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Donut Cake

Donut Cake

In years past I have celebrated National Donut Day by making homemade cake donuts. This year I decided to make one giant donut by making a Donut Cake.

I enlisted the help of Daughter Number Four who was eager to assist. While I typically do not use convenience foods I occasionally do when making some of my fun food creations. This Donut Cake was one such occasion.

I asked D4 to grab a spice cake mix and can of pumpkin puree out of the pantry. Right away I could tell she was confused. She was unsure why I was using a box of cake mix. Then we added pumpkin puree, which she knows is what is used to make pumpkin pie. She sprayed the Bundt pan while I mixed the 3rd ingredient for the Donut Cake with the cake mix and pumpkin. When I asked her to bring me the pan there was more confusion. She could not believe that was it.

I then explained to her that we needed to make a glaze for our Donut Cake. We needed something that would resemble the glaze on a real donut. Going back into the pantry I grabbed a couple of ingredients to make a caramel frosting.

Because D4 had offered to assist me in making the Donut Cake I informed her that she would be making the frosting. When the cake came out to cool she started cooking the frosting. Once the frosting was done we started glazing the cake. Daughter Number Three was enlisted to help us. The girls kept eyeing the glaze as I was pouring it on and telling me where to add more to get that perfect donut look.

Once the Donut Cake was glazed D4 asked if she could add the sprinkles. Since the glaze hardens quickly I gave her a quick go ahead. She did an amazing job capturing the look I wanted.

We called in The Hubs to take a look at our creation. He was impressed. Because he is an artist I always want his approval of the visual aspect. The Donut Cake reaction was even better than I had anticipated.

The hardest part of the Donut Cake creation was waiting until after dinner to eat it. I have to say it was worth the wait. Not only did the donut cake look amazing it tasted amazing, too. All four of us loved it. The cake was so moist with great spice cake flavor and the caramel glaze balanced that with sweet creaminess.

This Donut Cake was such a good idea. It was easy to make and made us all happy. Plus, D4 and I got to spend time baking together. What could be better?

How did you celebrate National Donut Day? Did you have a donut or perhaps a really big Donut Cake?

Donut Cake


  • 1 spice cake mix
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped Nuts (optional)

For cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a Bundt cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl add cake mix, pumpkin puree, and eggs. With an electric mixer beat on low until just combined. Turn mixer speed to medium and mix for about 5 minutes until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  3. Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25-20 minutes until cake is done through.
  4. Remove cake from oven to cool on a wire rack. After about 5 minutes invert cake onto wire rack to finish cooling.

For Frosting:

  1. While cake is cooling prepare frosting.
  2. In a heavy bottomed saucepan heat sweetened condensed milk and brown sugar over medium heat stirring constantly. When mixture comes to a boil reduce heat to low and simmer for 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; add 2 tablespoons, sea salt, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour cooked glaze over cake immediately. Allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides unevenly to resemble the frosting or glaze on a donut.
  5. Top with sprinkles or chopped nuts.

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Posted by on June 2, 2018 in Baking Recipes


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National Donut Day 2014 ~ and a Happy Birthday!

National Donut Day 2014 ~ and a Happy Birthday!

Today is a double good day! First, it is Daughter Number Two’s 19th birthday! Happy Birthday! Second, it is National Donut Day. She texted me the other day, “Coincidence? I think not.”

Morgan Donut Day

She had wanted to go on a ‘donut run’ at 12:01, but anyone who knows me knows that I am always asleep well before midnight! I don’t like disappointing my girls, but know my limitations.

I did get up this morning and MAKE donuts. I had thought about making risen donuts or filled donuts. In the interest of time and health I decided to make cake donuts. They were mixed, baked, and glazed in about 30 minutes!  I had some extra batter after filling my donut pan, so used my mini muffin pan to make ‘donut holes’. All of the mornings baking adventures were a big success!

baked donuts


donut holes

For the donut holes, I baked them in the muffin pan, rolled them in the glaze, and then rolled them in a mixture of cinnamon/sugar. Oh, these were sooooo good!

If you are craving donuts I definitely recommend these. They are good and oh, so fast!

