Easy Cake Mix Donuts (+ 3 Delicious Glazes)

Grab a boxed cake mix and make these Easy Cake Mix Donuts featuring 3 delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, and maple, and fun sprinkles. They’re so yummy and simple to make and both kids and adults will love them! 

These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast

Easy Cake Mix Donuts (+ 3 Delicious Glazes)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’m so excited to share today’s fun recipe creation with you – Easy Cake Mix Donuts.

They’re absolutely delicious, easy to make, and my boys and I had a blast making them together this past weekend.

Since we’re in the Fall/Halloween season, we decorated ours with these fun spooky sprinkles to fit the occasion, but these cake mix donuts can be made any time of the year, with any cake flavor, and decorated any way you desire!

Keep reading below for the full recipe on how to make easy cake mix donuts and 3 delicious glazes.

These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast

Baked Cake Mix Donuts

As much as I love a traditional fried donut and my delicious biscuit donuts, after I purchased this amazing donut pan set, I’ve grown to absolutely love the taste of warm, freshly baked cake mix donuts.

 

Are Cake Mix Donuts and Old Fashioned Donuts the same?

This is probably the #1 question most people ask regarding cake mix donuts, and the answer is no, they are not the same.

Cake mix donuts are not the same as your typical yeast-based donuts which have a denser texture, but instead have a soft, fluffy, cake-like texture which is delicious!

They are also a lot easier and less time consuming to make since you don’t have to fry them and can make them quick and easy using these super affordable donut pans. 

 

Are Cake Donuts Healthier Than Regular Donuts?

Because they are baked instead of fried, cake donuts are healthier than regular donuts.

Cake mix donuts also tend to have less sugar, fat, and calories since they are not as large and don’t have a fruit or cream filling.

Do keep in mind no donut out there is necessarily “healthy”, so moderation is always key. 🙂

 

Why Cake Mix Donuts are THE BEST

I think my favorite part about these cake mix donuts is that you can easily make them with any boxed cake mix flavor and glaze to satisfy whatever flavor you’re craving.

 

What cake mix flavors can I use?

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Funfetti
  • Red Velvet
  • Lemon
  • Strawberry
  • Spice Cake
  • Carrot Cake
  • Any other flavor you like!

If desired, you can also easily enhance the flavors of the cake batter with different extracts like vanilla, lemon, coconut, and hazelnut.

 

Delicious Glaze and Topping Ideas

And when it comes to glazing these delicious cake mix donuts, our personal favorites are vanilla, chocolate, and maple, but the possibilities are endless!

Here’s just a few other ideas:

  • Caramel
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Cookies and Cream

Top them off with some fun sprinkles, nuts, chopped up candies, or fruit, and you have yourself some incredibly delicious  cake mix donuts!

These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast

Helpful Tips for Making/Decorating Your Cake Mix Donuts

  1. Buy these awesome non-stick donut pans. They’re extremely affordable and super easy to clean, and you will use them again and again!
  2. Use this cake piping bag to fill your donut pans. It saves so much time, hassle, and mess! Simply snip off the end and pipe into your pan. It makes filling your pan a breeze!
  3. Don’t overfill your donut pans with batter. If you overfill, you will lose the hole and intended donut shape. Ideally you only want to fill them until they are 3/4 of the way full. 
  4. Place your donuts on a wire rack over a parchment paper lined baking sheet. This will allow the donuts to cool and once you glaze them, it will ensure all the excess glaze falls onto the parchment paper for an easy clean up. 
  5. Let your donuts cool completely before glazing them. If you try to glaze them while they are still warm, the icing will melt/seep into the cake and won’t firm up.
  6. For a prettier glaze, glaze your donuts with the top side up. We originally started glazing them with the bottom side and my youngest son accidentally discovered it looked better the other way. 🙂
  7. Add sprinkles or toppings while the glaze is still wet. This helps ensure your toppings will “stick” and not fall off everywhere. Also let your donuts firm up before serving/placing in an airtight container. 
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How to Make Cake Mix Donuts

Mix

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and spray your donut pans with non-stick spray.

Place your cake mix, egg, oil, milk, and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer or whisk, until well combined.

 

Fill

Next, place your donut batter into a large piping bag or large plastic Ziploc bag, snip off the corner, and carefully fill each donut cavity 3/4 of the way full.

FYI – This method is so much easier than trying to spoon in the batter one by one, and will save you a lot of time, hassle, and mess. 

