Baked Butter Cake Beignets

butterbeignetsAs you all know, I am new to this dating business and especially new to the adult dating business.  And while every stupid rom com insists you’ll find love when you least expect it, it doesn’t hurt to throw out some phone numbers to hotties here and there, am I right?

Sooooo a couple days ago, Dorothy and I went out for drinks and some dinner for happy hour.  Before she arrived, I was minding my own business at our table when I spotted a serious hottie at the bar.  He had a beard — but trust me, it was fantastical — and glasses, which I personally find immensely attractive.  And bonus, he was with a guy friend with nary a female in sight.

I decided I would be super stealthy and send him a drink like you see in the movies.  You know, the bartender brings by a frosty new beer and the hottie-in-question says “I didn’t order this” and the bartender explains it was ordered by “that incredibly foxy girl in the glasses over there”?  Yeah, I totally wanted this Hollywood scene played up in huurrr.  So when the pixie-looking waitress came by, I told her my gameplan, subtly pointed out the my victim and left love in the hands of his free beer.

Except our waitress was working at a pace best described as ‘snails on vacation’ and didn’t appear to be savvy in the skilled world of adult dating so a good ten minutes passed by before she even brought my drink.  As she dropped it off, I asked for an update with the glasses-wearing hottie and she said “he left!”

I turned to see that his friend was still there and asked the waitress if possibly he could be in the bathroom since his friend was still there?  The waitress agreed that this logic was a good idea and went to investigate by asking the friend.  She returned a moment later saying that yes, the hottie was, in fact, using the facilities and would be back momentarily, so she’d get the order in “right away.”

Minutes passed, a new President was elected, global warming continued to melt polar ice caps and SuperBowl 248 came and went and finally our pixie waitress came back and said “okay, he actually did leave this time before we had a chance to get him his beer.”  I turned to confirm that my bearded hottie was actually now MIA, and in his place was an older man.  I considered the time lapse that had occurred and thought that possibly my bearded hottie had just aged very quickly due to the glacial pace of the waitress but it didn’t seem likely as this man was actually an older woman with just a very unfortunate haircut.  Our pixie waitress apologized and proceeded to tell me about how unlucky she was in love, too, and I decided not to remind her that this was probably because she worked at the slowest pace known to man and clearly did not understand the suave rules of adult dating, and that if I thought it would be like pulling teeth to get this damn fine man a beer, I would have done it myself fourteen years ago when I had the chance.

And then I ate my feelings. #storyofmylife

Anyway, thankfully the official drinking holidays are just around the corner so I have plenty more opportunities to buy bearded, four-eyed cuties some drinks.  With St. Patty’s Day approaching, there’s no shortage of beer.  But my personal favorite drinking holiday has to be Mardi Gras.  Nothing gets me more jazzed than eating tons of delicious Southern food, listening to funky jazz music and drinking obnoxiously large goblets of alcohol.  And one more little tidbit which makes this Fat Tuesday my fave: BEIGNETS!

DSC_0536AIf you’ve never had beignets, baby, you need to get out more.  Beignets are essentially the French’s doughnut — a light and airy dough that’s fried until golden and copiously dusted with powdered sugar.  Golden, crispy, and super soft, beignets aren’t like American donuts which puts them in a class of their own.  And if you ever get the chance to try them at Disneyland — you must! 🙂

While these Baked Butter Cake Beignets aren’t necessarily the real deal in the beignet world, they *do* remind me a lot of them with a somewhat similar texture and lots of amazing buttery flavor.  These are technically more like donuts, but whatever you call them, they’ll definitely be delicious!


5.0 from 4 reviews
Baked Butter Cake Beignets
Recipe type: Donuts
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Serves: 36
While these aren't like traditional beignets, they do have some beignet-like qualities and remind me of the rich, fanciful, butter-filled food of the South. Put some South in your mouth!!
  • 1 box golden butter cake mix
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity donut hole pan with cooking spray. If you do not have a 24-cavity donut hole pan, grease a standard sized mini donut pan or even a mini muffin tin-- both will work just fine.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, eggs, sour cream, vanilla & nutmeg until the mixture is blended and no large clumps remain. Using a cookie dough scoop, portion even-sized Tablespoonfuls of batter among each greased cavity. If using a mini donut pan, you can easily pipe the mixture into the cavities by filling a piping bag or Ziploc with the batter, snipping off a corner of the bag, and piping. Otherwise, for a mini muffin tin or the 24-cavity donut hole pan, the cookie dough scoop works perfectly.
  3. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes or until the tops are set and springy when touched. Do not over-bake! Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before gently removing to a wire rack.
  4. Place a generous amount of powdered sugar (I usually start with about ½ cup) in a medium bowl. While donuts are still warm to the touch, add a couple donuts to the powdered sugar bowl and toss to coat with a spoon. If you're not super into powdered sugar, you can also sift some sugar onto the donuts if preferred. Serve!
  5. Store any leftover donuts airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

