Pumpkin donut (cake donut)
Bread | Breakfast | Dessert

Pumpkin Donuts (Cake Donuts)

October 26, 2017

These pumpkin donuts are full of spices. Spongy in the middle and with crispy edges.

A few years back I started making these pumpkin donuts. I’m not a big fan of cake donuts, I prefer lighter, yeast donuts.

One day I decided to give this recipe a try, wow! I’m glad I did. They’re not too dense as I thought they would be. They’re spongy on the inside, they have a little bit of crunch on the outside and the spices give them a lot of flavor.

The dough it’s very easy and quick to make, I like it that I can make it the night before and fry it the next day for breakfast.

Pumpkin donut dough

Make the dough and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Pumpkin donut dough with donut cutter
Since the dough is very sticky, we need a well-floured counter to roll our dough. If you don’t have a donut cutter, use a cup and a small lid to cut the donuts.

Pumpkin donuts (cake donuts) with cinnamon

Fry donuts in low heat and drain in paper towels. Dip them in glaze or cinnamon-sugar.

Recipe adapted from Every Day Annie.

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Pumpkin donut (cake donut)
Pumpkin Donuts (Cake Donuts)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These donuts are spongy on the inside, they have a little bit of crunch on the outside and the spices give them a lot of flavor.

Course: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 donuts
Calories: 319 kcal
Author: adapted from Annie´s eat.
For the dough:
  • 3-1/2 cups flour (437.5g)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 3 tablespoons butter at room temperature (42.53g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour milk add 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to milk and let it sit for 5 minutes before using or buttermilk (125ml/4fl.oz)
  • 1 cup pumpkin pure (225g/8oz)
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying (750ml)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (100g)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup icing sugar (125g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • a pinch of ground ginger
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. To make the dough, start by combining in a medium bowl, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove. Using an electric mixer beat in butter, sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla. To that, add sour milk, pumpkin puree and the flour mixture. Mix on low until well combined. The dough is very sticky, don´t add more flour. Chill for 3 hours (I chilled mine overnight).
  2. In a well-floured surface, roll dough to a 1/2-inch thick. Using a donut cutter, cut dough. Reroll and cut dough as necessary.
  3. Heat oil to 365°-370°F / 185°-187°C (if you don´t have a thermometer, put your stove on low) and fry the donuts for 1 minute each side, or until golden brown. Place donuts on paper towels. Before you add more donuts to the oil, wait until it reaches the right temperature.
  4. In a medium bowl mix sugar and cinnamon; when donuts are cool enough to handle (don´t wait until donuts are cold), dip them in this mixture and coat completely.
  5. In another medium bowl mix ingredients for icing; dip donuts in icing.
Recipe Notes

These donuts are best the same day they were fried.

Keep dough in the fridge and fry only what you want to eat.

Places I´m sharing this recipe:

Fiesta Friday hosted by Angie, and the cohosts this week are Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes and Sandhya @ Indfused

CookBlogShare hosted by Jacqui from recipesmadeeasy, and the co-hosts areKirsty @k_phillipson, Eb @easypeasyfoodie and Monika @MonikasRecipes,

Pumpkin donut (cake donut)
Pumpkin donut (cake donut)



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  1. I wonder if this would do well with sweet potatoes? I tried a sweet potato cake donut the other day and they came out way too dense. These look good. I may try yours out.

    1. Hmm, I think they were dense because sweet potatoes have a lot more starch and pumpkin more water. I hope you try this recipe. Let me know if you liked it.

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