Coconut milkis added to white cake mix
and topped with toasted coconut to make the moistest baked donuts ever!
If you love coconut, these coconut donuts are for you! A perfectly sweet little cake for breakfast!
Who doesn’t love donuts? Our family devours them! Every once in a while, I love surprising the kids with bakery donuts. I don’t do this often, however, because I am arrogant and think homemade is better!
After all, the Almond Coconut Chocolate Donuts and theses Cherry Chip Cake DonutsI make are pretty darn delicious! Another reason we don’t do this often is I’m too lazy to change out of my pj’s to drive the 15 minutes to the nearest donut shop!
When I do pick up a dozen donuts, the box will look exactly like this: there will be 10 donuts with loads of sprinkles and then there will be two donuts with toasted coconut. Those precious two are for my husband and me.
And yes, I actually let my 3 kids eat the remaining 10 sugary and sprinkle-y donuts! As I said, we don’t do this very often! But I digress. Back to the coconut donuts.
I fiercely love those coconut donuts! They are lightly sweetened but also a little nutty from the abundance of toasted coconut. I love them so much, that I’m usually tempted to buy an extra one for me to eat in the car.
But then I think of my rear end, and thankfully that prevents me from buying more than necessary!
I recently had a craving for those lovely coconut donuts. But as usual, I really didn’t feel like going to get them.
Then the genius in me remembered I had coconut milk in my fridge beckoning me to create my own perfect breakfast treats! Before long, this toasted coconut baked donut recipe was born!
How To Make Baked Donuts
I have often made baked cake donuts with a cake mix, but, sometimes donuts made with cake mix can be very soft.
This recipe uses cake flour, granulated sugar and other dry ingredients which will give these donuts a cake-like texture and make them light and tender.
The wet ingredients are made up of buttermilk, eggs, and cream of coconut. The cream of coconut bottle is usually found with the drink mixer (it is usually used in pina colada cocktails).
In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients followed by the melted butter. Stir just until combined.
Fill your donut baking pans with the batter and bake for about 12 minutes. Once the donuts have cooled, they are ready for the glaze!
For the glaze, I combine powdered sugar and coconut milk creamer. I like using creamer because it has just enough sweet taste and has the consistency I like. However, any coconut milk will work as will cow’s milk and coconut extract.
Carefully dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and then cover them with toasted coconut. Place the baked cake donuts on wax paper until set.
Tips and Suggestion For This Baked Donut Recipe
-No cake flour? No problem! I always keep cake flour in my pantry for recipes like this roll cake and for certain cupcakes like these Key Lime Cupcakes because it yields such a soft, sponge-like texture.
But if you would rather avoid buying cake flour, then measure one level cup of all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons and replace them with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk and then sift this mixture.
-You can omit the coconut milk and use buttermilk instead. Coconut extract can be used to flavor the batter.
-To toast coconut, place shredded coconut in a single layer into a 300-degree oven. Toast the coconut for 15 minutes, turning the coconut every 5 minutes. Coconut burns quite quickly, so pay close attention.
– To fill your donut pan, place the batter into a large zip-top baggie. Snip one corner and pipe the batter into your donut pan, filling it only about ⅔ full. The batter should be just enough to fill 12 donut cavities.
-Make sure that your donut pan is greased with non-stick spray so that your donuts easily slide out of the pan.
-Make sure the donuts have cooled completely before dipping into the glaze.
How Long Will Baked Donuts Last?
Baked donuts will last for 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container. They tend to get a little too soft and the glaze begins to run if left for too long.
These donuts disappeared within 24 hours in my donut-loving house, I would venture to say that they won’t last much longer in your house!
Homemade donuts are easy to make. They don’t have to be deep fried to be delicious! With a donut pan, a few key ingredients and a little time, you can have easy baked donuts any time the craving hits!
Toasted Coconut Baked Donut Recipe
Soft, cake-like coconut donuts are topped with a coconut glaze and toasted coconut! This baked donut recipe is the best!
