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Gluten-Free Cake Mix Donuts

I love donuts. Specifically the old fashioned cake donuts…sooo good! The rest of the family enjoys them as well but for quite a few years, my husband was gluten free. When the light bulb went off that I could make my own donuts, I immediately wondered if this was a way for Zach to have something he had long since given up. It turns out, it was! These donuts are made using just a regular box of gluten-free cake mix (or regular cake mix)! BUT, you will need to have a special donut pan. This is the set I purchased (and really like a lot!): Wilton Donut Pans.

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cake mix donuts
gluten free cake mix donuts
gluten free cake mix donuts


I’m strange and like to eat donuts with no glaze but the rest of the family really prefers this recipe from Alton Brown. Depending on what mix you use, you can also make a cinnamon sugar mixture using 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

gluten free cake mix donuts

Just melt 2 tablespoons of butter and brush the donuts with the melted butter. Dip the front and back of each donut in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Cake Mix Donuts

5 from 3 votes
Course Breakfast, Dessert


  • 1 box gluten free cake mix (any brand! Regular cake mix works too!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pan with non-stick spray. Make sure you spray the middle part that will make the "hole" in the donuts.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together water, egg and vegetable oil until thoroughly combined.
  • Slowly add in cake mix and whisk until there are no more lumps and the batter is smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the pan, only filling each donut shaped section up about 1/2 way to the top. You can also pour the batter into an icing or quart sized bag, cut off the tip and use it to squeeze out the batter into the cups.
  • Place the pans in the oven and bake for about 13-15 minutes (inserted toothpick will come out clean and you should see the edges browning a bit). Place on cooling rack and once cool, use a spatula to pop out the donuts from the pan.
  • Leave them plain, ice them, powder sugar them or cinnamon sugar them!


This isn't an absolute MUST to make these successfully, but having a Pancake Batter Dispenser works beautifully to pour the batter into the pan. I have the same one in the link I provided! 
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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Easy to use and my second batch was great.
    I was using a 14oz coffee cake mix that had no grains (sugar and potato primarily) and it turned out yummy but flat and needing 30min the for the first batch.
    So I added some baking powder and King aurthur’s measure for measure and the second batch was perfect with 20min bake time.
    I am posting because it was great and to let others know that either the coffeecake or the starch focussed formula might need modifications.

  2. I used a King Arthur brand box gluten free cake it’s 22oz box and following your recent they were very thick I had to just scoop and spread into the pan why liquid should I increase to thin the batter? They are still cooking so I’m not sure how they turned out 😂

    1. Hi! I would love to know how they turned out! Next time I would increase the water a bit (or add a splash of milk)….the batter is typically on the thicker side but should still be able to pipe it into the pan with the pancake pen/bag/icing bag method.

      1. 5 stars
        So they turned out good !!! We preferred the ones that was a smaller batch and thinner they got more a donut texture but we thought maybe also we just like vanilla better than chocolate 🤣 My daughter got the donut pan for her birthday and we’ve been playing around with all kinds of stuff making donuts 😁

  3. Thank you! I made them and they are sooo good. One last question- what is the weight of the cake mix box you used? I bought 3 and they are all different! Thanks so much again

  4. Question! So even though the cake box says to add 2 eggs, 3/4 cup of water, and 6tbsp butter- I should do your recipe if I want to do donuts- is that right? Thanks so much!

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