Deliciously Indulgent Cappuccino Doughnuts Recipe

Welcome, coffee and doughnut lovers! Today, we are taking your morning routine to the next level with this incredible cappuccino doughnuts recipe. These sweet treats bring together the best of both worlds: the rich and creamy flavor of cappuccino and the soft, mouth-watering texture of perfectly baked doughnuts.

As a barista, I’m always looking for creative ways to elevate classic coffee drinks. Whether you’re a fan of Dunkin’ Donuts or prefer artisanal brioche doughnuts, this cappuccino doughnuts recipe is sure to win you over. The combination of bold espresso flavor and warm cinnamon sugar will leave your taste buds craving more.

Making cappuccino doughnuts can seem intimidating at first, especially if you’ve never baked before. But trust me, with the right ingredients and some helpful tips, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make these coffee-infused delights in your own kitchen. So gather your tools, put on some music, and let’s get started on this delectable journey!

Are you ready for a blast of deliciousness? Let’s dive into this scrumptious cappuccino doughnut recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cappuccino Doughnuts
Cappuccino Doughnuts

Hey coffee lovers, if you are hankering for a sweet and delicious treat, then this cappuccino doughnuts recipe is just the thing for you! Trust me, you’ll be addicted to these doughnuts in no time.

First of all, let’s talk about that classic cappuccino flavor combined with a warm and fluffy doughnut texture – it’s the ultimate comfort food! The rich espresso taste mixed with creamy and dreamy frosting is like a symphony in your mouth. Not to mention that these doughnuts are baked instead of fried, so they’re a healthier version for all my fitness freaks.

But wait, there’s more! This recipe can be easily adapted and customized to suit your taste preferences. You can try different coffee blends or add a pinch of cinnamon to bring out those earthy flavors. Plus, with variations like cappuccino semifreddo or caramel filled, you’ll never run out of options.

These doughnuts are perfect for any occasion – from lazy weekend mornings with the family to fancy brunches with friends. Impress your guests, or treat yourself to some me-time with these heavenly delights.

So if you’re looking for something indulgent but not too heavy, try this cappuccino doughnuts recipe. They’re easy to make and won’t disappoint – trust me, I’m a barista! So what are you waiting for? Get baking and sink your teeth into the best coffee-infused treat ever created!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to drool over these cappuccino doughnuts that are the perfect breakfast treat!
Get ready to drool over these cappuccino doughnuts that are the perfect breakfast treat!

Let’s talk about the bold ingredients that will make these cappuccino doughnuts recipe truly amazing. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a pastry chef to nail this recipe. All you need are the right ingredients and your trusty kitchen aid mixer or stand mixer.

The Essentials

  • All-purpose flour: You’ll need 2 cups for the doughnut batter, and another 1 cup to dust your working area.
  • Sugar: You’ll use 1 cup for the doughnut batter and another ¾ cup for the baked caramel cappuccino semifreddo layering.
  • Instant Espresso Powder: This is what makes our recipe different from other doughnut recipes out there. You’ll love its strong coffee flavor that pairs well with the mild sweetness of our batter. You’ll only need 1/3 cup for this recipe.
  • Milk: Use milk to moisten the batter; we recommend using whole milk, but you can use any dairy or plant-based milk substitutes if preferred.
  • Unsalted Butter: You’ll need 4 tablespoons of softened butter for the dough and an additional tablespoon used to make the warm dawn cappuccino fudge frosting.
  • Eggs: This recipe calls for three large eggs, which will be used in separate parts of the recipe.

The Extras

  • Dry Buttermilk Powder: Your local grocery store likely carries dry buttermilk powder alongside other baking ingredients. We’re adding it to stabilize dairy products and enhance the tanginess and texture of our recipe. Use only ¼ cup.

For the Caramel layering

  • Heavy Cream
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • etc.

If you’re not familiar with some of these ingredients, most are available in your local grocer. Just check your baking aisle for the instant espresso powder and dry buttermilk.

The Recipe How-To

 These doughnuts are the perfect excuse to take an extra coffee break.
These doughnuts are the perfect excuse to take an extra coffee break.

