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Pumpkin donut (cake donut)

Pumpkin Donuts (Cake Donuts)

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
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 donuts
Calories 319kcal
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


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In another medium bowl mix ingredients for icing; dip donuts in icing.


These donuts are best the same day they were fried.
Keep dough in the fridge and fry only what you want to eat.