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Sour Cream Donuts


  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. In separate bowl whisk together remaining ingredients, except glaze or topping.  Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.
  3. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 2 tablespoons of batter.
  4. Bake about 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean.
  5. Glaze or coat with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar, as desired.
Makes about 2 dozen donuts

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  1. Donuts turned out light. Cross between a regular cake donut and a fried donut. Really good basic recipe. Used it to make almond cherry donuts and blueberry donuts.

  2. i didn’t like this recipe, not a good taste, i wondering if i can use cake ready mix or if you have another recipe

    • Thanks for the feedback. There are so many tastes and flavors of baked goods and we hope you find one you like. For donuts, the buttermilk spice is one of our favorites. You can try a cake mix, but you may have to experiment with how it rises and the way it cooks in a donut maker. Check out what other BABYCAKES lovers are trying.

      • well, this is embarrassing but I cannot locate the recipe for the oft-mentioned buttermilk spice donuts. I looked under all recipes and through the archives. Where are other recipes hiding, please? Pam

        BABYCAKES — Pam, you can find the “Buttermilk Spice Donuts” recipe on page 8 of your Donut Maker Instruction Manual.

      • Try apple cider donut holes! They are very yummy. I suggest you coat them with the cinnamon sugar mix! Even tastier!

  3. We just made these delicious sour cream donuts (I used vanilla yogurt instead due to not having sour cream on hand) and topped them with chocolate glaze and sprinkles. My son said that they were GREAT!!! I can’t wait to try the buttermilk spice donuts (that’s coming next!!!) and the applesauce donuts. Thanks for such a great machine and wonderful recipes!!!

    • Where did you find the applesauce donuts. I did not see that one in my instruction manual.

      BABYCAKES – Look in the Donut Maker Instruction Manual – Page 9, and you will find the recipe for “Maple Glazed Applesauce Donuts”.

    • I was so excited to use my new donut maker, then realized I didn’t have any sour cream,…. I saw your post and used vanilla yogurt instead… so yummy! Thanks for posting a great ingredient substitution!

  4. What about recipes for diffrent glaze types? lemon? chocolate,maple?
    anyone have recipes for these to top of the donuts? I just got mine and have not used it yet?

  5. I made the sour cream donuts this morning and my husband felt they were ‘dry.’ I made sure I used all the correct measurements. Has anyone else heard this or maybe have some suggestions.

  6. I purchased the cake pop maker so we could make the cake pops and the donut holes. However, there is only one donut hole recipe in the booklet. Can you please make the recipes ( applesauce, buttermilk, etc) in the other cookbook available online? Thanks!

    • Lynne – if you go to the donut maker product page (model DN-6), there is a link to get the PDF of the instruction manual. That manual includes donut recipes, which you could use to try donut holes in the cake pop maker.

      • Thank you so much for the manual address! I bought the floor model @ Kohl’s, “no box, no manual”. I came here to recipes, but there are only a couple. This will help immensely!

  7. I was disappointed that there are no new recipes on this site. Just two from the recipe book that came with the machine. I’d like a plain donut that doesn’t have sour cream. Any one have a recipe? I’d also like to make blueberry donuts.

    • I have the same problem and would also like to have a receipe for just a plain donut as well as one for the blueberry. Would really appreciate it if you get any that you could send m a copy. Thanks alot Twylla

    • Basic recipe:
      1 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar
      1 T. baking powder 1 egg
      1/2 cup milk 1/2 t. vanilla
      4T(1/4) cup cooking oil

      Stir dry ingredients together. Add egg, vanilla, and milk and beat 1 minute with electric mixer or vigoriously by hand.
      Add oil and continue to beat 1 minute more.
      Drop into lightly sprayed reservoir and cook about 3 minutes. I like to brush a little apricot or strawberry jam on them when done, and then shake them in powdered sugar. Or glaze them with chocolate icing. Makes about 21 mini donuts

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  9. I have tried a couple of different recipes and still haven’t found one we like. Love the machines, I have both the donut and holes and cupcake ones. guess if I don’t find a good recipe i will have to open the cupcake one and try that :)

  10. What do I have so much trouble filling the doughnut maker. The batter is thick and I can’t seem to fill it appliance correctly. Either I over fill it or under. What’s the secret? I make quite a mess. Please help. They taste wonderful, but no holes and they look a mess! Help!!!!

    • use the method that they suggest by putting the batter in a zip lock type bag and then cut the tip off. Just a tiny cut will help you control that batter coming out.

