Cake Mix Donuts
This easy recipe for homemade donuts are a blend of cake and donuts; think cake donuts! Very light and fluffy but still moist and donut-ey while giving you the feel of regular donuts. Using minimal ingredients these are great for a special occasion or when the donut craving hits.
If you prefer spice cake mix over Funfetti cake mix then definitely try the mini donuts or other sweet breakfast treats like Protein French Toast Sticks and Chocolate Baked Oats which taste like brownies for breakfast.
You can customize the toppings to your liking – try drizzling them with a homemade glaze, sprinkling them with extra sprinkles, or adding a dollop of whipped cream on top. Trust us, you won’t be able to resist these easy Cake Mix Donuts!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Baked and not fried easy cake mix donuts.
- A perfect treat for adults and kids!
- Only 2 simple ingredients with a simple glaze on top and rainbow sprinkles.
Are cake donuts healthier than regular donuts?
I wouldn’t classify these as super “healthy” but are they healthier than a traditional donut. This is mainly because they are baked and not fried. They also tend to have a little less sugar and fats because they are usually smaller than an average donut and don’t have a filling.
Are cake mix donuts the same as cake donuts or old fashioned donuts?
No, they are not the same. Cake or old-fashioned donuts are much denser because they are yeast-based. These cake-mix donuts have a soft and fluffy texture. They are also a lot less time-consuming because there is no frying involved.
Ingredients and Substitutes:
These are the main ingredients for these Funfetti donuts. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.
Variations and Substitutions
- Use yellow cake mix of chocolate cake mix for these easy baked donuts.
- Try strawberry cake mix for strawberry donuts and a Valentine’s Day treat.
- Store-bought frosting works great.
- Use a homemade vanilla glaze.
- Top with a chocolate glaze and chocolate sprinkles.
- Use a cinnamon sugar topping.
- Turn into mini donuts with a smaller donut pan.
- For a dairy or gluten-free version, make sure your boxed mix, frosting and sprinkles are certified gluten or dairy-free.
How to make this easy donut recipe (a visual step-by-step guide):
Step 1: Prep the batter
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, combine the box of cake mix and vanilla Greek yogurt and water. Mix until fully combined with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes on medium speed until no powdered cake mix remains (image 1). Generously spray your donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2: scoop batter into donut pan
For best results, I suggest using a large piping bag to fill the donut cavity (image 2). A great trick is to fill a ziploc bag with the batter, cut a hole at the corner, and use it as a large piping bag to add the batter to the pan.
In regular size donut baking pan, evenly scoop or pipe the donut batter into the donut cavity of the pan (image 3).
Step 3: bake
Place the donuts in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes (when the sides will start to pull away and have a little golden brown color, that is when they are done!).
Allow donuts to rest in their tray on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove the donuts and cool completely to room temperature on a wire rack (about 30 minutes) before frosting (image 4).
Step 4: make optional topping
Once the donuts are cooled, in a microwave-safe bowl melt frosting slightly, about 30 seconds (image 5).
Dip the donut upside down into the melted frosting (image 6).
Place the topped donut back on the wire rack (image 7).
Add any sprinkles, and allow the icing to harden (image 8).
How to store these delicious cake mix donuts
Store any leftover donuts in an airtight container or large ziplock bag on the counter for up to 4-5 days or in the fridge for up to 7 days. Freeze these donuts without the toppings and enjoy them within three months of freezing. Remove from the freezer, defrost, and top with frosting and rainbow sprinkles.
If you like these cookies be sure to check out some of these other sweet treats ..
- Easy Key Lime Pie Cookies with White Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate Brownie Baked Oats (without banana)
- Chocolate Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Muffins
- Easy High Protein Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt
Funfetti Cake Mix Donuts
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- 1 box Party Rainbow Cip Cake Mix 432 g (Betty Crocker)
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt Oikos
- 3/4 cup water
- 5 oz. Vanilla Frosting store-bought (Betty Crocker) or homemade
- 3 Tbsp. rainbow sprinkles
- Generously spray a donut tray (or 2 or 3 depending on the size you have) with nonstick cooking spray and preheat te oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheith.
- Add cake mix, Greek yogurt, and water in a large bowl, and mix on medium for 1-2 minutes with a hand mixer.
- Pipe or spoon the batter into a greased donut tray and bake for about 15 minutes (when the sides start to pull away and have a little golden color, that is when they are done!).
- Allow the donuts to rest in their tray on a wire cooling rack for 15 minutes. Remove the donuts and cool completely to room temperature on a wire cooling rack (about 30 minutes) before frosting.
- Once the donuts are cooled, in a microwave-safe bowl melt frosting slightly (about 30 seconds).
- Dip the donut upside down into the frosting and place it back on the wire rack, add any sprinkles, and allow the icing to harden.
For best results, I suggest using a large piping bag to fill the donut cavity (image 2). A great trick is to fill a Ziploc bag with the batter, cut a hole at the corner, and use it as a large piping bag to add the batter to the pan.