Sugar Donut Muffins

Sorry for being MIA lately, I’ve found myself very busy during the holidays all of a sudden.  I had a wonderful time in Michigan, which I still need to post pictures for and I just started my new job as a pastry chef/line chef at a wonderful little place called Mealtime Market.  Also I have not started any Christmas shopping and I still have two rounds of gifts to make!

This Saturday I will be doing my event for Foodbuzz where I will be touring with friends on a trip to the Dallas Farmer’s Market where we will discover locally farmed produce as well as meet with farmers and learn how to pick out good quality fruits and vegetables.  This will be my first 24,24,24 experience so I am really looking forward to it!

Here is a beautiful portrait of my fiance and family, I am not only fortunate to have a supportive,loving, perfect partner but I have been blessed with his wonderful family as well.  They have become my second home away from home and I am so lucky to have them in my life.  I love my Wells!

When I saw these delectable little treats from Ju, who has a delightful blog at The Little Teochew, I couldn’t help but jump in and make these for myself.    I mean the name alone made my mouth water, Sugar Donut Muffins.  Speaking of donuts, one of my very best friends Tam adores donuts.  It’s one of her favorite foods so I would like to dedicate this post to her! :)

I really enjoyed these a lot, sometimes I feel like muffins/cupcakes are too heavy and granted they may be delicious going down, afterwards I always feel guilty and end up hating myself as a result.  Well fear no longer folks, these muffins are delicious and quite “light” in my opinion.  It’s a simple moist yellow cake and you dust it with a little bit of sugar at the very end.  The texture and flavor is very consistent to that of a cake donut.  It goes great with coffee and I even put some in the freezer so I can warm them up in the mornings — what better way to start the day than with a delightful treat?

Ingredients for Sugar Donut Muffins:

Makes 1 dozen muffins
(from Baking Bites)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking power
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I didn’t have this, unfortunately)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup milk (low fat is fine)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the sugar frosting

- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar, for rolling

1. Preheat oven to 350F (about 175 degree celsius). Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray or vegetable oil.

2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

4. Pour into egg mixture and stir to combine.

5. Pour in vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract.

6. Divide batter evenly into 10 muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. While muffins are baking, melt butter and pour remaining sugar into a small bowl.

8. When muffins are done, lightly brush the top of each with some melted butter, remove from the pan and roll in sugar. Cool on a wire rack.

Nom nom nom — hope you guys enjoy this one!  Many thanks again to Ju who shared this wonderful recipe and props to Nicole from Baking Bites who originally posted the recipe.  Stay tuned for my 24,24,24 — discovering Dallas’ Farmer’s Market and MORE homemade holiday presents :)


  1. Posted 17 Dec ’09 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I love donuts! I wish I could eat them more often!

    • Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      Me too bianca, me too :( If only they were calorie free and fat free and didn’t make my hips expand. Blast those delicious little creations.

  2. Posted 17 Dec ’09 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    These look amazing!

  3. Posted 18 Dec ’09 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    oh, i was about to make these too after i read that post from baking bite. yours look great!
    congraz and good luck with your new job!
    and i cant agree more about your “second home”. same as myself, move all the way here to vancouver, away from my primary home, if not for the love from my “second home”, i think i’d probably…….well, i dont know what i’d probably be.

    • Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      Thanks lululu!! I think it is so wonderful that we are both blessed with great “second homes” it is hard to imagine where i’d be without them either :) Happy Holidays and I hope you are enjoying time with your family!!

  4. Posted 18 Dec ’09 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of sugar donut muffins before! They kind of remind me of beignets. I’ll trade you some of my pumpkin spice muffins for these donuts?

    BTW, congrats on your new job!

    • Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Dhale!!! We should definitely trade goods one day, I found these amazing cookies at my farmer’s market that I think you would really enjoy!

  5. Posted 18 Dec ’09 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Congrats on your new job- how exciting! What a cute family portrait!

  6. Posted 19 Dec ’09 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Oh congratulations, Joy! Finally, you’ve found a job that suits you perfectly. Btw, your fiancee is really gorgeous huh! So, you better be careful LOL! hahaha…. But same to him coz you’re such a pretty girl as well. hehe…. I’m truely happy for you. May god bless you and both of your families! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      HAHAHA Kristy you are sooo funny!! My fiance read your comment and he was quite “smitten” with himself hahahahaha Thank you for your kind words as always and I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season with your family and loved ones as well :)

  7. Posted 19 Dec ’09 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great recipe and sharing your family photo, it’s great to have such a supporting family.

    A little colder in Michigan than you expected?

    • Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

      It actually wasn’t as cold as I thought it’d be Brad! Last year we had a blizzard but this year we had some rain and some slushy snow. Thanks for your kind words and it is VERY great to have a supporting family :)

  8. Posted 19 Dec ’09 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Wow!! Your photos continue to amaze me! The Dr. Cows cheese is made from aged nuts. Yummy!!

    • Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

      Kinzie that sounds really amazing I will be out on the hunt for these Dr.Cows cheese. Thank you for your kind words as always, you sure do know how to make a girl smile!! :) :)

  9. Posted 19 Dec ’09 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    These look fabulous, Joy. I’d love to try to make these sometime.

  10. Posted 19 Dec ’09 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Those pictures are amazing! Are those your own pictures? DELICIOUS… looks yummy.

    • Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

      They are indeed Paul! Thanks for the kind words hope you are doing well during this holiday season :)

  11. Posted 21 Dec ’09 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    These look so beautiful I feel like making them now. I need a sugar fix for more energy to do all the running around. I could eat a few in one go :P

    • Posted 21 Dec ’09 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      hahaha I agree!! A sugar fix will help you perform tasks better, it’s been proven (through myself)! hahaha

  12. Posted 21 Dec ’09 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Dear girl, what JOY it is to hear that you’ve started on a new job, as a pastry chef, no less! Congratulations! And also on snagging the perfect partner complete with wonderful family! I’m jealous ;) Looks like everything is coming together, eh? And of course, a few of those divine Sugar Donut Muffins just complete the picture. Great pics!!

    • Posted 28 Dec ’09 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for the inspiration!! :) I am lucky on finding my love, he is everything I’ve ever asked for and more and yes, it is really nice to have everything fall into place, life is beautiful!

  13. Posted 22 Dec ’09 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    They’re better than regular donuts. I would love to have a bite on it just by looking at it most especially with the sugar on top. Nice family photo too. :D

    • Posted 28 Dec ’09 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Divina :) I think they are better than regular donuts too — much healthier as well!!

  14. Posted 27 Dec ’09 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    They sound so yummy! Can’t wait to make some!

  15. Posted 31 Jan ’10 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I just made these, and loved them so much I posted your recipe on my blog! With a link to you, of course! :)

    • Posted 4 Feb ’10 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      That is awesome annie thanks for that :)

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