This is a recipe handed down from my Grandma Thayer. My family tradition is to make these old-fashioned cake donuts Christmas morning. Enjoy! Roll warm donuts in sugar and cinnamon, if desired.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
25 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 donuts
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer until whipped to a creamy color. Mix in sugar gradually until well blended. Mix in buttermilk and vanilla extract. Mix in butter.

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  • Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt together in a separate bowl. Beat 1/2 of the mixture into the sugar mixture until well blended; beat in remaining 1/2. Let batter rest for 20 minutes.

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead as little as possible until it comes together. Roll dough out using a rolling pin until it is 3/8-inch thick; cut into donut shapes.

  • Lower donuts carefully into the hot oil and cook until light brown, 2 to 3 minutes, turning once. Remove from oil and let cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

595 calories; protein 10g 20% DV; carbohydrates 83.5g 27% DV; fat 24.7g 38% DV; cholesterol 73.8mg 25% DV; sodium 579.6mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2020
I had my grammas recipe, but it got damaged by water. This one was almost a complete match. It looked a little loose, so I used 4 cups of flour instead of 3. Tasted the same as grams, but they were not as heavy, as hers called for 5 cups. Over all this is an absolute keeper Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2020
I made the donuts following the directions. I didn't end up with dough. I had batter. It took an additional cup of flour before I could turn it out to knead. The flavor was fine but something is not right with these measurements. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2020
I made the donuts following the directions. I didn't end up with dough. I had batter. It took an additional cup of flour before I could turn it out to knead. The flavor was fine but something is not right with these measurements. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2020
I had my grammas recipe, but it got damaged by water. This one was almost a complete match. It looked a little loose, so I used 4 cups of flour instead of 3. Tasted the same as grams, but they were not as heavy, as hers called for 5 cups. Over all this is an absolute keeper Read More
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