Vanilla Old-Fashioned Doughnuts


Preparation info

  • Makes about


    , 3 ″ doughnuts
    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Doughnut Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Baked and Fried Doughnuts

The Doughnut Cookbook

By Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

Published 2016

  • About

Rich and a bit crumbly, cake doughnuts have a sturdier structure than yeast doughnuts, making them better candidates for coating with a glaze and topping with a garnish, such as toasted nuts or coconut.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1


In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg. In a measuring cup, stir together the butter and vanilla. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, and sugars on medium until well combined. Add the flour mixture and beat until just combined, then beat in the butter mixture until just