When she recently lamented about how much she missed her favorite cake doughnuts from home (Minnesota), a little light bulb went off in my head. I have a Betty recipe for cake doughnuts. I must make these for her birthday. Those of you who read my blog know my affection for Betty. Anyway, I pulled out my Betty Crocker cookbook, and there the cake doughnut recipe was. (Thanks to Peggy K. for this cookbook, a much-loved grad present). The recipe has since hit the internet, so check out the link. I have only made them once before (imagine!) and that time, I had Miss Scarlett's help. She is very good with dough things (I'm not) and I really missed her help. However, Mr. L. stepped up as Chief Doughnut Fryer, thank goodness. Together we cut and fried a dozen doughnuts. You will note the recipe makes two dozen -- I knew we didn't want that many, so I cut it in half. NJ had requested plain doughnuts, so that is what she got -- but these can be easily gussied up with powdered sugar, a dip in some chocolate frosting, etc.
Recipe notes: The dough is very gooey. Have lots of flour on your board, your rolling pin, your hands, etc. I ended up with flour on my chair, the floor, my fluffy pink bathrobe, etc. I do not own a doughnut cutter, but using a juice glass worked fine. I used one of Mr. L's shotglasses for the holes. Aren't shotglasses handy? Also: I rolled the first ones too thinly. They are hard to handle and don't look as nice if you roll the dough too thin.