Doughnuts are so delicious that we get to celebrate their existence, not once, but twice a year! That’s right. National Doughnut Day occurs on June 5th and, today, November 5th! Usually, doughnut chains give away a free doughnut to celebration this delicious occasion, but it’s actually really easy to bake up your own doughnut treats using a box of cake mix!
I made this recipe for the first time a few years ago while having a baking night with a friend at her apartment. It was around Christmastime and we were baking up all sorts of holiday cookies to share with friends and family. In order to keep ourselves out of the cookies, we made ourselves another sweet treat to enjoy while we baked. With a box of yellow cake mix at the ready, we whipped up a big batch of these incredibly easy doughnut holes.
The return of Fall and the chill in the air always puts me back into baking mode. The truth is, I tend to enjoy baking more than I enjoy eating these sweet creations. Usually I bake up goodies for my husband, but doughnuts are one sweet treat I’ll never pass up! So I decided to break out this doughnut hole recipe again recently and bake up a batch.
Since I had some caramel candies left over from making Caramel Apple Bars, I decided to fill some of these doughnut holes with a gooey, caramel center. If you decide to add caramel filling to your doughnut holes, all you need to do is cut a caramel candy in half. After filling the pan with cake mix, push a candy into the center of the batter and bake!
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup of water
- Ground cinnamon
- Caramel candies optional
Preheat oven to 350º and spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk the cake mix, egg, vegetable oil, and water together until well combined.
Spoon batter into mini muffin pan. Less is more in this case as the doughnut holes will rise and you'll end up with mini doughnut muffins instead!
Bake 18-20 minutes, or golden brown.
In a small bowl, mix some cinnamon and sugar together.
While doughnut holes are still warm, roll them in cinnamon sugar to cover completely.
Serve warm or allow to cool completely.
Store doughnut holes in an airtight container.
To fill doughnut holes, cut a caramel candy in half. Press half of a caramel candy into cake mix batter and bake.
The beauty about this recipe is that you can use any cake mix you want! Love chocolate? Bake up a batch of chocolate cake mix doughnut holes and roll them in powdered sugar. Make festive Fall doughnut holes with spice cake mix and fill them with a pumpkin cream cheese center. There’s so many yummy possibilities to enjoy! Happy National Doughnut Day!