our Cream Donut Cake

Sour Cream Donut Cake

This Donut Cake is for all my non-Canadian friends who have never experienced the true life joy that is a Tim Horton’s sour cream donut (Canadian friends who haven’t, shame).

They are truly one of my very favourite things in life. And while I’m never opposed to getting my hands on one, sometimes I really don’t want to get out of my pjs on a Saturday… and so I had to try to make my own version. Yes, for breakfast. You’d eat a donut for breakfast right? Same thing.

This isn’t the same as an old fashioned donut… there’s no nutmeg or other spices. It’s all about the sour cream and vanilla. Heavy on the vanilla. It’s heaven.



  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs + 2 yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp milk powder
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. 
  2. In a mixer combine the eggs, yolks and sugar. Mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the butter, oil, milk powder, sour cream and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into a 9” round pan, but don’t smooth the top (you want some texture).
  6. Sprinkle the top evenly with 1 Tbsp sugar.
  7. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
  8. Let cool.
  9. For the glaze mix together the icing sugar, milk and vanilla. 
  10. Mix well and pour onto the cake.

Let me know what you think!

If you like this recipe for my Sour Cream Donut Cake then you should definitely go and check out my Lime Surprise Triple Coconut Cake


  1. What would you substitute for the corn flour if you can’t find any?!

  2. I used 1/4 c of regular all purpose flour and it was still DELICIOUS!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  3. What about a substitute for milk powder?

    • Hi Donna, there’s not really a great substitute for milk powder in this recipe, but the amount used is just a flavour enhancer and you will still have good results if you just omit it.

  4. This cake is the perfect snacking cake! I legit put “sour cream donut cake” since this was exactly the vibe I was looking for and you hit the nail on the head! I’m making it for a second time with just a few tweaks (used 2.25 cups AP flour minus 4 tbsp of flour so I could add 4 tbsp of corn starch – a standard sub for when I don’t have cake flour) and only used 1tsp of baking powder while keeping the baking soda the same since I’m right at the cusp of being considered high altitude. I also don’t have a 9-inch round pan but a 8×8 square pan worked beautifully, even if it’s missing the round donut shape. 😉 Anyway, thank you so much for this recipe! I hope to be able to make the coconut lime cake soonish!

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to write this Erin! I’m so glad you like the recipe. Now you’ve got me craving this one again… I might have to make it today! 🙂

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