Treat your family to a delicious Autumn breakfast with Baked Maple Glazed Donuts. Made with a boxed cake mix, these spiced donuts are easy to make and topped with a rich, buttery maple glaze. They’re so yummy with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of milk.
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I adore making homemade donuts for family or friends visiting our home at the beach. Waking up to the smell of warm spices and cake puts everyone in a happy, relaxed mood. It makes them feel special, which makes me very happy.
By starting the recipe with a cake mix, these donuts whip up in no time. But they are so tender, moist, and delicious, no one will ever know you took a shortcut! Plus, who doesn’t love cake for breakfast?
- Cake mix – I used Duncan Hines Super Moist Butter Golden Cake Mix, but any white, yellow, or butter mix will work.
- Cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground nutmeg – for flavor. Instead of the three separate spices, you could also use 1 ½ teaspoons of apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice.
- Vegetable oil – canola, vegetable, sunflower, safflower oil will all work well.
- Buttermilk – this adds tangy flavor and moistness to the donuts.
- Maple syrup – use a good quality, real maple syrup, not pancake syrup.
- Powdered sugar
- Heavy cream – you could also use whole milk or half and half, but heavy cream gives the glaze a creamy richness.
How Are They Made?
These donuts are so ridiculously easy that you’ll be whipping up homemade donuts several times a week!
- Stir together the ingredients for the donuts.
- Spoon the batter into a zip lock bag, cut off one corner, and squeeze the batter into the donut pans.
- Bake until golden.
- Whisk together the glaze ingredients.
- Dip the top of each cooled donut into the glaze.
- Allow the glaze to set.
- Eat and enjoy
- Crushed Oreos, Vienna Fingers, or Nutter Butter cookies
- Melt peanut butter in the microwave and drizzle over the maple-glazed donuts.
- Chopped nuts like peanuts, pecans, or walnuts
- Crispy, crumbled bacon
Treat your family to a delicious Autumn breakfast with Baked Maple Glazed Donuts. Made with a boxed cake mix, these spiced donuts are easy to make and topped with a rich, buttery maple glaze.
For the donuts:
- 1 (15.25-ounce) box cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Butter Golden Cake Mix)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup buttermilk
For the maple glaze:
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons maple extract
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar (more if needed)
- 1–2 tablespoons heavy cream (more if needed)
Make the donuts:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the cake mix, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, eggs, vegetable oil, and buttermilk until well combined.
Spoon the batter into a large zip-top plastic bag.
Snip off one small corner of the bag to use as a piping bag.
Carefully squeeze the batter into the prepared donut pan until they are about half full. Tap the pan on the counter to flatten the batter in the pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until golden on the top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing the donuts to cool completely on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, make the maple glaze:
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave.
Pour in the maple syrup and extract and whisk until fully combined.
Whisk in the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of the heavy cream until thick and smooth.
If desired, whisk in the remaining tablespoon of cream. The glaze should be thick.
Once the donuts are cooked, carefully dip the top half into the glaze. Place the donut back onto the wire rack and allow the glaze to set. You may need to stir the glaze in between dipping the donuts if it gets too thick.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
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