Funfetti Birthday Donuts

90% of the time I am a complete scatterbrain. The other 10% of the time I’m sleeping. Seriously, if there was a “Scatterbrain of the Year” award, my mantel would be caving under the weight of all my trophies and medals. Here’s a good example:

Last week my baby girl turned six. *sniff* Where did the time go? The night before her birthday we had to run to the store. I needed to pick up some bread, milk, ice cream, and Biscoff. Just the essentials, ya know? So we were walking down the frozen food aisle and all of a sudden I saw Funfetti frozen waffles! OMG can you believe they make Funfetti frozen waffles?!

*crickets chirping*

Ok, so you’re probably not jumping up and down because I’m sure these have been in the freezer aisle in your grocery store for years, right? And of course you knew about them because you’re not me. It’s ok. In addition to being a scatterbrain, I am also the last person on earth who ever hears about anything remotely interesting.

So anyway, I drove home thinking about how I was going to make my own Funfetti waffles for the birthday girl in the morning. My daughter loves Funfetti cupcakes so I knew she’d be over the moon with them in waffle form. I nearly ran a traffic light because I was already debating whether it would be easier to make waffles from scratch and add sprinkles, or make waffles using a Funfetti cake mix. P.S. Husband, if you are reading this, fear not. I did not actually run the light. The Acadia is still in one piece.

I went to bed and dreamt about a big stack of Funfetti waffles drenched in some kind of sugary glaze and of course, a birthday candle. And my baby girl’s smiling face. Then I woke up and walked into the kitchen, ready to get down to some serious waffle making business. And that’s when I realized it…

I don’t own a waffle maker.

In fact, I have not owned a waffle maker in nearly five years. Five years ago I sold my little Black and Decker waffle maker, along with 99% of my other worldly possessions, so that I could afford to move from NC to WA to be with the love of my life.

My life is filled with “awww crap” moments like this due to my extreme case of scatterbrain syndrome. Lucikly this also makes me the queen of plan B’s. And in this case, plan B turned out to be funfetti donuts.

Birthday breakfast saved.

This recipe is (very) slightly adapted from THIS recipe on Thank you for helping me save breakfast!

Here’s all you need for the donuts. One box of Funfetti cake mix, two eggs, some butter, and some buttermilk. I’m sure regular milk would work as well, or you can make your own buttermilk by combining regular whole milk with vinegar.

Add 2 3/4 cups of Funfetti cake mix to the bowl of a stand mixer (or just a regular bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer). For me this wound up being the entire box of cake mix.

Add two eggs to the bowl.

Melt the butter and drizzle it in.

And the buttermilk.

Now mix it up until it’s combined. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. If you don’t own a stand mixer a regular handheld mixer works too. Or a wooden spoon and some elbow grease. Nothing wrong with that!

Now for you, this next part is optional. I had to do it. I just had to.

What kind of Mom would I be if I didn’t taste test this batter? I mean after all, this was all for my baby girl! It’s not like I enjoyed it. Nope, not one little bit.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, I let her lick the spatula. She was focused. Anyone who knows my daughter knows she is a ham in front of the camera. The fact that I was this close to her with a lens, and she wouldn’t even look at me, is really saying something about the yumminess of this batter!

Ok, back to business. Spoon your batter into a large plastic Ziploc bag and snip off the corner.

Now fill each cavity of a donut pan about 2/3 full. Oh, make sure to spray the donut pan lightly with cooking spray first! Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 7-9 minutes. Make sure to check on these since everyone’s oven is different. They’re done when you poke the tops with your finger and they spring right back at ya.

While the donuts are baking, let’s make some glaze! Start with a whole cup of powdered sugar.

Splash in about a teaspoon of vanilla.

And add 3 tablespoons of whole milk.

Stir it all up until it’s smooth and creamy. Air bubbles are ok for right now.

7-9 minutes later you have made donuts!

Let them cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn them out onto a wire baking rack and cool for a few more minutes.

Give the glaze one last stir and dunk the donuts one at a time.

Dunk the donuts? Dunkin’ Donuts?! Man I must be missing the east coast more then I thought. Quick someone send me some Munchkins!

It only takes a few minutes for the glaze to harden so if you want to add sprinkles do it right away.

This recipe makes 12 donuts. These are the ones the birthday girl shared with her brother and sister who are old enough for donuts. She opted to add some red food coloring to the rest of the glaze and made pink donuts with three kinds of sprinkles on the other half dozen. So decorate these however you want!

Have fun!

Funfetti Donuts
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Serves: 4
  • 2¾ cups Funfetti Box Cake Mix
  • ¾ cup Buttermilk
  • 2 TBS Melted Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 TBS Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cake mix, buttermilk, melted butter, and eggs. Mix until combined.
  3. Place batter in a large Ziploc bag and snip off a corner.
  4. Pipe batter into the cavities of a donut pan, filling them each ¾ full.
  5. Bake 7-9 minutes, or until the tops spring back when touched.
  6. Cool 2-3 minutes in pan, then invert pan onto a wire baking rack. Let cool 2-3 more minutes.
  7. Combine powdered sugar, whole milk, and vanilla extract to make glaze.
  8. Dunk each donut in the glaze and return to the wire baking rack, glaze side facing up.
  9. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.




  1. Marilyn Brown says:

    What’s the temperature of the oven to be?

    • Woops! It should be 425 for 7-9 minutes, but I’d keep an eye on them the first time since everyone’s oven is slightly different. Going back to add the temperature now…thank you! :-)


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