Cake Donuts Recipe

Posted on Jun 2 2013 - 3:23pm by Demelza Young

homemade donut recipe

Like my recipe for chocolate donuts, these cake donuts are light and fluffy.   Because they are baked, they don’t have the texture of traditional fried donuts but rather a muffinlike crumb and a very subtle flavor.  While good on their own, I consider them more of a base to help other flavors shine.  My personal favorite is a cinnamon sugar mixture, which transforms them into a mouthwatering delight.  This recipe is a slight variation on one that came with my donut pan, but if you don’t have one then not to worry!  You can use an ordinary muffin pan or, like I did with some of my leftover batter, make “donut holes” in a mini muffin pan. This recipe yields about 36 mini donuts, or approximately 9 larger ones.

Cake Donuts


  • 2 Cups Self Rising Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar   OR    1/4 Cup +1 Tablespoon Truvia
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter or Butter Spread Melted
  • 2 Eggs Beaten
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon



  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Spray donut or muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour and sweetener. Mix together, then add remaining ingredients and beat until well blended.homemade donut dough
  4. Fill donut holes/muffin cups 2/3 of the way full.
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  6. Bake 8 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. My donuts actually needed to bake for about 12 minutes.
  7. After cooling, remove donuts from pan and dip into glaze or cinnamon sugar. Feel free to decorate the glazed ones with sprinkles, nuts, coconut, or shaved chocolate.

homemade donuts


Demelza Young is an alumni of Northern Kentucky University. She currently enjoys volunteering her time in her local community, reviewing online content with her cat, and sharing quality recipes.

42 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jennifer Kearns June 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Lookin good!

  2. Rachel N June 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Yum!  The cinnamon sugar ones sound really good.

  3. krystel June 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    that llooks so yummy the final picture looks so delish lol 

  4. Kelly June 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    These look delicious, I can't wait to try them!

  5. joseph colwell June 3, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

    like this one

  6. Brian Smith June 3, 2013 at 10:38 am - Reply

    This looks good and pretty easy…if I can get the hang of it I'd sure save a lot on morning donuts! Thanks for the recipe

  7. Krystal V. June 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    love it!! looks so good

  8. marissa lee June 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    these look so good…thank you for sharing.

  9. Amanda June 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    These look delicious!

  10. md kennedy June 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for including the Truvia – we are so trying to cut down on sugar in our diet and this helps.  We are going to try to make these with whole wheat flour, though.

    • Susan Bewley June 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      You may need to add some baking soda to the flour if you use wheat, since that is the major difference between self rising and normal wheat flour. I know Demi typically makes hers with Truvia 🙂

  11. Maria Iemma June 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I am a diabetic and it is so hard to find desserts/sweets recipes that I can make using my Splenda or Truvia. Thank you

  12. Robin R June 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Ooooh, they look good!  Perfect with that cup of coffee for breakfast!  

    Thanks for sharing  : )

  13. Kathy Peterson June 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    look really yummy and without the deep frying.

  14. San June 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy! Can't wait to try out this recipe.

  15. krista grandstaff June 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    These look and sound amazing…and going over the recipe…easy enough for me to whip together with the kiddos with little effort…yay for that! Thanks for sharing the pictures as well…it's always great to have a recipe with pictures showing the process… 🙂

  16. Kaye Newman June 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I would love to try these!

  17. rachael June 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    these look delicious but even more importantly, they look easy!

  18. Stephanie Bourne June 7, 2013 at 11:45 am - Reply

    My 15 year old is a budding cook/baker and I know she will want to try her hand at making these.

  19. mell June 9, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

    These sound good. I may add a few ingredients i.e. blueberries to the mix.

  20. Jeri Eroh June 12, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

    We love donuts at our house, and these look very easy to make. I am sure my kids will enjoy helping to decorate…and eat…them! 🙂

  21. Omima June 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Pretty quick to make.

  22. Carissa Joslyn June 19, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

    oh wow, those look so good! Once I move into my new place, I may have to try these! omg my kids would love them, too! Thank you! 

  23. Kristina L June 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Thank You, this sounds good, I bet it makes the house smell good to when baking all the cinnimmon 🙂

  24. Cheryl Fisher June 20, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Chocolate would be my cake donut. I love them with coffee in the mornings. thanks on how to save money and make my own.

  25. Mer June 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Cinnamon sugar donut holes sound like just the thing for weekend brunch. 

  26. Sherry Compton July 3, 2013 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Love that these are baked so less oily giving you a wonderful cake taste.  Plus, lightly sweetening with cinnamon and sugar or even powdered sugar is a nice finishing touch.  Great for breakfast or snack time.

  27. lisa July 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    It sounds pretty good. So is basically little pieces of cake?

  28. Shirley Carr July 12, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I want mine fryed! Love these donuts!

  29. Katie July 14, 2013 at 8:59 am - Reply

    These are like cupcakes but in doughnut shape. Sounds great.

  30. Tara at Hill House Rock July 15, 2013 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Those look so delicious! Since I can have any foods in my weight loss plan, these are something I'd make for a special breakfast. YUM.

  31. Carrie July 17, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    I think these are tomorrows breakfast.  They look delicious!

  32. Elizabeth Smith August 14, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

    I prefer to use regular stevia without added chemicals.  How much Stevia would you use?

    • Susan Bewley August 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      It would be the same measurement, Elizabeth. She uses Truvia due to my father in law’s allergies 🙂

  33. chuck d August 17, 2013 at 7:58 am - Reply

    being a disabled police officer i am always looking for a good donut recipe lol


  34. Shirley Carr September 4, 2013 at 9:36 am - Reply

    These look good. Bet they are good with chocolate chips too!

  35. D Johnson September 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    These look so good and pretty easy too. I didn't know they actually made donut pans…learned something new for the day!

  36. Emily Linton September 13, 2013 at 12:31 am - Reply

    These sound delicious! I have a donut pan that I've hardly used – maybe I should try this recipe in it! 🙂

  37. Nena Sinclair October 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    These cake donuts sound delicious! I was thinking that they'd probably be delicious with banana mixed in or apple!

  38. Carol L November 9, 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

    I love the simplicity of this recipe. And cinnamon is a favorite of mine. I'm going to try this next week with my granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.

    Carol L

  39. Nena Sinclair November 10, 2013 at 12:42 am - Reply

    I would make these with Truvia, I'm diabetic. This sounds like a great recipe, one that I would really enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Kortnie March 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I love making donuts! Thank you for sharing…can’t wait to try this recipe!

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