Donuts with Cotton Candy Glaze

These cotton candy baked cake donuts are as tasty as they are beautiful. The cotton candy taste in the doughnut and frosting is just enough to provide flavor without becoming overpowering.

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Since there is no yeast in this recipe, there is no need to wait for the dough to rise. We were using cake batter, which enables us to bake them rather than cook them.

Not that baking them makes them healthier. Let’s face it, we’re talking about cotton candy cake doughnuts here. So, why bake? Because it actually gives you that cake texture, and baking is lot simpler than frying anything.

You don’t really need cotton candy for this recipe. We were experimenting with cotton candy flavour. It’s cheap, and a little goes a long way.

I tried it in a prior blog dish and enjoyed the taste, so we’re using it again here. You may read about it here: Poke Cake with Cotton Candy

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I used the following cotton candy flavoring:

Flavoring for Cotton Candy

In theory, you don’t have to purchase real cotton candy, but if you want to top your donuts with it, that’s perfectly OK, and I doubt anybody would object.

I really liked the marble appearance after applying the glaze, so I opted to leave mine with only the glaze on top, but you may do anything you like.

The cake batter for these donuts is not your typical cake batter. Regular cake batter would be too fragile for this use. This recipe is based on King Arthur Flour’s Cake Donut Recipe. I changed up the ingredients and added cotton candy flavour. I believe the texture turned out great.

Let’s speak about doughnut pans now. There are several options. You have the option of using a silicone pan or a metal pan. It is all up to you.

I used a silicone pan like this one:

Doughnut Pan Made of Silicone

Even though a silicone pan is ostensibly nonstick, my skeptical self covered it with shortening. When it comes to getting my cakes out in one piece, I don’t like to take chances. By the way, if you need help with that, check out this post: How to Get Cakes to Release

These donuts are simple to prepare; just mix the batter, bake them, create the glaze, and then coat the tops. I’ve even included a video to demonstrate the process.

Well, now for the recipe!

Cotton Candy Baked Cake Donuts

Cotton candy baked cake donuts are delicious AND pretty. They’ve got a light cotton candy flavor and are baked, not fried, which makes them easy to prepare. For an added bonus, add actual cotton candy on top!

Well, let’s get to the recipe!

Now for the recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cotton Candy Baked Cake Donuts
Prep Time: 1hour25minutes
Cook Time: 15minutes
Total Time: 1hour40minutes
Servings: 12donuts
Calories: 339kcal


For the cake donuts:

  • 2 cupflourall intended
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoonsalt
  • 1cupmilk
  • a teaspoon of cotton candy flavor
  • stick of butter in a cup
  • cupoil
  • 1cupsugar
  • 2eggs

For the glaze:

  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • a teaspoon of cotton candy flavor
  • 4 tablespoons milk (plus an extra 2 tablespoons if necessary)
  • The greatest food coloring is pink and blue gel coloring.
  • Optional cotton candy


For the cake donuts:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Shortening should be used to grease the doughnut pan.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing basin. Set aside.
  • In a separate dish, combine the milk and cotton candy flavoring.
  • In a mixing dish, cream together the butter, oil, and sugar until frothy.
  • Add the eggs and mix just until combined.
  • Mix together the dry and wet ingredients. Be careful to alternate the dry and liquid mixtures. Begin and finish with the dry mixture. (Dry, liquid, dry, liquid, dry) After each addition, mix just until combined.
  • Spoon about halfway into a donut pan.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes. Begin checking after 10 minutes.
  • Place on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. While the donuts are still in the pan, place a paper towel over them and softly push down to flatten the bottoms somewhat. Cool for 5 minutes on the rack that is still in the pan. Next, remove from the pan and cool fully on a rack before applying the glaze.

For the glaze:

  • Melted butter, confectioners sugar, corn syrup, cotton candy flavoring, and about three tablespoons milk should all be combined in a mixing bowl.
  • Check the consistency after thoroughly mixing. Thin the glaze with additional milk if necessary. You’ll probably need a few more tablespoons.

Glazing the donuts:

  • After the donuts have cooled, take the glaze and softly swirl in some pink and blue food coloring. Twist a donut face down into the glaze mixture approximately halfway down the doughnut. Pull it up while twisting and allowing some of the excess to drop off. Flip face up and place on a cooling rack to harden up the frosting. Put cotton candy to the top if desired. If you do this, wait at least five minutes for the glaze to harden up somewhat before adding the cotton candy. If you wait too long, the glaze will harden and the cotton candy will fall apart.



Adapted from King Arthur Flour’s Cake Donut Recipe.This recipe card may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 140mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1.5mg

So, what are your thoughts? Aren’t they lovely?

I love how vibrant they are, and I’m sure the kids will like them. (I know because I tried them on my stepchildren.) What exactly am I saying? Adults will like them as well. Were we all kids at heart?

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Do baked donuts taste the same as fried?

They are velvety on the inside and outside. The texture is more compact, and there is no distinguishing flavor from deep frying. The color is also much lighter. Overall, the flavor was decent, and if you don’t want the calories of deep frying, as well as the added step and clean up, these are an acceptable option.

What is the difference between a cake donut and a regular donut?

But, other from their lowly origins, what distinguishes the two sorts of doughnuts? It is primarily a leavening agent. Cake doughnuts are leavened with baking soda and baking powder, and yeast doughnuts are leavened with, you got it, yeast.

Are baked donuts better than fried donuts?

Is a baked donut recipe healthier than a fried donut recipe? They most certainly are. A conventional fried glazed doughnut has around 269 calories, however a baked donut has substantially less. The difference is that you won’t be dealing with any additional fat from frying oil when you bake.

Why are my baked donuts rubbery?

Over-mixing might result in brittle, rubbery doughnuts, so mix lightly and just as much as needed.

Are the Krispy Kreme cake donuts baked or fried?

Krispy Kremes, like other doughnuts, are fried (cooked in oil). Frying quickly cooks the dough from the outside in, giving the doughnuts their unique crispy texture. The doughnuts are transported by conveyer belt into a vegetable oil bath heated to between 355 and 360 degrees Fahrenheit (about 180 C).

Does Dunkin fry or bake their donuts?

These doughnuts are indeed fried in oil. That wouldn’t taste nearly as wonderful if they didn’t. They used to cook them in trans-fat oil, but now they use 0% trans-fat vegetable oil.

Are Krispy Kreme donuts cake or yeast?

You’re eating a yeast doughnut if you eat a jelly or cream-filled doughnut. Of course, the Original Glazed from Krispy Kreme is the apex of the yeast doughnut genre (more below). Cake doughnuts, on the other hand, are denser—even cakier—and excellent for dipping in coffee.

Are Dunkin donuts yeast or cake?

The Glazed Donut from Dunkin’ Donuts is a huge, fluffy yeast doughnut.

Are cake donuts better than yeast donuts?

“A cake doughnut is considerably more soft than a yeast doughnut,” adds Talbot, “whereas a yeast doughnut has more chew.” The yeast doughnut was the first in line in terms of seniority. We know it’s older than the cake doughnut since yeast has been around for hundreds of years longer than artificial leaveners.

Are Starbucks donuts baked or fried?

Starbucks is a traditional doughnut (prepared with baking soda and cooked in an oven), but Krispy Kreme is a fried yeasted dough.

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