Powdered Lemon Bourbon Oat Cake Doughnuts at Chasing Delicious

Lemon Oat Bourbon Cake Doughnuts

Cake Doughnuts: My favorite cake doughnuts are dense, moist and crumbly. To do this you are essentially making a pound cake batter and simply baking it in a cake doughnut form. Also to achieve this texture, a specific mixing method is required (leavening depends almost solely the air incorporated into the batter rather than the small amount of baking soda). Take care to follow the instructions carefully and not deflate the batter while mixing in the flour and piping the doughnuts.

Piping vs Spooning: While you can spoon the batter into the doughnut forms, it is almost impossible to get a clear doughnut shape this way. I suggest piping the batter into the form.


Lemon Oat Cake Doughnuts

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Standmixer with paddle attachment
Doughnut pans


3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon bourbon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces butter, soft at room temp.
8 ounces sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
5 ounces all-purpose flour
3 ounces oat flour
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.

2. Mix the eggs, egg yolks, bourbon and vanilla in a small bowl until everythign is broken up. Take care not to beat any air into the mixture.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until broken up and soft, about 2 minutes on medium.

4. With the mixer running, slowly add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (nearly white in color), about 4-5 minutes.

5. Add the lemon zest and mix in well.

6. With the mixer running (medium-low), very slowly pour the egg mixture into the butter and sugar mixture. This step should take you about five minutes.

7. Sift the flours, baking soda and salt together in a seperate bowl. Slowly fold the flours into the egg mixture, 1/4 at a time. This will form a stiff batter.

8. Place the batter in a large piping bag. Cut the end of the bag so the width matches the width of the rings on the dougnut pan.

9. Carefully pipe the batter into the dougnut pans, careful not to fill each form too high (the batter should only come up about 1/2-3/4 to the top).

10. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden  on top and the dough springs back when pressed lightly.

11. Let cool slightly before glazing and topping.


Interested in learning about how to get the shot above? Check out Behind the Shot: Box of Doughnuts over at Chasing Delicious Photography.


AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Founder of Chasing Delicious, and author of Haute Dogs, Russell's works have been featured in Southern Living, Men's Fitness, Redbook, TRADHome, and Real Simple magazines and on various sites including Lifehacker, Fast Co., Business Insider, The Kitchn, Live Originally, Quipsologies, Explore, and Fine Cooking. Follow Russell on Twitter @rvank and Instagram. Get more delicious @chasedelicious.


  • Kiran @

    Doughnut deliciousness! I love the white setup! And thanks for sharing info on “behind-the-scenes” :)

  • Chiara

    Amazing shot!!I really like the doughnuts, but I’ve never tried to make them. Your recipe is a good starting point….

  • shelly (cookies and cups)

    Oh yes, I agree with piping the doughnuts…it works WAY better!
    Also, LOVE the behind the scenes of the shot!

  • RavieNomNoms

    Printing this out and trying it out this weekend!

  • ami@naivecookcooks

    Such a recipe and wonderful pictures as usual!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Pound cake batter? In doughnut form? With BOURBON? You’re killing me, smalls. Yum!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I am so, so, into these donuts!

  • Diane {Created by Diane}

    I’m totally craving doughnuts now!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    And now I’m completely craving doughnuts! Love the heavy dusting (or is it dunking?) of powdered sugar.

  • Maria Tadic

    These look really yummy! Like all your recipes! Speaking of that, I made one of those grilled cheese sandwiches – with pear, gruyere, swiss and that red wine sauce. OMG…soooo good! I need a large vat of that sauce…at all times!

    • Russell

      I’m so glad you liked the sandwich, Maria! That was my personal favorite of the three. And I agree about that sauce! I kept using the leftover sauce on random things!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Russell, I would be in SO much trouble if those were sitting in front of me. They look divine!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    omg yes please!

  • Carolyn

    Truly gorgeous and now I am off to read Behind the Shot… :)

  • Jeanette

    Can you just pop over to my house and make these for my kids? Love the oats and lemon zest in your recipe.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I keep seeing amazing baked doughnuts, it’s really time for me to get a doughnut pan and join the fun.

  • Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs

    Do you deliver? To my office? Great.

  • thelittleloaf

    Lemon cake in doughnut form sounds good to me! Love the snowy white photo too :-)

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    Okay, I really really need to buy doughnut pans. And then I will have these for breakfast always.

  • Jaime {sophistimom}

    White on white. What a great shot . . . So beautiful.

  • Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

    Oh my heavens! What I would give for one of these tasty snacks to pair with my cup of coffee. They look incredible, and your photography is stunning!

  • Stephanie

    yesssss! These look awesome!

  • Shannon

    These are so beautiful. And a terrific flavor combination as always.

  • Caroline

    I bought a donut pan several months ago and love it! I agree completely that a cake donut needs to be dense and moist! It’s so satisfying! So happy to have found this site. It’s lovely. I’ll be making these babies this week! Thanks!

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  • Julia @ hungryandconfused

    I love your photography on this site. These doughnuts look delicious and I love that they’re baked. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ohhh wow these are some flavors I havent had together wants to though! they look so good!

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