I don’t particularly care to go out and buy donuts for the kids. It seems like when I buy them donuts they think they can eat an entire dozen between themselves in one day. I hate it – but I don’t want to ban them from donuts. If I ban them you know they will grow up wanting them more than ever and as soon as they are able to make the decisions themselves they will buy a dozen immediately and pig out.
When I make donuts though they seem to know they aren’t allowed to eat them all at once and they don’t go quite as crazy. Plus they get to decorate them as they’d like and that is so much more fun. Making them at home is not hard at all. I actually make them so many different ways but this is a cake box mix method.
We always have eggs and cake mix on hand – ALWAYS. They are often on sale and it is the least expensive way to make cookies – which my kids affectionately call Cakies. Check out these cranberry white chocolate cake mix cookies.
Cake Mix Donuts are so easy to make – you first need a Donut Pan. Sure you could make them in another shape but the whole point is to have my kids not feel like they are missing out. I need about three donut pans or 18 donut full-size slots to make one batch. I can’t stress enough – you need to make sure the pans are greased well!
So what do you need to make awesome Cake Mix Donuts? Any flavor cake mix you’d like. You can choose chocolate, strawberry, white, carrot and so much more. Not to mention the tons of different ways everyone can personalize them and decorate. Today we will decorate with spray frosting but there are no limits – melt yourself some chocolate and dip in chocolate then let it harden; frosting, glaze, sprinkles, candy, etc…
4 Tablespoons softened butter (1/2 a stick)
3/4 Cup buttermilk – you can use low fat or regular
1 Box cake mix
Mix all together and pour into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Cut a small corner off the bag so you can pipe the mixture into the donut molds nice and evenly. You need less than you think you do in each cavity so don’t overdo it. One batch should make 18 full-size donuts. Bake at 350 till they are cooked through – they cook quickly – approximately 10 minutes.
Once they are cool – decorate any way you’d like. Another option is to spread frosting on them when they are warm – turning instantly into a glaze-like coating.