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Easy Cinnamon Donuts Recipe

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This recipe for super easy cinnamon donuts will have you wondering why you’ve never made your own before! Making these cake mix donuts is simple and the end result is so tasty!

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Making donuts doesn’t have to be a stressful and difficult process. You can actually make baked donuts are simple, straightforward and without frying them! My simple glazed cinnamon donuts recipe will blow you away!

Pin showing the finished cake mix cinnamon donuts ready to eat with title across the middle.

I shouldn’t say that I hate making traditional donuts because I don’t do it very often but I just prefer the texture of a cake donut so this recipe is usually what I tend to make.

A look at a few finished cinnamon donuts ready to eat.

Cake donuts are more dense and flavorful, they’re sweet and indulgent and it’s like eating a little piece of cake that you can carry with you. Who doesn’t love that!

A look at the finished cake donuts ready to eat.

Looking for supplies to make cake mix recipes like these cinnamon donuts?

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A stack of finished donuts ready to eat.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing cake mix recipes which can settle and become thin at lot easier than traditional cookie dough.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixer, spatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

Some finished donuts on a tray ready to share.

For this particular recipe you will want a donut pan. It comes in handy for other portable breakfast essentials too like these egg sandwiches!

What else will I need to make glazed cinnamon cake donuts?

This recipe doesn’t use anything tricky or weird. As usual we will be starting with a boxed cake mix…this is for a reason…because it makes life so much easier! Once you try out some of these cake mix recipes you’ll never want to go back to baking completely from scratch.

A towering stack of cinnamon donuts ready to eat or share.

We will also be using pumpkin puree, apple sauce, icing sugar, milk, sugar, and cinnamon. No, the pumpkin puree doesn’t make these cinnamon donuts taste overly like pumpkin!

How to make donuts from a cake mix:

There are only a handful of steps separating you and some delicious cake mix donuts. My cinnamon donuts are baked, blazed, and ready to go before you know it. The process is simple, so simple in fact that if you have little ones who like to work in the kitchen this is a great recipe to make with them!

A side view of some stacked up finished donuts ready to eat.

Mix cake mix and pie filling, and apple sauce until combined.

Put the batter into a pipping bag and pipe into a donut baking tray.

Finished baked donuts ready to be glazed.

Bake for 14-16 minutes at 400.

Let cool for 15 minutes before removing from tray.

Mix icing sugar and milk.

Donuts being glazed.

Dip donuts into the icing and place on a tray to drip.

Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the donuts.

Cinnamon being sprinkled on the glaze.

These donuts store fairly well because they’re not fried! If you are looking to make them in advance you could wait to glaze them until you are ready to eat them.

A finished look at the recipe ready to eat.

Looking for more delicious ways to use cake mix?

Here are some other cake mix recipes that we just know you are going to love. Try out these cookies, truffles, and more. There’s something for everyone and they’re all indulgent, easy to make, and perfectly shareable!

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A bunch of finished donuts with cinnamon sticks in the background.

Make sure to let us know in the comments which cake mix recipes you’d like to see next! What’s your favorite unique way to use boxed cake mixes?

Printable Recipe for Cinnamon Donuts:

As always, here’s the printable version of this easy recipe. Once you make a single batch of these cake mix donuts you will be reaching for this one time and time again. I love making cinnamon donuts to share but they’re also easy enough that I don’t mind making them for a weeknight treat for the family too!

Yield: 12 Donuts

Easy Cinnamon Donuts Recipe

Featured image showing the finished cinnamon donuts with a bite missing ready to be enjoyed.

This recipe for super easy cinnamon donuts will have you wondering why you've never made your own before! Making these cake mix donuts is simple and the end result is so tasty!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of apple sauce
  • 1.5 cups of icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix cake mix and pie filling, and apple sauce until combined
  2. Put the batter into a pipping bag and pipe into a donut baking tray
  3. Bake for 14-16 minutes at 400
  4. Let cool for 15 minutes before removing from tray
  5. Mix icing sugar and milk
  6. Dip donuts into the icing and place on a tray to drip
  7. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the donuts

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 321mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 2g

All nutrition information is calculated as a courtesy to the reader. Please do your own calculation for complete accuracy.

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