Cake Mix Donuts

12 donuts
30 min

As a new mom for almost three months now - baked cake mix donuts are my newest favorite super-easy dessert!

My ‘base’ donut recipe that I’ve been playing around with was inspired by Jennifer Meyering; I played around with her recipe a bit until I found a donut consistency and some flavor combos that I loved! This recipe makes light and delicious baked donuts with waay less grease than their traditional deep-fried counterparts, and so far they’ve gotten great reviews from all of my taste-testers!

One word of heads-up; make sure the glaze dries before you try and stack them on a plate; I made a huge mess with my first batch! :/

(alternate decoration ideas)

(made with vanilla instead of red velvet mix and drizzled with caramel!)

Recipe details

  • 12  donuts
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 boxed cake mix – I used a Duncan Hines vanilla mix for the caramel donuts, and a red velvet mix for the Gryffindor sprinkle donuts!
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (or ½ stick), melted
  • ¾ cup room temperature (or buttermilk powder with water is an option if you can’t find liquid buttermilk at your grocery store!)

Glaze & decorations

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Optional – caramel sauce to drizzle or sprinkle mix of your choice (when I made red velvet donuts I used a Harry Potter Gryffindor sprinkle mix similar to this one and I loved the way they turned out!)



Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease a donut pan (I love these Wilton pans) with butter and flour or with baker’s floured cooking spray. Mix together all wet ingredients (eggs, butter, and buttermilk) with a whisk or in a stand mixer with a paddle until fully combined. Add in cake mix, and mix on low speed until incorporated, and then increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes.
I’ve found a piping bag the easiest way to transfer the batter to the pans – this set of reusable silicone piping bags are my favorites, and have lasted for years! Fill each donut ring just over half full – they won’t have empty centers if the rings are over-filled.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-16 minutes, until each donut is no longer sticky in the center.

Glaze / decorations

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and whisk until well blended. Glaze donuts either by dipping upside down in the bowl, or by transferring glaze to a piping bag and drizzling over your donuts.
(This glaze can dry fairly quickly in warm/dry weather, so cover it if you’re not going to glaze your donuts right away!) Decorate to your liking – and enjoy!


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  • Awi4543677 Awi4543677 on Sep 28, 2021

    Can you make these with blueberries?

    • Intensive Cake Unit Intensive Cake Unit on Sep 28, 2021

      I'm not 100% sure as I've never tried, but having made blueberry muffins before it seems like they should bake okay! If you try it let me know how it goes!