Copycat Snacks: Entenmann’s Crumb Topped Donuts


I’ve made donuts a number of times before on this blog. When I got a donut pan, I came up with all sorts of ways to use it, and even did a month of nothing but donuts here on the site.

One thing I haven’t done yet, though, is tried to copy an existing donut recipe. And, truth be told, it wasn’t what I set out to do with this one either. I just wanted a cinnamon-sugar style donut, and it ended up reminding me so much of one of my old favorite store-bought treats that I’ve decided to label it as such.

Entenmann’s has a variety of kinds of donuts, but my favorite growing up were always the crumb-topped donuts. Unlike traditional donuts, theirs use a yellow cake mix as the base, and the cinnamon topping is delicious and crumbly. Well, that’s more or less what I ended up with here, except I didn’t use a yellow cake mix.

Whether you’re fan of Entenmann’s donuts, or you just want a tasty cinnamon-crumble treat, these donuts have you covered. They also aren’t as oily, preservative-filled, or saccharine-sweet as the store-bought kind, so you can take two without feeling guilty!

Copycat Entenmann’s Crumb Topped Donuts

Cinnamon-crumb topped cake donuts that are light, tasty, and easy to make.
Servings 18 Donuts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • Donut Pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Cooling Rack


For the Donuts

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda
  • Tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 4 Tbsp Butter Melted
  • 2 Eggs Room Temperature
  • Cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Milk Room Temperature
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream Room Temperature
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Crumb Topping

  • Cup White Sugar
  • Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Cup Butter Melted
  • Cups Flour


  • Prepare by greasing your donut pans lightly with a non-stick cooking spray or other method of your choice; preheat your oven to 350℉.

Make the Crumb Topping

  • Mix together the sugars, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and stir to combine until it's crumbly and the texture you prefer.

Make the Donuts

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and pie spice. Give this a whisk and set it aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, sour cream, vanilla, eggs, and milk, until fully combined.
  • Add the wet mix into the dry mix and stir to combine. Be careful not to over-mix or you'll end up with denser, heavier donuts.
  • Spoon or pipe this mixture into your donut tins, filling each about halfway to allow for rising as they bake.
  • Before baking, take about 3 Tbsp of the crumb topping and spread it over the top of the donut batter. Press it lightly into the batter so it sticks and doesn't just fall off.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes.
  • Let the donuts cool slightly, about 2-3 minutes. Then extract them and put them on a cooling rack to finish cooling (or enjoy right away.) If they stick slightly, I find a toothpick helps loosen them up.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon, Donuts

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