The Perfect Homemade Cake Donut

The Perfect Homemade Cake Donut

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Love donuts? So do we, especially on National Donut Day. So we cooked up this easy recipe for homemade cake donuts that you’ll enjoy making–especially because you can top the donuts with whatever suits your fancy (or plain)! See what we did there . . . ? Enjoy these homemade delicious donuts For National Donut Day!

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The baking community normally does not necessarily regard donut-making as an easy process . . . no disrespect is meant for those who get up at 3 a.m. to make sure we have fresh donuts everyday.


  • Vanilla Cake Batter Donut:
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Half stick unsalted butter
  • Chocolate Cake Batter Donut:
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Half stick unsalted butter
  • Chocolate Drizzle Frosting:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6-9 Tablespoons buttermilk (more of less, depending on how thick you would like your cream frosting)
  • Lemon Drizzle:
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • up to 1/2 cup 2% milk (poured in a little at a time)
  • Toppings of choice: sprinkles, nuts, coconut, cereal, chopped candy, etc. or, alternatively, role in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar


  • 1 Dough Instructions:
  • 2 Combine all dry ingredients together
  • 3 Add in melted butter and two eggs in a mixer
  • 4 While mixing, add in milk; the dough should thicken quickly
  • 5 Remove from mixer; create a large dough ball and refrigerate for one hour
  • 6 Once chilled, roll dough into log formation / or roll out and use a donut cutter - if you don't have a donut cutter, cut the chilled log into 1-inch pieces, roll out and cut a small circle out of the middle
  • 7
  • 8 Fry Instructions:
  • 9 Warm 3 inches of oil (or enough to cover) in a traditional fryer at 350 degrees
  • 10 Place donuts with spare space between each donut into the metal wire basket if using a fryer; if frying in a pan, simply place into the pan
  • 11 Fry donuts for 2-3 minutes, flipping the donuts over at 1 minute (do a test donut to ensure your time)
  • 12 Donuts should float to the top within a few seconds of placing them in the fryer
  • 13 Donuts will maintain a cake-like fluffiness with a crispy outside
  • 14
  • 15 Ice, glaze, or sprinkle with powered sugar and enjoy!


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