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This month been a little crazy for me. In the last thee weeks I have been in Germany, Prague, France, Los Angeles, Texas, New Jersey, New York City, and Washington DC. Needless to say...I am very VERY tired.

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But lucky for you guys...not tired enough to step away from the kitchen. Somehow in all that travel I managed to whip up these Marbled Doughnuts (and make a large mess in my kitchen during the process).

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These doughnuts are light and fluffy and delicious. They are seriously the best homemade doughnuts I have ever had! The rich buttermilk and flavorful vanilla paste make these doughnuts somewhat magical...and that's even before you add the marbled icing.

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The best part about the icing (besides how cool it looks) is that it is super easy and fun to do. And as long as you put plenty of parchment down before you start, your cleanup will be a lot easier than mine! Happy marbling!

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Marbled Doughnuts

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Buttermilk Doughnuts

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla paste (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • At least 2 different colors of food coloring
  • Toothpicks


for the doughnuts:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a Doughnut Pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla pasta.
  5. On a low speed, add dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  6. Slowly stream in buttermilk. Mix until combined.
  7. Place batter into a large piping bag.
  8. Pipe batter so that each doughnut mold is 3/4 of the way full.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  10. Place doughnuts on wire rack to cool.

for the icing:

  1. Put powdered sugar in a bowl.
  2. Whisk in milk and vanilla.

for the decoration:

  1. Once doughnuts are cool take them out of the pan and place on a wire rack.
  2. Place a piece of parchment or wax paper under the wire rack.
  3. Place about 3 tablespoons of icing into a small bowl.
  4. Use toothpicks to place small splotches of food coloring all over the surface of the icing.
  5. Pour icing all over the doughnuts.
  6. Repeat for all the doughnuts.

*Makes 12 Doughnuts

*Makes about 12 doughnuts

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Lindsay Nathanson - Baker and Author

I might be the only person in the history of the world that has ever been grounded from baking. That's right. When I was a teen, it wasn't the computer, or the phone or the tv that got taken away. For me, it was the unsalted butter.

Comments (7)


Would this recipe work for a single round bundt cake pan and then bake it for 35-40 minutes? The donuts look amazing ????

Lindsay Nathanson

I think it would totally work! But I'm not sure on the baking time - so you would have to watch it in the oven!


Hi. These look amazing. And perfect for my daughters birthday! I’m in New Zealand...: just wondering about the difference between “all purpose flour” and “cake flour” (we don’t have both, only “standard plain flour” for cakes and biscuits or “high grade” for breads) thanks

Lindsay Nathanson

Hello! I am so excited you are going to make these for your daughters birthday! All purpose flour and cake flour are differentiated by the amount of protein they have in them. All purpose has 10-13% and cake has only 8-9%. Cake flour is also usually bleached in the US (which I don't think they do in New Zealand). So for you, I would just use the "standard plain flour" for both the all purpose and the cake flours in this recipe! Let me know if you have any more questions!


Thank you for your response, Lindsay. I’ll give it another try and keep you posted.

Lindsay Nathanson

Great! I can't wait to hear!


I must have done something wrong. I made these with my granddaughters and the donut was dry and the icing was really thin. It just soaked into the donuts. 3/4 cup buttermilk in each. ???? any suggestions and I’ll try them again.

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Kay! I am so sorry you had this problem! I just switched my website to a new platform and it looks like there was a transferring error in the icing recipe. I have updated it so the recipe is now correct. As for the dry doughnuts, I would take them out of the oven a few minutes earlier (your oven might be running hot). Let me know if this works! And I am so sorry again about the mistake on my end!


These look great, but I don't actually see a measurement for the buttermilk in the donut recipe.

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Kristina! That was m y mistake! I have added it!


i like this my mother is making cupcakes with marble filling for her baby shower

Lindsay Nathanson

That sounds amazing!


Hey girl these look amazing! I love doughnuts!

Lindsay Nathanson

Thanks Shawnna!