Non-Dairy Greek Spice Cake Donuts


Recently purchasing a much-needed, little non-stick donut-baking pan, I figured it would be fun to “greek-ify” a baked donut.  This pan is turning out to be the best $4.95 I’ve spent in a long time. I find myself wishing I had purchased two instead of one!

A little history about this Greek Spice Cake recipe: In the Greek Orthodox Church Saint Fanourios (prounounced Fa-new-ree-os) is known as the finder of lost articles.  Faithful turn to this Saint to help retrieve lost or hidden spiritual matters of the heart, or more commonly, material objects.  When an item is lost this cake is baked with prayer to ask the Saint’s help in finding it. Likewise, some bake the cake after the item is found in appreciation for the Saint’s help.  This cake is known as a Fanouropita.

This Greek Spice Cake is a family favorite.  Sometimes I think my children purposely misplace objects in the hopes of me baking a Fanouropita.  Not needing a lot of preparation or unusual ingredients, it truly is Greek Made Simple! Tasty and sweet, cleanup is painless because everything is mixed-up in one bowl.  I typically bake this cake in an 8×8 inch pan, however, switching it up and creating donuts makes it a fun treat for everyone!

What’s so wrong about having warm, delicious homemade (and Lenten!) donuts at your table in 20 minutes? Top them off with a very simple sugar glaze or a shaking of powdered sugar and watch them disappear.  You may want to consider doubling the recipe (wink).

RECIPE: (Makes 18)

2 cups flour

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ cup vegetable or corn oil

1 ¼ cups sugar

¾ cups warm water

¼ cup orange juice

Grated rind of ½ orange

Plastic squeeze bottle

Donut baking pan

Combine flour, spices and baking powder in a small bowl and whisk to combine.  Set aside.

Combine oil and sugar in mixer.  Add warm water, orange juice and orange rind.   Mix until well blended.  Slowly add the dry ingredients until smooth.  Pour batter into the plastic squeeze bottle.  Lightly oil the donut pan.  Fill each donut form ¾ full of batter.  Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until the donut springs back when lightly touched.

Combine powdered sugar with a little water to make a light glaze, or top with a dusting of cinnamon, powdered sugar, or chopped walnuts.  Try not to fight over them.

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©2014 by Alexandra Salidas Roll, Figs & Feta.

Recipe by Alexandra Salidas Roll of Figs & Feta.  Please do not reprint this recipe without permission.  If you would like to feature this recipe on your blog or site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link your post to this one as the original source.  Thank you!

8 thoughts on “Non-Dairy Greek Spice Cake Donuts”

  • My mother (Yiayia) always turns to Agios Fanourios for anything lost and has been known to bake him a cake or two on his Name Day on Aug 27. I love the idea of making the donuts…especially for lent! Thank you for the great recipe! We will try this soon.

    • Hi Tulla- I agree, kids will love these! Of course you may share this post/link to your Sunday school site- thank you! All I ask is that you cut and paste the actual link to or the link to the actual post. I hope they enjoy the recipe!

  • I went to two stores looking for a doughnut pan after reading this, but they were all out (Maybe everyone else has also been inspired to make them!). So, I ended up baking the recipe as 24 mini-cupcakes and glazing those, and that worked out great. They are delicious! I am definitely going to find a doughnut pan so I can make these again, but in the meantime I can’t wait to try another recipe off your blog!

    • Hi Andreana! I’m sorry you couldn’t find a donut baking pan- keep looking! Great idea to make them into mini-cupcakes. I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for the comments- please let me know which recipe you try next! :)

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