A Fall Must-Have: Homemade Apple Cider Donuts with King Street’s Vanilla Cake Mix

A Fall Must-Have: Homemade Apple Cider Donuts with King Street’s Vanilla Cake Mix

As the autumn season sets in, we can't help but get excited about the vibrant colors of the leaves, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin-spice everything. However, one thing that perfectly encapsulates this time of year is the aroma of freshly baked apple cider donuts. These warm, cinnamon-spiced treats, with a hint of apple, are a must-have during the fall season.

We understand that not everyone has the luxury of going apple-picking every day, which is why we wanted to recreate the same mouthwatering goodness at home with minimal effort.  While it took A LOT of testing, and by a lot we mean 10-15 batches of different combinations,  we finally landed on the perfect one using our Vanilla Cake Mix.

Here's what you'll need to create your own batch of irresistible homemade apple cider donuts:


  • 1 box of Vanilla Cake Mix (ignore add-ins on the box)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ cup apple cider*
  • 2 tablespoons of hot melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk

Topping mix:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
  2. Whisk together the cinnamon and nutmeg in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the dry Vanilla Cake Mix and whisk to combine.
  4. Spray the donut pan well to prevent sticking.
  5. Pour the donut batter into each mold until they are approximately ¾ full. This should yield approximately 10 donuts.
  6. Bake for about 12-15 minutes. The donuts should be lightly golden brown on top, not dark brown, and the sides should be pulling away from the sides of the mold.
  7. Immediately after removing the donuts from the oven, toss them into the topping mix while still hot.

*Note: if a more intense cider flavor is desired, reduce the apple cider from 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup, then use. To reduce, bring 1/2 cup of apple cider to a simmer in a saucepan without covering. When the liquid looks like it has been cut in half, it should be finished. 

You might be wondering what makes our homemade apple cider donuts so irresistible. The secret is our Vanilla Cake Mix. This carefully crafted mix provides the ideal base for creating moist, tender, and flavorful donuts that embody the essence of fall. The vanilla undertones blend seamlessly with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple cider, resulting in a delightful flavor that's hard to resist. Plus, using a cake mix as the foundation of the recipe makes the donuts incredibly easy to prepare.

Surprise your loved ones with a batch of these mouthwatering donuts, whether it's for a cozy breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or a sweet treat to share with friends and family. The warm, inviting scent and the delicious taste of these homemade apple cider donuts will bring everyone closer, creating memorable moments that embody the spirit of the season.

Are you ready to try your hand at baking these heavenly apple cider donuts? Purchase our Vanilla Cake Mix to start your fall baking adventure today. 

Happy baking!