Blueberry Cake Donuts

I have accomplished one of my goals in life. No, it’s not that trip to Hawaii that I’ve been dreaming of or running the Boston Marathon.  It’s not hiking the Sierra Nevada mountain range or the 2,181 miles of the Appalachian trail.  It’s a homemade blueberry cake donut that is oh. so. close to the DD variety.

These are baked not fried, which makes them better for you. That means you can eat more of them.

How do they taste?, you ask. Well, I made a dozen last night and there is one left as of right now. They are freakishly good.

They start with an old-fashioned donut base. I used frozen Maine blueberries to add the maximum amount of blueberry flavor.

The icing is simply blueberries, lemon and powdered sugar. Perfection doesn’t have to be complicated.

blueberry cake donut

Blueberry Cake Donuts

Print Recipe for Blueberry Cake Donuts

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen Maine blueberries


  • 1/8 cup frozen Maine blueberries
  • The juice and zest from half a lemon
  • 6 Tbs. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk together the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Blend in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Place blueberries in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30-40 seconds until soft and juicy. Whisk in the milk and egg.  Add this to the flour mixture and mix just until combined.

Place the batter in a ziplock bag and snip off the corner to use as a pastry bag. Pipe into a greased donut pan.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. While the donuts are baking, microwave 1/8 cup blueberries for 30-40 seconds. Smash them with the lemon juice and zest. Add the powdered sugar until it is the consistency desired. I like mine to be on the thicker side, more like frosting.

Cool donuts on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Dip into icing and enjoy.

Makes a dozen donuts.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. bronyasmolen says:

    I need to try these!! And the colours amazing.


  2. I love the look of these! I think I need a doughnut pan pronto! Such a lovely colour too.


    1. Jodi says:

      This donut alone is worth the purchase of a pan :)


  3. Carolina says:

    This recipe is amazing but my icing wasn’t like the photo! It didn’t get hard, like frosting!!
    What do you think I did wrong?


    1. Jodi says:

      Hi Carolina! I’m glad you like the recipe. The only thing I can think of is that you may have used too much lemon juice? And remember you have to let it cool in order to harden. Try it again and let me know!


      1. carolina says:

        probably I used to much lemon juice and blueberries! I’ll try again but this time I’m going to make strawberries donuts!!! Since I went to NY and ate the donuts of doughnut plant I just could stop thinking about those donuts!! thank you for sharing.


      2. Jodi says:

        Oh! I have always wanted to go there!


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  5. turkeybaby says:

    Can’t wait to try these tomorrow morning! My eldest son absolutely loves DD blueberry donuts so if I can make a similar version at home, he’ll be thrilled!


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  7. Linnea says:

    Would you have any recommendations for using the batter to bake a regular cake? My boyfriend absolutely loves these donuts and I would like to find a way to make this into a birthday cake.


    1. Jodi says:

      Linnea, I have doubled this recipe for a cake but the result was dry. You might try making two batches, putting each into an 8 inch round baking pan.


  8. Olivia says:

    This recipe has been bookmarked for some time and I finally made the blueberry donuts today. I love the citrus blueberry flavor! Thank you for sharing! The toughest part of the recipe for me was the glaze. It rolled right off of the donuts! I gradually added more and more powdered sugar to thicken it up but to no avail. I think next time I will start off with more powdered sugar from the get go. Just a thought, I used Pam nonstick spray on the donut pan. Do you think that has any affect on the glaze not staying on?


    1. Jodi says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them Olivia! I don’t think using the nonstick spray had anything to do with the glaze running off. Did you wait until the donuts were cooled a bit? I think because the recipe for the glaze is dependent upon the size of the blueberries and the size of the lemon itself, it’s hard to gauge. That’s why I say just keep adding the powdered sugar until it’s the consistency you desire. Thank you so much for trying it out!


      1. Olivia says:

        Thanks Jodi. More sugar is always the answer ;)


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