DSC_0546ASo what’d we learn today?  If you wanna get technical, no, these aren’t really beignets.  But they DO have some beignet-ish qualities, are MUCH easier to make (no yeast! no rising! no frying!), and have that rich, sumptuous buttery taste with that hint of spicy nutmeg that we all love when it comes to fresh, warm donuts.  The only issue with these bad boys is they are terribly addictive, so consider sharing — don’t say I didn’t warn you.  And when it comes to adult dating, don’t trust underage pixie waitresses to do your dating dirty work.  And don’t take yourself — or the dating situation — too seriously because OMG, it’s only a beer and there’s plenty more boozy fish in the sea 😉

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

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  1. Someday we should do real Mardi Gras. OMG that would be cool. But I’d pass out at 9 like an old lady and you’d still be collecting beads.

    Darn waitress. Next time I’ll go talk to the guy. I could be a wingman! 🙂

    On another note, I want these so bad. I’d eat like, all of them, no joke.

  2. I’ve only been following you for a little while, but you have YET to post something I don’t want to go home and make immediately.

  3. This is the funny witter that I needed all day, thank-you. Going to try these out on a bunch of friends here soon who have no idea as to what a real beignet is, so I can’t fail!

  4. What?! You and your creative and crazy mind!

  5. Oh my gosh! I just made beignets today, but now I need these! So good looking!

  6. Oh yes, I could eat tons of southern food too, especially these little Beignets! Fabulous!

  7. Delicious! I am impressed with your bravery! The bartender was a bumb!

  8. These look amazing!

  9. Baked beignets?! I mean, so healthy, right? Let’s go with that. It will help justify when I eat 12 dozen of these in a row.

  10. Holy crap, these sound amazing. And I agree with Georgia, baked = health food = give me a dozen, stat. Instead of sending drinks to men, you should just carry an extra large purse full of baked goods. Let the delicious scent lead them all to you 😉

  11. Oh no! The one that got away! Did you check Missed Connections on Craigslist? KIDDING.

    I think if it’s meant to be, you’ll find him. Seriously, make yourself crazy busy and just when you don’t have time for a boyfriend, BAM-you’re married. It happens 🙂

    I’m so jealous you and Dorothy hang out in real life! I wanna come!

  12. These look fab. I made baked beignets recently too! Great minds 🙂

  13. That story is unreal! I’m sorry the bearded hottie escaped (his loss!) but hopefully your paths will cross again (you’ll have a different waitress)

  14. ugh. I woulda slapped that pixie. Ruining your brilliant plan.

    At least these beignets-thatarentbeignetsbutprettyclose were there to comfort you. They look SO tasty and buttery.

    can you believe I still haven’t experience the heaven that is beignets? needs to be remedied!

  15. Oh my gosh, I want to punch her. (Is that too violent? Probably not a place for that in that rom com scene). How can she be so slow. Freaking crazy chick. Yeah, next time buy the drink yourself girlfriend!!

    Better yet, woe them with some beignets 🙂

  16. These look delicious!

  17. That darn waitress! People are so not up to speed these days… I have my lolly gagging moments, but seriously! You probably set some fire up behind her behind. hehe.
    I would love to try making these… I’ve never tried beignets before. But, these look so divine!!

  18. I am new to the dating scene too and man I feel for you, Hayley. But kudos to you for even coming up with that fancy plan! I definitely would’ve just giggled like a goofball and admired from afar. Then definitely eating my feelings. lol. Speaking of which, these beignets?! I WANT THEM ALL, HAYLEY. You may think that means I want a lot of them. But no. I want them all.

  19. Chocolate Chelsey says:

    These are amazingly delicious!! I just finished making them for my coworkers for Fat Tuesday and I’ll have to make more since I ate half the batch! You weren’t kidding when you said addictive! A couple broke apart when I was sugar coating so I felt I needed to eat those. Then I started to crumble some more… “Oops oh I better eat those too!” 😉

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Chelsey, OBVIOUSLY it was required to eat the broken ones. You have to taste test to make sure they aren’t poisoned or affected by the crumbliness. OBVIOUSLY 😉 Happy Mardi Gras, doll!!

  20. You are featured on Huffington Post. Congrats.

  21. I got married when I was 21, and when my first marriage ended, I was 29 and suddenly had to start dating again. The whole thing was horrible. You seem to be doing great. but I’m so glad I’m remarried and don’t have to worry about that sort of stuff anymore. It’s sort of the worst. Good luck out there!

  22. Jessica Yorimoto says:

    If we don’t want to use butter cake mix, is there a substitute from scratch?

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