Doughnut Muffins

A few weeks ago, on the last mile of a grueling long run, I passed a box of doughnuts that someone had opened and left on the ground. At this point in the run, I was hungry (and realized very much that I need to carry fuel on these runs), and after seeing the doughnuts just wanted one. They were the convenience store type of doughnut, the yellow ones with the sort of waxy chocolate frosting. Even as I describe them that way, I still kind of want one. . .

I obviously didn’t touch the doughnuts on the ground, but since I rarely crave sweets and doughnuts usually make me feel too full and kind of ill, I thought it kind of weird that I had them on the brain. Running does strange things to one’s food cravings.

At Target this weekend, I passed a display of doughnut pans, and I decided to try my hand at baking my own doughnuts.

Wilton Doughnut Pan

I used a Wilton  recipe right off of the doughnut pan packaging, thinking they would kind of turn out like the powdered sugar doughnuts that come along with the chocolate ones.

I got my ingredients, including cake flour, together.

King Arthur Cake Flour

And I mixed them all up while the oven was pre-heating.

I kind of expected the doughnut dough to be more cake batter like, but it was dough, which I guess makes sense. . .

doughnut batter

It made it difficult to fill the pan without making a mess. Obviously I overfilled the doughnut pan. Would I have it any other way but messing up a baking project?

My doughnuts became muffins in the front. . .

doughnut muffin

And sort of doughnuts in the back. I dipped the cooled doughnuts in a mix of butter, sugar, and cinnamon, and let them cool before wrapping them up for snacks and breakfast. They didn’t really satisfy my doughnut craving, but they were good, slightly sweet, very cake-like, and with a nice hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. I should also add that the doughnuts came out of the pan really easily and cleanly. Despite claims of non-stick, I often find that pans love to cling to my desserts. I guess it was a semi-success.

What’s your favorite kind of doughnut?

doughnut muffin


In completely unrelated, but far more important news, my cousin lost his entire home in a fire this past weekend. Thankfully he and his roommates were all okay, but they lost everything. The community of Asheville, NC has really come together to help them. I am not sure if I have any Asheville readers, but if you are from around there, a few businesses are hosting benefits. I am always grateful to businesses willing to help the community, and it really hits home when it’s your own family. Scary.

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I’m so sorry to hear about your cousin!


  2. Elizabeth’s avatar

    That is awful about your cousin, but the earlier part of the post did crack me up. muffins in the front. . . donut in the back, it totally reminded me of a mullet. Business in the front, party in the back. I think you should rename these donut mullets :D


  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Wow, so sorry to hear about your cousin. On a brighter note, I look forward to more doughnut recipes — I’ve experimented with KA’s recipes too!


  4. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Sorry to hear about your cousin – happy he is OK. Those donuts are so cute, the description is kind of like a mullet!!! Love!


  5. Jean | Delightful Repast’s avatar

    Meghan, sorry to hear about your cousin, of course. Glad to hear you’ve not given up on baking! :) Your doughnut-muffins are adorable, and who among us has never overfilled a pan?!


  6. Daisy’s avatar

    that is such sad news about your cousin.

    the doughnuts look great!


  7. melissanibbles’s avatar

    I am so sorry about your cousin. I’m glad he wasn’t hurt and that’s great to hear that the community has helped out.

    I saw that pan in Target, put it in my cart, walked around the store for a little bit, then put it right back. The odds of me ever baking doughnuts are zero. Your doughnut muffins sound tasty though!


  8. Megan’s avatar

    I’m so sorry about your cousin. That is so awful.

    The doughnuts look great and I would overfill the pan too!


  9. Christy’s avatar

    This kind of doughnut sounds really interesting, and your photos just make them look so appealing!:) Wonderful work done here;)
    So sorry to hear about your cousin, and glad to hear that they are all okay. Let’s keep them in our prayers, that things will soon be back to normal for them…


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