A delicious, inexpensive, and easy way to make 'homemade' donuts that your whole family will love. This recipe also works well for funnel cakes!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
56
Yield:
56 donuts
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Ingredients

56
Original recipe yields 56 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, flour, water, and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 5 minutes, or until batter is free of lumps.

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  • Heat oil in a large, deep skillet until it reaches 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Using a small scoop equal to about 2 tablespoons, carefully drop batter into hot oil in batches so as not to overcrowd.

  • Cook donuts in hot oil for 5 minutes, or until golden brown, flipping once with a fork mid-way through for even cooking.

  • Carefully remove donuts from oil with slotted spoon or tongs, and drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.

Nutrition Facts

61 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 8.6g; fat 2.5g; cholesterol 13.3mg; sodium 65.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2008
I checked out the reviews for this recipe before attempting to make them and made a few adjustments. I changed teh flour to 1 full cup,3 eggs and only 3/4 cup of water. it made a stiffer dough and I was able to roll it out instead of dropping the dough into the oil. I also chilled it for an hour before kneading it on a floured surface then cutting out the donuts. My family loved them and they were gone in a few hours. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/12/2005
I made the batter up for Sunday morning Breakfast. I decided to try just one small one and fried it up. It was good. I know this is a recipe my boys will enjoy over and over. I used a white cake mix. But I know I will try spice cake and carrot cake mixes. Thanks for a quick and easy recipe. Took only 5 minutes to prepare the batter. After reading the other reviews I would have to say that they were a little oily. I did make a small teaspoon sized one. Having them that small only took about 2 - 3 minutes once the oil was hot. Cook them on medium high. You will want to drain them well. I would put them in a bag of cinnamon sugar and shake well after draining them. I will make this again when wanting to give the boys a quick and easy treat. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2008
I checked out the reviews for this recipe before attempting to make them and made a few adjustments. I changed teh flour to 1 full cup,3 eggs and only 3/4 cup of water. it made a stiffer dough and I was able to roll it out instead of dropping the dough into the oil. I also chilled it for an hour before kneading it on a floured surface then cutting out the donuts. My family loved them and they were gone in a few hours. Read More
(57)
Rating: 3 stars
04/11/2005
I made the batter up for Sunday morning Breakfast. I decided to try just one small one and fried it up. It was good. I know this is a recipe my boys will enjoy over and over. I used a white cake mix. But I know I will try spice cake and carrot cake mixes. Thanks for a quick and easy recipe. Took only 5 minutes to prepare the batter. After reading the other reviews I would have to say that they were a little oily. I did make a small teaspoon sized one. Having them that small only took about 2 - 3 minutes once the oil was hot. Cook them on medium high. You will want to drain them well. I would put them in a bag of cinnamon sugar and shake well after draining them. I will make this again when wanting to give the boys a quick and easy treat. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2005
I wish the reviews were posted before I made these!! We must've all gotten this recipe at the same time. These turn out JUST as the other users said. OILY HEAVY YUCKY a waste of time and ingredients! Don't bother. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2010
I think the reason people are not liking this is due to their own lack of knowledge on oil temps when frying. When temperature of oil is too low the batter will absorb the oil. I made these just a few minutes ago and they were YUMMY. I did add additional flour, 3 eggs and 3/4 cup water as suggested in earlier review. Thank you for easy recipe for cake donuts! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2005
I can't believe I actually made this befor looking at the reviews. This was the worse recipe I've ever made this was to greasy and tasted like a flat oily cake. Don't bother with this one!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2012
Do to the review I made the suggested changes (1c. flour 3 eggs 3/4c. water) and they came out great. I was scared as I did not want oil soaked donuts so I used a thermometer to make sure the oil was hot enough. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/22/2004
This was such a let down. I was so excited to make the funnel cakes with this recipe. It soaked up so much grease--a heart attack waiting to happen! Of course topped with a pile of powdered sugar the kids were willing to eat but neither my husband nor I could eat them. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/27/2004
This recipe was AWFUL! Do not waste your time making these! Simply disgusting! Read More
(5)
Rating: 1 stars
07/09/2010
did NOT turn out! Read More
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