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Cake Donut Holes

Every once in awhile I like to make cake donuts and the 'donut holes' are always the first to be snatched up so why not just make donut holes? They are good either plain or dusted with icing (powdered) sugar.
This is the recipe my mother used when she made cake donuts.

  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups flour, approx
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk

  1. Sift dry ingredients together and set aside. I mix 1 cup of flour with the baking powder, salt and spices and then add the rest of the cups of flour as I need them.
  2. Cream butter and half the sugar together.
  3. In a separate bowl beat eggs and the remaining sugar and combine with the butter and sugar mixture
  4. Stir in dry ingredients alternately with the milk to make a dough just stiff enough to roll out, dough should be slightly sticky.
  5. Roll out dough to 1/4" thickness, using flour sparingly.
  6. Cut with floured donut cutter or a very small cookie cutter to make the donut holes.
  7. Deep fry until golden brown..the oil should be 375º although I just test the oil by placing one donut hole in the heated oil and when it immediately rises to the top I know the oil is hot enough.
  8. Shake up the 'donut holes' in powdered sugar. These little morsels can be served for coffee break or brunch.


  1. Muy buena receta,tomare nota de ella.

    Saludos desde España

  2. My son says Thank YOU!!! and go make them MOM...

  3. maybe i will make these for the last day of school, change things up a bit from our usual tradition....
    great idea Betty thanks.

  4. Reminds me of my childhood days.

  5. How will I ever shed a pound?

    Love these,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  6. Donuts are always a welcome sight around here! Love the size of these :0)

  7. These look wonderful! I will have to try them out!

  8. These look very good! I've never made doughnuts, but you will convince yet!

  9. I have made these many times--because I was too lazy to roll out and cut, I simply dropped the dough off a soup spoon into the oil. Lot less fiddly and sooner to the table!!

  10. Another fast way to get small bites is to just use a pizza cutter and cut into strips for small squares. makes a lot of small bites, fast.

  11. My children THANK YOU from the bottom of their hearts and soon to be doughnut filled tummies.

  12. For the life of me I just seem to make a decent donut. I would so enjoy a couple of those powdered donuts right now. Big YUMS Betty!!

  13. Great recipe! - added just enough flour to make a scoopable dough. Used a small sized scooper dipped in the hot oil to make the holes instead of rolling and cutting.

  14. It looks great and simple to do. Would love to give this a try.