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?
- 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
- Chopped Nuts optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a Bundt cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
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.
Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25-20 minutes until cake is done through.
Remove cake from oven to cool on a wire rack. After about 5 minutes invert cake onto wire rack to finish cooling.
While cake is cooling prepare frosting.
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.
Remove from heat; add 2 tablespoons, sea salt, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Pour cooked glaze over cake immediately. Allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides unevenly to resemble the frosting or glaze on a donut.
Top with sprinkles or chopped nuts.