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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cake mix donuts

Gluten-Free Cake Mix Donuts

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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6 Responses

  1. Yvonne

    Can you substitute 1cup apple cider for the water?

    • Corinne

      I don’t see why not- that sounds delicious!


  2. Maggie

    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

    • Corinne

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them!! I think the boxes I’ve used are around 15- 17oz… hope that helps!

  3. maggie

    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!

    • Corinne

      Great question and you are correct- use this recipe instead of what’s on the box 🙂 Enjoy!


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