Sugar Donut Muffins

Posted on 05/11/2009 by somacomatose

I only started to take baking seriously about 10 months ago but the moment I did, I was insatiable. I couldn’t wait to try out new recipes and one of those that caught my ever wandering eye was this recipe for doughnut muffins. I tried it and it was my first ever epic fail at baking. The muffins turned out scone-like in both appearance and texture. Oh I don’t blame the recipe, just my inexperience! I continued searching for other donut muffin recipes and found a few (like this one) but I was still hesitant because I tend to steer away from recipes that calls for ingredients that I don't usually use (like apple cider vinegar). And then I found this simple and straightforward recipe, bookmarked it and pretty much forgot about it.

Until I had my first ever Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut last week. And then it was like I couldn’t get enough of doughnuts. So I decided to make them for my mom (also a recent glazed doughnut convert) for Mother’s Day!

Sugar Donut Muffins
-for muffins-
¾ cup castor sugar
1 large egg
1 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

-for coating-
2 tbsp butter (melted)
½ cup castor sugar

preheat your oven to 350˚f/180˚c

in a bowl, whisk the sugar & egg together

in a bigger bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt & nutmeg together with a fork

pour the sugar & egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until crumbly

add in the milk, vegetable oil & vanilla

whisk till you get an almost liquid-like texture to your batter

fill the pre-greased muffin tin (about ¾ full) and bake for 20-22 minutes

Slightly OT but don’t you love it when the recipe says “yields 10 muffins” and you actually get 10 muffins?
I usually get at least 3 extra muffins, although I’m not actually complaining!

when your muffins are baked, melt the butter and place in a shallow bowl and put the sugar in another shallow bowl

brush (or dip) the dome part of the muffin with butter and then dunk/coat it thoroughly with the sugar

do the same for the remaining muffins.

Please don’t ask me why I only have 8 muffins here, I honestly don’t know.

ok, ok I sorta do. They taste so good! Soft yet sufficiently moist

I really love the shapes of these muffins, so cute!

This recipe is definitely a keeper, so easy to make and most importantly my mom (and dad too actually lol) really liked it.
Looking forward to fighting for the last 2 muffins with my parents for breakfast tomorrow!

Also, Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mommy bakers in this community! :)

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myrishswamp 10th-May-2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
these are so cute, and they're making me hungry!
thesweet_cherry 10th-May-2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Yes! They are making my stomach growl!
thesweet_cherry 10th-May-2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I really want to make these! They look fantastic!
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:00 am (UTC)
make them, really! :)
christianelynn 10th-May-2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I was going to spend the day baking so I'm totally making these today. They're easy and look amazingly good.
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:01 am (UTC)
hope they turn out great for you!
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:01 am (UTC)
thank you and you absolutely MUST (:
evil_sj 10th-May-2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh my, this is certainly something I must try! I've been having such a craving for doughnuts @_@ hehe
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
these are so simple to make i think they're an easier alternative to actually going out and buying doughnuts! :)
wanderlust_k 10th-May-2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
they look really good!
thanks for the step-by-step recipe!! :D
have a nice day!
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
thank you so much!
sugarbob46 10th-May-2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
These look delicious! I'll definitely make them in the near future.
How do you think it would go if I substituted Egg Beaters for the egg? I do it everytime I make brownies, not only because it's better for my dad's health but we rarely have eggs here at home, and I have yet to have a problem. The only difference I've noticed is when I make the brownies in my tiny-bundt muffin-type pan, they rise more in the oven when I use Egg Beaters.
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:07 am (UTC)
you know what's funny i was actually looking into egg subtitutes the other day (trying to combat the eggy smell&taste cupcakes sometimes have) and i was thinking how awesome it would be to swap the egg in this recipe for a banana!

although im no expert, if the only difference is the rising, then it shouldnt be a problem...maybe you can use just 1 tsp of baking powder instead of 2?
hollymayberry 10th-May-2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
those look nice! so do they taste like eating a sugar dusted doughnut hole? because they look like they do...and if that is in fact the case, i just might have to whip up a batch tonight.

glad to hear you're getting into baking :) it's my lifeline. for your next doughnut adventure, you should have a hand at "zeppole" basically they are italian doughnut holes. here is a great recipe, it's basically just fried pate-choux

