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




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Recipe: Baked Lemon Glazed Donuts with Coconut Frosting
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A baked lemon donut dipped and glazed then topped with a coconut frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast
Serves: 12
  • 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. ⅔ 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.

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14 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!

  5. […] sweetened the dough with honey.  I love using lemons in baked goods like these cookies and these donuts so it was only natural to infuse the dough with lemon juice and lemon zest.  The icing will make […]


  1. […] sweetened the dough with honey.  I love using lemons in baked goods like these cookies and these donuts so it was only natural to infuse the dough with lemon juice and lemon zest.  The icing will make […]

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