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4 Ingredient Cake Mix Donuts

 Cake mix donuts are so easy to make using any flavor of boxed cake mix! It’s an easy baking project you can do with your kids and a fun way to make baked donuts right at home with a few ingredients. Load them up with fun toppings for breakfast or dessert.

cake mix donuts

We are all about easy when it comes to baking and these cake mix donuts are just the best! Let us know what you think. One of our favorite boxed cake mix recipes. (originally published 6/16, affiliate links present)

 Using just 4 ingredients these doughnuts came out fantastic, and were fun to make with the kids. Top them with lots of candies and sprinkles to customize them however you’d like and they’re a great birthday party activity too!

We make cupcakes often, have made cookies too, and have even shared how to make brownies from cake mix… but thought there had to be a way to make easy cake mix donuts so we gave it a go this afternoon.

cake mix donuts

My daughters and I made these together and they were really tasty + the consistency of cake donuts you would buy at the donut store!

When we made peanut butter cookie brownies using cake mix and then thought using cake mix to make something else might be fun!

Cake mix donuts

  1. Cake mix of your choosing or make homemade yellow cake mix
  2. Donut pan
  3. Pint size freezer baggies
  4. Wilton melts (for chocolate “icing”)
    1. Or melt chocolate chips with a little coconut oil (helps it to melt smooth)
  5. Variety of toppings (smashed Andes mints are amazing)
  6. Medium sized bowl
  7. Cooling rack so they can cool completely before frosting them
  8. Plastic bag (freezer style) if you want to squeeze frosting on with a design, and to squeeze in your batter.

There are a LOT of different ways to glaze or frost doughnuts so use your imagination as far as that goes. We will share the choice we made below though.

how to make cake mix donuts

We added gummy bears, Nerds, M&Ms, and some crushed Andes mints to ours because that is what we had in the cupboard.

Donuts using cake mix

These really are a fun and easy baking project to do with kids because they bake quick and easy. 

  • I suggest that you squeeze batter into your Donut pan using pint size freezer bags. Just cut the tip off and use it like a pastry bag of sorts.
  • Then they will all have an equal amount of batter in each one.

For a REALLY easy vanilla extract glaze just whisk together water and powdered sugar until it is thick and the right consistency. That is it!

cake mix donuts
What can I do if I don’t have a donut pan?

Well, instead of round you can make a batch of Instant Pot donut holes. You’ll use a version of this recipe, and they are still so good + fun to make!

Which is better baked or fried donuts?

I prefer anything that isn’t fried personally. We have made baked pumpkin donuts in the oven too that were great. I’d just rather omit the oil entirely.

Are Krispy Kreme donuts baked or fried?

Ok this is my exception to the rule. These are fried and so addictive with a really fluffy texture. At home though I’d rather bake.

The best part is how to decorate them though right?? Just like cute cupcakes everyone can make their own creations.

cake mix donuts

Another easy idea is to beat together some room temp. cream cheese with marshmallow creme and frost.

Make sure you spray your donut pan so they will just slide out when they are done.

You can melt chocolate chips, use frosting out of a tub, or the melt the Wiltons melts to dip the tops in once the donuts are cooled.

Then add candies when chocolate/frosting is still wet and warm so they stick well.

how to make cake mix donuts

Chocolate cake mix donuts

Looking for other cake mix dessert recipes??

If you want to make doughnuts from scratch here is an easy homemade donut holes recipes.

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Time needed: 10 minutes.

Cake Mix Donuts

  1. Prepare

    Mix together melted butter, eggs, buttermilk and cake mix. 
    Add mixture to pint freezer bag and cut end off. 

    Spray donut plan and squeeze mixture into pan (barely halfway full). 

  2. Bake

    Cook at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until donut springs back.

cake mix donuts
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Cake Mix Donuts

Cake mix donuts are easy to make with boxed cake mix! Easy baking project with kids and a fun way to make donuts right at home with a few ingredients.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, dessert, donuts, doughnuts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 35kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1 box cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c buttermilk light or not
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • non stick spray
  • melted choc. chips or Wilton melts
  • candies


  • Mix together melted butter, eggs, buttermilk and cake mix. 
  • Add mixture to pint freezer bag and cut end off. 
  • Spray donut plan and squeeze mixture into pan (barely halfway full). 
  • Cook at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until donut springs back.


Nutrition Facts
Cake Mix Donuts
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 35 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 20mg1%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sunday 9th of May 2021

Loved them! Very easy to make with my niece and tasted delicious.


Saturday 20th of February 2021

All these recipes sound and look grate. Thank you for sharing what you have already tried and perfected.

Robin S

Sunday 27th of December 2020

They look great! Hope they taste as good! Made them for my great grandson’s birthday. He wanted donuts instead of cake. 🥰.

The Typical Mom

Monday 28th of December 2020

Oh yay what a fun idea


Friday 27th of November 2020

so many questions so few responses ... great questions btw


Sunday 31st of May 2020

Hi Justine, Just a quick question. In the picture it shows 2 eggs and 1/2 cup buttermilk and the recipe says 1 egg and 3/4 cup buttermilk can you please clarify. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you

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