. This is a cute perfect size for kids' breakfast! :)

  25. these are moth watering... Going to make these the moment we get off our 5 day juicing detox! lol

  26. Mind throwing some of those over here ? Don't have time to try this recipe :P

  27. These look like a happy beginning to a great day!