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Battle of the Cake Mix Donuts: Twisted vs. Tasty

Updated: Nov 24, 2019

I noticed that both Tasty & Twisted YouTube channels had some recipes on how to make cake donuts with cake mix.

And thus, I decided to have the Battle of the Cake Mix donuts: Twisted vs. Tasty. :)

Sunday, November 10, 2019, Attempt #1:

I made half-recipes for both. Fortunately when I was working on the Cake Mix cookies post, I measured how the amount of dry ingredients are in a cake mix box; it's about 3 1/3 cups.


Tasty Recipe

- 1/2 cake mix

- 1 egg

- 50 mL butter (3.4 tablespoons)

- 100mL of milk

You use a muffin pan and put little balls of parchment paper in the middle of the batter to occupy space to form a donut hole. Bake at 350 degrees for ~15 min.

Twisted Recipe

- 1/2 cake mix box

- 1 cup of flour

- 1/3 cup of buttermilk

(** Did not have any. I made buttermilk with milk+vinegar; see below.)

- 1 egg

- 2 tablespoons of butter

You roll out the dough and use circle cookie cutters (one bigger; one small) to form donuts. Then, you fry them in oil.

Tasty - Attempt #1:

I put all the ingredients in a bowl and used an electric mixer. I put balls of parchment paper in the muffin pan. Then I put some batter into each compartment. I baked them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

RESULT: Fail! :)

We are good at this? They were fluffy and like big light cupcakes -- not donuts.

I re-watched the video and they hand-mixed it. I used an electric mixer which makes cake batter fluffier, which is good if you are making a cake, but not good if you are making cake donuts. :)

I will try it again hand-mixing the batter.

So this is not a true battle & will have to be repeated. :)

Twisted - Attempt #1:

First, before I started on the Twisted batter I made the buttermilk because it would take 10-15 min to sit. I had seen on multiple shows on the Food Network that if you don't have buttermilk that you can make it with a little white vinegar and regular milk. So you don't have to buy a whole carton of buttermilk for 1 recipe! I used the recipe below.


Since I only needed 1/3 cup of buttermilk,

I added ~2 teaspoons of vinegar to 1/3 cup of milk.

I gathered the rest of the ingredients and put them in a bowl:

- 1/2 cake mix box, 1 cup of flour, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons of butter.

Then, I poured my homemade buttermilk :) in and hand-mixed it.

For this recipe, you roll out the dough and cut them out using circle cutters. It's fun!

Then you fry them in vegetable oil. I fried the middle pieces to make donut holes.

RESULT: Success! :)

We are good at this! These Twisted donuts tasted and look really good! (see below) They have a slight funnel cake taste. Delicious!

How good does that look? I just melted some Pillsbury frosting to use as a glaze on one of the donuts. I dusted powdered sugar on the donut holes.

As I mentioned before this is not a true battle because I did not hand-mix the Tasty donuts (as I should have), so it will have to be repeated. There are some donut decorating things I want to learn about and try out anyways. :)

Stay tuned for that and stay tuned for the re-match!

Sunday, November 17, 2019, Attempt #2:

I tried to make both the Tasty and Twisted recipes again because I messed up the Tasty recipe the first time. Haha. :)

I was also doing this because there were some donut decorating art projects from So Yummy that I wanted to try out (stay tuned for that post! :) ).

Tasty - Attempt #2:

I hand-mixed the Tasty dough as I should have (in the video) instead of electric mixer. I put bunched up parchment paper in the middle to form the donut hole.

RESULT: Fail. :)

I could not get the parchment paper part right, so when I pulled them out, there wasn't as much of a hole. Haha. They still looked like cupcakes, but with tiny holes. There was one that really kind of had a donut hole. They rose some in the oven, but not as much as when I used an electric mixer -- as expected, so they did look more like donuts in that respect.

They taste good, but more cake-y than donut to me. They still look good on the plate. I featured the one with the most adequate donut hole in this pic.

Twisted - Attempt #2:

I did the recipe the same as the first attempt. I made my own buttermilk with milk+vinegar. This is surprisingly fun ; a little science project. I made the dough, rolled it out and fried the donuts again.

Since I was planning on doing donut decorating art projects, I thought I'd try to make some larger donuts.

I found that for me, the limit on the size of donuts I could make without them falling apart in the oil was 3" in diameter. When I tried to make 3 1/4" or 3 1/2" donuts, I couldn't flip them very well and they fell apart in the oil. That's what these next 2 pics show: donuts falling apart and crumbled donut pieces in the middle on the plate. :)

RESULT: Success! :)

The donuts came out well (except for the ones that I experimented with making donuts bigger than 3" in diameter). Those still tasted good anyways. These have a slight funnel cake taste, which brings back good memories of carnivals, but also my Mom used to make use funnel cakes (instead of pancakes) before school, haha. They had this quick funnel cake mix in a squeeze bottle. Pancakes and funnel cakes are essentially the same things, haha. I don't think pancakes are that much healthier than funnel cakes.

It's super fun to make both the Tasty and Twisted donuts. Give it a try! We are good at this!

Stay tuned for the donut decorating art projects post making cute zoo animals out of donuts that I saw in a So Yummy YouTube video! :)

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