“Why not eat cake as cake and have a real donut?”⁠

I shared a sneak peek of this recipe on my Instagram stories and received this DM. And I am 100% in agreement. Have cake if you want cake. Or have a donut if you want a donut. ⁠

OR if you want a cake in the shape of a donut – make these Lemon Donut Cakes!! ⁠

This recipe is not a replacement for an actual donut. That’s like comparing apples to oranges. Or cauliflower to pizza if you know what I mean! It’s just not the same! ⁠

Bottom line – eat what you want and enjoy it without guilt. It’s much healthier than obsessing about what you want, not allowing yourself to have it, thinking about it, stressing about having it in the house, then finally having a bite and saying “screw it! I ruined my day I’m gonna have as much as I can and start again tomorrow”… then end up feeling guilty, gross, and upset.

True freedom is not being scared of what you want to eat. You enjoy it without spiraling and you move on while still feeling good! It’s baking and actually enjoying what you baked.

Eat and pay attention to how your body responds. Eat to FEEL good, not be good – including donuts and cakes and donut cakes. 

So to all of you donut and cake fans, I’m sharing my Lemon Donut Cake recipe!

Lemon Donut Cakes


For Donuts:  

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 2 lemons

For Icing:

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Juice & zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (depends how sweet you like it)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients (flours, sugar, baking powder and baking soda).
  • In a separate bowl combine milk, oil, eggs, lemon juice and zest. Pour into dry ingredients & stir till just combined.
  • Grease donut cake pan and fill each cavity half way. Bake 11 minutes.


  • Pour all ingredients into a bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Drizzle or spread onto completely cooled donut cakes. Enjoy!

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