Sunday, 21 August 2011

Jam Doughnut Cupcakes

With my thesis submission date looming combined with holiday planning - I've hardly had the time to cook or bake, let alone update my lovely blogspace.

I stumbled upon this recipe whilst browsing lazily in Waterstones one afternoon and its been stuck in my head since. Jam doughnuts disguised as a cupcake? How very intriguing.

I had a friend over for Saturday lunch and this was the perfect opportunity to try this recipe. It was a breeze to put together as its one of those, one bowl type of recipes. Just bung everything into a bowl, mix and voila - perfect cupcake batter!

This resulted in a fabulously soft, moist, delicious doughnut-like texture filled with a huge dollop of strawberry jam. The sugar coating just added a touch of brilliance to this perfect piece of cake. It really felt as though you were eating a freshly baked doughnut in the form of a cupcake!
If you don't like jam, I'm sure you could easily substitute it for melted chocolate, peanut butter or perhaps lemon curd. Oh the possibilities are endless!

Jam Doughnut Cupcakes

Adapted from BBC Good Food Magazine

Yields 12 cupcakes


200 grams butter, softened plus 3 tbsp melted
200 grams sugar, plus 2 tbsp
2 eggs plus 1 yolk
300 grams self raising flour
100 ml milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
12 tsp strawberry jam 


  1. Preheat the oven to 180'C. Tip the softened butter, sugar, eggs and egg yolk, milk, baking powder and flour into a bowl.
  2. Beat together until it forms a smooth, soft batter. This may take a while especially if the butter is not entirely softened.
  3. Line a 12-hole pan with cupcake liners and fill the cases 2/3 full with batter. Make a small dip in the batter, with the back of a spoon, and fill it with a dollop of jam/sauce/curd of your choice.
  4. Top with remaining batter, ensuring all jam/sauce/curd is fully covered.
  5. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until cupcake has risen, and cooked through.
  6. Leave to cool for about 5 minutes then brush each cupcake with the melted butter and sprinkle or roll each cupcake in the remainder sugar.


  1. Perfect they look a lot like a jelly doughnut too but not fried, awesome !!!

  2. Exactly! A perfect excuse to devour a couple more cupcakes! :)

  3. Plain donut cupcakes are awesome, but the idea of adding a jam center is really spot on! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe!

  4. Its my pleasure :) Its such a versatile recipe as well - the filling possibilities are endless!

  5. Just delicious. I so appreciate all your photos. Makes me positive I can make this myself! Just an excellent post!

    And BTW, I have a giveaway on my blog today, stop by if you have a chance!

  6. Amazing! I really want to try these!

  7. Inspired: Thank you for your kind words :) I always find its easier to follow a recipe when there are loads of pictures and wanted to re-create that for my readers! Glad you enjoyed the post!

    Heather: I insist you do! :)

  8. I love this idea! So delicious and no need for the frying! They sound delicious especially with the jam surprise in the middle!

  9. This is simply oozing with taste, beautiful looking cakes and I like the name of the recipe very much.

  10. They sure do look soft and moist . I am sure in 24 hours I would have finished all! :)

  11. I love these and my husband is a huge fan of jelly donuts- he'd go nuts!

  12. These look awesome! Found ya on erecipecards. i just registered also :)

  13. Amy: The middle is my favourite part! Its the anticipation of getting a mouthful of jam that does it for me!

    Nava: Thanks :) The name's got a nice ring to it doesn't it!

    Kankana: Haha its sure hard to resist!

    Lauren: Slightly healthier version too :)

    Jess: Hey! I'm loving erecipecards - such a cool concept!

  14. No need for frosting of these cupcakes... They look perfectly tasty like this.

  15. My aunty made these and pointed me towards your blog...they are fab and are now definitely at the top end of my favourite cupcake recipes :-)

  16. That's brilliant :) It's one of favorite cupcake recipes too! Plus its so easy :)

  17. These look so delicious, what a great idea. Just need a big hot cup of coffee
    Take care