Cake Mix Donuts

Cake Mix Donuts

Donuts - at home - in less than an hour? Yes please! 😉

As a new mom for just about three months as I write this - baked cake mix donuts are my newest favorite super-easy dessert!

The ‘base’ donut recipe that I’ve been playing around with was inspired by Jennifer Meyering and the BakerMama. I tweaked  those recipes a bit until I found a donut consistency that I loved. This recipe makes light and delicious baked donuts with waay less grease than their traditional deep-fried counterparts. And they’ve gotten great reviews from my taste-testers!

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


"Can I make the donuts or glaze ahead of time?"
  • Definitely! Wrap (unglazed) donuts well and refrigerate up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months. (If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator.) 

  • Transfer glaze to a freezer bag or sealable container - I've not tried freezing it yet as it's super easy to make, but it kept fine for 3 days in the refrigerator! 

"How do I store these donuts?"
  • Store in a sealable container; I often put a layer of plastic wrap over the top between the container and lid for a better seal. They'll keep at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the fridge for 3-5 days as long as they're protected from drying out.

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Cake Mix Donuts

Recipe for baked Cake Mix Donuts - my newest favorite quick and easy dessert! 4-ingredient donuts + easy glaze to decorate!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Decorating time20 minutes
Total Time51 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Donut Recipes, Cake Mix Donuts, Donuts from Cake Mix, Low Fat Donut Recipes, Red Velvet Donut Recipe
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 240kcal



Cake Mix Donuts

Glaze & decorations

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sprinkle mix of your choice (optional; I used a Harry Potter sprinkle mix similar to this one!)


Cake Mix Donuts

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease donut pan(s) with baker’s floured cooking spray (or grease and sprinkle with a bit of flour).
  • Mix together wet ingredients (eggs and butter) with a whisk or in a stand mixer with a paddle until fully combined (make sure melted butter isn't too hot, so it doesn't cook the eggs).
  • Add in cake mix, and mix on low speed until incorporated, and then increase speed to medium and beat for 1 minute. The mixture will be thick.
  • Fill each donut ring just over half full – the batter will overflow the rings if they're over-filled. About ¼ cup usually fills my donut pans to the right level
  • Bake at 350 ℉ for 12-16 minutes, until each donut is no longer sticky in the center and a toothpick comes out clean.

Glaze & Decorations

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



(Please note nutrition information is an estimate and may not be exactly accurate.) 


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g

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