Friday started out like any other weekday morning: I woke up at 5am, hopped on the treadmill for my 30-minute interval run/walk, then spent the next half-hour dilly-dallying while I cooled down (check email, facebook, the weather forecast, make coffee, swap laundry, unload the dishwasher, etc.) It wasn’t until I hopped in the shower that I fully realized that today was National Doughnut Day (the proper spelling- now that you’ve seen it I’ll be sticking with my preferred spelling: D-O-N-U-T).

Had I worked my morning a little better, I could have squeezed in a trip to the grocery store to pick up some donuts in honor of the day. But it was too late for that now.

I still don’t have that ever-elusive time machine, so re-doing my morning wasn’t an option. I had to come up with a Plan B. I really wanted donuts!

Wish I could make donuts like these!

I remember my mom making donuts once, I was probably about 12 years old. I remember she fried them in our electric wok (I think?). I remember being amazed that my mom could make donuts! Impressive!

Well if my mom can do it, so can I. And I have the advantage of owning a Presto Deep Fryer, so let’s put it to use!

The first step was to find a donut recipe. is one of my favorite websites for finding recipes to try. It shows ratings and comments, modifications, etc.

I found a simple cake-donut recipe and started mixing up my batch. The kids would come in and out of the kitchen to watch, but were never interested enough to stick around for the entire show. Probably because I wouldn’t let them sit on the counter, or climb up onto the barstools!

I showed them the dough when it was mixed, and they watched me roll it out and cut out the circles.

I had them all look at the flattened circles of dough….then they watched me drop them into the hot oil…..and the kids scattered off to play (because I wouldn’t let them climb up on the counter to peer into the vat of 375-degree oil). Safety is key!

When I had the entire batch finished, I called them back in to show them the finished product and they ooohed and ahhhhed in amazement. Then asked if they could eat them.

Not yet! I wanted to finish off our donuts with a sugar glaze! I turned again to, but only found one recipe, which didn’t have very favorable reviews, but I used it anyway. I really didn’t care for it, but the kids liked it and that’s what really matters, right?

Here’s the finished product! I’m anxious for Trevor and Riley to come home from school so I can show them what I made!

Simple Cake Donut Recipe