Cake Mix Donuts Recipe

Baked donuts made the quick and easy way with a pre-made boxed cake mix and topped with a sweet, sugary glaze and sprinkles!

Cake Mix Donuts

It’s a Monday and I’m posting about donuts. I have a soft spot for donuts.

I could eat them just about everyday if you let me. Like today.

I made these donuts a couple weeks back just because. My daughter woke up and her face lit up like the tree on Christmas morning when I told her that there were donuts in the oven.

Unlike pancakes, which we eat just about every weekend, donuts are a different story… there really aren’t any great bakeries very close to me now in this little town.

And surprisingly there aren’t any chain donut places here either. Weird.

So it’s a rare occasion that we get donuts from the bakery or that I make them here at the house so when I do it’s a treat for the family.

I don’t ever remember eating donuts much as a kid either. Maybe I did. I don’t know.

You become more forgetful after having kids and getting older. Not that I am old yet but… ya know…

Anyway, I do distinctly remember once after having a sleepover for my birthday, my mom asked us what we wanted for breakfast.

Immediately I said, “DONUTS!” so she had my dad drive to the Dunkin down the street and pick up a dozen or so warm, cakey donuts for us girls to enjoy.

It was the prefect end to a fun sleepover with my friends.

So that morning a couple weeks back, I decided to try and surprise my daughter. I had an extra box of cake mix in the pantry and decided to give some baked donuts a try using the cake mix.

What better way to use cake mix than to make some cake donuts for breakfast?

I mean, cake for breakfast. No one is going to say no to that.


  • 1 (16.25 oz) box cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water


  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk


  • rainbow sprinkles optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Whisk together dry cake mix, egg, vegetable oil, and water until combined.
  3. Pour batter into a large, gallon sized plastic bag and snip off small portion of one corner. Squeeze donut mix into prepared donut pan until cups are about 1/2 full.
  4. Bake at 350° F for 12-14 minutes. Let donuts cool in pan for about 5-10 minutes then remove and let cool completely on wire rack.

For the Glaze:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together butter, powdered sugar, and milk until just combined.
  2. Dip the cooled donut about 1/2 way into the glaze then lift and turn sideways to let extra run off. Place back on wire cooling rack.
  3. Repeat with remaining donuts.
  4. Top with optional sprinkles and enjoy!

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