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Cake donuts hold a special place in my heart and in my memories. Growing up, my best friend, Sandy, and I made hundreds! Sandy and I were born three weeks apart, and our grandparents were close friends. She grew up 6 hours away on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but she spent summers and holidays in Drew at her grandparents’ house. She and I spent so much time together that her grandmother and my mother even started making us matching clothes!
One year for Christmas, Mama bought me a donut maker. Not a donut pan like we have today. This was kind of like a waffle iron, but for donuts. You mixed the batter, poured it in, closed the top, and baked. When it was done, you (theoretically) had 2 beautiful, perfectly-shaped donuts.
I couldn’t wait for Sandy to get to Drew! I was so excited! The funny thing is I don’t ever remember making these donuts at a normal time. Sandy and I would get up around 3:00 a.m. and head to the kitchen. (Nobody ever sleeps at sleepovers anyway!) We made such a mess! EVERY SINGLE TIME! I don’t know why Mama allowed us to keep doing it. We had batter all over the counter, the floor, even the ceiling! We piled the sink full of mixing bowls. The kitchen always looked like a tornado had hit it!
In spite of all the mess (or maybe because of it), the donuts were really good! I started to feel nostalgic while writing this, so I looked it up. I can still buy an electric donut maker! Granted the donuts are minis, but that’s ok too. I put one in my cart. As soon as it comes in, Caylie and I will try it out. Just not at 3:00 a.m.!!!
Now that I’m done reminiscing, there are a few important things I want to cover.
How Are Cake Donuts Made?
Interestingly enough, cake donuts are made a lot like cake. I did make the batter thicker so that it wouldn’t be as likely to fall apart. But the process is the same as the simplest of cake recipes. Whisk your dry ingredients together and then stir in the liquid ingredients until smooth. Like I said, this batter is thick, so simply pouring or spooning it into the pan doesn’t work. My solution was to cut the end off of a pastry bag, fill it with the batter, and pipe the batter into the pans. If you are making bigger donuts, cut a little higher up to make a bigger hole. Cut a little farther down for smaller donuts.
I like the bigger donuts better. But keep in mind that they will be brown on the bottom half and light on the top (just like a cake). There’s no solution to this. Believe me. I tried!
Can I Freeze My Leftover Donuts?
Absolutely! These cake donuts freeze beautifully! Just take them out of the freezer, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, and they are just as good as they were fresh cooked!
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Cinnamon and Sugar Spiced Cake Donuts
These donuts are the perfect excuse to eat cake for breakfast! No matter how you top them, there’s nothing better or more reminiscent of childhood – especially when dunked in a big glass of milk or a cup of coffee.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 10 large, 24 small 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
1 cup sugar
1–3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1–3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2–3 Tablespoons half and half (adjust amount as needed to make glaze pourable, but not liquid)
Ganache flavor of your choosing
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray donut pans with cooking spray. (We used Baker’s Joy.)
- Whisk together sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl.
- Add vegetable oil, egg, buttermilk, and vanilla.
- Mix until blended. Batter will be thick!
- Snip the end off a piping bag or ziploc. Spoon batter into bag.
- Pipe into prepared donut pans. Tap to level out.
- Bake 15 minutes for larger donuts, 10 minutes for smaller ones.
- Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and set aside.
- Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and half and half.
- Mix until smooth and pourable, but not runny.
- Serving Size: 1 large doughnut
- Calories: 232
- Sugar: 20.7g
- Sodium: 199mg
- Fat: 11.6g
- Saturated Fat: 2.4g
- Carbohydrates: 30.8g
- Fiber: .4g
- Protein: 2.3g
- Cholesterol: 17mg
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