Lemony glazed cake donuts

These made the rounds on Chris Morocco’s Instagram and were a big hit as “yonuts”. They live up to the hype.



  1. Whisk dry ingredients together.
  2. Whisk wet ingredients together, and fold in dry ingredients until a dough barely comes together (but no spots of flour remain).
  3. Turn out dough onto well-floured workspace, dusting top with more flour. Roll to 1/2” thick.
  4. Punch out circles 3 1/2” diameter (I used an inverted ramekin), poke a hole through the center, and widen hole to about 1” diameter. Brush off any excess flour and set aside. Reroll scraps into donut holes, about 1 1/4” diameter.
  5. Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2”, and heat until oil registers 350 °F.
  6. Fry donuts, turning once, until puffy and browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack to cool before glazing.
  7. Whisk powdered sugar, lemon zest, and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl until smooth. Coat donuts in glaze.

As mentioned, this recipe came from Chris Morocco at Bon Appetit, and it was nearly perfection, though I increased the lemon zest by a decent amount my second time making them (reflected in the recipe above). This makes enough for 3 hungry people, or 4 normal people.