Donuts made healthier and with bourbon for the win! These baked cake donuts are light and airy, yet delectably dense with warm, cozy notes of cinnamon, brown sugar and oodles of nutty pecans. Finished with a sweet, barely boozy bourbon-maple glaze, these donuts are magically delicious!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Make homemade buttermilk: In a small mixing bowl whisk together the milk and vinegar. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow to curdle.
In a large bowl, whisk together, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add in egg, melted butter, homemade buttermilk and bourbon. Stir until just combined. Add in pecans and gently fold to combine. The batter should be wet.
Pipe into donut pan*: Spoon the batter into a large piping bag or Ziploc bag (with tip snipped off wide enough for pecans to pass through). Pipe batter into pan cavities filling about 3/4 full (batter will expand and rise).
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the top of donut springs back to touch. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan 5 minutes before removing. Remove donuts and let cool completely before glazing.
Meanwhile, Make the Glaze: In a small, shallow bowl (you want to be able to dip the donuts) whisk together confectioner’s sugar, bourbon, maple syrup, milk and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Dip the cooled donut tops into the glaze. Transfer to a wire rack and generously top with sprinkles. Allow to dry completely. Serve immediately.
Make sure you use cake flour. After all, these are cake donuts. Plus, cake flour gives these a lighter, airy texture.
Instead of making your own buttermilk, you can substitute 1/3 Cup Buttermilk for Milk and Vinegar.
Transferring the donut batter into a disposable piping bag or plastic bag isn’t necessary, you can most definitely spoon it into the donut molds. I just found it much easier to use the piping method.
Donuts are best served fresh, but unglazed donuts will keep, stored in an airtight container on the counter, overnight. Glaze before serving.
Yield: 6 donuts*Nutritional Information includes donuts and glaze.