How to Make Old-Fashioned Cake Doughnuts (from my great-grandmother’s 100-year-old cookbook!)

If you want to know how to make old-fashioned cake doughnuts, this recipe comes from my great-grandmother’s wood stove cookbook, which has recipes dating back to the 1800s! These doughnuts are quite good, although they aren’t exactly like the “old-fashioned cake donuts” at a popular “donut” chain.

These are great with powdered sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon sugar, or plain, but be sure that the oil is hot enough before you cook them or they will take longer to cook and you’ll wind up with a crustier surface. Also, I halved the recipe for this video, but I’m including both versions of the recipe below.

Cake Doughnuts

The cookie cutters I’m using in the video are here:

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2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 Tbsp. shortening (or butter, I use butter)
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk


1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt + 1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 Tbsp. shortening (or butter, I use butter)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk

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Old Fashioned Cake Doughnuts

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