Glazed Blueberry Cake Donuts. (The Real Ones!)
You know, I’m sort of annoyed. I really didn’t even like donuts before. I mean, they were okay, I’d eat them if they looked delicious or if they were… there, but they just were never my drug of choice.
Unless they were munchkins from Dunkin Donuts. Ugggghhh… every day I struggle with the fact that I want to plow through the drive-thru and order a box of 25 donut holes (okay let’s be honest – 50 donut holes) and just go.to.town.
But apparently, I’m an adult or something now, so I’m not really supposed to do that. Just another reason I hate being a grown up.
This is the part where I show you how dumb I am.
Lots of hot oil. Lots of hot oil specks flying everywhere. Lots of steam. And me, with my expensive camera held overtop, just begging for the lens to shatter under the heat.
My husband is probably thrilled right now.
See… I can’t break my camera, because that would mean less money I have to spend on shoes. Or lipgloss! Or books! Or snobby, expensive chocolate!
Again, grown up stuff stinks. Some days I literally think I’d rather sit in the dark, without any water, just so I can spend that money frivolously on something completely ridiculous.
But anyway – back to me not liking donuts.
I mean, that’s not even relevant now, because I stupidly made those maple bacon donuts and well… ha! My life was over. My donut-hating life was over. I basically screwed myself for all eternity, because now I want to make homemade donuts EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND. I’m buying quart after quart of oil. It’s just… a mess.
This past weekend we dined on blueberry cake donuts. Clearly. Well, I dined on blueberry cake donuts, since my husband was sort of whiney and “didn’t want the calories.” Um what? It didn’t matter though, because I found him quietly closet scarfing three of them with some diet Coke. Apparently donuts are the new chocolate chip cookies.
It appears that I have a current obsession with blueberries, which is exactly how they ended up in my donuts. They are almost identical to those glazed blueberry donuts you can get in most donut shops, however I’m pretttty sure those places might use a bit of artificial blueberry flavor? Not really sure, but these are CLOSE. I’m just going to open up a little donut shop right in my little kitchen. Except I’ll probably eat them all first. Ugh. Problems.
Glazed Blueberry Cake Donuts
[slightly adapted from allrecipes]
makes about 12-15 donuts, depending on the size of your cutter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup lowfat milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
oil for frying (about 1 quart)
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, stirring to combine. In another bowl, combine egg, milk and vanilla extract, mixing together. Add melted butter to the dry ingredients, quickly stirring to disperse the butter and form small crumbs. Stir in milk and egg mixture, bring the dough together with a spoon. Before it comes completely together, add in blueberries, mashing some as you go along if desired (I suggest thing!) and bring dough together with your hands. Form it into a large ball, then roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut donuts using a donut cutter, a biscuit cutter, or even a knife, using a small lid (or frosting coupler as I did) to cut out the center. Repeat with dough scraps until all the dough is used.
Heat oil in a large pot or deep fryer, bringing it to 375 degrees. Fry donuts 1-2 at a time, frying for about 1 1/2-2 minutes per side. After your first donut, check it by cutting into the center and making sure the dough is cooked through. Finish remaining donuts, then dip the entire thing in glaze and let sit to cool before serving.
2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons water
1 drop of vanilla extract.
Whisk ingredients together until a smooth, runny glaze forms. If it seems too thin, add sugar a few tablespoons at a time, stirring. if it’s too thick, add more water by one very small drop at a time, whisking constantly. Dunk donuts in the glaze and let sit to set. Yum!
Maybe I can trade donuts for shoes? Hmmm.
131 Comments on “Glazed Blueberry Cake Donuts. (The Real Ones!)”
Okay, no fair–these are tormenting me! I try to not be a donut person, but the whole being-Canadian-thing and, well, loving anything cakey and glazed, and baked . . . it was hopeless! These look unreal. I was just thinking of you yesterday while watching Diner, Drive-Ins & Dives and he was in Pittsburgh at a place called Dor Stop and I thought, I bet Jessica has eaten there! xo
I love that show!!!
Whoops, I meant “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” :)
I live near the Dor Stop and it’s less than stellar – we do have some good foodie joints in Pittsburgh, though! :)
I’m not a huge donut fan either, but I also go nuts over Munchkins aka holes. Although I do like blueberries, I can’t help thinking how great these would be with apples. Just having an ‘deep fried apple moment’ at 6:30 am. They look terrfific!
