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Love Duck Donuts? Here Are 7 At-Home Recipes You Need to Try

(The Triangle Trend) — Duck Donuts is rather famous in North Carolina for its delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cake donuts that offer a completely different experience from Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme. If you’ve ever had the privilege of biting into a Duck donut, then you know what I mean. Thanks to at-home devoted bakers, you don’t even have to take a trip to your local Duck Donuts anymore to enjoy a treat. Here are the top recipes we’ve found for “copycat” Duck Donuts. Just be warned; you may want to whip up a new batch on the daily.

Homemade Plain Cake Doughnuts

Carroll Pellgrinelli, thespruceeats.com

PREP: 20 mins

COOK: 15 mins

TOTAL: 35 mins

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1 quart canola oil (or another neutral oil for frying)
  • Optional: cinnamon sugar (or powdered sugar or glaze)

Read the full recipe here.

Simple Homemade Sugar Donuts

letthebakingbegin.com

PREP: 2 hrs

COOK: 30 mins

TOTAL: 2 hrs 30 mins

What you’ll need:

  • 2½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup 2 tbsp 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk warm
  • 2 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks

Read the full recipe here.

Maple-Glazed Bacon Doughnuts

King Arthur Baking

PREP: 15 mins

BAKE: 15 mins

TOTAL: 40 mins

What you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor (or to taste)
  • 2 2/3 cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup milk

Read the full recipe here.

Cowboy Donuts

Diamondlil, food.com

TOTAL: 25 mins

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1⁄2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 cup butter, melted

Read the full recipe here.

Cake Doughnuts

allrecipes

PREP: 2 hrs

COOK: 15 mins

TOTAL: 2 hrs 15 mins

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 quarts oil for deep frying
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Read the full recipe here.

Homemade Donuts

Mark Bittman, cooking.nytimes.com

TOTAL: Approx. 3 hours, mostly unattended

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons (one package) active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out the dough
  • 2 quarts neutral oil, for frying

Read the full recipe here.

Homemade Plain Cake Doughnuts

Source: Jessica from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy at centercook.com

PREP: 5 mins

COOK: 10 mins

TOTAL: 15 mins

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Read the full recipe here.

Buttermilk Donuts

browneyedbaker.com

PREP: 30 mins

COOK: 30 mins

TOTAL: 1 hr

What you’ll need:

  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  •  ¾ cup granulated sugar
  •  ½ teaspoon baking soda
  •  2 teaspoons baking powder
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  2 eggs
  •  ¾ cup buttermilk
  •  ¼ cup sour cream
  •  ¼ cup unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
  •  Vegetable oil for frying

For the glaze:

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (coarsely chopped)
  •  ½ cup heavy cream
  •  2 tablespoons unsalted butter

OR

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  •  ¼ cup whole milk
  •  1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

OR

  •  1¼ cups granulated sugar
  •  3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Read the full recipe here.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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