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Orange Zest cake donuts

| Updated May 27, 2017

My sister is visiting from Bielefeld Germany and was craving a donut that was an old childhood favorite… an orange glazed cake donut.  She stopped into a donut shop and they let her know that they make 2 – 3 a day and that the next ones would be available in the morning.  Decided I could whip these up for a treat.

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1 box Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix

1 egg

1 cup hot water (120 – 130 degrees)

2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute

2 tablespoons soft butter for the dough

4 tablespoons soft butter for the frosting

zest of 4 oranges

juice of 1 orange

2+  cups vegetable oil

Iron Skillet

Make the dough using the recipe on the side of the box that is for making cinnamon rolls, using the first 5 ingredients listed above.  Follow the directions for kneading and rest the dough and then forming the rolls.  Roll the dough between the palms of your hands to make a hot dog like cylinder of dough and bring the dough together connecting the ends to form a doughnut shape.  Let the dough rest again as directed.

Heat oil over medium high heat 1/2 way up the side of a cast iron skillet. Do not let the oil smoke.  When the oil is hot, drop in 1 donut.  If bubbles form at a medium to medium high rate around the dough, the oil is just right.

Let the donuts cook in the oil for about 3 minutes each side.  Lift 1 end of the donut with tongs to check doneness after 2 minutes to check the level of browning.  Flip the donut when it is medium brown and cook the other side of the donut for a similar amount of time.  Remove the donut from the pan onto a paper towel and cooling rack.

You can now make 3 – 4 donuts at a time as above.


Combine 1/3 of the orange juice with 2/3 – 1 cup powdered sugar to form a glaze and drizzle the glaze over the donuts, then combine 1/3 of the juice with additional powdered sugar to form a medium consistency glaze and drizzle over the donuts. Next combine the last 1/3 of orange juice with 4 tablespoons of butter and additional 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to form a frosting.  Drizzle over the donuts.  Zest again with orange peel if desired.

* Omit glaze and frosting to decrease the sugar or google a sugar free frosting recipe that you like!


Mike Wendland

Published on 2017-05-27

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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