How To Make Donut Holes Using A Cake Pop Maker?

Donut holes are small treats made from the leftover dough from the center of the donuts. They became so popular as a treat that molds for making them became significantly larger and there was a need to create bigger cutters so people would enjoy this treat longer. This little treat is incredibly delicious and juicy, and if you have a cake pop maker, today you can learn the cake pop maker recipe: donut holes.

History of Donut Holes

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Doughnuts are a popular treat for pretty much every American. However, the original recipe doesn’t originate in the United States. The best way to define a donut is a piece of dough that is fried. However, it’s the hole at the center that distinguishes it from other international dishes that have the same definition.

Fried dough originates from ancient times. Initially, it was the Old Romans who did it, and then the tradition carried on and moved to Spain, Germany, the Dutch, and other countries in Europe. And yet, no one thought about the origin of donut holes.

According to the report in Smithsonian Magazine, donut holes were first made by a Maine-based teenager back in the 19th century. Back then, Elizabeth Gregory who was the mother of a New England ship captain made deep-fried dough with a hole punched in the middle, where she stored hazelnuts and walnuts.

Her son, Hanson Gregory was taking the dough from the center of the doughnut, taking credits for the recipe, even though many rumors had it that he only did that to save up the ingredients on long voyages.

Even though he was the initial inventor of the donut holes, it was only a century later that they got more popular, according to Smithsonian Magazine. The product appeared at the doughnut exhibit which led to another major event in 1941 called the Great Donut Debate that took place in New York City.

Today, donut holes are a bite-sized dessert that is easy to make, especially if you have a cake pop maker, as it can simplify the entire process. They are delicious and yummy, and you can season them anyhow you want to add up to the magnificent taste.

Many people opt to make donut holes, as they take less time than making doughnuts. The best part is that you don’t have to make doughnuts to make donut holes, the recipe was simplified and adjusted, so now you can even make bigger donut holes to suit your sweet tooth.

Ingredients Needed for the Donut Holes

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Ingredients for Donut Holes:

  • One and ½ cups of flour
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil

Ingredients for Chocolate Coating (Optional):

  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of chocolate bar pieces (approximately 170 grams)

Tools you’ll need to make the cake pop donut holes:

  • Cake pop maker
  • A large bowl
  • Medium metal bowl
  • A pot
  • A whisk

How to Make Donut Holes With A Cake Pop Maker?

Step 1: Mix the Dry Ingredients

When making donuts, there’s always a list of dry and wet ingredients. In this case, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder are all dry materials.

Step 2: Now Add the Wet Ingredients

Now that you mixed the dry ingredients, it’s time to add the wet ingredients. Break the egg and pour it into the bowl, followed by the milk and 1 cup of vegetable oil. It should all be whisked until you get a creamy uniform mix that is ready to be baked.

Step 3: Add the Mix to The Cake Pop Maker

By mixing the dry and wet ingredients, more than half of the work is done. Make sure that you warmed up your electric cake pop maker, as this is the time when you’re supposed to add your mix to the device and bake.

Mix with a spoon some more to make sure it’s still creamy and textured and then pour the batter into the molds in the cake pop maker. Make sure that you fill all the holes at least 1mm from the top, as you’re risking them spreading outside the mold while they are baking.

Once you poured them and enjoyed that the batter covers all the holes of the cake pop maker equally, it’s time to bake them. They should be baked from 4 to 6 minutes. To make sure they’re ready, use the toothpick technique.

If no donut dough is glued onto your toothpick they’re ready to get out. Another indicator that it’s ready is the golden brown texture.

Step 4: Make the Donut Hole Coating

Everyone loves when the donuts feel savory and juicy, and that’s exactly the effect you can get if you make the donut hole coating or a frosting.

The chocolate donut coating is easy to make, it’s delicious and you can even make it as the donuts are baking.

Make sure to boil the water, and as it’s boiling, grab a separate bowl and place the chocolate bars in. We prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but the choice is yours. As the chocolate bars begin melting, stir the chocolate with a spoon while keeping it about 2 inches above the boiling water.

Once melted, the chocolate mix will be smooth and ready to pour over the donuts.

Step 5: Mix The Coating and Donut Holes

Now that both the donut holes and coating are ready, it’s time to mix them by dipping the donut holes into the melted chocolate coating. They should be completely covered and absorb the delicious and juicy chocolate syrup. Serve it all together or wait for it to cool a bit and enjoy!

Tips for making the donut holes

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Donut holes with a cake pop maker are pretty easy to make, and they’re fast too, so together with the chocolate coating, you won’t need more than 10 minutes to make.

Make sure that all the materials are mixed so that the texture is smooth, creamy, and without any clumps. Also, some people prefer adding powdered sugar instead the crystalline.

Some people also prefer filling the donuts instead of using the coating. But, the best tip is to fill them after they’re made. Otherwise, you’re risking for the filling to leak out of the mold inside the cake pop maker. Lastly, you can add vanilla extract for a richer flavor.

Lastly, don’t forget the sprinkles!


As you see, you won’t need more than 10 minutes to make one of the most popular desserts in the USA. There are a lot of variations of this recipe, but what matters the most is that it’s tasty, fast, and easy to make. What is your favorite cake pop maker donut holes recipe? Let us know!


How Many Calories Are in Donut Holes?

According to the report on Livestrong, donut holes that are unglazed have 59 calories. They also contain around 3.3 grams of fat and 2.3 grams of refined sugar. Keep in mind that the calorie count may depend on the recipe and size of cakes used for baking, so it can be less or more calories per serving.

If you used to glaze and made a yeast-leavened doughnut, it will have around 55 calories and 3 grams of fat and sugar. Although the glaze, regardless of the type, won’t impact the doughnut hole too much, it’s worth noting that if you use a filling like chocolate or jelly filling, the donut holes will be higher in calories.

Still, keep in mind that the calorie number may fluctuate if you used a different recipe than the one we wrote. Also, if you choose to make bigger servings, one hole will likely have a higher calorie count.

Are Donut Holes Gluten-Free?

This recipe isn’t suitable for people who are not tolerant of gluten. However, there are various flour alternatives that you can use to make gluten-free donut holes. Most people use gluten-free flour mix, but you can also use the buckwheat or oat flour mix to make them, although the taste will be a little sourer.

You can still use the butter, milk, yeast, oil, and other ingredients to make the gluten-free donut holes, but the gluten-free flour mixture is necessary.

Are Timbits Made From Donut Holes?

Timbits and donut holes share a lot of similarities in the sense that they are both made from donut dough and they look remarkably similar. However, the procedure for making both is fairly different. Timbits is a sweet snack made by Tim Horton’s, and it’s also made from traditional doughnut dough.

According to this article on Medium, Timbits aren’t the same as donut holes. Donut holes are made by pulling the center of the dough from the doughnut and then frying them as a small bite-sized snack. On the other hand, Timbits are made using a special cutter and frying technique. It’s safe to say that Timbits are also a tad sweeter than traditional donut holes.

Still, it’s worth mentioning that donut holes can also be made using a cake pop maker, as detailed in this article. More importantly, different cutters allow you to make donut holes without actually making doughnuts first, and it saves a lot of time!

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