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Mardi Gras Cake Mix Donuts

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I feel like anytime I have a Mardi Gras inspired recipe on my site that I get into the fact that Mardi Gras in the US actually started in Mobile, Alabama as opposed to New Orleans.  It is a little known fact, and one we hold very dear.  So, I am not going to get into the full history of Mardi Gras this time.

Instead, lets drool over these delicious Mardi Gras Cake Mix Donuts, shall we?

These Mardi Gras Donuts are the perfect dessert or breakfast for Fat Tuesday!  These baked donuts start with a boxed cake mix and end with delicious sweet icing.

Mardi Gras Boxed Caked Mix Donuts Recipe

You know what is better than store bought donuts?  That’s right!  Homemade donuts… but the easiest way: cake mix donuts!

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

White Cake Mix – I have linked Duncan Hines, but you can use Pillsbury if that is your jam. To be honest, even Walmart store brand works just fine!

Vegetable Oil – Again, any bran d vegetable oil works just fine.  Personally, I was raised on Crisco, but it all works just fine.

Colored Frosting – These Wilton colored frosting packets make life easy, but if you prefer to make your own buttercream frosting, then color it with food gel. Gel gives a richer color than food coloring liquids do.

Reminder, not all ingredients in these golden brown doughnuts are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

Make your own Mardi Gras donuts from cake mix

Must Have Resources:

When making Mardi Gras Cake Mix Donuts at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.

Measuring Cups – These are my favorite!

Parchment Paper – Parchment paper is a true lifesaver.  I don’t know how I ever managed without it!

Donut Pans – These Wilton pans are the perfect sized donuts for your children. However, if you prefer mini donuts you will want this mini donut pan.  You will also need to adjust your cooking a bit.  Instead of baking for 14 minutes, you will need to bake for 10-12 minutes

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Homemade donuts from boxed cake mix for Mardi Gras

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Once you make this Mardi Gras Cake Mix Donuts Recipe, the kids are going to love it so much that they are going to start asking for even more donuts.  Don’t fret! I have picked out the best homemade donut recipes for you to try. ?

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More Cake Mix Recipes:

Since this Blueberry Cake Mix Cobbler uses canned blueberries, you can enjoy it any time of the year!  It is even better with some vanilla ice creme on top.

This Cake Mix Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe from Simple Nourished Living just simply rocks!

Need more? Try one of these five ways to make cake mix better.

Check out this Light and Delicious Tropical Dump Cake!

Make your own Mardi Gras donuts from cake mix

Mardi Gras Cake Mix Donuts

Yield: 18 donuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

These Mardi Gras Donuts are the perfect dessert or breakfast for Fat Tuesday!  These baked donuts start with a boxed cake mix and end with delicious sweet icing.


  • 1 box of white cake mix, any brand
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C. vegetable oil
  • 1 C. water
  • Yellow frosting
  • Purple frosting
  • Green frosting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Spray the donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. 
  3. Combine the cake mix, egg, oil and water mixing well. 
  4. Scoop the donut batter into a large freezer bag. Seal and snip the corner with a pair of scissors. Fill each donut well about 2/3 full. 
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes. 
  6. Remove the oven and let cool. 
  7. Line a large baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. 
  8. Use a butter knife to gently lift the donuts from the pan and place on prepared the baking sheet. 
  9. Heat each of the colored frostings in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. 
  10. Gently squeeze each color over the top of the donuts in a back and forth motion. 
  11. Repeat with all donuts.


*You could also sub white white frosting and use food coloring for the frosting colors

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 donut
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 2/7/2019

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