Homemade Plain Cake Doughnuts

Homemade Plain Cake Doughnuts

This easy recipe turns out plain cake doughnuts that taste great straight from the fryer or as a base for creative dessert toppings.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Heat oil in deep fryer or tall stock pot to 360 F.
  3. Step 3

    Sift flour into a large bowl. Resift flour with sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg to combine.
  4. Step 4

    Crumble butter into flour mixture with your fingers, then stir in milk and egg.
  5. Step 5

    With floured hands, lightly work dough just to moisten. Turn onto area prepared with flour and knead two or three times so the dough comes together. Pat dough with your fingertips into 1/4-inch thickness.
  6. Step 6

    Dip either a doughnut cutter or two biscuit cutters (one 1-inch and one 3- or 4-inch) in flour. Cut doughnuts, gathering dough scraps to rework.
  7. Step 7

    Use a slotted spoon to lower doughnuts into hot oil, cooking them 2 to 3 at a time and allowing the oil to return to temperature between batches.
  8. Step 8

    Fry on the first side for 2 minutes, flip, and fry the remaining side an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until evenly browned. Then remove with a slotted spoon.
  9. Step 9

    Drain on prepared paper towels or a baking rack.
  10. Step 10

    Sprinkle warm doughnuts with powdered sugar or a cinnamon-sugar mixture or drizzle with a prepared glaze, if desired.