Orange-Buttermilk Cake Doughnuts with Chocolate-Orange Glaze

Serving Size: 6

These doughnuts were the perfect things to wake up with on a bright, sunny Saturday morning. Thanks to the fancy schmancy doughnut pan the ‘rents bought me for Christmas, I could make these delicious, fluffy, citrus-kissed doughnuts and douse them in a gooey dark chocolate glaze. And now that I have this fancy schmancy pan, I plan to make homemade doughnuts a fairly regular part of my life. Especially on horrible, no good, very bad days.

If you don’t have a doughnut pan, fortunately or unfortunately, for this recipe you’ll need to get one. The good news is they’re super easy to find and super not expensive. All you need is a little bit of room in your kitchen cabinet and an undying wish for doughnuts. Trust me, it’s worth every penny.


  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 small or 1/2 large orange
  • 0.125 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6.33 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 6.33 Tbsp buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Spray doughnut pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, buttermilk and egg. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, orange zest and salt. Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
Spoon batter into doughnut pan wells so they’re about two-thirds of the way full. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the tops of the doughnuts spring back when lightly touched. Allow to cool in pan for a minute or two, then turn out onto a cooling rack with wax paper underneath and cool completely.


  • 1 Tbsp butter, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • 0.25 cup dark chocolate chip
  • 1 tsp orange juice

To make the glaze: Microwave all glaze ingredients in a shallow bowl for 10 seconds at a time, stirring between, until melted. Dip cooled doughnuts into the glaze (or spoon it over the doughnuts) and return to cooling rack to dry.

Doughnuts are best served the day they are made.