- 2 cups of cake flour
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoonss baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup cream of coconut
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut milk, sweetened
- 1 ½ cup toasted coconut
- Prheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 2 6-cavity donut pans with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- In a seperate bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, cream of coconut, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, followed by the melted butter. Stir until combined.
- Pour batter into a large zip top bag. Snip one corner and fill the donut cavities 2/3 full. Bake donuts for 7-9 minutes or until donuts spring back when touched.
- Allow donuts to rest in the pan for 3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. While donuts cool, prepare the glaze.
- In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and coconut milk. Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze, then dip the glazed tops into the toasted coconut. Place donuts on wax paper to set.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 715Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 71mgSodium 616mgCarbohydrates 97gFiber 4gSugar 52gProtein 10g
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Cathy@Lemon Tree Dwelling says
Ok I can already taste these…they sound so amazing! And easy, too. My idea of perfection!
Thank you Cathy! I think my kids thought they were perfect!
Carrie R says
I LOVE coconut donuts! I REALLY need to get myself a donut pan soon. 😉
Yes, Carrie, you NEED a donut pan! It will change your life.
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
I’m not sure I could pass up sprinkles for coconut. I think I would need both. Donuts are such a treat!! Love that you used cake mix for this. I pinned all your donuts! I’m having a major morning sweet tooth.
Both, I never thought of that! Yes, donuts ARE a huge treat and I never pass them up!
Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake says
What a great idea to use the coffee creamer and I LOVE toasted coconut, so I know I would love these!
Toasted coconut is the best! Thanks Stephanie!
Heather @ French Press says
what a great idea Tanya – I never would have thought to try coffee creamer
It was a great addition Heather!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
I have not tried making my own doughnuts, but these look so good I just might! I love coconut, so these are right up my alley!
I love coconut too and homemade is so much better!
Tanya, these look so delicious!!!! I love coconut, too. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us and pinning! Happy Sunday!
Thank you Cindy!
Trish @ Mom On Timeout says
These donuts look delicious Tanya!
Thanks Trish, they were so good!
In Katrina's Kitchen (@katrinaskitchen) says
What a pretty doughnut!
Thank you Katrina!
Meg @ Sweet Twist says
I am on the hunt for a good donut for this weekend.. Found them.
These look heavenly. I simply must make them so that I can confirm they are the best…
Haha, yes I need someone to confirm how good they taste!
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
Ah, these look wonderful, Tanya! Pinning and sharing on Facebook! Stopping by from Lady Behind the Curtain this time…cause you know we are all linked up there! LOL
Thank you Julie!
BruCrew Life says
Oh coconutty goodness, how I could eat you all up right now!!!
Um, yeah, I did eat them all up!
Holly Waterfall says
I love coconut.. more than just about any other flavor out there. Topped on donuts, and I am SOLD!
Toasted coconut is the best! Thanks Holly!
Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life says
I know what you mean about donuts. Once I start eating them, I can’t stop. I am o glad you used the Almond Joy creamer, I love that stuff! Going to have to make these soon.
I love that creamer too. I could probably just skip the coffee!
I don’t have a doughnut pan. Wondering if the mini bundt pans would work adjusting the time a tad????
I think it could work, I would just watch them in the oven carefully.
Funny…as much as I didn’t like coconut as a kid, I always LOVED toasted coconut donuts! Great recipe, Tanya!
These donuts are unbelievably amazing! I don’t think I can go back to store bought! Thanks for sharing!
Andrea Metlika says
I have never had a coconut donut before. This is a great recipe and they look fantastic.
I really loved the taste of toasted coconut! These donuts are SO good!!
Mary Bostow says
These look so good! I am a coconut fanatic, and can’t wait to try these.
Tawnie Kroll says
These were incredible – thank you!!
There is something special about toasted coconut and these just look fantastic!
YES!! Coconut is my favorite flavor, love this recipe!!! Huge hit with the entire family
What an incredible donut! I love all the coconut flavor in them!
These were fabulous. Anything with coconut is a win in our house!
Never have had a coconut donut before this one and let me say I have been missing out!