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Baked Apple Cider Cake Mix Donuts with Maple Glaze

You will love making these Baked Apple Cider Cake Mix Donuts with Maple Glaze. This is an easy and fun way to make homemade donuts for your family.  With a baked donut pan, a spiced cake mix, apple cider, and your oven, you will have delicious fall donuts in no time.  

Every year in the fall, we take our kids to a local Apple picking Orchard to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful changing of the leaves. We bring home tons of fresh pet local apples and a dozen of their delicious apple cider donuts with maple glaze.

This year I thought it would be fun if we made our apple cider donuts. Our kids love to bake at home and this is a perfect recipe for baking together. The doughnut batter is made easy with a convenient boxed cake mix and the glaze is simple with pure maple syrup, melted butter with powdered sugar.

This easy cake mix donut recipe can be made with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.  A box of spice cake mix, effortlessly transformed into delicious cake mix donuts.

After the donuts come out of the oven and they cool on a baking rack they are so simple to decorate.  Just top with your favorite colorful sprinkles and you have a fun treat that is a crowd-pleaser for both kids and the entire family.

Three apple cider baked donuts with maple syrup please with sprinkles on a white counter

I’ve always wanted to make donuts but didn’t want to deal with cooking them in hot oil. Not only would this be less healthy, it would be a burn risk with small children in the house.

I was so happy to find a baked donut pan, for my recipe for  Easy Apple Cider donuts. Using a boxed cake mix for the donut batter simplifies the recipe even more.  With minimal ingredients and a lot of fun, my kids and I can have delicious apple cider donuts in no time. 

We also love frosted donuts with a simple glaze.  Our family’s favorite is Maple glaze the perfect sweet glaze, but a simple vanilla glaze is also delicious. In a pinch, you can also use a store-bought frosting. 

Spice cake mix, donut baking pan two bowls one with

Bake Apple Cider Donuts Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Spiced boxed cake mix Duncan Hines
  • 3 whole eggs
  • Light olive oil
  • Apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Powdered sugar

How to Make Baked Cider Cake Mix Donuts

Here is a step-by-step instructions for the simplest way to make baked apple cider donuts with a delicious maple glaze.

First: Follow the instructions on your boxed cake mix. My cake mix called for three whole eggs 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and one cup of water. Therefore for this recipe with a Duncan Hines spice cake mix mixed together in the stand mixer the cake mix, 3 whole eggs 1/4 cup of light olive oil, and 3/4 cup of apple cider. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated do not over-mix.

With non-cock sticking spray spray your donut pan liberally to make sure the donuts don’t stick

Next: Transfer the donut batter into an extra large Ziploc bag securing the top to make sure the battery doesn’t leak out.

A donut baking pan with a Ziploc bag filled with donut batter

With the Ziploc bag sealed cut a small hole at the tip of one corner and ill the wells of the donut pan only half full.

A donut baking pan six donuts with uncooked batter on a cookie sheet

Bake: Bake at 350ยฐ for 10 to 12 minutes. Use a toothpick to make sure they are baked. Bake at 350ยฐ for 10 to 12 minutes. Use a toothpick to make sure they are baked. 

Six baked donuts apple cider donuts, on a cooling rack Anna White counter
A white bowl with powdered sugar butter in its wrapper a measuring cup with maple syrup Anna White counter

How to Make Maple Glaze for Baked Donuts

Mix: To make the Maple Glaze: melt 2 tablespoons of butter and mix the butter, confectionerโ€™s sugar, maple syrup, and string until smooth. Start mixing and a small mixing bowl with just a fork and ask the ingredients to incorporate use and whisk to make sure there are no lumps and you have a smooth glaze.

Glaze: Make sure the donuts are completely cool before you try to glaze them, apply a little amount of glaze with an offset spatula or knife.

Six donuts on a wire cooling rack for playing two with powdered sugar and white bowl with maple syrup glaze and a whisk Anna White counter
Six apple cider donuts with frosting and three apple cider donuts and powdered sugar on a white counter.

Variations

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Funfetti cake mix
  • Strawberry donuts with a strawberry cake mix
  • Chocolate cake mix donuts
  • Vanilla glaze
  • Any flavor cake mixes
  • Store-bought vanilla frosting
  • Chocolate glaze
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • You could make mini donuts or donut holes with the same recipe using a mini donut maker.
Three apple cider spiced mix cake mix donuts on a Thanksgiving plate with frosting and Thanksgiving sprinkles.

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A Ziploc bag in a green and clear bag holder on the white counter

Equipment Needed:

Apple cider bake donuts with a maple glaze three stacked on top of each other the top half eaten two additional glazed donuts Ytown

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can Baked Donuts be Frozen?

If you wish to freeze some of your donuts it is best to freeze them before you glaze them. When ready to eat remove from the freezer, bring to room temperature, and glaze at that time.

Do I have to use a Baked Donut Pan?

I’ve never tried to make big donuts without the convenient doughnut pan.

What Cake Mix Flavors Can I Use?

Vanilla
Chocolate
Funfetti
Red Velvet
Lemon
Strawberry
Spice Cake
Carrot Cake
Any other flavor you like!

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Three apple cider spiced mix cake mix donuts on a Thanksgiving plate with frosting and Thanksgiving sprinkles.

Baked Apple Cider Cake Mix Donuts with Maple Glaze


Description

You will love making these Baked Apple Cider Cake Mix Donuts with Maple Glaze. This is an easy and fun way to make homemade donuts for your family. ย With a baked donut pan, a spiced cake mix, apple cider, and your oven, you will have delicious fall donuts in no time.ย ย 


Ingredients

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  • Spray Oil
  • 1 spice cake box mix Dunkin Hynes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 3/4 cup apple cider

For the Maple Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup of confectioners’ suger


Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer mix together the cake mix, 3 eggs, 1/4 cup of light olive oil, and 3/4 cup of apple cider. Mix for about 2 minutes until smooth. Do not over-mix.
  2. In a baking donut pan spray liberly with spray oil all the donut sections.ย 
  3. Transfer the batter to a large ziplock bag. (This is an easy way to get the batter in the pan)
  4. Fill each section of the baking pan with batter about 1/2 way, do not overfill.
  5. Bake at 350ยฐ for 10 to 12 minutes. Use a toothpick to make sure they are baked.ย 
  6. Let cook in the pan for 1 minute. Then remove gently with a spoon or flip over onto a cooling rack.
  7. To make the Maple Glaze: melt 2 tablespoons of butter and mix the butter, confectioner’s sugar, maple syrup, and string until smooth.ย 
  8. Frost the donuts with the Maple Glaze when the donuts are completely cooled.ย 

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