Best Cake Doughnuts


A cake donut recipe that's simple to make and lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Coat with cinnamon sugar or a confectioners' sugar glaze.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
12 doughnuts
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 dash ground nutmeg

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 quart oil for frying


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Mix in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk and egg until smooth.

  3. Knead lightly, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll or pat to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a doughnut cutter, or use two round biscuit cutters of different sizes.

  4. Lay doughnuts in hot oil, a few at a time. Do not overcrowd the pan, or oil may overflow. Fry, turning once, until golden, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

202 Calories
10g Fat
25g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* 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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