Baked Lemon Donuts

Light and fluffy baked lemon donuts. Drizzled with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze and decorated with freeze dried raspberries. 


I’ve never met (or eaten!) a donut/doughnut I haven’t liked. I love the traditional jam doughnuts sold at bakeries, what I enjoy most is the sugary sweet coating and then the oozy jam centre as I take a ginormous bite.

My love affair with doughnuts started a few years ago when I had a job working at a local bakery. My first job every morning as soon as I arrived was to fill each freshly fried doughnut with jam and then roll in sugar. I don’t know how I resisted eating the entire batch of doughnuts… 😉

Anyway, as much as I enjoy indulging in fried doughnuts, they’re not the easiest bake to make at home. I purchased a donut pan some time ago and I’ve baked a few donuts since then and shared one baked donut recipe previously on the blog. So I figured it was about time to share another with you all!


These baked donuts are 100x easier and believe or not they really are just as delicious as the traditional fried kind. They’re made using a simple cake batter with the addition of yoghurt, which aids the fluffy texture and adds a delicious tangy flavour.

The sticky lemon glaze is totally optional – I really think it’s a delicious finishing touch. Plus, who can say no to a lush sugary glaze?! I could and would eat it by the spoonful bowlful… 🙂

Drizzle the icing liberally over each donut and then leave to set. If you’re feeling decorative you can scatter over sprinkles or freeze dried raspberries like I did. I think the pink raspberries are the perfect touch to celebrate Cate’s baby girl!

A gorgeous treat that would be lovely served with a cup of coffee or tea but these really are perfect for any occasion! And if you’re a fan of donuts, be sure to check out some of Cate’s amazing donut creations from her blog!

Here are just a few of my favourites:


Donut Batter:

180g (1 and 1/2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour

100g (1/2 cup) caster or granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large free-range egg

170g (6 ounces) lemon yoghurt

80ml (1/3 cup) milk

80ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil

Zest from 1 large lemon

Lemon Icing:

100g (1 cup) icing (confectioners’/powdered) sugar

Juice from 1 lemon (3-4 tablespoons)


  1. Preheat oven to 150 Fan / 170°C / 325°F. Lightly grease two 6-hole donut pans with butter or oil spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl or jug whisk together the egg, yoghurt, milk, oil and lemon zest.
  4. Add the wet mixture to dry and mix until just combined.
  5. Divide the batter between the donut pans and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the donut. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then carefully remove and then transport to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  6. Once the donuts are cooled, make the glaze. Combine the icing sugar and lemon juice until you have a runny icing that can be drizzled. Drizzle the icing over each donut and then decorate with freeze dried raspberries or sprinkles before the icing sets.

Recipe Notes:

  • I wouldn’t recommend using a low-fat lemon yoghurt, full-fat works a lot better with this recipe.
  • If you cannot get lemon yoghurt, you can use plain or any other flavoured yogurt.
  • Once iced these donuts are best eaten on the day of making, as if stored in an airtight container, the icing will go soft and sticky. But they are still delicious even on the next day!

Recipe adapted from Barbara Bakes


Chez Catey Lou Donut Shower Graphic

Don’t forget to check out all the other delicious donut recipes from my blogging friends!

Baked Dark Chocolate Strawberry Donuts – Club Narwhal

Baked Lemon Donuts – What Jessica Baked Next

Biscoff Donuts – Baking a Moment

Chai Donuts – Fresh April Flours

Chocolate Cake S’mores Donuts – Jessica in the Kitchen

Chocolate Pretzel Donuts – The Emotional Baker

Coconut Matcha Donuts with White Chocolate Glaze – Blahnik Baker

Coffee and Donuts Breakfast Bake – The Cookie Rookie

Doughnut Tiramisu – bethcakes

GF Lemon Donuts with Raspberry Glaze – Thoroughly Nourished Life

Maple Glazed Donut Holes – Hall Nesting

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cake Donuts – American Heritage Cooking

Paleo Chocolate Frosted Donuts – A Clean Bake

Raspberry Jam Filled Cupcakes – gotta get baked

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Donut Breakfast Sandwich – Shared Appetite

Strawberry Margarita Oreo Donuts – Life Made Sweeter

Baked Mini Samoa Donuts – Culinary Couture

Donut Holes with Sweet Strawberry Dipping Sauce – Twin Stripe


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64 thoughts on “Baked Lemon Donuts

  1. Jess these donuts are beautiful – I love lemon things, and the raspberries on top make them the perfect addition to a baby girl shower! Thank you so much for throwing me such an awesome shower – you are the sweetest!!

  2. I have a donut pan and so far haven’t made anything in it I’d consider stellar, so I’m very much looking forward to trying your recipe, thanks for posting it!

  3. What an amazing donut! The picture looks a little bit like a lemon bundt cake 🙂 I love baked goodies with lemon, and they don’t have lemon donuts at the donut shops around us… I’d love to get my hands on these delicious lemon donuts!

  4. Oh that job sounds dangerous! And these lemon donuts look so delicious – I love the double dose of lemon with the sticky lemon glaze! Yum!

  5. Well, I never met a lemon flavored thing I didn’t like, and I’m sure this donut would be no different! That glaze sure would be hard to turn down! Looks delish, Jessica!

  6. Lemon is the best flavor! I really must pull out my donut pan so I can try these – gorgeous!

  7. Baked donuts are my favourite – you never really can go wrong with them and they are always so moist and delicious. These look like no exception, and i love that vibrant lemon flavour. The tart/sweet contrast must be SO good.

  8. Hahaha! I’ve never met a donut I don’t like either, Jessica! Love that you guys put together a donut virtual baby shower! Now THAT is some clever deliciousness! LOVE LOVE LOVE these donuts! The lemon flavor and that glaze look amazing, but I seriously love that you baked these, so I can eat at least 3 in one sitting. 😉 Cheers, dear!

  9. I love the sound of this recipe and I think the raspberry and lemon would work so perfectly together. I have amini-doughnut pan. Do you reckon this mix would work well on them as well if I alter the cooking time? Or do you think it might not come out so well? Would love to give them a go but I dont have a “normal” sized doughnut pan!

    1. Hi – using a mini doughnut pan would work just as well. 🙂 I would recommend adjusting the baking time to about half or just over, but keep an eye on them as they bake. Let me know how you get on!
      Lemon and raspberry is one of my favourite combos too!

  10. I usually always aim for chocolate in desserts, but lemon is the one exception. I love that summery flavor. These donuts sound so good. Baking donuts is so much fun, and that icing looks great!

  11. Mmmm…lemon and raspberries is such a fantastic flavour combo. Your baked donuts look fabulous. All the ladies in this party with baked donuts is making me kick myself in the arse for not owning a donut pan! Buying one is now priority #1 in my life.

  12. I never had a lemon donut in my life. This combo sounds really really tasty. Let me taste it and I’ll get back to you soon with a feedback :). Enjoy your weekend!

  13. I just made these and they are fabulous. I used a scale to measure everything exactly and got light fluffy doughnuts. Thank you so much for this recipe especially the nice easy method. I will be making these again!

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