Recipe: Easter Donut Cupcakes

March 26, 2021 ยท by Jacy Lee Pulford

Need something sweet to celebrate winter leaving and spring arriving? This deliciousness happened because one day I desperately wanted a donut but didn't want to drive to pay for one. Instead, I invaded my cabinets and fridge. What I created became the perfect little treat that tasted like a donut, but without all the work. 

Here's what you'll need:


1 box yellow cake mix
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1 cup water


2 tbsp. melted butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup powder sugar

Mix all the ingredients together in a medium-size bowl until combined well. Take a Ziploc bag, fill it up with the batter, and cut off a corner.

This next step would be easier with a donut pan, but I didn't have one. I saw this cool trick from Pretty Providence, and had to try it! If you don't have a donut pan, take a muffin pan. Roll small pieces of foil into about 1/2-inch balls, and place them into the center of each cup, then spray the entire pan with cooking spray. Take your batter and pipe around the foil ball. I filled mine about halfway, but you can use less if you want them to really look like donuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes. Remove the "donuts" from the pan, and use your thumb to slide the foil all the way through the bottom. Place on a cooling rack for about 5-10 minutes. While you wait for them to cool, make your glaze.

Mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a medium bowl. Then dip the donut cupcakes and return them to the cooling rack. Add some sprinkles to the top if you'd like. I used special Easter sprinkles to make them spring-themed!

As you can see, it really didn't matter that these little babies weren't real donuts. They were such a cute mini-wannabe version that I just had to gobble them up. Picture these on a cute pastel plate surrounded by colored eggs and porcelain bunny figurines. What a quick treat for the next holiday church party. Easter never looked so yummy!

Jacy Lee Pulford

About Jacy Lee Pulford

Jacy Lee Pulford is a creative wife, mom, writer & artist. With the help of Jesus & mint tea, she works from home while homeschooling her two boys in Connecticut. Join Jacy for daily devotions on Instagram @helloawesomelive & listen to the Hello Awesome Podcast on iTunes or Spotify.