Dairy-Free Baked Cake Doughnuts

Dairy-Free Baked Cake Doughnuts

The Spruce / Bahareh Niati

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 12 servings

These baked cake doughnuts are so much fun to make and, best of all, they're dairy-free.

While you can top them with just a sprinkle of confectioners' sugar, they look so much more appealing if they are dressed up with vanilla frosting and whatever color sprinkles or edible decorations you like.

This is a terrific project to do with kids because no hot frying oil is involved and they're just plain fun to make and eat.

Ingredients

  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup soy margarine (or any dairy-free butter substitute)
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar (sifted, divided)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (vanilla-flavored or any dairy-free milk substitute)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Doughnuts:
  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar (white)
  • 2 tablespoons soy margarine (softened)
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (full-fat)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish: sprinkles or other edible cake decorations

Steps to Make It

Make the Frosting

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    frosting ingredients

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  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a medium-sized mixing bowl if using a hand mixer), beat dairy-free soy margarine until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.

    beat dairy-free soy margarine until smooth in a bowl

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  3. Turn the mixer speed down to low, and gradually add half of the confectioners' sugar.

    add sugar to the vegan margarine in the bowl

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  4. Add vanilla coconut milk and vanilla extract, followed by the rest of the confectioners' sugar.

    Add vanilla coconut milk and vanilla extract to the sugar mixture in the bowl

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  5. Once most of the confectioners' sugar is mixed in, turn the mixer speed up to medium and then high speed, beating until the mixture is smooth and creamy for about 2 to 4 minutes more.

    frosting in the bowl

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  6. Let it sit at room temperature until ready to use.

    frosting in the bowl

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Make the Doughnuts

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    doughnut ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Lightly oil a 12-doughnut doughnut pan or 12-cup mini tube pan.

    greased doughnut pan

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  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

    sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into a bowl

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  4. In a separate medium mixing bowl, beat together the white sugar with softened soy margarine until combined.

    beat together the white sugar with softened soy margarine in a bowl

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  5. Add the eggs and beat until just combined, followed by coconut milk and vanilla extract.

    add eggs, coconut milk and vanilla extract to the soy margarine in the bowl

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  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until combined.

    doughnut batter mixture in a bowl

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  7. Fill each doughnut cup about 3/4 full.

    doughnut batter in the doughnut mold pan

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  8. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the doughnuts are lightly golden.

    baked doughnuts in a doughnut pan

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  9. Allow the doughnuts to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

    doughnuts on a cooing rack

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Decorate

  1. While the doughnuts are cooling for 10 minutes, warm the frosting in a microwave in 10- to 20-second bursts until it is runny. 

    frosting in a bowl

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  2. Dip each doughnut in the warm icing.

    Dip doughnut into the icing in the bowl

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  3. Followed by the sprinkles of your choice. Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

    Dairy-Free Baked Cake Doughnuts

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Tip

  • Eat them plain, sprinkle with confectioners sugar or frost them with vanilla or chocolate frosting and put some colorful sprinkles on them.