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Old-Time Cake Doughnuts Recipe

Old-Time Cake Doughnuts Recipe

This tender cake doughnut is a little piece of heaven at breakfast. For a variation, add 1 tablespoon dark rum for a richer flavor. Alissa Stehr, Gau-Odernheim, Germany
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch YIELD:24 servings


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat butter and 1 cup sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Combine the flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • 3. Turn onto a heavily floured surface; pat dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°.
  • 4. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
  • 5. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; roll warm doughnuts in mixture.
    Freeze option: Wrap doughnuts in foil and transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag. May be frozen for up to 3 months. To use, remove foil. Thaw at room temperature. Warm if desired. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon; roll warm doughnuts in mixture. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 198 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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jlee2016 User ID: 8874761 248995
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2016

"These fried up nicely. The recipe does say to use a lot of flour to keep them from being too sticky, which I did, then brushed off the excess. The texture was fine but they tasted bland. I'll keep looking for that perfect donut recipe."

campyrs2 User ID: 3755960 236780
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"I made these this afternoon. They weren't bad, but the texture was bready. Since I am allergic to nuts, the only donuts I can have are the ones I make myself. It's been over a year sin e I have had a donut so they tasted good. I added vanilla extract to the recipe."

vickybryant User ID: 2604693 187222
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"This was the first time I attempted to make Donuts and they came out really good. easy. The Dough was sticky after coming out of the refriegrator but i just added flour until I achived the desired consistency. My husband loved them. Kodos for me."

6foreverpaws User ID: 6007092 118837
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

"This was my first try at donuts, dough was very sticky even after chilling. I slowly added flour until I got the right consistancy and they came out great. I used apple pie spice in place of nutmet and that worked out well. I am going to use pumpkin pie spice next time around.We really enjoyed them, the hubby loved the donut holes so when I make these again I will make a few more of them. They freeze up great.......just warm and roll in sugar mixture and they were fresh tasting."

jemccorm86 User ID: 5560363 188248
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"I found them to be very tough and rather bland. I do not believe I over-mixed either. Without the cinnamon/sugar on top, they wouldn't have much flavor at all. I was hoping they would be more like cake doughnuts from a doughnut shop. These almost have a thick biscuit/bread consistency instead of a light, fluffy cake doughnut."

LegalSec User ID: 548619 108484
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"I have not made these doughnuts but I was reading everyone's comments. A 2-1/2 inch doughnut cutter is a round cook cutter that cuts the dough into a 2-1/2 inch round dough while cutting the cutting out at the same time. Go to a good kitchen gadget store and ask for a 2-1/2 doughnut cutter. Make sure the dough is well-floured before using the doughnut cutter. This should work even though the dough is sticky and also chililng for 2 hours prior will help tremendously."

Missakay76 User ID: 5760228 102716
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"I did not even attempt to cut this after I saw how sticky the dough was -- instead I just wet my hands a bit and rolled the dough into a tube and formed it into a doughnut shape. Much less hassle than trying to cut it! Keeping my hands moist kept the dough from sticking. My doughnuts were a little bit dry, but I am pretty positive I overcooked them. Oh, and make sure to read the recipe carefully -- I did not note the "chilling" time and had to delay making these by a day!"

oma sukhram User ID: 5789389 108483
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"the dough was too sticky"

djmezack User ID: 5617195 118836
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"I used cinnamon and cardamom. Mine were a little dry and almost a little bready. Did I mix too much?? I loved the taste. I also used whole milk. My donuts were darker brown than the picture as I like crunchy brown on outside, tender inside. Did I cook too long??? How can I get that effect - cook higher temp? Thanks for any help."

dbausman User ID: 5521816 185417
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"These are just like my mom's when I was little! Didn't change the recipe at all - these are great!"

kimbalette User ID: 5479025 104335
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"These were declicious, but the dough was very sticky. When they say to pat it out on a lot of flour, they mean a LOT of flour. I did change the recipe a bit though, so maybe it was me. I made lemon donuts, adding lemon zest rather than cinnamon and replacing a tblsp of the milk with lemon juice. Absolutely delicious but, as I said, very VERY sticky and hard to work with. I'm going to try the cinnamon next."

joandillon User ID: 3801797 102714
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"Havent tried it yet,but because of my husband health I would have to bake them. Has anyone tried doing it that way yet?"

anita2741 User ID: 1910776 168608
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"I don't know about baking that recipe but if you log into Family Circle. They have a recipe  for Vanilla cake Donut April 2010 on page 164 these are baked, also one for chocolate donuts. Maybe check it out. I'm trying to cut out the fat also.

Hope this helps, Anita"

dmv60 User ID: 4942727 188245
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"I made half a recipe since its just the two of us. Turned out great, and we had the left-overs the next morning."

bobbi39183 User ID: 3679174 174045
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"Takes me back to my younger days when my mom made these every Sunday."

lisamaria User ID: 5442232 145738
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"I am not reviewing. I am wondering if these can be baked?? I was looking for a recipe for baked donuts. I don't want to deep fry."

zazababa User ID: 5420162 188366
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"Can't be anything than the tastiest. Just the way my mother used to make them... !!!"

Missglenda User ID: 3480372 169968
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"Looks very easy. I haven't made them but rather than fry them I plan on baking them as we are cutting down on fried foods. Has anyone baked this recipe before? gshiskin"

rburtons User ID: 4935108 168605
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Delicious and easy recipe, especially if it's you're a beginner with making donuts. We make this to celebrate the first snow of winter, and it is always a hit with friends and family."

eleyana User ID: 1142513 185416
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"Great first time doughnut making recipe. Came together very easily, simple to pat out and shape, and the flavor was perfect cake doughnut. My girls loved them!"

alainaw30 User ID: 4290307 127782
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"I've been looking for years for a cake doughnut recipe. Thrilled when I got my magazine last night to see this recipe. Couldn't wait to try it out after church. I'm amazed at how easy this was."

dutch5 User ID: 4564134 108482
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"Enjoyed making these with my kids. And several days later, they still taste good (when stored in air-tight container)."

hcdearmore User ID: 1889567 108481
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Very tasty. Keeps well overnight, so you can make it two mornings in row!"

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