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: https://amzn.to/3xhsiKG

Also, I mentioned the 7th book in my historical fiction series was just published. Here is a link to the first book in the series and it is 100% free on ebook everywhere: https://amzn.to/3jJVs1r

Cake Doughnuts ORIGINAL RECIPE

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

HALF RECIPE

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

Visit Old Time Knowledge on YouTube for more videos.

Browse the recipe archive here.

Old Fashioned Cake Doughnuts
Old Time Knowledge - Basic Preparedness

Get Old Time Knowledge in your inbox!

Pantry preparedness, gardening, canning, and traditional skills.

One more step! Check your email and confirm your subscription to get your free PDF download. You might need to check your spam folder. If the email is there, just drag it into your Inbox so your email program will learn not to send messages from Old Time Knowledge to spam.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This