Before diving into the recipe, let me tell you that these Cappuccino Doughnuts are worth your time and effort. You will need a yeast-based doughnut recipe as a base for this one. Once you have that, the recipe becomes easy-peasy.


To start with the recipe, gather all the following ingredients:
– 1/2 cup of milk
– 2 and 1/4 tsp of instant espresso powder
– 2 and 1/4 tsp of dry buttermilk
– 1 tsp of baking powder
– 1/2 tsp of baking soda
– 1/4 tsp of salt
– 1 cup of all-purpose flour
– 1/4 cup of sugar
– 2 tbsp unsalted butter
– 1 egg

The How-To

To make cappuccino semifreddo:
1. In a bowl mixer fitted with whisk, place egg yolks along with 3/4th cup plus 2 tbsp sugar.
2. Beat them together until they turn pale yellow and fluffy.
3. Add in heavy cream (1/4 cup), confectioners’ sugar (3 tbsp), and pure vanilla extract (3 tsp).
4. Mix it all until it gets thoroughly combined.
5. Put cinnamon (1 tsp) into the mixture and stir again to combine well.
6. Spread out some plastic wrap in a shallow dish or container, spread the mixture on it and freeze it for a few hours, preferably overnight.

To make doughnuts:
7. Heat up the oven to 325°F
8. Combine your dry ingredients: all-purpose flour (1 cup), instant espresso powder (only half of what you prepared before), dry buttermilk, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
9. In another bowl, cream unsalted butter (2 tbsp) and sugar (1/4 cup) until it reaches a smooth consistency.
10. Add in the egg and the rest of the espresso mixture (that you saved earlier) to that butter-sugar mixture.
11. Now, start adding some of the dry mix to this wet mix, along with milk (1/2 cup) little by little.
12. Gradually keep adding till everything gets incorporated.
13. Grease 2 to 3 doughnut wells in a doughnut baking tray.
14. Scoop the mixture into the wells, filling them halfway or up to two-thirds full.
15. Bake them for around 15-20 minutes or until they become golden on top and springy when touched/pressed upon.
16. Let them cool down for a few minutes before taking them out.

To glaze your doughnuts:
17. Warm up Dawn Cappuccino Fudge

Substitutions and Variations

 With a cappuccino-infused frosting and doughnut batter, these doughnuts are the perfect pick-me-up.
With a cappuccino-infused frosting and doughnut batter, these doughnuts are the perfect pick-me-up.

Alright, let’s talk substitutes and variations. Don’t worry, we got you covered.

First off, if you can’t find heavy cream or dry buttermilk for this recipe, you can substitute them with whole milk. But I have to warn you, your donuts won’t be as rich and flavorful.

Now, if you want to give these cappuccino doughnuts a twist, try filling them with cappuccino semifreddo or caramel. You can even add some cinnamon or nutmeg to the dough mix for a little extra warmth in each bite.

For those who are in love with coffee but want to skip the caffeine boost, use decaf instant espresso powder or make this recipe using Baskin Robbins’ vanilla cappuccino blast instead of coffee. And my personal tip? Add a dash of eggnog for extra indulgence without the caffeine rush.

If you’re feeling adventurous in the kitchen, try making these doughnuts using a yeasted base filled with cappuccino fudge or dulce de leche. Or maybe even turn it into a brioche-style doughnut that’s glazed with baked caramel – just like the ones at Disneyland.

Overall, this recipe is versatile and there are plenty of ways to make it your own. So experiment away and have fun!

Serving and Pairing

 These doughnuts are a coffee lover's dream come true.
These doughnuts are a coffee lover’s dream come true.

As a barista, I always love it when my customers ask me for serving and pairing recommendations because let’s be honest, a good cup of coffee deserves good company! So, here are my suggestions for serving and pairing these scrumptious cappuccino doughnuts.

First things first, you need to serve these doughnuts warm! The aroma of fresh coffee coming from the cappuccino semifreddo and cinnamon sugar will hit your taste buds before you take the first bite. You can also make a caramel cappuccino glaze by mixing 1/3 cup of milk with 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar in a bowl until it forms a smooth mixture. Drizzle generously all over your baked caramel cappuccino donuts for an extra sweet finish.

