Baked donuts made the quick and easy way with a pre-made boxed cake mix!

Total Time: 25 minutes
Cake Mix Donuts

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.

Cake Mix Donuts

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 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.

Cake Mix Donuts

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.

Cake Mix Donuts

4.86 from 7 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 2 dozen


  • 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 degrees 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 degrees 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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    1. Its just any kind of cake mix, i did this with 2 different cake mixed from 2 different brands and it worked fine for me, hope this helped

  1. Thank you for the update. One last question…I was about to order donut pans from Amazon and didn’t know what size to get. Was this recipe for 2 dozen regular or mini donuts? Sorry to be such a bother.

  2. Just what I was looking for today, the first really cool day in NY. I have a box mix for a cinnamon cake and it’s going to make the best donuts! Thanks for the recipe <3

  3. My grandchildren are coming over this morning. We’re going to have a really good day thanks to you! After our breakfast we will go outside and “Wake up the animals!” so that they can be fed theirs.

    1. I don’t have a donut pan either. What I use is a muffin tin with foil rolled up in a ball and sprayed with cooking spray in the middle. Then I pour the batter around it. They turn out to be smaller donuts and not as perfect, but they look and taste like donuts just the same 🙂
      Great, easy recipe!

  4. These look great! Can I swap the cake mix for any flavor and keep the rest of the ingredients the same? I have about 6 different mixes in my pantry that are just sitting there.

  5. What if I use a different size cake mix. It seems most cake mixes are less than your recipe states. Is there a difference in the ingredient amounts?

    1. If you use a different size cake mix, you will need to add about 1-2 Tbsp. of flour to the batter to make it comparable to the recipe. If I remember correctly, the Duncan Hines brand is the one I used with the larger cake mix volume.

  6. I really do need to get me a donut pan – is there a brand that you recommend? I have this deep hidden fear of baking cake-like things because I always think that I’m going to put in so much work and it will stick to the pan. Isn’t that crazy!? Anyway, I love these! I’m with your little one; I’d be excited too!

    1. I just bought my donut pan from Target on a whim one day… I don’t even know what brand it is… haha. So I would just grab one you think would work.

  7. Do you know how long the bake time would be for an 18 cavity mini donut pan and if it would work? I want to make these for my office and I think mini would go over better.

    1. I would start by reducing the cooking time by 1/3 and then go from there. If they are not done enough then just put them back in the oven for longer.

  8. I managed to get a Krispy Kreme cake mix, so I jumped online to find a way to convert it to donuts. I’ll be using that mix and your alterations to make the cake donuts on our donut pan. Thanks for posting this! I’ve had these pans for years – both regular and mini- and can’t remember ever having used them before now. So, great mix (it’s amazing, truly!), and it comes with a small packet of glaze, too. Fun, fun!

  9. Duncan Hines cake mixes are 18.5 oz not 16.25 oz (Betty Crocker?) Just wondering what adjustments I would need to make to this recipe?

    1. Not all Duncan Hines cake mixes are 18.5oz, some are 16.25oz – it just depends on the flavor. I can’t remember what particular brand I used when making these, but just read the box before choosing one. If you have one and it’s already 18.5oz then the donuts will just be a little more dense.

  10. For those wondering what else to use who don’t have a doughnut pan, I have an electric mini doughnut maker, and it’s perfect. each batch only takes 2-3 minutes, so it’s super fast and they taste amazing.

    1. Hi Jane,

      I’m sorry… I would not know as I do not own a mini donut pan. I’m guessing that it would be half as large? So double the amount stated in the recipe.

  11. I made these but due to being gluten intolerant i got a gluten free betty crocker cake mix and used 1/4 cup bananas + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder as an egg replacement and it worked perfectly. Seriously I was really surprised how well they turned out. I’m so appreciative for this recipe even though i modified it for gluten and dairy allergy. Thank you so much!!!

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