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i dusted 1/3 of mine in sugar, 1/3 in confectioner's sugar, and the last 1/3 in a cinnamon sugar. and as you can kitty Missy loved them, though i didn't appreciate the sneeze she let out after she had inhaled the confectioner's sugar...luckily i was able to pull the plate away fast enough to save the lovelies from projectile kitty goo

somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:16 am (UTC)
i would say they taste like a slightly denser version of their sugar dusted doughnut counterparts but still very light and fluffy!

and you are such a dear :) you also gave me a link for copycat twix bars in one of my previous posts (which i am itching to try!). those zeppoles look so good and the recipe seems simple enough, thanks for the link!
joaniemaloney 10th-May-2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
these look so divine.
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:17 am (UTC)
thank you (:
delicatio 10th-May-2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Mmm... those look so good! I'm definitely going to try them.
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:17 am (UTC)
thanks and update us if you do!
moonlit_days 10th-May-2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
I've had muffins like this before! They're sooo yummy.
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:18 am (UTC)
ikr? i wonder why i took so long to make them!
azurer 10th-May-2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
Literally right as soon as I saw this, I ran to the kitchen and made some. My batter was a little bit on the dense side, but the texture was still perfect, and I was surprised at how much they really taste like donuts. My mom has tried baked donut recipes in the past and they were kinda meh, but these? Awesome. :)
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:20 am (UTC)
this is so awesome! and omg i was also totally shocked at the texture&taste of the muffins, like i couldnt believe they would actually taste like that lol. really glad yours turned out great too :)
thefoxconfessor 10th-May-2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
yummm, I am really tempted to make a batch of these when I get home from uni this afternoon.
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:20 am (UTC)
give in to that temptation! :P
seashine 11th-May-2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Ahaha I made these from the Baking Bites recipe for my mum today too XD
they were really good, and my mom loved them.
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 01:21 am (UTC)
what a coincidence :D glad that your mom loved them too!
springtimelove 11th-May-2009 02:21 am (UTC)
oh my gawsh! i am so making these tonight. thanks so much for the recipe!
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 10:20 am (UTC)
yeay and no problem! (:
loopedbusrides 11th-May-2009 03:30 am (UTC)
so pretty!
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 10:20 am (UTC)
thank you :)
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 10:21 am (UTC)
heehee thanks!
evildamsel 11th-May-2009 04:46 am (UTC)
I wonder if I can fill them with jelly... they look like they`d be killer with a nice gooey jelly center. Mmm.
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 10:22 am (UTC)
i have this bookmarked too! hope that helps :)
superchocobear 11th-May-2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Omg you're right- their shape is so cute! Thank you so much for this recipe; I moved from USA to NZ so they don't have Krispy Kreme here and I really miss it. I'm so making this!

Thank you again :]
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 10:23 am (UTC)
No problem! And there's no Krispy Kreme where I'm at too (Singapore) so this is a pretty awesome alternative to good donuts :)
silent_doll 11th-May-2009 06:13 am (UTC)
i need to make these!!!
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 10:24 am (UTC)
make them, you won't regret it! or at least i hope you won't :P
happybakingday 11th-May-2009 08:02 am (UTC)
i just made these. thanks for the recipe :)
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 10:24 am (UTC)
yeay im so glad people are actually making these (:
babyjami 11th-May-2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
hahaha, i was scrolling through my friends page with my fiance sitting next to me and he saw this and his jaw dropped! i think that means i have to make these!!
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
haahaa aww you better make them for him soon! (:
blucola 11th-May-2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I just made these, except I substituted Pamela's gluten free bread mix and flour blend. They're really good! I would cut the sugar down to 1/2 cup next time, since rice flour is pretty sweet on it's own. But man, you don't know how much I've missed donuts. And these were easy, so win win all around. :)
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
glad yours turn out great!
shotawink 11th-May-2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Is it okay if you don't use nutmeg?
somacomatose 11th-May-2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
absolutely, you can replace it with cinnamon or omit it altogether if you're not a spice person! i would probably add an extra 1/2 tsp of vanilla though :)
katebert 11th-May-2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm I just made these and they are SO delicious :D
somacomatose 12th-May-2009 05:45 am (UTC)
yeay! :)
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