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 icing, and colorful, 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)

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

These cake mix donuts are absolutely delicious, easy to make, and one of our family’s favorite desserts to make together.

We love cake mix donuts, because they’re super simple to make using only a few ingredients, and best of all – these cake mix donuts can be made any time of the year, with any cake flavor, and decorated any way you desire!

This post was originally shared in October 2020, and the original photos show how my boys and I first made cake mix donuts for the Fall/Halloween season using these fun, spooky sprinkles.

I’ve since updated the post to include a step-by-step video tutorial over here, as well as additional photos with easy cake mix donut decorating ideas for all seasons, holidays, and occasions.

If you want to learn how to make easy cake mix donuts with cake mix, then keep reading below and make sure you grab the recipe for my 3 delicious cake mix donut glazes.

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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

Baked Cake Mix Donuts

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

They’re sweet, delicious, soft, and the flavor possibilities are endless!

 

Can you use cake mix to make donuts?

Are you wondering if you really can use a boxed cake mix for donuts?

YES, you absolutely can!

Just as boxed cake mix can be used for cake mix cookies, cake mix bars, and a TON of other delicious cake mix desserts, cake mix is the perfect ingredient for making simple and delicious donuts in a flash!

 

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.

My Favorite

 

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. 🙂

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

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

Can I Decorate Cake Mix Donuts for Holidays/Occasions?

Absolutely! These cake mix donuts are great for making for holidays and special celebrations, and can easily be made with holiday or seasonal themed colors, flavors, and sprinkles.

Here’s just a few ideas:

  • Christmas – red/green icing and sprinkles, peppermint flavor, hot cocoa flavor
  • Winter – blue/white, snowflake sprinkles
  • Halloween – jack o’ lanterns, monster donuts, bright colored sprinkles, candies
  • Fall/Thanksgiving – pumpkin/spice cake mix, leaves, apples/apple cider flavor
  • Valentine’s Day – red velvet, heart sprinkles, red, white, and pink icing
  • St. Patrick’s Day – green, four leaf clovers
  • Spring/Easter – pastel colors/sprinkles, flowers, bunnies/chicks
  • Fourth of July – red, white, and blue, stars/stripes, fireworks
  • Birthdays – confetti cake mix, birthday sprinkles, favorite candy

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 super affordable and super easy to clean, and you will use them again and again!

My Favorite

 

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.

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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

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.

These rainbow sprinkles are my absolute favorite, and I also use them in my birthday cake muffins.

 

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

Cake Mix Donuts FAQ’s

I’ve received several questions and comments regarding issues with your donuts turning out too soft/falling apart, and most often this isn’t an issue with my recipe, this has to do with baking.

Please follow my tips and guidelines listed both in the recipe and below to avoid any issues with this.

 

Help! My donuts are too soft/why did my donuts fall apart when I tried to get them out of the pan? 

This problem can be the result of a couple different things.

A. Under baking your donuts and

B. Removing them from the pan too soon.

 

How to avoid this issue:

  1. First off, make sure you fully bake your cake mix donuts until they are done. One way to tell when the donuts are done is they will have pulled away from the sides of the pan, the edges will be a light golden brown, and the middle will be spongy (and bounce back) to touch.
  2. DO NOT REMOVE FROM THE PAN until they are cool to the touch. Typically I let mine cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, but this is just a guide and you might need to let them cool longer.
  3. Lastly, use a spoon or butter knife to go around the edge of the donut pan and underneath the donuts to gently remove them from the pan. You also want to make sure you spray your pan liberally with non-stick cooking spray before baking them so that they don’t stick.

 

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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

How to Make Cake Mix Donuts with Cake Mix

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 5-10 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

Easy Cake Mix Donuts Recipe

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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

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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 donuts are a light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pan for 5-10 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.
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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

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

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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30 Comments

  1. Melissa wrote:

    Do you think these could be made with unsweetened applesauce instead of the oil?
    Thank you!

    Posted 8.10.22 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes, you can sub applesauce at a 1:1 ratio or you can do half oil and half applesauce for better results. Enjoy!

      Posted 8.13.22 Reply
  2. Michelle wrote:

    Flat donuts! 🙁

    Posted 6.6.22 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Sorry your donuts turned out flat. Maybe try filling your donut pans with more cake batter next time and that should help.

      Posted 6.7.22 Reply
  3. lee wrote:

    These were so easy to make! But the glaze seemed to soak into the doughnuts – how did you get that gorgeous layer of icing on the ones in your pictures?!

    Posted 4.12.22 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Lee! Did you let your donuts fully cool before glazing them? If you try glazing them and they’re still warm, they will soak into the cake rather than lay on top. Also, did you add more milk to your glazes? If your glaze is a thinner consistency this will also result in a glaze that is more transparent that doesn’t set up. Next time, I’d recommend letting the donuts fully cool, and add a little milk at a time to reach the perfect glaze consistency that isn’t too thick or thin. Regardless, hope they tasted wonderful!

      Posted 4.12.22 Reply
      • lee wrote:

        Yes, they’d cooled overnight. I must have just included a bit too much liquid in the glaze. But yes – they are absolutely delicious, and I am happy to have a cake mix doughnut recipe in my arsenal for something quick and easy!

        Posted 4.12.22 Reply
  4. rose wrote:

    I only have ONE donut pan that yields 6 donuts. How do I divide the ingredients?

    Posted 3.26.22 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Rose, it would be pretty difficult to halve the recipe since it calls for a cake mix. I would recommend just making multiple batches using the same pan.

      Posted 3.27.22 Reply
  5. LeNee wrote:

    Mine came out of the pan ok, but we’re very delicate had to pour the icing. I used. Moist cake mix and I think that’s what did it.

    Posted 2.18.22 Reply
  6. Kim wrote:

    Could you use gluten free cake mix in place of regular cake mix?

    Posted 2.15.22 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi, Kim! I haven’t personally tried it with a gluten free cake mix, but I think it would work just fine. If you try it, let us know how it turns out!

      Posted 2.16.22 Reply
  7. HaNeme wrote:

    I just made them and they didnt cool for 12 min, still in thenovern and they got all puffy.
    They look like mini cakes

    Posted 1.9.22 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Sounds like you might have overfilled them (I did this the first couple times too). Hopefully they still tasted good though!

      Posted 1.10.22 Reply
  8. Jkv wrote:

    Can you store the batter? I only want to make a few at a time. Thank you.

    Posted 11.13.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi, I wouldn’t recommend it since it has egg in it. It would probably only be good for a day or two, refrigerated. The donuts unglazed can be frozen for up to 3 months in a freezer safe bag though.

      Posted 11.13.21 Reply
  9. Julia wrote:

    These look amazing! Going to give them a try this morning! How many donuts does one cake mix make?

    Posted 11.2.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Julia! It will make around 18 donuts. Hope you love them!

      Posted 11.2.21 Reply
  10. Donna Koenig wrote:

    You mentioned butter milk but, in the ingredients you just mentioned milk. What do I use? Thanks

    Posted 10.12.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Donna, I’m not sure what you’re seeing but buttermilk isn’t used in this recipe, just milk. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Posted 10.14.21 Reply
    • Julie wrote:

      I had a different recipe from somewhere else that needed buttermilk instead of regular milk. Perhaps you saw it the same place I did? I deleted the e-mail with the recipe and found this one while looking for the buttermilk one

      Posted 12.9.21 Reply
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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