Baked Coffee Cake Donuts {with Whiskey Frosting}

Baked cake donuts. Baked COFFEE donuts, no less. EASY baked coffee donuts. EASY FAST baked coffee donuts with, wait for it… WHISKEY Frosting. I know, I just can’t. Can’t go on without these in my life. Oh wait, I have them in my life. It’s YOU I’m worried about. These are fast and easy and all sorts of Saturday morning good!

These coffee cake donuts with whiskey icing are incredibly easy and an utterly decadent start to your weekend morning!

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I’m all about donuts these days. I even have a [easyazon_link identifier=”B015PXGLQI” locale=”US”]donut pan[/easyazon_link]. Guys, there is just something about knowing that I can create these special little cake donuts in my own house, with my own home, in a short period of time, and my family LOVES them that is incredibly satisfying. To be able to make coffee cake donuts with whiskey icing? Nothing short of #BakingGoals.

No really, who wouldn’t want the words DONUT and WHISKEY and COFFEE in the same sentence.

Ummm…. nobody.

These cake donuts are the perfect way to start your Saturday morning! They whip up in under 30 minutes (INCLUDING that fabulous whiskey icing) and are terrific with coffee!

These baked coffee cake donuts are easy to make and jammed with coffee flavor and topped with a bold whiskey icing. The perfect start to your weekday breakfast!

I chose to use liquid coffee versus coffee granules because that is what most of us have on hand. I’m not interested in searching for special ingredients so I assume you aren’t either.

baked cake donuts with whiskey icing

Any good whiskey will work fine for this frosting, but let me tell you…

I headed to the little liquor store on the corner near my house on the hunt for whiskey. When I walked in the door there was a little older gentleman talking with the owner of the store. They paused while the owner asked me what I was looking for. “Point me to your good Irish whiskey, please,” I said. That older gentleman lit up and said to me, in a full Irish lilt, “What a fantastic question, lass” (no joke, he even said lass!). He eagerly led me to the whiskey and shook his head when the owner suggested Jameson. “No, what you need is Powers whiskey. Good Irish stuff.” he said.

So, my friends. Powers whiskey is what I used. I figure you can’t get much better advice than from an older IRISH gentleman about proper Irish Whiskey.

These baked coffee cake donuts are easy to make and jammed with coffee flavor and topped with a bold whiskey icing. The perfect start to your weekday breakfast!

These cake donuts aren’t for kids. Like my salted chocolate pistachio cookies, they are for the older ones in the house. Make them on a Saturday morning and sit down for coffee with your person and enjoy a few moments. Sure, you can let the kids try them but I’ll guarantee they’ll take a bite and not want anything to do with that whiskey frosting.

Yes!! More for you.


If you want to include the kiddo’s you can simply mix up 1 cup of powdered sugar with about 4 tablespoons of milk (add more or less to get the correct icing consistency) and a teaspoon of vanilla for a kid friendly icing.

These cake donuts are our secret, mmm-kay. Let’s not tell everyone about this recipe. They can wonder why we have an extra bounce in our step. Or we can be that person with “the donuts” that everyone wants the recipe for. These are that special.

Which is correct donuts or doughnuts?

The official dictionary spelling is doughnuts, and donut is considered a variation of the spelling. 

Do baked donuts taste the same as fried?

I’d like to say they taste exactly the same but the fact is they don’t. Because they are prepared differently there really is no way to make them taste EXACTLY the same. However, baked donuts are still really really delicious. So delicious you won’t care. And baked donuts are much easier and a little bit better for you, anyway.

Baked Coffee Cake Donuts

Prep Time | 10 minutes
Cook Time | 10 minutes
Total Time | 30 minutes
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easy baked cake donuts with yummy coffee flavor and whiskey icing!


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract is fine
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup STRONG room temperature coffee
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil or sub canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee grounds optional-for stronger coffee flavor
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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In small bowl, mix dry ingredients together. Set aside.
  • Whisk honey and oil together.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and coffee. Whisk again.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients whisking just until combine.
  • Fill greased donut pan about 3/4 full in each.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are dry. Cool for about 2 minutes and remove from pan.

Whiskey Frosting

Cook Time | 2 minutes
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  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
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  • Combine ingredients together and whisk well.
  • Use right away before the icing sets.


Substitute water or juice for the whiskey, if you would like.

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2 thoughts on “Baked Coffee Cake Donuts {with Whiskey Frosting}”

  1. Thank you! I am totally with you about the coffee flavored anything. And whiskey. Well, this whiskey icing is everything :)

  2. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    These look just incredible and I think the way I want to celebrate St. Patricks Day :) I love coffee flavored anything and the whisky is bonus :)

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