Baked Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts

by lisa on October 25, 2012 · 18 comments

No one in my family likes pumpkin. Or so I thought.

I  found this great recipe for pumpkin cake doughnuts from King Arthur Flour.  I was going to make a batch to bring to work. I also would have plenty of extras to go with my coffee the next few mornings.  They never made it to work. My non- pumpkin- eating  family inhaled them in a matter of hours. My poor co- workers got nothing.

Maybe I should not have offered my kids any. But even if I didn’t, the smell of cinnamon and spices lured them in. Maybe I should not have made the mistake of covering them with everyone’s favorite toppings instead of cinnamon sugar.  My daughter likes plain doughnuts, my son likes chocolate covered. And my husband can never get enough powdered sugar.  Yes, it was my fault that they never made it to work. A few might have also landed in my stomach.

Pumpkin doughnuts = happy kids!

I think two more batches will be made next week. One for the co-workers and one for the family.

Now I know my family likes pumpkin.


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Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts
Recipe type: doughnuts
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Serves: 12
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1¾ cups + 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • powdered sugar, frosting or anything you'd like to top the donuts with
  1. ) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two standard doughnut pans. If you don't have doughnut pans, you can bake these in a standard muffin tin; they just won't be doughnuts.
  2. ) Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.
  3. ) Add the flour and stir until mixture is smooth.
  4. ) Fill the doughnut pans about ¾ full; using about a ¼ cup of batter in each well. If you're making muffins, fill each well about ¾ full; the recipe makes about 15, so you'll need to bake two batches
  5. ) Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick put in the center of one comes out clean. Muffins need to bake for 23 to 25 minutes.
  6. ) Remove the doughnuts from the oven, and after about 5 minutes, loosen their edges, and transfer them to a rack to cool.
  7. ) While the doughnuts are still warm , gently dip them in sugar, frosting or whatever you'd like.
  8. ) Cool completely, and wrap. These can be stored at room temperature for several days.


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Betty Ann @Mango_Queen October 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

What a delicious batch of doughnuts! I share in your household’s sentiments about pumpkin. Mine are not crazy about it, too. But now that you made these homemade pumpkin cake doughnuts, I might just do what you did ~ pile on the favorite frostings! Thanks for sharing this recipe & for the blog-visit 🙂


teresa October 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

haha! don’t you love it. i’m always happy when i’m able to defy my kids tastebuds with things too delicious to pass up. of course, i don’t know how anyone could say no to those donuts, YUM!


Pam October 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

These are my kind of pumpkins! They look terrific.


Katrina October 27, 2012 at 12:33 am

Love that first photo! Yum! My kids think they don’t like pumpkin. I’ll have to make these and not tell them they have pumpkin until the eat them up because they LOVE donuts. Chocolate and sprinkles is all it will take.


Danielle October 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

wow – we had the exact same thought as I made these last week!!! They were delicious, weren’t they?


Kate October 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Who doesn’t like pumpkin?


Pam October 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Yum! I’ll be trying this!


patsy October 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Love that you made so many “mistakes” and they didn’t make it to the next day! lol! I may have to get a donut pan just so that I can try these myself!


Ramona October 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

These look good!


Joanne October 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

Well…at least you can take comfort that you were feeding them a veggie mixed in there! The donuts look fabulous!


foodwanderings October 31, 2012 at 12:05 am

Beautifully baked doughnuts. Funny thing I have been obsessing about them and experimenting a lot recently!


Liz November 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Whoa, I can see why these disappeared!!! And the pumpkin makes these practically health food, right?


Erica November 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I totally made something similar this weekend!! Posting the recipe tomorrow. Deliciousness! Adore pumpkin


Bob November 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Hmmm never had pumpkin doughnuts before, sounds very interesting though.


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective November 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

We are all HUGE pumpkin lovers, so this is right up our alley!


Mrs. L November 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I can’t say I’m that fond of pumpkin flavored things either…but I keep buying pumpkin! So maybe I should give these a try 🙂


Robin November 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

My kids aren’t big on pumpkin, either, but that just means I could make these and eat them all myself 🙂


Mary November 13, 2012 at 2:53 am

These look delicious. I’m not surprised your family devoured them. I hope all is well. Blessings…Mary


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