Buttermilk Doughnuts


A cake-like buttermilk doughnut recipe that gets fried and topped with an optional vanilla sugar glaze. Decorate with nuts or candy sprinkles, if desired.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying


  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 5 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup melted butter


  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon margarine, softened (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons milk, or as needed


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Prepare doughnuts: Whisk buttermilk, sugar, and eggs together in a bowl. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon together in another bowl. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until combined; add butter and knead until a soft dough forms.

  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into doughnut shapes using a 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter.

  4. Make glaze: Beat confectioners' sugar, margarine, and vanilla together in a bowl until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until the desired glaze consistency is reached.

  5. Working in batches, cook doughnuts in hot oil until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Transfer cooked doughnuts to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Dip hot doughnuts into glaze to coat.


If desired, you can substitute water for the milk in the glaze and shortening for the butter in the doughnuts

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
5g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 189mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 46mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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