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Baked Apple Spice Cake Donuts made with cake mix and applesauce and topped with a sweet apple cider glaze are easy and perfect for fall!

glazed apple spice cake donut with apples on the table

You only need 2 ingredients for this super easy donut recipe — spice cake mix and applesauce! We added a little extra spice for flavor and topped them with a scrumptious apple cider glaze.

Last year, my daughter made Pumpkin Spice Donuts with spice cake mix and pumpkin puree. They are so good, but these little gems might be even better!

Next to homemade apple cider donuts from scratch, this is the next-best thing. If you’re looking for an easy fall breakfast or snack, these cake mix donuts are for you!

2 Ingredient Donut Recipe with Spice Cake Mix and Apple Sauce

To make these cake mix donuts, just mix the unsweetened applesauce with a box of spice cake mix. Use your favorite brand here.

We added a little bit of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg for extra flavor. This is optional, so if you don’t have those spices, just use the cake mix.

If you have those little applesauce cups, use 4 of those. We always have those on hand, but if you don’t, use jarred applesauce, crock-pot applesauce or homemade Instant Pot applesauce, instead!

apple cake mix donuts cooking on wire rack

Easy Apple Cider Glaze

The donuts take just about 10 minutes to bake. After that, dunking them in an easy glaze made with apple cider and powdered sugar makes them even better!

Allow the donuts to cool while you make the glaze. Then dunk them in, let the glaze firm up, and enjoy!

These easy apple cider donuts are soft, light and practically melt in your mouth. They’re also lower in fat regular donuts, but you would never know by tasting them.

stack of apple cider cake mix donuts

If you don’t want to make the glaze, just brush on some melted butter, and dip the donuts in a mix of cinnamon and sugar. You’ll get a cinnamon sugar taste kind of like these easy Air Fryer Donuts.

But trust, me. You will definitely want to make this glaze!

2 ingredient apple donuts stacked up with one cut in half on the table

Apple Spice Cake Mix Donuts Recipe

5 from 9 votes

Apple Spice Cake Donuts

By: Dee
Baked Apple Spice Cake Donuts made with cake mix and applesauce and topped with a sweet apple cider glaze are easy to make. This 2 ingredient donut recipe is perfect for fall breakfast!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12



  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 ⅔ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Apple cider glaze

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Spray donut pans with non stick baking spray
  • Mix cake mix and applesauce and spices (if using) in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
  • Spoon batter into a piping bag or a gallon freezer storage bag, and cut the tip off of one corner
  • Pipe batter into each cavity about two-thirds full
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until donuts bounce back lightly when pressed
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before removing to a baking rack to cool completely


  • In a mixing bowl, mix the powdered sugar, apple cider and spices until smooth. Dunk the tops of the cooled donuts into the glaze, and allow to dry on a baking rack or large platter


For the basic donuts, the extra spices are optional but add more flavor.
We use unsweetened applesauce, but you can use what you have on hand.


Calories: 325kcal, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 285mg, Potassium: 180mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 53g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. James says:

    made these for breakfast on Sunday and they are awesome. Usually don’t eat them but these are very light and airy and not super sugary.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That’s what I like about them, too! Thanks, James!

  2. Kathy says:

    These taste just like apple cider- so yummy!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So happy you liked them, Kathy! Thanks!

  3. Sara Welch says:

    What a great treat and perfect for fall! Looking forward to enjoying this all season long!5 stars

  4. Toni Dash says:

    This is so good! Such an amazing day starter!5 stars

  5. Beth says:

    Looks so delicious and full of flavor! So excited to try!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Beth. I hope you like them!

  6. Jen says:

    It really doesn’t get any easier than this! Love the way it makes my kitchen smell too. So perfect for Fall!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Jen! The kitchen does smell good when you make them!

  7. Erin says:

    These Apple Spice Cake Donuts sound delicious right about now!5 stars

  8. Dorothy Reinhold says:

    That apple cider glaze is screaming my name! That is a glorious donut!