As for pairing, these cappuccino doughnuts are excellent with over ice coffee made from fresh ground beans. For extra kick, you can try a Baskin Robbins Coffee Blast, it is heavenly! The vanilla cappuccino flavor adds richness and depth to the doughnut’s flavors.

Now, if you’re looking to indulge yourself and treat your taste buds to something more luxurious, try making them part of your brunch spread. Pair them with French toast and eggnog lattes or perhaps stack them high next to brioche doughnuts filled with sweet offerings like cappuccino dulce de leche filling – this is one combo that will leave your guests asking for seconds.

Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous or a Disney fan, try serving them alongside the famous Mickey Mouse ear hats stuffed with coffee filling at Disneyland. It’s time to get creative with your coffee-inspired treats!

There you have it, folks! Grab your brew and dig into these cappuccino doughnuts. Happy sipping!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Give your morning cup of coffee a major upgrade with these cappuccino doughnuts.
Give your morning cup of coffee a major upgrade with these cappuccino doughnuts.

Listen, if you’re like me, then you know that sometimes life gets crazy busy and we just need to plan ahead. That’s why I’m going to tell you how to make these doughnuts ahead of time and store them so you can enjoy whenever your heart desires.

First things first, let me tell you that the best way to store these cappuccino doughnuts is in an airtight container at room temperature. They should last for about 2-3 days like this, but let’s be real, they probably won’t even last that long because they’re that good.

If you want them to last a bit longer, then throw them in the freezer in an airtight container or freezer bag. They’ll keep well for up to three months like this.

When you’re ready to indulge in some deliciousness, take them out of the container and thaw them at room temperature for a few hours. You don’t have to worry about reheating them because they taste great whether they’re cold or at room temperature.

But, if you’re like me and love your doughnuts warm, then go ahead and preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and pop them in the oven on a baking sheet for about 5-10 minutes. Trust me when I say that a warm cappuccino doughnut is what dreams are made of.

So go ahead and enjoy these bad boys any time of day or night because let’s face it, there’s never a bad time for a doughnut.

Tips for Perfect Results

 These doughnuts are everything you love about cappuccinos, now in a delicious baked treat form.
These doughnuts are everything you love about cappuccinos, now in a delicious baked treat form.

Alright, coffee lovers, it’s time to talk tips for perfecting those cappuccino doughnuts. These tips will elevate your baking game and have you creating the best baked goods in town. Trust me, I’ve been honing my barista skills for years, and these tips work like magic. So let’s get started.

First and foremost, make sure you have all the ingredients on hand before you start baking the cappuccino doughnuts. The recipe calls for specific measurements and ingredients; it’s not something you can improvise on if you want the perfect result.

Another tip that will help is to use a mixer fitted with a whisk when making the cappuccino semifreddo to save time and avoid fatigue. Trying to do it by hand can be exhausting and risky. Trust me; using a mixer will give you a creamy result without much effort.

When making the yeasted base filled with cappuccino dulce de leche filling, make sure that your yeast is fresh so that the dough has the maximum potential rise. Fresh yeast makes all the difference in achieving soft and fluffy donuts.

If you’re wondering how to achieve a perfect donut ball shape, keep in mind that adding too much flour can result in dry and tough doughnuts. Therefore you must measure the flour accurately to ensure the right consistency of the mixture.

For those who are making this recipe for the first time, it’s always better to follow the recipe closely rather than experimenting with different variations in one go.

Lastly, when reheating already baked doughnuts only reheat small batches at a time, to retain maximum freshness – but really when I make mine they never usually last long enough to store!

Follow these tips and tricks while baking, and you’ll rock this recipe without any trouble! Before long, all your friends will be asking how you learned to make such delicious baked goods!


Before we conclude this insane cappuccino doughnut recipe journey, I want to make sure all your questions and concerns are answered. Thus, in this section, you will find a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that we have gathered from our community of coffee and doughnut enthusiasts. So go ahead and read through them, if you have any more questions or doubts, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments!

How do you keep donuts Fluffy?

If you want to keep your yeast-based doughnut fresh for longer, it’s best to use an airtight container like a Ziplock bag. Using aluminum foil as a substitute can work, but it may not be as effective in preventing air from seeping in.

