Deep Fried Doughnut Cupcakes




About: I'm a student at the Evergreen State College. I have studied music, theater, food sciences and herbal medicine so far.

These cupcakes combined the fried goodness of a doughnut with the cake-y softness and taste of a cupcake! Fill them with your favorite filling and trim however you please.

Step 1: Cupcake Ingredients

The cupcake on the inside of the "doughnut" is just your average yellow cake.  The recipe I used is from, it makes 12 cupcakes.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs

Step 2: Cupcake Construction Pt.1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a standard (12-cup) muffin tin (you won't need cupcake papers to line it). In a small bowl, whisk together the 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt; set aside. In a liquid-measuring cup, mix 1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp vanilla; set aside.

Step 3: Cupcake Construction Pt.2

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the 2 eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add half of dry ingredients, followed by milk-vanilla mixture, then remaining dry ingredients. 

Step 4: Cupcake Construction Pt.3

Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups (I like to use a 1/4 cup measuring cup).
Bake for 15 minutes (you want it to be not completely finished, deep frying will do that).
Let sit in the tin for about 5 minutes and then allow to cool.

Step 5: Filling the Cupcake

I filled my cupcakes with a store bought raspberry jam.  I have found that the best way to fill the cupcakes for deep frying is to poke a hole in the top with a pinky (clean hands of course!), wiggle it around to make a hollow space inside.  Then put enough jelly to fill the cupcakes in a piping bag (plastic bags with a clipped tip work too) and use a metal piping tip to fill them to the top. 

Step 6: Fry Batter

Before you start making the fry batter I would suggest heating up a home deep frier (if you don't have a deep frier 3 inches in of oil in a pot). You'll want to get the oil temperature to 375° F for frying.  

While that's heating up time's time to start the fry batter. The recipe I used is adapted from a recipe on and it is as follows:

1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

All you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together and it's done!

Step 7: Deep Frying

Once the oil is to 375° F you are ready to get frying! Batter the cupcakes one at a time and place them in the hot oil until golden. 
If you want the cupcake to be sugar coated like some in the first photo I should, you will want to roll the cupcake in sugar while it's still warm (DON'T do it right out of the oil, you might burn yourself!)

Step 8: Chocolate Frosting

I found the chocolate frosting recipe on on a page called "Krispy Kreme Doughnut Copycat". They also have a recipe for making a glaze for glazed doughnuts, but I chose not to do any.

I cut their recipe in half and still had extra

1/3 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 -6 tablespoons hot water
4 ounces milk chocolate chips or 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat butter and chocolate over low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in water 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.

When I frosted them I tried to spread it on with a knife, I would now suggest dipping the top of the cupcake in it to get a nicer looking product.

Step 9: Time to Enjoy!

Your cupcakes are finished!! Time to eat up and enjoy!

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    10 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    What a clever idea, combining two different tasty treats! You also made the directions easy to follow. Wish I had a deep fryer.

    1 reply

    You don't need a deep frier to make these, you could also use a deep pan and fill it with oil, it should work the same.  I think if you really want to try it you should.

    In MI, we have both cake and raised donuts. This sounds (and looks) like a mix between the two. They look delicious!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    not so fast, if my tongue tells me correctly malasada's are a yeast batter type doughnut.

    this recipe appears to use baking powder rather than yeast. the would be more similar in texture to the traditional cake-doughnut.

    but thanks for making me think about malasadas, menahunie. i'm way to far away from leonards now. going to have to do some research online, unless you happen to have a good recipe?



    Malasadas are a yeast dough, this recipe doesn't have yeast it it. So if anything they are doughnuts, not my cupcakes.


    7 years ago on Step 9

    Wow, been thinking about homemade Donuts, this works! Hey you trying to make me Fat ! lol, eat at you own risk! Thanks


    7 years ago on Introduction

    These look very good. I see you are from the evergreen state! I lived in Wa for a long time.