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! (:
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