Baked pumpkin donuts made at home are so easy and no deep frying required. Baked right in your oven with an easy recipe for glaze too.
Baked pumpkin donuts aren’t just to be fried or bought at a store. They are quite easy to make at home with a pan and in the oven, eliminating the grease. Plus you can make whatever flavor you want, and top with anything you’d like. Just one pumpkin dessert recipe we love. (originally published 1/19, affiliate links present)
We love pumpkin anything, and not just during Oct. – Nov. seasons. You can make boxed pumpkin bread but these homemade baked pumpkin donuts might just hit the spot for some extra special morning fun.
Follow this recipe and use a donut pan to create your own yummies at home. You’ll be amazed at just how easy cake donuts are to make yourself at home.
Baked Pumpkin Donut Recipe
To make this delicious breakfast creation you are going to need the following ingredients:
- Flour and baking powder
- Pumpkin puree either canned or you can make Instant Pot pumpkin, blend with a bit of pumpkin pie spice and use that.
- Vanilla extract
- Baking soda
- Room temperature eggs
- Brown sugar
- This donut pan
And Fall seasonings will further enhance the flavor of these babies too.
You can use boxed pumpkin bread mix that is all around during the holidays if you aren’t into “from scratch”. Sometimes I’m in the mood and want to start from the beginning though.
You can go simple for the glaze and just mix about 1 c. powdered sugar with water. Slowly whisk until it is the thickness you want. Then add toppings…or you can melt chocolate too.
Most of the time I use pint sized freezer bags and cut the tip off to pipe into a pan or use for frosting, but if I find these on sale I will buy them instead….it’s all about economics. lol
Homemade Baked Donuts
Here is a brief step by step but there are detailed directions below in the printable recipe card. Nutritional facts are included for the homemade version as well, including the chocolate glaze.
Time needed: 11 minutes.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Preheat oven to 350 F. degrees. Spray donut pan with non stick cooking spray.
Add the flour and other dry ingredients together, in another whisk the wet ingredients together. Then slowly incorporate the all purpose flour mixture with the sugar mixture until smooth.
Add batter into a freezer bag or pastry bag. Cut off the tip and squeeze inside prepared donut pan. Do not fill more than halfway full to create the perfect donut shape with hole in the center.
Now bake for 10-12 minutes or until outsides are lightly browned. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
If you want to make the chocolate glaze mix ingredients listed in a bowl until smooth. When cool hold the edges and dip the top, place back on cooling rack.
These are fantastic just as is as you see here. You don’t have to use chocolate at all for the top if you don’t want to. I mean all sorts of things can be used as alternatives, or leave them plain.
You could use a tub of ready made frosting and let the kids go to town decorating the tops once they are cooled. Another option is to just use cinnamon sugar sprinkle like our donut muffins did.
Or just serve as is with a cup of Dalgona coffee and your morning will be perfection.
Don’t stop there though! You can bake donuts of all kinds with this same pan too. If you want to get the kiddos involved you should. We used one of our popular cake mix recipes and did just that the other weekend.
We love 2 ingredient pumpkin muffins as regular or in a mini muffin pan.
Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts
We have made chocolate cake mix donuts before. If you wanted more of a Fall flare, use spice cake mix instead of chocolate with some pumpkin pie spice and follow the recipe highlighted above.
Make an evening of it. Allow the kids to spoon on some frosting and a bunch of different candies on top. Makes for a yummy and fun afternoon for everyone.
How do you keep cake donuts fresh?
Do not refrigerate them, they’ll dry out that way. It isn’t necessary either so instead wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then into a freezer bag together. Kept on the countertop they will keep moist for up to 4 days.
Sure! If you buy or make a bunch but can’t eat them all then allow them to cool and wrap in plastic wrap. Stack them in a gallon freezer bag until full and zip closed. Freeze flat and take out one at a time.
To reheat them allow to come to room temperature instead of microwaving for best results.
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Easy Baked Donut Recipe
Baked Pumpkin Donuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pan with non stick spray.
- In a bowl mix dry ingredients together, in another whisk the wet ingredients together. Then slowly incorporate the two until combined.
- Add batter into a freezer bag or pastry bag. Cut off the tip and squeeze inside prepared donut pan. Do not fill more than halfway full to create the perfect donut shape with hole in the center.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until outsides are lightly browned. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
- If you want to make glaze mix ingredients listed above in a bowl until smooth. When cool hold the edges and dip the top, place back on cooling rack.
Now glaze, frost, or top as you’d like and enjoy away!