I’ve never made donuts before (just bagels) but the process seems similar between the two. I’m lucky (or not-so-lucky) in that we never lived next to a Dunkin Donuts ever. But we used to have a Krispy Kreme in town and it was Heavenly to walk in and smell the baking and get the free glazed donut right off the line. It would just melt in your mouth. Mmmm
These donuts look ridiculous!
I bet your donuts taste way better than Dunkin Donuts!! These look fantastic!!
Ooohh these look fantastic!! I want one right now!
Krispy Kreme Donuts used to be my favorite until I tried some local donuts from Resch’s here in Columbus, Ohio. Oh my! I can never eat another donut from a chain store again. Homemade may just be the next best thing.
You are an answer to my prayers…I have been making donuts the last two weekends, snickerdoodle and chocolate covered with rainbow sprinkles…I have blueberries at home calling out my name , cause that’s what they do. So now after a long day at work I have to go home and make these…i love you :)
PS. What about banana bread donuts???
As much as I love fried food, I’ve always resisted frying at home in fear of messy clean-up. These doughnut might just be the one to push me over the edge/fear and whip up a batch. Truly scrumptious and I can only imagine the joy of biting into one or a dozen.
I’ve never actually fried anything at home in my life, but this might be the first time that I want to change that!! Seriously, these look divine. Better than store-bought donuts ANY day!
Blueberry cake doughnuts are my favorite ever!! Yours looks so thick and cakey and wonderful.
I am in so, so, much love. OMG!!
i’ve never been a doughnut person. yours look fabulous. but i’m sorry. i can’t do it. i don’t want to like them. i have to draw the line somewhere.
however i am rocking a fuschia skirt today that i think you’d like. can’t beat this deal! http://www.thelimited.com/detail/ponte-pencil-skirt/7223532
Totally with you. I can’t eat donuts anymore. My body says….ummm…uh, uh.
These look amazing! I don’t eat a lot of doughnuts, but I would def eat these. I love the use of fresh blueberries in them. Yum!
I love that you make REALLLL donuts :)
Mmm lovely! I have to admit that donuts weren’t my junk of choice when I was younger (I’ve always been more of a savoury person) but if we happened to be at Tim Hortons (which I’m sure you probably know is a Canadian staple donut and coffee shop), I was allll about the sprinkle donuts. And not the ones with the holes in the middle, because that immediately eliminates about a full square inch of donut. I liked the full circles with no holes in the middle (does that actually qualify as a donut?!). Oh memories!! The older, wiser me would probably like these blueberry ones more though!
These remind me of Tim Hortons blueberry fritters. Ok, that’s TOTALLY a Canadian thing, but if there is a Timmies anywhere near you, check it out because they have fantastic doughnuts. Mmm, now my mouth is watering…
I’m obsessed with blueberry cake donuts & they have to be glazed. I’m dying here. Must make these soon!!
Have you seen those doughnuts made out of canned biscuits? I never thought much about them, but then the recipe was posted on Serious Eats, and I thought why not? They’re really fast, surprisingly good, and can be glazed with pretty much anything. Last weekend I made a cake batter glaze for a batch of them and thought about your blog!
I never realized how easy it is to make doughnuts. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
blueberry cake donuts are my absolute FAVORITE and I have been craving them for weeks! If I make them myself, it’s OK to eat them all, right? Please say yes!
Those look amazing and so tempting!! It’s been years since I’ve made fried donuts. I would Totally want those every single weekend too,
Everything about these looks so dang perfect. Especially those bursting berries. Yum!
From that delicious corn to THIS! I have a thing against donuts.
My girlfriend and I call one of my ex’s a donut, (he’s not round or chubby, or even that tasty) We do it so that we can say things like “who the hell as good looking as you would want a donut!”
Also, whenever that same girlfriend complains about her dieting — I say, nobody who is 43 is eating a donut, get over it. Now you screwed that up! They do look tasty though, just saying.
Now see…I hate (as in can pass them up without a second thought) donuts UNLESS they are either one of two kinds. Chocolate cake donuts or blueberry cake donuts. Then I literally lose any sort of self dignity by scarfing down at least 4 without coming up for air. I won’t share them (even with a child) and I literally think my pulse races with excitement. So this recipe…mine all mine. :)
Seriously, just STOP! Between these and the muffin bread… I can’t.
