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Baked Ube Donuts Recipe

Ube donuts are soft and tender, packed with ube flavour, and baked not fried. Quick and easy to make with 3 different toppings for a delicious ube treat.

(Love making homemade donuts? Try these cinnamon sugar baked pumpkin donuts. Perfect with coffee or tea on a crisp fall morning.)

Baked Ube Donuts Recipe

Ube is such a versatile ingredient. I love to bake with it, particularly with ube halaya or ube jam.

Recently, I’ve shared this really wonderful ube cookies recipe and made some delicious ube cheesecake bars, to add to my ever growing collection of ube recipes including the best ube cake recipe with the most luxurious Swiss meringue ube frosting, a reader favourite.

I’ve always wanted to make ube donuts (or ube doughnuts, depending on where you are) because they’re not something that I can find in any of the bakeries and bakeshops here.

Happily, they’re easy to make, so good, and the options for toppings are endless. I provide 3 of my favourite ube donut toppings here, including the most amazing ube glaze. 

Why you’ll love these ube donuts

Baked Ube Donuts Recipe

You might be wondering if these donuts are the same as the ube mochi donuts you can make using Trader Joe’s Ube Mochi Waffle Mix, which has been very popular on social media lately. 

Short answer is no. It doesn’t contain sweet rice flour, the main ingredient of mochi.

But you’ll love making these baked ube doughnuts just the same because:

  • The recipe is just as easy and simple to make.
  • The recipe contains real ube, not just ube flavouring. So you’re getting legit ube flavour in every bite.
  • The donuts are baked, not fried.
  • They keep well so you can make them ahead.
  • And they are incredibly soft, tender and delicious.

How to make ube donuts

Baked Ube Donuts Recipe

Ingredients

To make wonderfully purple doughnuts, you’ll need:

  • All purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Ube halaya or ube jam
  • Unsalted butter
  • Egg
  • Ube extract
  • Milk

For the toppings, you’ll need:

  • Powdered sugar or confectioner’s sugar
  • Salt
  • Ube extract
  • Milk
  • Shredded coconut
  • Unsalted butter
  • Shredded cheese

Baking tools

I have a couple of standard-size, 6-cavity donut pans that I use when making donuts. You can still make this recipe without donut pans though, see the FAQs below. 

I also use my stand mixer but an electric mixer will work too.

Other than that, you’ll need staple baking tools like:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisks and spatulas
  • Cooling rack

I also always recommend using a kitchen scale and an oven thermometer for better baking results.

Ube donut recipe

1 PREP. Preheat oven to 400F. Grease donut pans (I use cooking spray) and set aside (this recipe makes 11 donuts).

2 DRY INGREDIENTS. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt.

3 UBE MIXTURE. In a large mixing bowl using a handheld electric mixer or using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, ube halaya and butter on medium speed until well blended. 

4 EGG AND UBE EXTRACT. Add egg and ube extract and continue beating until combined. Remember to scrape the bottom and sides of your bowl.

5 FLOUR MIXTURE. Using a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon, fold half your flour mixture into your ube mixture, followed by milk, and finally the rest of your flour, until each addition is just combined.

6 DONUT BATTER. Transfer donut batter to prepared donut pans, filling each cavity about 3/4 full. To make things easier, you can transfer the batter to a pastry bag or a large Ziploc bag with a corner cut off and use that to pipe the batter into the pan.

Ube donut batter in pan

7 BAKE. Bake the donuts for 7-8 minutes or until they spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the centre of a few donuts comes out clean.

Freshly baked ube donuts in pan

8 COOL. Remove from the oven. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

9 TOPPINGS. While still warm, dip the donuts in the ube glaze (recipe follows) and return to the wire rack to allow the glaze to set. Optionally, you can top the donuts with shredded coconut after dipping in glaze, or dip them in melted butter and top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Baked Ube Donuts Recipe

10 UBE DONUT GLAZE RECIPE. To make the ube glaze, simply combine powdered sugar, ube extract, milk and a little salt. Stir until smooth. Add more sugar or more milk a little at a time until you get the right consistency — thicker but still pourable.

Frequently asked questions

What is ube

Ube is the Filipino word for purple yam. It’s certainly not unique to the Philippines but it’s definitely a national favourite. 

It’s used to make a variety of sweet treats and baked goods like:

Difference between ube vs taro

Ube — or purple yam — is often mistaken for taro but they differ not only in appearance but also in taste. 

Purple yam has a naturally vibrant purple colour while taro is almost white except for the specks of light purple on it. Ube is also less starchy than taro, and is slightly more pleasant to the palette once cooked.

Read more about the differences between ube vs taro here.

Where can I buy ube halaya 

You can usually find ube halaya in the Asian or international aisle of your supermarket. If not there, they are almost always available in an Asian supermarket or online.

Frankly, I was never really happy with any of the ube jams I’ve tried here though. 