Why is my doughnuts not soft and fluffy?

As a barista, I have some tips to share with you on how to make perfect donuts every time. One common issue is stiff or dense donuts, which are usually caused by not allowing the dough to proof for long enough. To check if your dough is under proofed, simply poke it with your finger. If it springs back too quickly, then your dough needs more time to proof. The result is light, fluffy, and delicious donuts that everyone will love.

Another problem you may encounter is cracked donuts. This can happen if the dough was under-proofed, but it can also be due to other reasons like not getting a clean cut on the donuts when you’re cutting them out or working with dough that is too cold. To avoid these issues, be sure to use a sharp donut cutter and allow the dough to come to room temperature before working with it. This will help you create beautiful donuts with a smooth and even surface.

What are Amish donuts made of?

When it comes to creating Amish doughnuts, the traditional way is the only way. Using common baking ingredients like sugar, flour, milk, yeast, and eggs, these treats are anything but ordinary. While the dough is made through a rigorous process of kneading and stirring, the result is well worth the effort. Typically prepared by frying them in fat, we propose a healthier alternative by using vegetable oil.

Bottom Line

Alright, my fellow barista enthusiasts, it’s almost time for us to say goodbye. But before that, let me leave you with this question – who said doughnuts can’t have a coffee twist? Absolutely no one! That’s why you need to try these amazing cappuccino doughnuts.

Follow the simple steps in our recipe section and whip up a batch of these flavorful delights that will win over everyone’s taste buds. Trust me; as soon as you start filling your kitchen with the sweet aromas of cappuccino and baked caramel, you’ll be welcomed into the heavenly world of deliciousness!

And if you’re worried about allergies or dietary needs, don’t fret! We’ve got several substitution suggestions to cater to your specific needs, ensuring that everyone can indulge in the delicious flavor of our cappuccino doughnuts.

I can guarantee that once you’ve tried these doughnuts, your guests will be begging for more, and you’ll be known in your friend group as the cappuccino doughnut expert. Imagine being able to sit back and relax as your guests shower you with compliments while devouring these scrumptious treats – pure bliss, right?

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to round up all your ingredients, fire up the oven, and get started on making some of the best darn cappuccino doughnuts you’ll ever taste. And don’t forget to share the love by sending those mouthwatering pictures to us!

Until next time, folks, keep experimenting with new recipes and spreading joy and comfort through warm cups of coffee and freshly baked goods. Cheers!

Cappuccino Doughnuts

Cappuccino Doughnuts Recipe

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Prep Time 1 hr 9 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 doughnuts
Calories 1082.3 kcal


  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon dry buttermilk
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup instant espresso powder
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable oil (for frying)

Creamy Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  • Doughnuts:.
  • Make the batter: Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, powdered buttermilk, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and set aside. Combine milk and butter in a small bowl; add espresso powder and stir until dissolved; set aside. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl until thick -- about 2 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, alternately incorporate the flour and milk mixtures into the egg mixture until well combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  • Make the doughnuts: Turn the dough out onto a generously floured work surface. Flour the dough and roll it out to about 3/4 inch thick. Cut doughnuts out of the dough using a 3-inch doughnut cutter and transfer them to a baking sheet. Gather dough scraps, reroll, and repeat cutting doughnuts until all dough is used. Chill doughnuts for 30 minutes.
  • Fry the doughnuts: Heat about 4 inches of vegetable oil in a large deep skillet fitted with a thermometer over medium-high heat until oil reaches 350 degrees F. Fry the doughnuts three at a time for about 2 minutes per side or until golden. Remove doughnuts with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Once cooled, top doughnuts with Creamy Frosting, sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve immediately.
  • Frosting:.
  • Combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl with mixer set on medium speed. Add the sugar and beat until mixture is light.
  • Add the heavy cream and beat mixture until fluffy. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 189gCalories: 1082.3kcalCarbohydrates: 46.8gProtein: 6.4gFat: 98.1gSaturated Fat: 20.4gCholesterol: 81.6mgSodium: 346.1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17.8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breakfast, Kid-Friendly, Lunch
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