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Easy Cake Donuts | Valentine’s Edition

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We’re here with a last-minute valentines day recipe that is sure to please your SO or your friends! To be honest – we’ve been trying to make donuts for the blog FOREVER. We thought Valentine’s Day was the perfect excuse to cross this off our to-do list. You know us, we don’t like complicated recipes. We want to make our desserts fast and eat them even faster (<– our lives summed up in one sentence).

Easy Cake Donuts | Twinspiration

Fried donut recipes seemed daunting so we turned to this cake mix donut recipe we found awhile back. We tweaked it to make it our own are we’re extremely happy with how these turned out!! We used red velvet for the base to make it perfect for Valentine’s day but obviously, you can use your favorite cake mix. We also love how our pink glaze came out, it looks so bright against the dark cake.

Now, let’s get into the recipe…

Easy Cake Donuts | Twinspiration


  • One box dry cake mix (we used red velvet)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Donut pan
  • Sprinkles
  • Donut cutter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease your donut pan

Mix together cake mix, egg, oil & water in a large bowl

Easy Cake Donuts | Twinspiration

Fill a plastic bag with batter, cut off one of the corners and fill each well about half way full with donut batter

Bake for 12-14 minutes

Let donuts cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Remove & finish cooling on a drying rack

Optional: Place in refrigerator to cool some more for approx. 10 minutes (this really helped our donuts come out of the pan easier)

Optional: We overfilled some of our wells (easy to do) so the donut holes weren’t so perfect. To fix this, we used this donut cutter we had and just re-cut the holes. It worked perfectly!

Easy Cake Donuts | Twinspiration

Glaze Ingredients: 

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


Melt butter

Whisk in powdered sugar and milk – you can always add more milk if you want your glaze to be thinner

Easy Cake Donuts | Twinspiration

Dip the donut halfway into the glaze, then turn the donut sideways to allow extra glaze to run off

Add sprinkles immediately and let it firm up on a cooling rack

After a few hours, the glaze gets firm enough to stack donuts on a plate without smooshing

Easy Cake Donuts | Twinspiration

Easy Cake Donuts | Twinspiration

Easy Cake Donuts | Twinspiration

This is one of our favorite, simple recipes we’ve ever done. Expect a lot more cake mix donuts on the blog!

xo Carli


  • Reply
    02/13/2017 at 10:16 am

    Great Post. The donuts look too pretty to eat. I’m definetely going to try this tomorrow. I love red velvet.

    • Reply
      Carli Garsow
      02/13/2017 at 10:17 am

      Thank you! You should definitely make them, it’s so easy!

  • Reply
    02/13/2017 at 3:48 pm

    These look so pretty! I love easy recipes, can’t wait to try!

  • Reply
    02/13/2017 at 9:06 pm

    These look amazing!! Will definitely have to try them out.

  • Reply
    02/17/2017 at 12:17 pm

    Oh my days, they look incredible. I’m gonna have to try!!! Xxx

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