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Easy Cake Donut Recipe & Tips for Homemade Donuts

Easy Homemade Cake Donut Recipe

Simple Homemade Cake Donuts

There is nothing quite as delicious as the simplicity of a homemade cake donut. With a dash of nutmeg and sprinkled with a bit of sugar and cinnamon, these donuts beg for a cup of cold milk or mug of steaming coffee.

Traditional cake donut recipe. Tall stack of donuts and donut holes.

Making Cake Donuts At Home

Have you ever tried to make donuts at home? It’s not difficult, but if you don’t have the oil temperature just right, the texture of your donuts will be off and you may find yourself with greasy donuts, or worse yet, donuts that are golden brown on the outside and raw in the middle.

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Simple cake donut recipe

Tips for Making the Perfect Cake Donuts at Home

  1. Have the right equipment. A candy thermometer is an absolute must, and a heavy-bottomed pot will make your life (and donut making) much more pleasant. You will also want a metal strainer for removing the donuts from the hot oil and a donut cutter.
  2. Be Patient! The key to making perfect donuts at home is having the oil heated to the exact temperature. It takes nearly half an hour to get the oil up to 375 degrees on my stovetop.

Easy Cake Donuts

Delicious, lightly-sweet cake donuts

Course Breakfast
Servings 24 donuts


Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 4-6 cups vegetable oil for frying

Sugar and Cinnamon for Coating Donuts

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon


  1. Begin heating the oil on your stovetop. Be sure you get it to 375 degrees before dropping in your first donut.

  2. Add flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg to mixer. Combing thoroughly.

  3. Stir in melted butter.

    Add in milk and beaten egg.

    Stir until smooth.

  4. Turn out onto lightly-floured surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.

    Use donut cutter to cut out donuts.

    Carefully place 2-3 donuts at a time in 375 degree oil.

    Fry until golden brown, then flip with metal strainer. This will take 2-3 minutes.

    When both sides are golden brown, remove from oil with strainer and place on cooling rack or paper towels to drain.


    While still warm (but not hot) dip in cinnamon-sugar mixture OR wait until donuts are cool and cover with powdered sugar.

Sprinkle your cake donuts with powdered sugar.

Optional: use a sifter to sprinkle your donuts with powdered sugar. I like to leave some plain, dip some in cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkle some with powdered sugar.

If you prefer yeast donuts, Tiffany from Imperfectly Happy Homesteading has a great recipe for Vintage Glazed Donuts.

Milk and homemade cake donuts. This cake donut recipe is easy to make at home.

Which is your favorite? A cake donut or yeast donuts?



  1. Abi

    These were great. I’m not a fan of store or bakery cake donuts but love homemade. Will be trying the linked raised recipe next week!

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