M&M Cake Doughnuts

Yield: about 14 doughnuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 1 hour 35 minutes

M&M Cake Doughnuts are fried perfection, topped with a thick chocolate glaze and crunchy m&m candies and are way quicker to make than yeast doughnuts!

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Bursting with sweet chocolaty flavors without being TOO sweet.
Texture: The best part. The doughnuts are slightly crisp on the outside, soft and tender inside, and topped with crunchy candy! Perfection.
Ease: Quicker and easier than yeast raised doughnuts, but there’s still frying involved so a little messy.
Appearance: Adorably fun and colorful.
Pros: Perfect special treat!
Cons: Deep fried, but so worth it.
Would I make this again? Already have!

M&M Cake Doughnuts are fried perfection, topped with a thick chocolate glaze and crunchy m&m candies and are way quicker to make than yeast doughnuts!

Recently I went to a made-to-order doughnut shoppe that was almost like applying the fro-yo concept to fresh fried cake doughnuts. You got to choose the flavors, glazes, and toppings and I decided on chocolate glaze and mini M&Ms. Sadly the doughnut itself was pretty mediocre but putting M&Ms on top was AMAZING. The combination of textures between the cake doughnut, which is slightly more substantive, dense, and crispy as compared to yeast raised doughnuts, and the crispy crunchy mini M&Ms blew my mind. I’m not normally a huge candy lover but the sweet marriage here made me want to immediately go home a recreate it to make it even better.

M&M Cake Doughnuts are fried perfection, topped with a thick chocolate glaze and crunchy m&m candies and are way quicker to make than yeast doughnuts!

The below video is a tutorial on How to Make Cake Doughnuts, which follows the below recipe. It also shows you a few extra tips and ideas in case you didn’t want to go the M&M route, or if you wanted to take one batch and switch it up a little. I hope you enjoy the recipe and video!

By the way, this is the doughnut cutter I used and the fry thermometer I used.

M&M Cake Doughnuts are fried perfection, topped with a thick chocolate glaze and crunchy m&m candies and are way quicker to make than yeast doughnuts!

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M&M Cake Doughnuts

Yields about 14 doughnuts
Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes Total Time 1 hr 55 mins


    For the doughnuts

    • 3 cups (13.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
    • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • Vegetable, canola, or peanut oil, for frying

    For the chocolate glaze

    • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
    • 1/4 cup whole milk
    • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
    • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    • Mini M&Ms


    1. For the doughnuts:

      In a large bowl, mix together all the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.

      In a large bowl, use an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to beat the egg and yolk with the sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. On low speed, alternately add the flour mixture with the sour cream and melted butter, starting and ending with the flour. The dough will be soft. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, or until the dough is firm enough to handle.

      Make ahead: Store the covered dough in the fridge for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before using.

      Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Roll the dough out into 1/4-inch thickness and cut with a doughnut cutter or with a round biscuit cutter. I prefer doughnuts without holes so more M&Ms fit on top. Place the doughnuts on a lightly floured parchment lined baking sheet. Let the doughnuts sit at room temperature, covered, while you heat the oil.

      Heat the oil in a large, deep, and heavy pan to 350°F. Place three to four doughnuts in the oil at a time and fry until golden brown, about 1 minute or less per side (30 seconds for the holes). Do not overcook the doughnuts. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

      For the glaze:

      In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla and heat until the butter melts. Decrease the heat to low and add the chocolate, whisking until melted. Turn off the heat and add the powdered sugar, whisking until smooth. Immediately dip the doughnuts into the glaze. If the glaze begins to set return the saucepan to low heat and stir until liquid again. Immediately after dipping, sprinkle the doughnuts with M&Ms, pressing slightly to adhere.

      Let the glaze set on the doughnuts for 30 minutes before serving.


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    About Tessa...

    Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    6 Responses to “M&M Cake Doughnuts”

    1. #
      Rachel Cooks — August 26, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Love the video, as always! And the doughnuts look phenomenal – love the chocolate glaze!

    2. #
      June @ How to Philosophize with Cake — August 26, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Wow those look awesome! Homemade cake doughnuts alone sound crazy good, but with M&Ms? Even better 😀

    3. #
      Patty K — August 26, 2015 at 11:28 am

      I love the way you describe the m&m’s on top of the donut. I’ve never had candy on top of donuts, but with your description, I feel like I can predict what it will taste like!

    4. #
      Marianna — August 27, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Can I bake these instead of frying?

    5. #
      Gaby Dalkin — August 27, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      love the combo of soft cake with crunchy hard candy!

    6. #
      Emma Rose — October 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Your blog is incredibly dangerous!
      (in the best sort of way 😉

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