Cake Mix Donuts

This past Friday was National Donut Day. With last year’s cronut craze, donuts have made a serious comeback in popularity. Still many people shy away from the confection, because as small or large they come, donuts are sugary artery clogging goodness.

Bakeries like Fonuts in Los Angeles are providing a delicious compromise for donuts lovers with their baked selection. I recommend their red velvet.

With the help of a simple donut baking mold, you can now make as many donuts as you’d like at home using cake mix. YES, boxed cake mix right out of the baking isle. So they aren’t going to taste the same as a donut you’d get from a shop (those are made from dough), but trust me they are genre of donut to be enjoyed equally on their own.

Play around with icing selections using food coloring. To a achieve more pastel like colorings, I used a neon food dye set from the grocery store. Divide your icing, and make as many colors as you like. Be sure to get a variety of sprinkles as well!

If you want chocolate icing instead of vanilla, then swap of 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar for 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. Chocolate icing is recommended if you’re using yellow cake mix.

Cake Mix Donuts
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Kiano Moju
Serves: 24 donuts
Semi-Homemade baked donuts using boxed cake mix!
  • 1 package boxed cake mix
  • 1 extra large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup thick yogurt (I used Indian. Greek can be used)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6-8 TBSP milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkles for decorating
  • food coloring for decorating
  • non stick baking spray
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare donut baking pan with non-stick baking spray.
  3. In a large bowl combine cake mix, egg, vegetable oil, yogurt & milk. Mix until combined, There will be a few lumps left.
  4. Transfer batter into a large zip lock bag.
  5. But a 1/2″ whole off the tip, and pipe batter into donut rings. Only circle around once, filling no higher than 1/2 way up.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until a baking stick or fork comes out clean.
  7. Allow to rest in pans for 5 minutes after removing from oven. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Prepare icing by combining powdered sugar, milk & vanilla extract. Mixture should be thick enough to stick on donut without sliding completely off. Add more milk to make thinner, add more powdered sugar to thicken.
  9. If you wish to color your icing, divide white icing into bowls, and color each one separate.
  10. Immediately add on sprinkles as they will not adhere after icing has dried.


Kiano Moju


Founder of Culinary Inspo. Kiano is a California raised foodie with a big travel bug and even bigger appetite to explore the world's food and cultures.

  1. I love all those happy colors n these easy donuts! They look delicious!

  2. I love the vibrant colors you used for frosting! You’ve inspired me to whip out my own donut baking pan!

  3. I actually love that these use box mix! Cake donuts are my favorite and these look wonderful!


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