Coffee Cake Donuts

Hi Everyone! Does your family love donuts as much as we do? If so, I’ve got the perfect donut recipe for you today. A baked version that is beyond satisfying and sure to crush your donut cravings. My favorite breakfast pastry that’s ready in 30 minutes or less – does it get any better than that? Also, this is a small batch recipe. I took one of my trusty donut recipes and scaled it down to make exactly 6 donuts. Since donuts usually don’t keep very well, I’ve always wanted to whip up a recipe that feeds a small family or just a couple of friends without having to worry about leftovers.

Coffee Cake Donuts... A delicious crumb topping and glazed top a delicious donut... what is not to love?!

I also wanted to combine two of the best breakfast foods into one – Donuts and Coffee Cake. If you’re a big fan of either of both of these as well, then you will absolutely adore this fun twist.

I kept things simple yet absolutely delicious with vanilla cake donuts and went extra heavy on the crumb topping. Piling it as high as I possibly could and making sure that none of the donut batter in the pan could be spotted.

Coffee Cake Donuts... A delicious crumb topping and glazed top a delicious donut... what is not to love?!

As soon as they came out of the oven, I drizzled each donut with a good amount of glaze and dug right in. I just couldn’t help myself.

If you are looking to spoil your family with a special breakfast treat, look no further. These donuts definitely have got you covered.

Coffee Cake Donuts... A delicious crumb topping and glazed top a delicious donut... what is not to love?!

Hope you enjoy!

3.7 from 6 reviews
Coffee Cake Donuts
Serves: 6
  • For the Crumb Topping:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • For the Doughnuts:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze:
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tablespoon milk
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Prepare the crumb topping by melting the butter in a heatproof bowl. Stir in brown sugar, flour and ground cinnamon until coarse crumbs form. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer cream together sugar, egg, and melted butter. Add milk and vanilla extract.
  5. Once wet ingredients are combined, slowly add dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Spoon batter into a medium-sized Ziploc bag and seal. Cut off one corner of the bag and fill each doughnut cup ¾ full. Divide crumb topping equally between the 6 donuts. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 14-16 minutes or until donuts are slightly golden. Remove from oven and let rest in the doughnut pan for 5 minutes or until slightly cooled. Remove donuts and place on a wire rack.
  7. Next, make the glaze. Whisk together confectioner’s sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle desired amount over donuts and enjoy!

This recipe was created by contributor, Kathi, from Deliciously Yum


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  1. Shawn @ I Wash You Dry

    These look amazing! I love the crumbly topping. :) I'll probably have to make a triple batch to feed my family!

  2. Nicole


    I made these tonight and the crumb topping recipe is off. It made way too much and doesn't taste very good. I think it only needed 1/2 cup of flour, not a full cup. I hope I can salvage these with the icing.

  3. Mary

    Oh my, these sound fantastic but i will need to buy a donut pan for husband would absolutely love it if i made these for him.
    thank you for the awesome recipe :-)

  4. Emileigh


    I made these! YUM! I modified the topping, I put 1/2 cup of real sugar in addition to the brown sugar and an additional 1/4 cup of melted butter, which made it perfect. I like a lot of topping so I didn't think it made too much.

  5. Sarah Baerwolf


    Too much topping...which is shocking coming from me! Donuts themselves tasted kind of thick and gluey - not cakey at all.

  6. Anonymous


    This recipe was totally disappointing! Doesn't turn out at all like the picture! Agree with the other comments the topping was definitely too much and too dry. Also look at the Photoshopping on the donut pictures!!! There is a big black paint dot in the middle, it's not even a real donut hole. This recipe was a blow. Thank goodness for the glaze that helped with the lacking donut.

  7. Courtney Perez


    They were delicious! I modified the recipie by using homemade buttermilk instead of regular milk. I also used only a half cup of flour in the topping. Love these! Only wish they made more at a time.

  8. Brittany

    I hate to leave bad reviews but there has to be something very wrong with this recipe. I fixed the topping with a little extra granulated sugar but my main issues was that the doughnuts themselves did not rise even an inch and had a very thick gummy texture. Not sure what's wrong in the recipe ):

  9. Becky

    These weren't good. Way too much flour in the topping resulting in a tasteless crumble that wouldn't stick. Should have read the other reviews first I guess.

  10. Ana


    Happened to make these donuts on National Coffee Cake Day. I thought they turned out well. The donut was fluffy and the amount of dough was right for 6 donuts. I agree that the streusel was very dry and the proportions seemed off. The glaze definitely helped.