Kenan & Kel Inspired Orange Soda Donuts: A 6 Step Recipe

{I guess technically this was more Kel inspired since I’m not sure Kenan was as into the whole orange soda thing.}

I’m not really a person who makes things in the kitchen, but I found a mini donut maker on Amazon and eyed it for a very long time before purchasing it. Then I left it in its box for a couple of months until I finally decided to use it tonight. So if I can make this ridiculously easy recipe, then anyone can. Also, if you don’t have a donut maker, then you can also use a donut pan in your oven. These are cake donuts, baked not fried. And they’re very tasty! I used a cake mix donut recipe from “It’s Always Autumn” and added a little Kenan & Kel twist.

The ingredients are simple:
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-1 box orange cake mix
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-1 egg
-1 cup orange soda
-Cream Cheese Frosting
-Cooking spray for your pan/donut maker

Step 1. Combine cake mix, vegetable oil, egg, and orange soda in a large mixing bowl.


Step 2. Whisk the ingredients together. I realized after starting this process that I do not own a whisk. So I used an egg beater. It worked.
Step 3. Shovel some batter into a plastic baggy, cut one of the corners, and pipe that batter into the pan. img_1081

Step 4. Use a plastic spatula or wooden spoon to remove the donuts from the pan and place them on a plate too cool.
Step 5. Lather, rinse, repeat. Seriously, this makes like 24 donuts and with only 7 fitting in the pan at a time, I felt like the “Time to Make the Donuts” guy was my kindred spirit.
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Step 6. Apply a thin layer of cream cheese frosting to your donuts.
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Although I did not use her recipe, the concept behind this post was inspired by Jessica Segarra’s “The Kenan and Kel: Orange Soda Mini Donut” in Mini Donuts: 100 Bite-Sized Donut Recipes to Sweeten Your “Hole” Day, available on Amazon.

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6 thoughts on “Kenan & Kel Inspired Orange Soda Donuts: A 6 Step Recipe

  1. I love how you actually have an egg beater and don’t have a whisk. I feel like it’s always the opposite for me.
    Anyway, who loves orange soda and donuts? I do, I do, I dooo! Definitely going to have to try these. Kel’s love of orange soda inspired my life-long obsession with it as well.

    1. I remember loving it as a kid, so I tried a little of the soda I had leftover from baking. I definitely do not love orange soda as an adult! But it works really well in the donuts. And they are probably easier to mix with an actual whisk lol.

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