Happy National Donut Day!

Baked Cake Donuts

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup nonfat powdered milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 -4 Tablespoons Evaporated Milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine flours, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a 2 cup measuring combine dry milk, water, and vinegar. Let sit.
  4. Whisk eggs in a small bowl. Add milk mixture to the egg mixture and combine.
  5. Add the butter to the 2 cup measuring cup and heat slowly in the microwave until soft. Add honey and microwave for a few seconds until the butter and honey are liquid.
  6. Add to the egg, milk mixture and combine. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Pour the milk mixture over the flour mixture and stir gently until just combined.
  7. Using a measuring cup or spoon, fill the wells of the donut pan about 2/3 full. Tap the pan gently on the counter to get rid of bubbles.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, or until donuts spring back when touched.
  9. Remove pan to wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes. Turn donuts out to cool for a few more minutes, and then dip in glaze, if desired.
  10. For glaze combine milk and sugar slowly, whisking until smooth. If you desire a thicker glaze use less milk. For a thinner glaze use more milk.
  11. Place a baking sheet under the cooling rack. Dip the donuts in the glaze and let the glaze drip off.


Posted by on June 6, 2014 in Baking Recipes


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National Donut Day: Baked Mocha Donuts

As I was watching some morning news this morning (it just happened to be KTLA) I learned that it is National Donut Day! Well, I certainly was not going to sit idly by while those Los Angelino’s had all of the fun. Here in theMidwestI was going to celebrate by making donuts with my girls. I asked daughter number 4 what kind of donuts we should make and she said chocolate. I was down with that. My only personal thought was that it would have ground coffee on the top. What? Ground coffee?

Well, let me tell you something fabulous that I learned yesterday. I as in the kitchenette / break room at my office yesterday pouring myself a cup of coffee. My boss was in there with a brick of cheddar cheese and a jar of (fresh, local) honey. It sounds like the start to a bad joke, but just wait! There was something on a plate that looked like it might be ground coffee beans. As I was watching her she sliced some cheese, put a drop of the honey on top of the cheese, and then sprinkled this mystery ingredient over the top. She assured me that I should try this. I asked and she confirmed that it was indeed topped with ground coffee bean. I tried a piece. Then another and another and…I think you get it. I was pretty sure I was going to be a very energetic person with constipation if I didn’t stop. So I stopped eating eat. I did not stop thinking about it. I asked my co-workers what they thought about it and we discussed how the coffee really brought out warmth and deepened the flavor of the cheese. My boss said that some little British guy on one of the Food channels was making this cheese dish. (I think it was Jamie Oliver). Later in the day I told the Hubs about it. We started brainstorming some things that would be good topped with or paired with the ground coffee.

So, when I decided to make donuts I decided to top them with ground coffee beans. It more than worked. I’m so glad my boss turned us on to the wonders of using ground coffee as a topping. It really does bring a new dimension and level to a dish.

Baked Mocha Donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup vanilla soymilk
  • 1 /2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare donut pan by coating with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a medium glass bowl, microwave butter. To bowl add milk, sugar, egg, butter, coffee, and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; whisk until blended and smooth. Fill each donut well about 3/4 full. Bake ten-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, and they spring back at your touch. Place donut pan on a rack to cool for about five minutes before removing from the pan. Add glaze or powdered sugar (or other dry topping) to cooled donuts. Makes 10 small baked donuts.

I used a cream cheese glaze on my donuts. That and the ground coffee topping really made the mocha flavor “pop”!

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

Soften the butter and cream cheese slightly in the microwave. Whisk until smooth. Add powdered sugar slowly until you have a nice glaze. If it seems to thick add a little bit of milk to thin it down. Be careful not to make it too thin or it will run right off of the donut. Gently dip the top of the cooled donut into the glaze. Set on a rack to dry. Sprinkle lightly with ground coffee bean.

I hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy some donuts today. This is the kind of “National” day that everyone can get behind. Oh, and if you make your own and bake them, instead of buying some greasy fried donuts, you can still feel good about eating healthy. That’s what I’m telling myself for sure.

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