Old Fashioned Cake Doughnuts

Love me some dohnits!

These are great doughnuts. I like to make them when I’m craving something terrible, but don’t have the patience to make proper yeasted doughnuts or a giant chocolate cake. They’re cake doughnuts, and they take no time at all to whip up.

They are soft and lovely inside, with a hint of nutmeg, covered in sweet crunchy glaze. Yom. I have posted the recipe here, with lots of pictures and a way more thorough set of directions if you’re interested. I have also added how to make them into really proper sour cream doughnuts, how to fry them perfectly, and different flavours of glaze.

Old Fashioned Cake Doughnuts

Yield: 12 medium sized donuts + holes
Time: 30-45 minutes
Cost: <10


– large bowl
– medium bowl
– heavy bottomed pot suitable for deep frying
– spider, slotted spoon or tongs
– chopsticks or two spoons
– rolling pin
– cookie cutters, 3″ for the shape and 1″ for the holes
– cooling rack
– tea towel


– 2 ½ cups flour + more for dusting
– ½ cup white sugar
– 1 tsp baking powder
– ½ tsp baking soda
– 2 tsp nutmeg
– ½ tsp salt
– 1 egg
– 1 cup buttermilk
– ½ cup butter, melted

For old fashioned sour cream doughnuts, sub sour cream thinned out with a tbsp or two of water for the buttermilk in the recipe. For a sour cream glaze, sub in sour cream for the melted butter + 1 squirt of lemon juice


Combine dry ingredients.

Mix wet ingredients into dry.

Knead until dough comes together. Roll out ¾ inch thick and fry at 375 degrees.

If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use a milk with a tbsp of lemon juice like I have here. You can also use sour cream thinned out with a little bit of water, or even yoghurt.


4 cups icing sugar

¼ cup butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp honey

Hot Water

Sift icing sugar into a medium sized bowl.
Add honey ,melted butter and vanilla to icing sugar and mix.
Add hot water until desired consistency is achieved, while mixing well.



Author: Kara Lalalala

I write this blog for my family cause I am terrible at letters & emails.

3 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Cake Doughnuts”

  1. Hi…what caught my eye and made me drool are your wonderful photographs, will definitely be making these doughnuts..I am a food blogger as well. would love it if you would visit my blog. Great work keep it up!

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