Tasty Fall Treat: Pumpkin-Spiced Cake Donuts Recipe

So, it’s finally feeling like Fall in Atlanta. It’s actually chilly and the leaves are turning color. It’s beautiful over here! I’m officially in Fall baking mode and there’s pumpkin in my cupboard! My new pumpkin addiction? Pumpkin-spiced cake donuts.


These donuts are light and airy. See all the holes in them right out of the oven?????


Then, they are dipped in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar…


You’re welcome.

Ohmygoodness, you guys. Simply delicious. And, they are very easy and quick to make. The only thing you need besides ingredients is a donut pan, which you can pick up just about anywhere.


Pumpkin-Spiced Cake Donuts Recipe



  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Sugar Coating

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1.5 Tbsp cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray donut pan and  set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together first seven ingredients.

3. In another bowl, whisk together apple sauce, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk until well combined.

4. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, and slowly mix in the wet ingredients. Do not over mix.

5. Spoon the batter into the donut pan – filling to the top.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until donuts spring back when pressed.

7. Remove donuts from pan and allow to slightly cool on wire rack.

8. While donuts are cooling, melt butter in a shallow bowl and combine sugar and cinnamon in another shallow bowl.

9. Dip each warm donut into butter and then coat with sugar/cinnamon mixture.



  1. Those look so good! I’m drooling on my keyboard now.

  2. Oh my yum! I am like Emilie and totally drooling over here. These look amazing, I’ve never actually tried making donuts at home.. but your recipe looks like maybe I could swing it! YUM!!!

  3. This looks so good omg I am pinning this to make for the appetizer for our Thanksgiving dinner.

  4. Now, I must go make some….those look incredibly delicious

  5. oooh the cinnamon and sugar are calling my name! These look delish!

  6. YUM! Thank you for sharing! This looks delicious and I think I could actually make it!

  7. Pumpkin Spiced Donuts? Sign me up! These look absolutely delicious!

  8. Oh my stars! Those look amazing! Pinning this recipe for future use 😀

  9. They look delicious, I think I’d like those!

  10. The recipe was nice and the pumpkin seasonal, but the best part of this post fo me was your enthusiasm.

  11. OMG these look AMAZING!

  12. You just don’t understand how much I love cake donuts, Piera. Even more than carrots with the green tops attached!

  13. I have never tried making donuts, but I have eaten so many Pumpkin ones from Dunkin Donuts this pregnancy! Pumpkin has been my main craving for the past 4-5 weeks — I really need to try this recipe!

  14. Those look so delicious, I must try making them for my husband. He looks forward to fall especially since he loves Pumpkin spiced coffees and muffins.

  15. Pumpkin spiced cake donuts……yum. I have never tried making donuts, but I will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for the tip.

  16. Oh wow this recipe looks so yummy. I’m wondering, would a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks alongside this be to much pumpkin? lol

  17. this looks like a great recipe. And rolling them in cinnamon sugar??? OMG i can’t wait to try this!

  18. Yummy! I think these sound great!

  19. Piera these look divine. I love all things pumpkin this time of the year. My kids would love to make these with me. 🙂

  20. I miss donuts! These look yummy!

  21. My oldest loves pumpkin anything and loves donuts so this is an awesome combination… can’t wait to try these recipes.

  22. Those look delicious! What a great idea for a fun fall breakfast. And you can get the kids to help with rolling the donuts in sugar!

  23. Sharon Rooney says:

    Oh wow, these look and sound yummy.


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