Grandma's Old-Fashioned Cake Donuts

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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.

A dozen freshly fried grandma's old-fashioned cake donuts sit on a cooling rack. half are dusted in cinnamon and sugar, and one has a bite taken out
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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup vegetable oil for frying

Directions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

595 Calories
25g Fat
84g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 595
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 580mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 30%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 155mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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