Rainbow Cake Mix Donuts

These baked rainbow donuts are sure to put a smile on faces. They taste so great and are very easy to make despite what their impressive appearance may have you think.

glazed rainbow donuts on and off of a white plate
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Why I love cake mix donuts

I love how simple and easy these donuts are to make. They taste just like a tasty cupcake but in the fun shape of a donut. With a little glaze on top the kids get super excited when they see these on a plate!

I love donuts, my husband often brings home a dozen or so for me to wake up to (he works night shift). While I’d love to make them from scratch, I simply don’t have the time for that! This is a fun and easy little hack to get a great treat from little work.

rainbow donuts cooling on a wire rack

Rainbow donuts ingredients

  • Boxed Cake Mix
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Food Coloring

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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glazed rainbow donuts on a cooling rack

Tips for making baked donuts recipe

If you want to add a little fun to the donuts, you can always mix in 1/4 cup of anything from white chocolate chips to crushed cookies. Just keep in mind that they distract from the rainbow appearance.

If it’s near St. Patricks Day you can add some lucky charms to the top of the glaze instead of sprinkles and it will add a little festive fun to your rainbows donuts.

But a big tip is to make sure that you don’t over fill your donut pan. They will rise when baking and if you fill them 2/3 of the way full, the donuts will have a slightly wonky side that’s bigger than the other. Still tastes great though!

3 stacked and glazed rainbow donuts
Can I use any cake mix?

Yes, you can! Just make the box as directed and follow along with this recipe. While not every flavor of cake mix will show rainbow colors, plain chocolate or red velvet would still taste great, even if it wasn’t multicolors.

How long are cake mix donuts good for?

They last about as long as you’d expect a cake mix cupcake to. So about a week in an airtight container at room temperature.

stacked rainbow donuts on a white plate

How to make baked rainbow donuts

Make your donuts by first preparing the cake mix per box directions. Divide it into 6 bags and add a little food coloring to each.

Close the bags and swish the batter around until well blended.

Snip off a corner of the bottom of the bag and then pipe a little of each color into a greased donut pan.

Bake in the oven at 350F degrees for 15 minutes until a toothpick can come out clean.

Flip to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make a glaze by whisking together the ingredients and just enough milk to get a smooth pourable consistency. Spoon the glaze over the donuts, add sprinkles if desired, and enjoy.

colorful rainbow donuts with glaze and sprinkles one donut split in half on white plate

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Rainbow Cake Mix Donuts

These baked rainbow donuts are sure to put a smile on faces. They taste so great and are very easy to make despite what their impressive appearance may have you think.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked donuts, cake mix donuts, cake mix recipes, rainbow recipe
Servings: 24 donuts
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix, prepared per box directions
  • food coloring

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • sprinkles *optional

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together your cake batter per box directions.
  • Divide the batter into 6 bags and add food coloring to each.
  • Close the tops of the bags and swish the batter around until it's well mixed.
  • Snip a corner off of the bag and pipe a little of each color into a greased donut pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 350F degrees until a toothpick comes out clean. Flip onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients, adding just enough milk to make it a good drizzling consistency. Spoon it over the donuts. Add sprinkles if desired.
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Nutrition

Serving: 24g | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.6g | Protein: 0.9g | Fat: 3.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 23.3mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 5.8g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 8.3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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