Baked Cake Mix Doughnuts

There are about a hundred things you can do with a boxed cake mix, and these wonderful "cake" doughnuts are a great example. You can mix and match flavors and glazes to make something different every time. When they're warm they taste more like doughnuts, but cooled they taste more like cupcakes. When you eat them is entirely up to you...


Don't follow the instructions on the box or they won't come out as doughnuts. And don't overfill the pan or they'll turn out as cupcakes instead of doughnuts. (Yes, that is your example on the left there.) Instead, use the measurements below, and only fill the pans about half full.


It does mean, however, that there is a little well to hold the runoff of glaze. This is definitely a very good thing.



I took a batch of tiny doughnuts to the church picnic, and they were a huge hit. It's a good thing I kept a few at home or we might not have gotten any.

Ingredients:
1 box of your favorite cake mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 egg

Glaze:
1 Tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup milk
powdered sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees for small doughnuts or 350 degrees for large doughnuts. Spray doughnut pans with nonstick spray.

2. Mix doughnut ingredients in a large bowl. Fill doughnut pans half full.

3. For large doughnuts, bake for 14-16 minutes For small doughnuts, bake for 4-6 minutes, until the top springs back when you touch it.

4. Allow to cool 4-5 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before glazing - if you can wait that long.

5. For the glaze, combine melted butter and milk in a large bowl. Add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. 

6. Dip tops of doughnuts in the glaze, then allow excess to run off back into the bowl. Leave them on the rack until the glaze begins to harden - again, if you can wait that long.

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