Lemon Cake Mix Donuts

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These Lemon Cake Mix Donuts are perfect for Spring and they are such an easy donut recipe! I’m on a kick lately making recipes using cake mix. I usually have a couple on hand, so it’s always fun to take a simple cake mix and make something different than the typical cake.

Lemon donuts on a cooling rack.

If you love lemon desserts, then you’ll love these lemon donuts! I just love lemon desserts when the weather gets warmer. These lemon doughnuts are baked in the oven and then have a glaze on top with a light lemon flavor, plus I added some lemon zest on top. And baked donuts are so much easier to make than fried ones.

Lemon Donut Ingredients

  • 1 box of cake mix (around 16 ounces) – if less, like my lemon mix, add a couple of tablespoons of flour.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water

Making Cake Mix Donuts

Cake mix donuts are so easy to make. You can use almost any cake mix you like, the ratios are simple.

Combine and follow the detail directions below to make any cake mix donut you like. I finished mine off with some lemon zest while on the cooling rack, but you could do some cute spring sprinkles. Maybe ones for Easter.

Sprinkling lemon zest on top of a lemon donut.
Lemon donuts on a cooling rack.
5 from 2 votes

Lemon Cake Mix Donuts

Easy to make – Lemon Cake Mix Donuts are delicious! Add some lemon zest to these Lemon Cake Mix Donuts just takes them to a whole new level.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:24 minutes


Lemon Cake Mix Donuts

  • 1 15.25 ounce lemon cake mix
  • 2 tbsp flour if your cake mix is over 16 ounces leave out the flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup water

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


Lemon Cake Mix Donuts

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray your donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Start with the dry ingredients by adding your cake mix and flour to a bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Then add the wet ingredients, the egg, oil, and water to the bowl and mix to combine.
  • I scoop my batter into a large Ziploc bag, seal and snip one of the bottom corners off. Slowly pipe the batter into each cavity on the donut pan, filling each cavity only 1/2 full.
  • Place the donut pan in the preheated oven and bake for 14-16 minutes, until the donuts are firm to the touch.
  • Let the lemon cake donuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Lemon Glaze

  • In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, milk, and lemon juice until smooth.
  • Once the donuts are completely cooled, dip the top half of the donut into the glaze and immediately sprinkle with lemon zest (if desired).
  • Repeat until complete.


Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 4 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: donut, lemon

Now I’ve joined with some blogging friends to share all sorts of wonderful Spring things… check them out below.  And if you love cake mixes here are a few others.

Other Cake Mix Recipes:

Other Lemon Recipes:

Lemon donuts with lemon glaze
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  1. They look so tasty!!! Yummyyyyyyy Lime flavor is the most interesting and adds freshness to the sweet donuts. They are worth a try!!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I stumbled upon this recipe while searching for a way to use up some extra cake mix and I am so glad I did! These lemon cake mix donuts are incredibly easy to make and turned out perfectly fluffy and delicious. The lemon glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness and tanginess. I will definitely be making these again for breakfast or dessert. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

  3. My 12 year old son just started getting into having and the only thing he wants to make is donuts! I’m going to share this with him and see if he’ll make them! They sound delish!!

  4. Yippee! More recipes to use my donut pan! Like you, I love all things lemon…especially this time of the year.
    Thanks for the Spring Inspiration.

    Hugs, Lynn

  5. 5 stars
    Oh wow! These look and sound amazing. I can’t wait to try them. You make it seem so easy and I love the idea of a lemon donut. Yum!

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