homemade cake doughnuts

Homemade Cake Doughnuts

A vintage recipe for homemade cake doughnuts made with flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla and topped with a vanilla and almond glaze. Serve them for a special breakfast or brunch.

Homemade cake doughnuts are just the thing to make on a cold winter afternoon or rainy Sunday. Your home will smell great and your family will be all smiles after biting into one of these.

This is one of my grandmother’s favorite doughnut recipes and has stood the test of time. Her original recipe was called “Wonderful Doughnuts” – and they are indeed wonderful! I found this one in her recipe box and was excited to make it. Personally, they qualify as one of my favorite comfort foods.

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I know making something like a doughnut might seem a bit intimidating at first, but I encourage you to give it a try and make them from scratch. Alternatively, you can drive to the local bakery and buy doughnuts, but nothing beats the taste and aroma of making them yourself.

They take a little bit more time than other breakfast foods, but the results will be delicious and your friends and family will thank you.


“These are pretty tasty! I added 1/4 tsp. of Nutmeg and 1 tsp. cinnamon to my flour mix!” – Jo D. via FB

Homemade Cake Doughnuts

Homemade Cake Doughnuts
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A doughnut recipe for homemade cake doughnuts made with flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla and topped with a vanilla and almond glaze.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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  • 1 quart Vegetable Oil for frying
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  • Kitchen Equipment Needed
  • 1 medium mixing bowl
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • Deep Fryer or large 12" deep frying pan or cast iron skillet
  • 2 baking pans (for catching glaze drips)
  • 2 wire racks (for cooling glazed doughnuts)

  • Vanilla Glaze:
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • ⅓ to ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon almond flavoring
  1. In a medium mixing bowl big enough to dip your doughnuts, stir together all glaze ingredients until there are no lumps. Set aside until ready to dip the hot doughnuts.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter. Add sugar and beat well. Add eggs and beat well.
  4. Then dd milk and vanilla and stir until combined.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture and mix until dough holds together. Roll into a ball.
  6. Cover and chill 2 hours.
  7. On a floured board, roll out dough to ⅓" thick and cut with a doughnut hole cutter.
  8. Heat vegetable oil in pan or deep fryer to 365 degrees and fry until lightly golden brown.
  9. Drain on a plate lined with paper towel briefly and then dip into the bowl of hot glaze.
  10. Enjoy them warm and fresh as is or dip in a vanilla glaze (recipe above) and drain on a wire baking rack set inside of a baking sheet.

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AboutLaura Jean Warnke

Laura Jean Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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