Maple Bacon Cake Doughnuts

Breakfast, Desserts

Maple bacon doughnuts are nothing new to my world (evidence: here and here). I lead a lucky life.

And despite me loving them, I’ve never felt the urge to make them myself. When I think of homemade doughnuts, I get sleepy. Sooooo much work. The dough making, the rolling out, cutting out, the two rises and the frying. Ugh. Too much. It’s way easier to drive downtown and pick one up.

A few days ago though, I found a happy compromise: hot oil…but NO rises. Cake doughnuts. Whoa. WHOA.

This comes together, I swear, in like 15 minutes. It’s the easiest dough in the world. You mix a little here, pour in a little milk there, fold in some flour. That’s it.

Roll it out. Cut out your doughnuts.

And fry. There’s no wait!

Real talk for a second: Frying is annoying. I know this. What are you supposed to do with the oil when you’re done? Ugh. What if it spills everywhere? These are all really valid arguments why you should just buy a deep-fryer.

I’ve been telling myself this for the past few months. It’s actually neater and easier with a deep-fryer. But…but…imagine how much I’d fry! Chicken wings for dinner. Fried calamari all the time. Fried twinkies for dessert. It’d be a problem.

I just can’t bring myself to do it. Fried dough is a treat. That’s why I urge you to actually double this recipe because you’re putting in a little bit of effort so it needs to be worth your while.

AM I RIGHT? I’m right.

Also, please disregard my disgusting nails. Just shameful.

My favorite part of this recipe was dipping the doughnuts in the glaze. So pretty! So fun!

The sprinkling of the bacon makes these things so gorgeous.

Forget sprinkles, guys; we got bacon!

Maple Bacon Cake Doughnuts

Print this recipe!

1 quart peanut oil (or a 50/50 peanut and vegetable oil blend)
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup whole milk

Maple Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup

4 cooked slices of thick cut bacon, chopped

Preheat oil to 365°F.

1. Whisk together the shortening, sugar and egg yolk until well combined.

2. In another bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Alternate adding the flour mixture and milk to the yolk mixture until a dough has just formed.

3. Turn the dough onto a clean surface and knead until smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. Lightly flour the surface and roll dough until ½ inch thick.

4. Use a 3-inch doughnut cutter, cut out doughnuts. Re-roll the scraps to make more doughnuts. I ended up with about 11 doughnuts and 11 doughnut holes.

5. Carefully drop 3 to 4 doughnuts at a time into the oil and fry for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, flipping the doughnuts after a minute.

6. Drain on paper towels and repeat until all the doughnuts have been made.

7. In a small bowl, mix together glaze ingredients until smooth and creamy. To make the doughnuts, dip the doughnuts into the glaze and top with a few chopped pieces of bacon. Repeat until all of the doughnuts and doughnut holes are covered in glaze and bacon.

Cake Doughnut recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon; Maple Bacon Doughnut inspiration from Nickel Diner.

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  • Reply Alannah December 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    We are going to acozy kitchen.

  • Reply Meghan February 18, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Can I substitute the shortening for bacon fat/grease? Always have that around in the kitchen I work in!!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

      That should work, as long as it’s strained bacon fat.

  • Reply Betsy March 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I am making these this weekend- funny I just watched the food network and saw a similar donut but with sauted apple and bacon bits inside the dough also!!! Can’t wait to try this!!!

  • Reply Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen February 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Bacon and donuts, together as one….what’s not to love!

  • Reply Javelin Warrior February 24, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Adrianna, I love bacon donuts (of any kind) and I’ve purchased them from bake shops a number of times but I’m so glad you shared this recipe for making them at home… I have featured this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks as ever for the inspiration…

  • Reply Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! February 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Foods like these donuts are precisely why I keep forgetting to bring home the deep frier my mother has waiting for me in NJ. Because you’re so right, a deep fryer would make everything easier, I would probably be eating these donuts (and other forms of fried dough) on a ridiculously regular basis. And that would be bad. But it would be so good!

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite February 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    These look so amazing! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

  • Reply Russell at Chasing Delicious February 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Ooh. What an awesome combination of flavors! These are my kinds of doughnuts.

  • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) February 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I don’t know what more to say than these look crazy good. Something seems really liberating about the idea of making your OWN donuts.

  • Reply Chase l Oh The Cuteness! February 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Oh now that’s just not fair. Is it illegal to make these to go with the breakfast galette you posted earlier?

    • Reply Adrianna February 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Totally legal.

  • Reply Ryan February 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Oh dear. I think I’m about to gain about a million pounds, all thanks to these. They look SO good!

  • Reply Kelly Hartman February 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    What the what?!! How in the world did you ever come up with this recipe?! Incredible…and sinful. I love and hate you at the same time 😉

  • Reply Adrienne @ Love Well Styled February 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

    You have just won over my heart with this recipe! I cannot wait to try it out and have the bacon lovers in my life swooning! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef February 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    oh man, those look phenomenal. all the doughnut shops in indiana are not cool enough to sell bacon doughnuts…now i can replicate them at home! 🙂

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