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Spice Cake Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Spice Cake Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze are just delicious. Best of all they are baked and don’t require yeast so you can make them in a jiffy!

A close up of baked Vanilla Bean Glaze sitting on parchment paper of a wooden background.I grew up in a pretty small community where everyone watched out for everyone. Even when you didn’t want them to. If you acted poorly, your mamma was going to miraculously find out before your fanny had a chance to get through the screen door. That was the bummer part of living in a small community.

The benefit of it was that you had the freedom to traipse about by yourself at a much younger age than what children can now. On Saturday mornings my sister and I would wake my mother and beg her to let us walk up town to the local cafe and buy a sack of freshly made donuts. It didn’t take much begging because we inherited our sweet tooth from my mother. She would give us a dollar, and off we would go anticipating enjoying these homemade goodies.

There have been some amazing pictures of donuts showing up around the internet lately just begging their way into my kitchen. I’ve been able to resist the fried version, but once the baked ones showed up, I knew I had to break down and buy myself a donut pan so that I could bake up some of these little beauties.

A close up of baked Vanilla Bean Glaze sitting on a cooling rack over a piece of parchment paper.I woke up early Sunday morning and thought today is the day that my donut pan is going to be making it’s virgin voyage into the depths of my oven. I started surfing for recipes as my mind chanted “I want donuts now!” I immediately eliminated recipes that called for yeast and a raising time. It was early, but I was out of donut patience. I landed on a recipe that looked very easy and could find it’s self on my table fairly quickly.A close up of baked Vanilla Bean Glaze sitting on parchment paper of a wooden background. These donuts had a yummy moist interior. The glaze dripped into the craggy exterior so each bite was sweet and spicey. I am not even going to apologize for over filling my pan so that the holes aren’t perfectly round. I loved them just as they are. For a little extra personalized love, you could top with chopped nuts, coconut, sprinkles, or whatever you or your crowd want.

Spice Cake Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Author: Hostess At Heart
Spice Cake Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze are just delicious. Best of all they are baked and don't require yeast so you can make them in a jiffy!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword: Spice Cake Donuts, Vanilla Bean Glaze
Servings: 6


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease donut pan thoroughly. I used non-stick cooking spray which worked well.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix the above ingredients from flour through ground cloves. Whisk together to blend.
  • Using an electric mixer, blend butter and brown sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue beating until well blended.
  • Turn the mixer to low and alternately add sour cream and flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Batter will be thick.
  • Fill each cavity of the donut pan almost full. I found that a greased finger helped pat the dough in each space rather nicely.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out on a cooling rack to finish cooling.


  • Mix confectioners sugar, vanilla bean paste and 3 tablespoons milk together. Use more milk if it’s too thick. Either dip the top of the donut in the glaze or, as I did, use the whisk to stream the glaze across the top of each donut.
  • Store donuts in a air tight container.


Recipe created by Bake or Break


Serving: 6gCalories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 179mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 486IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Two views of 3 baked Vanilla Bean Glaze sitting on parchment paper of a wooden background.
Recipe Rating

Michaela Kenkel

Monday 18th of April 2022

I followed your blueberry donuts here and now I have fallen down the rabbit hole of all of your scrumptious donut recipes!! SO GOOD!! I can't wait to make these, too!

Julie Menghini

Monday 18th of April 2022

Welcome to the donut hole LOL! Thanks, Michaela!

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Wednesday 12th of October 2016

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Friday 3rd of June 2016

Looks and sounds so yummy! Homemade donuts are irresistible! Love that these are quick and easy, too!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 4th of June 2016

Thank you Nancy! I love donuts so try and resist buying them. We really enjoyed these too.


Tuesday 11th of November 2014

Your spice donuts look wonderful Julie! And just like you i have been wanting to make (bake) donuts too! I actually did go shopping for the donut pan last weekend only to be disappointed - they were not available at the store where I went. so I will have to look online I guess! thanks for this recipe and for your childhood days story.! :)

Julie is HostessAtHeart

Tuesday 11th of November 2014

I got a little crazy looking for the pan too. I checked a couple stores before I found it. :) Thank you so much for commenting!


Tuesday 11th of November 2014

What a combination of flavors. Delicious recipe. Yumm...

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