Blueberry & Cardamom Baked Donuts |

An easy baked donut, packed with blueberries and rolled in cardamom sugar!

This week-end, Canadians were rejoicing the return of NHL hockey.  I, however, was busy ignoring those overpaid babies and was up to my elbows in donuts!   I finally broke in my new Wilton baked donut pan…with great success!

There is a moment in every person’s life when they realize that they are/aren’t a person who can handle a crisis.  My moment came when I heated the oil too hot to deep fry some risotto croquettes and it came to the point of nearly igniting.  I ran around freaking out and literally waving my hands in the air while my boyfriend calmly put on the pot lid and put the pot outside.  Wow.  Definitely NOT a calm person under pressure.  I shudder to think what I would be like as a contestant on the Amazing Race.

Because of my post-traumatic stress and new found fear of spontaneously combusting oil, I would never dream of making donuts….until I recently realized that you can make an oil-free, healthier version which involves baking them.  MUCH more up my alley!

Blueberry & Cardamom Baked Donuts |

I didn’t realize how easy baked donuts are to make.  The batter for these donuts came together in a matter of minutes, and they don’t take long at all to bake.  Where have these things been all my life?

I was really winging it with this recipe, but the donuts turned out great!  They were light, fluffy, and mildly sweet (mostly from the cardamom-sugar topping), which is nice.  I wouldn’t say this is the same texture as a Krispy Kreme donut, but I liked it just fine.

The cardamom flavor is great…kind of peppery but without the bite, which adds a really nice dimension to these donuts.  The blueberry flavors weren’t as strong, but when you hit a blueberry it was very nice.  I would like to try these with fresh as opposed to frozen blueberries…maybe once summer hits.  Sadly I will be waiting a loooong time.

Blueberry & Cardamom Baked Donuts |

Baked Blueberry and Cardamom Donuts
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A super quick and easy donut recipe that combines the sweetness of blueberries with exotic cardamom.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups cake flour (sifted)
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 cup blueberries ((if frozen, measure the 1 cup after thawing and draining excess juice on paper towel))
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, eggs and melted butter. Mix liquid ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in blueberries.
  3. Spoon mixture into a greased donut pan (2/3 of the way full). Bake 7-9 minutes until tops of donuts spring back when touched. Allow donuts to cool around 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  4. For topping: Melt butter and set aside. In a small bowl combine sugar and cardamom. Brush top of a donut with melted butter. Roll donut in cardamom-sugar mixture to coat the top. Repeat with the rest of the donuts.
Best served fresh!


Recipe adapted from Wilton.


Blueberry & Cardamom Baked Donuts |
Blueberry & Cardamom Baked Donuts |
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