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I'm Mama Harris, the wife and mother to a large blended and multicultural family. In my lifetime I've been a single mom, a step-mom, a working mom and now a stay at home mom. My kids range in age from toddler to newly adult and I write about my kitchen adventures and the variety of foods and recipes I feed my family at From the Kitchen of Mama Harris. I've experienced all aspects of mommy-hood and look forward to sharing my kitchen tips, tricks, recipes and shortcuts!

Box Mix - Remixed: Make Donuts With Store Bought Cake Mix

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As busy moms it often seems we don’t have enough time. Whether working from home, outside of the home, or being a mom at home is our main responsibility, some weeks can just be hectic. Certain holidays can just creep up on you! I’m looking Halloween square in the eye, and I’m not prepared one bit. Sometimes it’s like that, I get it.

I wanted to come up with some fun Halloween goodies for the kids, that we could have fun and make together while we carve pumpkins and watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ together. My secret weapon of choice during this years festivities is a boxed yellow cake mix, a donut pan, and caramel apple cake frosting. With lots of sprinkles.

I know many people, adults and children alike, that get weak in the knees over a good sprinkled donut. What better treat to have fun with and decorate together? We chose a caramel apple frosting for an extra festive flavor, reminiscent of Halloween parties and carnivals during the harvest season. The secret here is just a few tweaks to the cake mix to create a batter that doesn’t taste like it came out of a box. The result is a denser mix, perfect for festive donuts! Here’s all you need.

Cake Mix Donuts

  • yellow boxed cake mix
  • room temperature butter or margarine (in place of the oil)
  • milk (in place of the water)
  • 4 eggs (1 more than the boxed mix calls for)
  • cake frosting of choice, we used caramel apple
  • lots of sprinkles, nuts, coconut, mini chocolate chips, etc
Follow the directions on your boxed mix. Instead of adding the amount of oil called for, replace that same measurement with butter or margarine. In place of water, replace the measured amount with milk. Most cake mixes call for 3 eggs, but we’re going to use 4 instead. Mix it all together as usual, preheating the oven as instructed. Since we’re using the donut pan, you’ll probably be setting your heat to 325. Spray the donut pan well with nonstick baking spray, and fill each ring with 1 heaping tablespoon of batter. Bake for about 18 minutes or until golden. This will make about 2 dozen donuts. Once the donuts are cool, add a few tablespoons of the frosting to a microwave safe bowl. Heat for about 15 seconds or until thin and runny and stir well. Dip the tops of the donuts into the frosting, letting excess drip off and turn the donuts so it spreads evenly. After each dip decorate with sprinkles, nuts, chips or shredded coconut, then let dry. Dip the next, decorate and continue.

My four year old took over dipping and made some surprisingly pretty donuts as well! We had a blast, and the kids were so proud of their work! This is a perfect last minute project right before Halloween, it’d be great to bring these to a work potluck or serve at a sleepover. My husband will be taking a few to work to give to his coworkers!

What tricks do you utilize to customize a boxed cake mix?

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