Coffee Cake Donuts by Offbeat + Inspired

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A Fusion of Two Old Favorites


There is quite possibly nothing better than a delicious treat that can take you back to your childhood in one single bite. For the girls at Offbeat + Inspired, these coffee cake donuts are just that: not only a spectacular dessert, but also a means to fondly remember their childhood days spent at the Jersey Shore. These girls were inspired by the mouthwatering coffee cake they used to get from the local deli down at the shore, so they transformed it into a donut form that is too good to skip a beat on! Pop these treats into the oven, and prepare your mind for a quick mental vacation to the shore.

Coffee Cake Donuts
Crumb Topping
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 3½ cups cake flour
  • 1¼ cup cake flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray two 6-cavity donut pans with cooking spray (I use these Norpro pans because the cavities are nice and deep compared to others I’ve tried!)
  3. First, make the crumb. In a large bowl, combine the sugars, cinnamon and salt. Pour the melted butter over the mixture and stir until fully incorporated. Stir in the cake flour until a smooth dough forms and set the bowl aside.
  4. In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Using a hand mixer, add in the butter and beat until the mixture resembles moist crumbs.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the egg, egg yolks, vanilla extract and buttermilk. Mix until smooth, and then add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until the batter is light and fluffy.
  6. Spoon the batter into the donut molds. Make sure each cavity is only about ⅓ full. It’s better to under-fill each one, and then go back and add more with any excess batter.
  7. Evenly distribute the crumb dough over the top of each donut. Be careful not to press the crumbs into the batter, just give them a generous sprinkling. Pile on that crumb!
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one of the donuts comes out clean. If your oven bakes unevenly, rotate the pans halfway through. If you want the crumbs to brown, move your trays to the top rack under the broiler when there’s about 5 minutes left on the clock. Watch them carefully if you do this because they can easily burn!
  9. When you remove your trays from the oven, let them cool for about 5 minutes before turning them out onto a cooling rack and placing them crumb-side up. Once the donuts have cooled, dust them with powdered sugar, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Mixing Ingredients

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Crumble Topping

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Finished donuts

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Lexington, KY

Sarah and Tiffany are the great minds behind the Offbeat + Inspired blog. They’ve grown as friends through the 20 years they've known each other, and now they are on this blogging adventure together. Offbeat + Inspired explores the realm of cooking, DIY, crafting, fashion and more.  

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  • pixelstopearls
    December 5, 2014

    I’ve never tried baked doughnuts before, but these look delicious! I’ll have to try this recipe after I get my hands on a doughnut pan.

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