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Homemade Cake Donuts

Angie Kauffman
Course Breakfast
Servings 24 donuts


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soft shortening
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Your choice of ingredient to coat donuts with such as sugar, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, a glaze


Making the dough

  • Beat two whole eggs well.
  • Beat in sugar and shortening.
  • Stir in buttermilk.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Blend well.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend well.
  • Chill dough for two hours.

After dough has been chilled.

  • Flour the kitchen surface of your choice.
  • Roll dough to about 1/3" thick.
  • Cut out donuts with a donut cutter, especially one that will cut the donut and a donut hole at the same time, because those donut holes are delicious.
  • While you're cutting the donuts, be sure to start prepping your heating oil for frying the donuts. It should be between 370 - 380 degrees.

After your oil is hot enough for frying the donuts

  • Set donuts gently into the hot oil. Only put in as many as you can while allowing you to still have room to flip them.
  • Turn the donuts as they rise to the surface and start to brown a bit. (You're going to cook the donuts for around three minutes total, as long as your oil is hot enough, but not too hot.)
  • When your donuts are done, remove them from the oil and place them on a plate with a paper towel (or the like) on it to soak up some of the excess oil.
  • While still warm, cover the donuts in the glaze or sugar of your choice, or just eat them plain.


This recipe makes around 24 donuts that are 3-inch size donuts.
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