Baking Budget Donuts, Easy Kids Recipe

Baking Budget Donuts + Letting The Kids Decorate

Baking Budget DoNuts without too much fuss!

Have the kids ever asking you to bake donuts before? I’m like urghhh…too hard! Can’t we just cook cupcakes instead?

In the end, it was an activity I couldn’t get out of. I tried a donut recipe, I’m just a terrible cook okay and if it involves yeast, Im out.

So now, we just cheat. We use cake mix.

Do the kids care? No. They just want the novelty of a hole in the middle. I could stick my finger through a bunch of cupcakes and they would probably be happy.

When the kids want to bake donuts and decorate them.

Its easier with cake mix and a donut tin.

You can do this in either a Donut Cake Tin or an Electric Doughnut Machine which will make smaller doughnuts.

Great for kids party food or an after school treat. They take approx 15 Minutes to cook and less than 10 minutes to prepare.

Baking Budget Doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 12

Baking Budget Doughnuts


  • Doughnut Cooking Tray or Doughnut Machine
  • 1x Home Brand Cake Mix (approx 75 cents AU)
  • 1x Egg
  • 125ml Of Milk
  • Icing & Sprinkles


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 (fan forced 160) and prepare your cake mix Via instructions on the packet. You can add extra ingredients if you choose. (I have previously made custard doughnuts, Chocolate doughnuts with leftover grated chocolate, doughnuts with pieces of marshmallow in them)
  2. Fill your doughnut rings up just under half and in the oven for 15 minutes. Let them cool & Ice them however you like. The doughnuts pictured are done with Betty Crocker premade Icing which I just keep in the fridge.


Tip: When doing the sprinkled take a bowl not much bigger than the doughnut and fill it around 1cm with sprinkles. Turn your iced doughnut upside down and press the sprinkled onto it. This way is as messy as sprinkling the decorations on and the kids can help decorate this way without a disaster. Tip: Spoon any leftover mix into a few cupcake cases and bake beside the doughnut tray.


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