4th of July Donuts

Hey there, busy moms! With the 4th of July just around the corner, why not whip up a batch of homemade cake donuts to add some sweetness to your celebration? These donuts are quick, easy, and the perfect treat for a festive breakfast or dessert. Plus, with a simple glaze and some red, white, and blue sprinkles, they’ll be the star of your holiday spread. Let’s get started!

Simple Cake Donut Recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil for the donut pan


  1. Preheat Your Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a donut pan with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. Combine Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine Mixtures: Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make the donuts tough.
  5. Fill the Donut Pan: Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan, filling each cavity about 2/3 full. You can use a piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off to make this easier.
  6. Bake: Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the donuts are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool: Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Simple Glaze Recipe


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Mix Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Start with 2 tablespoons of milk and add more if needed to reach your desired consistency.
  2. Glaze the Donuts: Once the donuts have cooled, dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze, allowing any excess to drip off.


  • Add Sprinkles: While the glaze is still wet, sprinkle the donuts with red, white, and blue sprinkles to give them a festive 4th of July look.

Tips for Busy Moms

  • Make Ahead: You can prepare the dry ingredients the night before and store them in an airtight container. In the morning, just mix with the wet ingredients and bake.
  • Quick Cleanup: Line your counter with parchment paper before glazing to catch any drips and make cleanup a breeze.
  • Get the Kids Involved: Let the kids help with decorating the donuts. It’s a fun way to get them involved and excited about the holiday!