 

Bake/Cool

Place your donut pans into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cakes are a light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Mine baked perfectly at 10 minutes.

Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. (about 10-15 minutes)

These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast

These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast

Glaze

While your donuts are cooling, prepare the vanilla, chocolate, and maple glaze by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and whisking together.

Place each glaze in a shallow bowl for easy dipping. Each glaze should be a pourable icing consistency, but not runny.

If it is too thick you can always add more milk, until desired consistency is reached.

For easy clean-up, place parchment paper on a large baking sheet and place under the wire rack that the donuts will sit on.

Place the top side of your donuts into the glaze for a few seconds and let excess drip down into the bowl before flipping and placing on the wire rack for the glaze to set. 

 

Decorate

If desired, add sprinkles, chopped up candies, or nuts on top of your donuts while the glaze is still wet.

These cake mix donuts are so easy to make and kids will really enjoy helping with this step.

You can easily personalize donuts for holidays, birthdays, or any other special occasion. 

These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast

 

These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast

 

These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast

 

Easy Cake Mix Donuts

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Easy Cake Mix Donuts (+ 3 Delicious Glazes)

  • Author: Kindly Unspoken
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Grab a boxed cake mix and make these Easy Cake Mix Donuts featuring 3 delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, and maple, and fun sprinkles. They’re so yummy and simple to make and both kids and adults will love them! 


Ingredients

Units Scale

Cake Mix Donuts

  • 1 box cake mix, any flavor (I used a yellow cake mix)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkles, if desired

Vanilla Donut Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: food coloring

Chocolate Donut Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 tbsp milk

Maple Donut Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and spray your donut pans with non-stick spray.
  • Place your cake mix, egg, oil, milk, and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer or whisk, until well combined.
  • Next, place your donut batter into a large piping bag or large plastic Ziploc bag, snip off the corner, and carefully fill each donut cavity 3/4 of the way full.
  • Place your donut pans into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cakes are a light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely (about 10-15 minutes).
  • While your donuts are cooling, prepare the vanilla, chocolate, and maple glaze by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and whisking together. Place each glaze in a shallow bowl for easy dipping. Each glaze should be a pourable icing consistency, but not runny. If it is too thick you can always add more milk, until desired consistency is reached.
  • For easy clean-up, place parchment paper on a large baking sheet and place under the wire rack that the donuts will sit on.
  • Place the top side of your donuts into the glaze for a few seconds and let excess drip down into the bowl before flipping and placing on the wire rack for the glaze to set.
  • If desired, add sprinkles, chopped up candies, or nuts on top of your donuts while the glaze is still wet.

Notes

  • Leftover donuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week
  • Leftover icing can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks

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These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast


I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe for my Easy Cake Mix Donuts with 3 Delicious Glazes! Do you love cake mix donuts too? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thanks for stopping by! – Cara

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These Easy Cake Mix Donuts are delicious and so simple to make! These yellow cake mix donuts are made with a boxed cake mix and baked instead of fried. Top them off with one of my delicious glazes including vanilla, chocolate, or maple, and decorate with fun sprinkles. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast or dessert! #donuts #cakemixdonuts #cakemix #dessert #breakfast

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9 Comments

  1. Thomas wrote:

    Do I ignore the ingredients asked for in my cake mix, ie 2 eggs, butter and milk….. And use the recipe that you use using just the cake mix, little bit confused, new to making Don nuts, thanks

    Posted 9.14.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Thomas! Yes, you will use the ingredients and amounts I list in the recipe card instead of the ones listed on the cake mix box. Hope that helps clear it up and I hope you love them!

      Posted 9.14.21 Reply
      • Thomas wrote:

        Thanks,
        I understand now

        Posted 9.15.21 Reply
  2. Nicole wrote:

    Do these taste different from just baking the cake mix ? I noticed the recipe calls for what’s different on the box, so do these changes give a more donut taste ? I’m so excited to try !

    Posted 6.27.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes, they are more soft/airy than if you were to bake as directed on the box, but less chewy than a traditional yeast donut. Hope you love them!

      Posted 6.29.21 Reply
  3. Booboo wrote:

    I want to try these but is it the same recipe even if I used a chocolate cake mix?

    Posted 4.17.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes, absolutely! You can use any cake mix for this recipe and adjust your glazes/toppings as desired. With a chocolate mix, some vanilla icing and crushed up Oreo would be delish. Enjoy!

      Posted 4.18.21 Reply