Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts

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These fluffy lemon cake donuts are baked to perfection, then dunked in a slightly tart lemon glaze. They are capable of making even the dreariest of mornings bright!

Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts

Somebody PLEASE let the sunshine in!

We had the most gorgeous weather last month, for a February in Nebraska, anyway.  Then it’s like Mother Nature cut the lights.

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I know, I know.  I shouldn’t complain, right?  It IS still March.  But …but … technically Spring started a week ago.  Ever since then, we have had cold, wind and gloom.

Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts

One morning, last week, I decided it was time to bake up a little sunshine to make up for the lack of it outside.  I still had lemons to use, and typically when I think of sunshiny sweet things, they always involve lemon.

I did a little research and found a recipe to try.  Boy, was I glad that I did!

Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts

The cake was perfectly fluffy and the glaze!


Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts

There is nothing I love more on a sweet lemon baked good then to dunk it in a tart glaze.  Best of both worlds, am I right?

Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts

If you don’t have a donut pan yet, what are you waiting for?  I have used the heck out of mine, and it’s never ever failed me.  Spoon the batter in and watch them bake up perfect every time.

Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts

Then while they are hot, carefully dunk them in the glaze and place on a rack to cool.


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Let’s get baking! M.

Close up of Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts and one with a bite out of it
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Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts

These fluffy lemon cake donuts, are baked to perfection, then dunked in a slightly tart lemon glaze. They are capable of making even the dreariest of mornings bright!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Donuts & Pastries
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked donuts, Baked Glazed Lemon Donuts, baked lemon donuts, easy baked donuts, glazed lemon donuts, how to make baked lemon donuts, lemon donuts, lemon glaze, the BEST lemon donuts
Servings: 10 Donuts
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


To Make the Donuts:

  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon extract no substitutions
  • Yellow food coloring optional, as much as needed for desired color
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

To Make the Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • Make the Donuts - Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray one 6-count non-stick with cooking spray, Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your mixer combine the sour cream, eggs, sugar, oil, lemon zest and lemon extract.
  • Fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Fill donut pan, and bake for about 13 to 15 minutes. They will be springy to the touch.
  • Prepare Lemon Glaze In a small bowl, add powdered sugar and slowly drizzle in the lemon juice while whisking until smooth and combined. You may not need ALL of the juice. Quit adding when you get your desired consistency. Don't worry, if it gets too thin, add more sugar until you're happy with it.
  • When donuts are hot, remove them from the pan, when you are able to touch them, dunk the top in the glaze and let them dry/cool on a wire rack.
  • Spray and fill pan up one more time, repeating all of the steps. Makes 10 donuts. (if glaze begins to harden in between batches, simply pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and give it a stir)
  • Best eaten when fresh. Store in an airtight container up to 4 days.


Recipe Slightly Adapted from Averie Cooks


Serving: 1g | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g






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  1. I love tart and fruity treats more than the chocolate varieties, so naturally these lemon donuts are an instant favorite. 🙂

  2. I love lemon desserts, and this one is not an exception! Made these lemon donuts this morning: I am ready to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Yummy and delicious!

  3. Michaela,

    I have been trying to find a baked donut recipe I like but they all had too much nutmeg and or cinnamon. I then decided to check for lemon donuts as I love lemon. I found your recipe and decided to give it a try. Your recipe says to remove them from the pan while hot. In doing so, they fell apart (most of them. They were real soft like a cake you couldn’t pick up. The batter wasn’t runny it stayed on the spoon until i scooped it off. The only thing I did departing from the recipe was add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice since I had so much of it. I still added the lemon extract. Do you think the little bit of added lemon juice made it come out too soft and not hold up. I had to spoon the icing on as they broke apart when picked up. Thank you for this recipe, THE FLAVOR IS OUTSTANDING. Please email me a reply.

    1. Helen — They are certainly delicate when they are warm, but I haven’t ever had a problem with them breaking on me? It might very well be the addition of extra liquid that did it? I hope you try them again without the extra juice.

  4. Holy crap these are amazing! I made them for my family and they ate them SO FAST. Very soft, not overly sweet, and very easy to make

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