Cake Doughnuts

"These are light and moist. This is a very old Nova Scotia recipe. Try these and you'll never be happy with store-bought doughnuts again. The key to making good doughnuts is to only add enough flour so you can roll them out and cut them. Too much flour can make them rather dry. Use plenty of flour on the cutter or the doughnuts will stick in it.Prep time does not include chilling time."
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Ready In:
48-60 doughnuts




  • Combine potatoes, sugar, eggs, and butter.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Add to potato mixture alternately with milk, ending with dry ingredients.
  • If dough is too wet to roll out, add a little more flour.
  • Chill 1 1/2 hours in fridge.
  • Turn out onto a well floured board and roll out 1/4" thick.
  • Cut with a floured doughnut cutter.
  • Fry doughnuts and holes in 360F.
  • deep fat.
  • Turn only once.
  • Drain on paper towels, then cool on a rack.
  • Leave plain or roll in cinnamon sugar.

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  1. Decent donuts. You don't have to use yeast and therefore no waiting for them to rise. The real test of any donut is what does it taste like 24-48 hrs after they're cooked. I'll update.
  2. I made these tonite and they were great! I've been looking for a good cake donut that actually tastes like and looks like a doughnut. These are wonderful...the only addition I made was a little vanilla and I souped up the spices by including 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice as my family likes a lot of "oomph" in their food. Thanks for the recipe! -Lauren
  3. For some reason, my dough stayed wet even after a lot of kneading. So, I added up tp 2 cups of flour before placing it in the fridge. I added a little more cream of tartar and baking soda to compensate for the extra flour. Doughnuts were tasty though, so I will try making this again to see where I went wrong. Hopefully, next time dough will be easier to handle. Thank you for posting.
  4. This dough was so easy to work with. I also added 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and shook the doughnuts gently in a bag of sugar and cinnamon. There is no end to what you could do with these...maybe leave out the cinnamon and add other flavoring like lemon or even cocoa. As they are, I think they are the best recipe I have ever found online and I have tried so many. Thanks for this recipe!!!!
  5. This was very easy to work with. I added 1 tsp. of nutmeg. Perhaps some tried to make this from regular mashed potatoes. I assumed that it was just cooked and mashed with no added ingredients. Therefore it was easy to handle. Would make this again.



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