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Lime Cake Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

  • Author: by Mary
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp lime zest, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream (I used Chobani Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • vegetable oil for frying, about 1 quart
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. With clean fingers, rub the lime zest into the sugar until fragrant and clump-free.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add to the sugar mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, egg, melted butter, and lime juice.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients, mixing until it all comes together in one ball. You may need to use your hands, and the dough might not feel 100% together (it will resemble biscuit dough). Dough should not be sticky.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. In a heavy pot, heat the oil to 360-365 F.
  7. When the dough is ready, roll it out 1/2-3/4″ thick. Using two different sized biscuit cutters, cut out the doughnuts and doughnut holes.
  8. In batches, so as not to crowd, fry the doughnuts. They should take about 1 minute per side, doughnut holes taking about 1 minute total. Remove from the oil and set on a paper towel to dry.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla. Mix until completely smooth.
  10. When the doughnuts have cooled significantly, dip them into the chocolate glaze, then grate some fresh lime zest over top of the glaze.
  11. Enjoy immediately, or freeze for future consumption.