  11. I bought this and also did not realize I needed buttermilk or sour cream, so I ventured out and tried Bisquick! I used the waffle recipe and added Vanilla. They turned out pretty good, dusted them with cinnamon and sugar. I wish there were more recipes for this little machine. I will definitely keep experimenting!

  12. I have the doughnut maker and agree the recipes are not very tasty and they are dry. My granddaughter has the cupcake maker and it works well and the cupcakes are made with cake batter-very good.

  13. I was also disappointed on the lack of just a regular donut recipe so I tried a baked donut recipe I found and just used the donut maker and they turned out GREAT!!!!! Everyone loved them!!!! Here is the recipe.

    1/3 c. butter
    1/2 c. sugar
    1 egg, beaten
    1 1/2 c. flour
    2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    1/2 c. milk
    Cream butter and sugar; add beaten egg mix well then add dry ingredients. Spoon mixture in to ziploc bag and fill baby cakes donut maker.
    Dip donuts in:

    1/2 cup melted butter
    Then roll in mixture of:
    1 cup sugar
    2 tsp. cinnamon

    • I am trying this out right now with the cake pop maker! They smell good so far! :) I didn’t have any nutmeg, so I added a bit of ginger and cinnamon. Yumm! Thanks.

    • This was fabulous in my little donut maker. I just had to be careful not to burn them and flipped them over for a minute. ALL the kids on my son’s basketball team gobbled them up! Thanks for sharing…

    • Awesome! This was my first time using it. I changed the recipe slightly by adding 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract and used 1 1/4 of cake flour and 1/4 cup cold milled golden flax seed. This put a little bit of a healthier spin on donuts and the kids loved them! The cake flour made the donut smooth.

    • Made this recipe this morning and it was really good. I don’t like nutmeg so I substituted the nutmeg with Vanilla extract. Great recipe, thank you so much for sharing. Only problem with it is that I can’t stop eating it.

    • Am I supposed to use all-purpose flour or self-rising flour? I used a different recipe last night and they were more cake like than donut like.

    • Just made this in our new Babycakes machine (with a touch less nutmeg and a dash of vanilla) and they were GREAT! My kids LOVED them. I decided to glaze some (1 cup powered sugar w/ 1/8 cup milk) and those were delish, too. This is definitely our basic recipe to work from! THANKS!

  14. I have not used the d-nut maker yet: ( cause not very good comments on the recipes plus not really a lot of recipes so i will try your recipe amy and see how they are fingers crossed! <>

  15. i just tryd amy’s recipe and well i’m sad cause its the first recipe i’v done and 1 side is burnt and the other is not really cooked. so what should i do next time to make them cook even? <>

    • Mine were pale and softer on top too. Discovered the pale top was that I did not fill the cup enough. I have a flip over waffle maker and wonder if I could flip the donut maker too?

  16. My daughter and I made these tonight as donut holes in our cake pop maker. We substituted the sour cream with Vanilla Yogurt and they were delicious. I found that I did not need to add water to the glaze that the butter and confectioners sugar was fine, it made a nice thick glaze which complimented our vanilla donut holes wonderfully.

  17. I made this today. I mixed all purpose flour with whole wheat pastry flour, used fresh grated nutmeg, used 2 tbsp of real butter (unsalted) instead of oil, increased milk (non fat) and sour cream (light) to 1/3 cup. For topping I used the cinnamon sugar and powered sugar (for all sugars, i used sugar substitutes). They turned our great! Tastes like the fried donuts. Yum!

  18. I lost my packet with the recipes! I had made the Buttermilk Spice donuts before and loved them but now i don’t have the recipe! HELP PLEASE???????

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  20. ok… from the other side of the planet… (Holland).. pls do you have the recipe in grams in stead of cups? … that would be GREAT..

  21. This recipe was good… i tried adding extra oil to see if it would make them seem more fried, but it didn’t seem to make much difference. next time i would start with less flour though, to see if it made them not so thick/cakey. or maybe more or a different rising agent?

  22. Has anyone tried to use the pre-made dough for poppin fresh biscuits? I just bought my donut maker today. Will try using some of that dough in the machine to see what kind of donut it makes.
    I’ve used that dough in my deep fryer and it made amazing cinnamon fried doughnut “holes”.

  23. I used my donut maker at church last night. Everyone loved them. I used the sour cream donut recipe and iced them with leftover chocolate buttercream and regular buttercream icing.

  24. I just made my first batch of donuts and i didn’t have any sour cream so i substituted some peach flavored yogurt and then i also used some almond flavor instead of the vanilla.
    they turned out very good and i did use some sugar and cinnamon in a bag and put some donuts in hot and they were also very good.