Happily, I’ve learned how to make ube halaya and it’s so good if I say so myself! And not hard to make at all. 

If you’re not happy with the ube jams you find at the stores either, try making your own. You won’t look back.

Where can I buy ube extract

You can find ube extract at Asian supermarkets. If that fails, it’s available on Amazon. I use McCormick ube extract in all my ube recipes.

How to make donuts without a donut pan

It took me a while to invest in donut pans big and small but once I did, I can’t stop making homemade donuts lol. 

If you don’t really bake donuts a lot and don’t want to buy specialized pans though, you can still make homemade donuts. Check out this hack on how to use your muffin pan to make donuts. I haven’t tried it myself but it looks very clever.

How long do ube donuts last

If kept in a covered container on the counter, ube donuts will last 3-5 days. Kept in the fridge,  they can last up to 2 weeks. To reheat, just pop in the microwave for 15-20 seconds or until warm. 

Can I freeze ube donuts

Yes, you can freeze ube donuts, preferably without glaze or toppings. I simply place the donuts in a large Ziploc bag and position them in the freezer where they won’t get smushed.

Frozen donuts will last about a month.

Remember that it’s best to freeze them while they are still soft and tender. If you freeze stale donuts today, you will get stale donuts later.

To thaw, bring down to room temperature and reheat in the microwave before putting glaze or toppings.

Other ube desserts recipe you can try

Looking for other ube recipe ideas? Check these out:

Baked Ube Donuts Recipe

Baked Ube Donuts Recipe

Author: Jolina
Ube donuts are soft and tender, packed with ube flavour, and baked not fried. Quick and easy to make with 3 different toppings for a delicious ube treat.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 11 donuts
Calories 108 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For Baked Ube Donuts

  • cups all purpose flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 4 oz ube halaya or ube jam (about ½ cup) room temperature
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 pc large egg room temperature
  • 1 tbsp ube extract
  • ½ cup milk I use 1% skim milk

For Ube Glaze and Optional Toppings

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Grease donut pans (I use cooking spray) and set aside (this recipe makes 11 donuts).
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl using a handheld electric mixer or using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, ube halaya and butter on medium speed until well blended.
    Ube donut ingredients in a bowl
  • Add egg and ube extract and continue beating until combined. Remember to scrape the bottom and sides of your bowl (see note).
    Add egg and ube extract
  • Using a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon, fold half your flour mixture into your ube mixture, followed by milk, and finally the rest of your flour, until each addition is just combined.
    Ube donut batter
  • Transfer donut batter to prepared donut pans, filling each cavity about ¾ full (see note).
    Ube donut batter in pan
  • Bake the donuts for 7-8 minutes or until they spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the centre of a few donuts comes out clean.
    Freshly baked ube donuts in pan
  • Remove from the oven. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  • While still warm, dip the donuts in the ube glaze (recipe follows) and return to the wire rack to allow the glaze to set. Optionally, you can top the donuts with shredded coconut after dipping in glaze, or dip them in melted butter and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
    Baked Ube Donuts Recipe
  • To make the ube glaze, simply combine powdered sugar, ube extract, milk and a little salt. Stir until smooth. Add more sugar or more milk a little at a time until you get the right consistency — thicker but still pourable.

Video

Notes

  1. Not all ube jams are made the same. I make my own ube halaya and if you use that to make your ube donuts, you don’t need to change anything in the recipe. If you use store-bought ube jam, I suggest to taste your ube mixture before adding in the egg so you can decide if you need more sugar, ube or both. Make sure to add sugar or ube in small increments.
  2. To make transferring the ube donut batter easier, you can transfer the batter to a pastry bag or a large Ziploc bag with a corner cut off and use that to pipe the batter into the pan.
  3. See post for more baking tips, complete step-by-step photos and FAQs.

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 121IUCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

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Happy baking!

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Rate the Recipe




Liz

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

I have never heard of ube donuts before, but I love the color! So pretty!

Tina

Monday 22nd of November 2021

Beautiful! I love the rich purple color of these donuts. I'm a huge fan of ube, but have never tried it in a donut before. I'll be making this very soon!

Mila

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

I made ube donuts for my mom's birthday and everyone loved it! We liked the plain ube glaze the most. No leftovers! Making some more for Thanksgiving.

Jolina

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Happy to hear that Mila! Hope your mom had an amazing birthday :)

Julie

Friday 5th of November 2021

My mom in law gave me her donut pans because she doesn't use them and they remained in storage because I don't use them either lol. Until now! Jolina these ube donuts are the best thing. They're very soft and remain soft and simple to make. Never thought I'd be making homemade donuts but here we are ha! Thank you for the recipe.

Jolina

Monday 8th of November 2021

Hi Julie, you're most welcome! I'm glad you liked them. And yes, we should put those donut pans to good use :)

Lynndee

Monday 1st of November 2021

I love ube-flavored everything. Those donuts would be perfect with my coffee right now. Yum!