With a crispy exterior and fluffy, moist center, these are irresistable – and slightly healthier – sweet treats. You could certainly use a donut pan, but I find muffin tins far easier and the large centers far fluffier than their flatter donut counterparts. I am unashamed in saying I reserved the excess cinnamon sugar topping to dip each bite of muffin into….
Note: These do become dense within 2 days, so consume quickly. Which shouldn’t be a problem! Also, if you plan to cinnamon-sugar coat them, do so right before serving. Otherwise the coating will become wet with time. The easiest thing to do is have a container or bag of the cinnamon sugar on hand. I won’t tell if you double dip.
Baked Cake Donuts
3/4 cup sugar
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax seed + 3 tbsp water; let sit for 5 minutes)
1/4 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
3/4 cup hemp milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (you can replace 1/2 cup with whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter, melted (for sugared donuts)
1/2 cup super fine sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup jelly (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat sugar and flax egg together until creamy and light-colored. Add oil, milk, and vanilla and mix well. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Slowly add flour mixture into flax egg mixture until well combined. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. These would also work great in miniature muffin tins with a reduced cooking time of 8-10 minutes. Do not overcook.
For powdered donuts: While donuts are still warm to the touch, remove from tins and immediately roll the crust with powdered sugar, until it is well coated. Dust the tops with sugar as well.
For sugared donuts: Using a pastry brush, coat each donut with a thin layer of melted Earth Balance. Roll each buttered donut in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.