I need a dozen! NOW!
as usual…i want to lick my screen. thanks. as much as i’d love to make homemade donuts i’m totally freaked out about frying at home. i mean, i’m ok with the actual ‘frying’ part…that i can handle, but what do you do with all that oil when you’re done?? how do you dispose of that hot mess…literally?
Umm you’re probably not supposed to do this, but I let it cool then pour it down my sink with the disposal running…
hahaha that’s what i do when i do shallow frying and my husband tells me that’s why our drain gets clogged…oops! however, i add a bunch of dish soap and run hot hot water over it and as it goes down. dish soap is supposed to cut grease, right?! maybe putting it back into the empty oil container or something and just thowing it away in the trash is better?
Um I did that too last night and was just informed that this was a terrible idea! Woopsies. It can’t really clog after one time, can it?? If so, my husband is about to hate me…
I am SO SO SO thrilled you fried these! Please let the baked donut obsession everyone is having die already.
So many things about this post are cracking me up. For one, snobby, expensive chocolate (perfect description) and two, closet scarfing donuts. Too frickin funny! I need to make time for a Home Goods shopping spree this weekend to buy important things like a donut cutter and/or donut pan. How have I not made homemade donuts before?
Blueberry Cake Donuts are a favorite around here. Are these for realsies? They look too good to be true.
Those look ah-mazing! Definitely can’t trade donuts for shoes. Haha! If you open up a donut shop, I will be right over to help you eat them!
I like……. realllllllllllllllly love blueberry cake donuts. They’re my fave. I’ve actually never made REALY donuts before since I have a donut pan. Maybe it’s time I throw on my apron and get my kitchen all splattered in oil. Chocolate munchkins were the best from DD!
We’re on the same donut page. Unless they’re CAKE donuts…which these ARE. So, you win at everything in life.
I am totally with you ! I ‘d like to trade donut for shoes :-) Love your blog !
Ohmahgah! Blueberry cake donuts are my dad’s favorite. I must make these for him!
I always worry about my camera when I’m near the stove or something dangerous. I’m so overprotective.
Mmm. Blueberries. I had blueberries in my cereal this morning, but this just looks like so much more fun.
You really can’t beat Dunkin Donuts donut holes. And I mean, if you’re already spending the $4 bucks or whatever it is on the 25…it’s really just plain good sense to go with the 50 count for another $2. Not like I’ve memorized the price of the box counts or anything… :)
These look awesome. And I’m like you, doughnuts were never my drug of choice – I’d much rather a cookie over a doughnut any day…until I got a doughnut maker and now I’m not so sure anymore.
uh these look dangerously delicious. i’ve been having a slight obessesion with blueberries lately too. everything involves them these days!
Wow, these look so good. I love doughnuts so much, but my waistline does not! I always used to think Krispy Kreme shops were dangerous, but now I just bake my own! No escape – I simply have to make these!
Donuts are unequivocally my drug of choice. I am so mad right now, as I have 2 pints of blueberries I thought I would make something fresh and healthy with, and now they will be wrapped in dough and deep fried to all hell and glazed. Perfect :)
These donuts look like delicious.
As far As far as I am concerned you you can make and eat donuts as often as you like when you have quinoa posted in the same week. That rule isnt necessary if you add blueberries… Oh, and look, you did. All is well! Can’t wait to make!!
oh my gosh those look insanely delicious! love the blueberries in there! and that glaze — swoon:)
cake donuts are the JAM! and topped with glaze – so yum!
Mmm… Donuts. My roommates have been begging me to make the Maple Bacon Donuts. I think these blueberry gems are going to be added to the list, as well. I’m kind of freaked out by the frying part (hot oil….AHH!) but I could set my fear aside for something this incredible.
These look yummy. And sort of healthy…I mean, there’s fruit in them!
So…I almost never set my thermostat lower than 82 degrees in the summer so that I can save money to buy shoes and purses. I’m from Arizona…whatever. 82 degrees is practically frigid. And I concluded during my 1st year of med school that I won’t be ready to have kids for many years to come, because I ate ramen for a week so I could buy a really expensive pair of boots. Remember when you could just ask your parents for money and still get to have real dinner? Ugh. Adulthood :(
Haven’t eaten breakfast yet & my mouth is salivating!
These are tempting me to the max right now…