Funfetti Donuts are so quick and easy to make with a funfetti cake mix and a few other ingredients to 'doctor up' the cake mix that makes it perfect for homemade donuts. Topped with a simple vanilla glaze and of course, funfetti sprinkles!
Easy Funfetti Donuts Recipe
These fun and colorful funfetti donuts are made with a cake mix! It's a simple recipe that even kids can make and they're a fun treat too.
We love to switch up the sprinkles for any Holiday or celebration.
A cake mix, and 4 other ingredients are all you need to make cake mix donuts. The vanilla glaze on top is the perfect addition and of course you can never go wrong with sprinkles.
What You'll Need
These cake mix donuts are quick and easy to make with only one bowl. You will need a donut pan for this recipe so make sure you have one.
- Funfetti Cake Mix - Any funfetti cake mix will work for this recipe. Pick your favorite!
- Half & Half - This is half milk + half cream and it's the best one to use for this recipe because of the higher fat content which will help produce a softer and more delicious donut.
- Oil - Canola or vegetable oil will both work in this recipe.
- Large Eggs
- Vanilla Extract
- Sprinkles - Use any sprinkles you want. Switch up the sprinkles to match the Holidays or use a different color to match the party theme or whatever you're going for.
- Powdered Sugar - Sweetens the glaze.
- Butter - This is for the glaze.
How To Make Funfetti Donuts With A Cake Mix
Making cake mix donuts is actually really simple!
Preparation : Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray the donut pan well with cooking spray and set aside.
Donut Batter : Combine the dry cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract into a mixing bowl. Stir together until no lumps remain and everything is combined well.
Donuts : Use a piping bag (for a more precise shaped donut) or use a spoon and fill each donut cavity 2/3 of the way full with batter. You don't want to overfill or else the donuts won't have that traditional donut shape.
Bake : Cook for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Let the donuts sit and cool for 5 minutes before removing the donuts to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Glaze : Prepare the simple vanilla glaze and dip each donut in the glaze. Immediately add sprinkles on top of the glaze. If you wait too long to do this then the glaze will harden and the sprinkles won't stick.
Tips For Success
Here are a few tips to help make this recipe a success in your own kitchen.
- Batches : You might need to work in batches depending on how many donut pans you have. Be sure and spray the donut pan with cooking spray before each batch.
- Glaze Tip : The glaze will harden fairly quickly so be sure you immediately add sprinkles to the glaze once it's on. Work one donut at a time when it comes to glaze + sprinkles.
- Don't Overfill The Donut Pan : If you overfill the donut cavity then you will end up with a non-traditional shaped donut as the batter will rise over the hole and create more of a biscuit type shape. Only fill each donut cavity 2/3 of the way full. Which is just very slightly more than halfway full.
Variation & Substitution Ideas
There are a few substitutions that can be used for this recipe as well as some ways to switch it up.
- Sprinkles - Make these cake mix donuts for any holiday by using Holiday themed sprinkles. Or if you are having a party or celebration then use coordinating colored sprinkles that match.
- Milk - Half & Half milk is the best milk to use for this recipe. You can use whole milk or 2% milk but it's better to use a higher fat milk.
- Cake Mix - I have never used a different cake mix for this recipe but the sky is the limit when it comes to the cake mix you want to use. Use a chocolate cake mix to make chocolate cake mix donuts. A strawberry cake mix for strawberry donuts. It really is a recipe that you can make your own and use whatever cake mix you want.
How To Store Leftover Donuts
Store leftover donuts in an air-tight covered container, or a large Ziploc bag, at room temperature for up to 3 days.
These donuts are much better after you make them. Leftovers can be warmed in the microwave for a few seconds to get that fresh bakery taste.
Can I Freeze Funfetti Donuts?
Yes you can freeze these donuts. Store them in a freeze safe container or Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
What Supplies Do I Need?
Here are a few supplies that you will need to make this recipe for funfetti cake mix donuts. These are an affiliate link, meaning that if you purchase, I will make a very small percentage from the sale. As always, I appreciate the support for the free recipes I post 😊 I only will recommend things that I personally own and love!
Donut Pan - I use this Wilton 6-cavity donut pan. The recipe makes 18 donuts so you will have to do batches or buy several of the donut pans.
Mixing Bowl - I love these mixing bowls and have several of them in my own kitchen.
Piping Bag - This makes filling the donut pan so easy. If you don't have one then just a spoon will work as well. You can also use gallon-sized Ziploc bag and snip the corner off to fill the donut pan. Don't use a tip if using a piping bag. Simply fill it and then cut the bottom off so the batter can easily go through. Piping tips are not big enough for the donut batter. But these piping bags can easily work with a tip to decorate cupcakes, cakes, and pies.
Measuring Cups - Again, I love these ones and have several sets of them. So sturdy and hold up to anything. They don't break easily like the plastic ones.
Parchment Paper - I cannot say enough good things about these pre-cut parchment paper sheets. You will definitely want to put parchment paper or tin foil underneath the cooling rack so that the extra glaze drips onto it and not the counter.
Funfetti Cake Mix Donuts
- 1 box (15.25 oz) funfetti cake mix
- 3/4 cup half & half
- 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup half & half
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 6-cavity donut pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the dry cake mix, half and half, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir together until combined and no lumps remain.
- Use a piping bag or a Ziploc bag (with the tip/corner cut off) OR you can use a spoon, and fill each donut cavity 2/3 of the way full with batter. Don't overfill. Each one should be just a little over halfway full.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the donuts are golden brown. Let the donuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely before glazing.
- GLAZE : Stir together the powdered sugar, half and half, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Working one donut at a time, dunk the top into the glaze to cover the donut. Place it back on the cooling rack and immediately add sprinkles on top of the glaze. It helps to place parchment paper or tin foil underneath the cooling rack so clean-up is easier.
- Let the glazed donuts sit for about 30 minutes for the glaze to harden.