Cake Mix Donuts

Well, if you guys can't tell by the kitchen towels (and I also have the iPhone case to match), I have a donut-loving soul. Cake, glazed, creme filled, fritters. Huge, mini, and in between. I love them. Any time, anywhere, I'm up for grabbing a dozen. Thankfully, I don't indulge as often as I have the craving. 

A. I'd be at least 600 pounds if I did

& B. I'm afraid I'd actually grow tired of them, which makes me sad to even think about. 

But on the real, National Donut Day always falls on the weekend of my birthday, and it's the best present I could ever get. ;) 

Since I also don't have the funds to support this habit, I've made them at home a few times too! Chocolate Covered Katie (again, one of my fave food bloggers) has a few healthier recipes  (still insanely tasty) that I really like! However, this particular recipe is from It's Always Autumn, a blog full of cute crafty ideas, recipes, and a bunch of other cute stuff! She's on Pinterest a lot! Check her out! 

Anyway, this is a cake mix donut recipe, meaning the base is cake, and also meaning you can do any flavor you like! Red velvet donuts, german chocolate donuts, angel food donuts....THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS! 

I played it safe on flavors this time. I decided to make a dozen classic vanilla & a dozen strawberry donuts to take to the girls at work! I made icing for them as well, but we'll get to that! It was so incredibly quick and easy, and I mean, they're pink and cute. Who doesn't love that?!

All you have to do is mix one box of cake mix with one egg, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, and 1 cup of water! Pour the mixture evenly into your donut pan (I got mine from Target!), bake them for 10-15 minutes, and boom. Krispy Kreme would probably hire you on the spot. 

And you definitely want to ice them while they're still hot so they get that warm, melt-in-your-mouth, glazy effect. 

I decided to be a little more adventurous with the glazes. For the strawberry donuts, I made a marshmallow glaze. 

For this glaze you'll need:

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1/8 tsp salt

3 tbsp unsalted butter

2 cups mini marshmallows 

Instructions for this glaze:

Melt the butter and 1/4 cup water on the stove over medium heat. Stir in the marshmallows until melted. Whisk in the sugar, vanilla, and salt, and there you have it. Frost those babies! 

For the vanilla donuts, I decided to go outside of the box even more and try an amaretto cherry glaze. My hubs and I both LOVE Disaronno Amaretto, so why not put it on a donut?

For this glaze you'll need:

2 cups confectioner's sugar

1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice

1 tbsp amaretto liqueur (or maybe a wee bit more)

1/8 tsp salt

Instructions for this glaze:

Whisk sugar, syrup, liqueur, and salt in a bowl until smooth and pour it on! 

Both of these glaze recipes can be found on saveur.com, along with probably 1,000 other glorious donut recipes that I've definitely made plans to try! So, give these a whirl. Take them to work, deliver them to your neighbors, make some for a party. I guarantee you'll be everyone's new favorite person! 

Let us know what flavors you tried!

Tag #awhimsywonderland on Insta, so we can see how adorable you make yours! 

Donuts & More Donuts,

Cort

Photos by Tyler & Cortney Moore