Homemade donuts are easy to make and so delicious. In our house, donuts have always meant a celebration.
We make donuts on birthdays, holidays, to celebrate special achievements and more. When my family started eating two dozen donuts at a time, I decided it was time to learn how to make them myself.
Since learning how to make doughnuts I’ve experimented with baked and fried versions. Baked donuts are easier to make, but personally I love the taste of fried. If you decide to try baked donuts, you’ll need a donut pan to bake them in the oven.
The best part about fresh homemade donuts is that your kids can help decide how to frost them. You can choose from sprinkles, powdered sugar, powdered sugar icing, cinnamon sugar, or chocolate frosted (my favorite).
This recipe for cake donuts can be made from start to finish in about 30 minutes. You don’t need a special donut pan for these donuts which makes them an easy last minute treat. Perfect for a special breakfast celebration.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 quart oil for frying
- optional - powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar mixture
- Mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- Add butter.
- Then mix in egg and milk. I had my mixer on low for 3 to 4 minutes. I stopped when the dough looked like this… oh, this is why I love having a laptop. Most of my recipes are on the computer. I just unplug it and take it into the kitchen to cook!
- While you are mixing, start heating your oil to 375 degrees.
- Roll out on a floured surface until your dough is about 1/4 inch thick.
- Then use a doughnut cutter, or if you don't have a doughnut cutter you can use a pub style glass and a baby food jar to make the doughnut shape.
- Prepare an area for your doughnuts to cool. Because of the oil, I used paper shopping bags with paper towels on top. This made clean up very easy.
- Drop the doughnuts into the hot oil.
- Fry for about 1 minute on each side, or until they are golden brown.
- Place them on your paper towels to cool and then top while they are still warm.
- Frost with a variety of toppings; chocolate frosting, powdered sugar, glaze, and cinnamon and sugar.
If you have a craving for a sweet pastry and don’t want to attempt homemade donuts try cronuts! These are basically fried croissants and taste delicious!