Sour Cream Cake Donuts



There’s something timeless about the aroma of freshly baked donuts wafting through the air, especially when they’re the classic old-fashioned sour cream cake donuts. These delectable treats evoke memories of cozy mornings at home or visits to the local bakery. If you’ve been craving that nostalgic flavor, you’re in luck! Today, I’m sharing a cherished recipe for old-fashioned sour cream cake donuts that will transport you back in time with every bite.


– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 2/3 cup sour cream
– 2 large eggs
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Glaze:
– 2 cups powdered sugar
– 1/4 cup milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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1. Preheat your oil: Heat oil in a deep fryer or large heavy-bottomed pot to 350°F (175°C). Make sure there’s enough oil to fully submerge the donuts while frying.

2. Prepare the dry ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.

3. Mix the wet ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract until smooth.

4. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until a soft dough forms. Be careful not to overmix.

5. Roll out the dough: On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch thickness. Use a donut cutter or two differently sized biscuit cutters to cut out donuts and donut holes.

6. Fry the donuts: Carefully drop the donuts into the hot oil, frying 2-3 at a time to avoid overcrowding. Fry for about 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the donuts to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

7. Make the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk or powdered sugar as needed.

8. Glaze the donuts: Once the donuts have cooled slightly, dip each one into the glaze, allowing any excess to drip off. Place the glazed donuts on a wire rack set over a baking sheet to catch drips and allow the glaze to set.

9. Enjoy! These old-fashioned sour cream cake donuts are best enjoyed fresh, but they can also be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


Indulging in homemade old-fashioned sour cream cake donuts is a delightful way to start your day or treat yourself to a sweet afternoon snack. With this simple recipe, you can recreate the comforting flavors of traditional bakery-style donuts right in your own kitchen. So gather your ingredients, fire up the fryer, and get ready to savor the irresistible taste of nostalgia!

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