Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts with Coconut Frosting

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mothers Day!  I did and I didn’t.  I didn’t because I waited 3 hours in the rain for the Cincinnati Reds to start playing!!!  Why can’t they just call the game after a two-hour delay!  We left, we couldn’t wait any longer.  I was getting grumpier than my kids.  That’s a bad sign.   I think it was low blood sugar.   Speaking of sugar…

The reason my Mother’s Day was wonderful is because of the lovely baked, glazed donuts I made for myself.    They are cake-like and light.  There is hint of citrus in the donut, but they get an extra lemony boost from the glaze I dipped them in.  And to make them completely sinful, I spread a hefty amount of coconut frosting on top.  Yep, that’s right, frosting.  I did say they were cake-like!  Yes, these gorgeous little donuts could be classified as more of a dessert. I suppose it’s not appropriate eating cake for breakfast.   Whatever.  I figured since it was Mother’s Day, I could eat anything I wanted.  The calories don’t count on special days right?  Aside from delicious lemon donuts, I had a truly special day because my kiddo’s reminded me that they love me no matter how wet and grumpy I get.  Being in a baseball rain delay isn’t the worst thing in the world if you are with your loved ones.

Was there a special treat made for your Mother’s Day?

Lemon Glazed Donuts with Coconut Frosting




Recipe: Baked Lemon Glazed Donuts with Coconut Frosting
Recipe Type: Dessert, Breakfast
Author: lemonsforlulu
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 9 mins
Total time: 24 mins
Serves: 12
A baked lemon donut dipped and glazed then topped with a coconut frosting.
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • Frosting
  • 2 Tbs butter, softened
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 3-4 Tbs milk
  • Lemon zest
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425*F. Spray doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add buttermilk, lemon juice eggs, butter and zest. Beat until just combined. Fill each doughnut cup approx. 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 7-9 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched.
  4. Let cool in pan for 4-5 minutes before removing.
  5. Dip in glaze once cool enough to touch. Let glazed donuts set on baking rack for about few minutes.
  6. Prepare frosting; Spread frosting evenly over each donut. Sprinkle lemon zest over each donut. Serve immediately. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Donut recipe adapted from the Wilton donut pan.

linked to: Hoosier Homemade, Crazy for Crust, Inside BruCrew Life, Tip Junkie

13 Responses

  1. My mom made donuts from scratch when I was a kid, but I’ve never tried making them myself. Your recipe looks awesome and addicting! Love the idea of coconut frosting.

    • You are lucky to have had homemade donuts as a kid! The Wilton donut pan has been a blessing. The frosting would be good on anything, but I love coconut!

  2. These sound super yummy! I recently bought a donut pan and love trying new donut recipes. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Love the donut pan!!! It’s changed my life ( and the life of my kids, the get to eat more donuts!)

    • Thank you! I love your party! I’ll be there!

    • Thank you! I convince myself these are lighter donuts than fried!

  3. Diane

    These look really good! I have had alot of luck with the donut recipe from King Arthur flours website. I am going to try yours. Have some lemons sitting with a question on what I’m going to make with them. Now I know!!!

    • I love King Arthur recipes and have wanted to try their donut recipe! But I really liked this! Thanks Diane!

  4. Donna

    Waaah!!..Here in France ..I simply cannot locate a baked doughnut pan…BUT..I have located a free-standing electric “doughnut” maker..grill-type of thing…much as you would imagine for a waffle-maker…but it is a doughnut-maker…Could this sort of contraption work just as well with your fabulous lemon and coconut frosting recipe?….I so wish to attempt this creative flavor explosion…and since in Europe, I have been craving a doughnut big-time…but not in a greasy “fried” format…Thanks for any enlightenment!

    • I do believe your doughnut maker will work! YOu have to give it a try!


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