Hi. I'm Ashley, and I have a problem.

I buy ingredients. Lots of ingredients. And while I'm pretty good at using up the fresh ones, the pantry leftovers tend to linger. For a while.

Because an adult is technically "someone who can make a recipe without going to the store" (look it up, I'll wait), I decided to work a little baking magic.


These rainbow doughnuts are pretty much the perfect donut. They bake in the oven, so they're cleaner and lighter than if they were fried, they have such fun colors, and I think they're actually better without the glaze (don't tell my toddler).

Ready to make your own? Here's what you need:



1 box white cake mix*

1 1/3 cup milk

3 egg whites (save the yolks for your omelet tomorrow)

2 tablespoons canola oil

Red food dye

Blue food dye

Yellow food dye

Glaze (Optional)

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cake mix, milk, egg whites, and oil on medium speed with a hand mixer for about two minutes. Diving the mixture evenly between six small bowls, using about 3/4 cup of batter per bowl.

Make six colors using the following dye combinations:

Red: 15 drops red

Blue: 14 drops blue

Yellow: 8 drops yellow

Green: 9 drops yellow, 2 drops blue

Orange: 5 drops yellow, 2 drops red

Purple: 7 drops red, 2 drops blue

Mix individual colors well.

Grease a doughnut pan, then scoop and layer batter in desired pattern. Fill circles about 2/3 full.

Bake 12-15, checking for doneness after 12. Let cool for five minutes in the pan, then remove to a plate and drizzle with glaze (optional).

To make the glaze, combine powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Mix until smooth, about two minutes with a hand mixer, then drizzle over the doughnut.

Design Ideas:

Drop dollops of batter around the bottom of the circle in a uniform pattern.

Layer the colors by adding a single tablespoon of batter of each color.

Create a tie-dye look by swirling the colors with a toothpick.

*If you prefer, make the white box mix according to package directions, then add coloring. However, we suggest omitting yolks (for extra fluffiness and a whiter base) and swapping water for milk for any boxed white cake mix.

Love making fun easy treats at home? Try another rainbow favorite:

Make your own rainbow doughnuts and show them to us on Facebook or Instagram!

By Ashley Kappel and Ashley Kappel