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  26. Rec’d my donut maker a couple of days ago. Made donuts this morning and one side got nice and brown and the other side was pale. They were cooked all the way through but……… any suggestions for getting them brown on both sides?

  27. I’ve been on a baked doughnut kick recently and decided to try the BabyCakes Donut Maker.
    Just finished baking a batch of the Sour Cream donuts and wow…it took very little time to get them all baked up.
    The donuts were light and airy but I didn’t care for the distinct baking powder flavor. Added some nutmeg and cinnamom and it helped negate that taste of baking powder.
    I’ll try another recipe the next time!
    I don’t quite understand why one side of the donut is nicely browned and the other side is…well….white. It’s done but looks really odd. Guess the solution for that is just icing…so it would hide the white half.
    It was certainly fun to use!

  28. I just got my donut maker for Christmas and was so disappointed at the lack of recipes in the manual. Went online to this site and see how many others have the same complaint. Obviously the Babycakes folks don’t care, as they haven’t had their home ec. people come up with any new recipes. They sold the makers, that’s all they care. I’m lactose intolerant, and was afraid to try them with yogurt instead of sour cream. Thanks to the good folks out there who said theirs turned out ok with yogurt so I’ll try that. No help from the makers of the machine!
    Shame on them…

  29. We baked this recipe and tried the donut and threw them in the trash along with the rest of the batter. No offense to the people who liked them, but, um… yuck!

  30. I used half whole wheat flour and yogurt instead of sour cream, they came out good. I do nut like the vanilla glaze recipe, there’s too much butter so I just leave out the butter and its great. I did make a mess my first time due to too much batter in the maker(i made donut holes) , next time I want to make these with a Bavarian cream in middle and chocolate glaze

  31. I’m disappointed that no one here knows how to improvise. This recipe is not at all disgusting. Swap milk for buttermilk, use butter or shortening instead of oil and add a bit more sour cream, hint of nutmeg, vanilla extract and voila! It’s not going to be dense like a sour cream donut but its a decent little substitute. They aren’t at all dry and they have a nice flavor. I couldn’t do a glaze since my powdered sugar was old but I did a cinnamon sugar mix on top of the batter in the machine and its wonderful. Don’t discredit this recipe, just kick it up a bit. If you look at real sour cream donut recipes, you’ll see the difference and be able to make the chances as necessary.

  32. I used a box of brownie mix with chocolate chunks and added 1/4 tsp of baking powdr. They took longer to bake than a regular donut in the machine, but they were fantastic.

  33. I borrowed my great nieces babycake maker for donut day. My aunt who is 93 years young wanted to make donuts. I did not want to deal with hot fat, yeast and getting up at 2 a.m. to make the donuts. My aunt got the biggest thrill of working with this and was amazed how quick and great it was. I used the receipe from Amy (Dec. 2011) and then used the maple applesauce one from the book. My aunt loved both of them. Amy’s receipe was so moist and was my favorite, but the applesauce one was good too.

  34. FOR THE DRY PROBLEM! I have found if you make them ahead of time (like the night before) and put them in a Tupperware they are very moist and delicious the next morning! Also, if you toss them in the cinnamon and sugar while they’re still warm it sticks great!

  35. Note:

    If you are out of vegetable oil, use COCONUT OIL!!
    Not only is it healthier, but tastes just the same:)

    You can also use this recipe to make cake pops.
    Makes about 24 cake pops (if you use 1 tablespoon to fill the batter into the holes :D )


    When referring back to a recipe, wish folks would clearly state WHICH recipe they are talking about. It’s confusing if you don’t include some mention of the poster or the recipe name. Thanks.

  37. Does anyone have any ideas about high altitude directions for either the sour cream doughnut recipe, or the one that Amy at comment #18, left? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!

  38. I used the sour cream recipe & it was really good! However, I substituted oil for butter. I also used vanilla yogurt instead of sour cream.

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  41. They have been good every time I tried them. so my mom and me made up Nutella donuts they are better than the chocolate donuts in my oppinion

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  45. Greetings – possible typeO – 1 T should be 1 t?
    I love to bake and I was taught years ago the ration between flour and baking powder is 1 teaspoon to 1 cup flour. I have lived by this rule and I did it with my BabyCakes Sour Cream Donuts because 1 T is equal to 3 teaspoons which is too much and would have to make the batter a little bitter. Just Google flour to baking powder ratio and you will see that “T” should be teaspoon in this recipe

    The rounded teaspoon worked great for me and there was no bitter taste… just YUMMY!

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