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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sweet Saturday: Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Happy Saturday, my sweet friends! I hope everyone had a blessed week! :o)

I haven't had any quality crafty time since my last post, but I did have a fun baking adventure! My sweetheart bought me doughnut pans and I was tickled pink! I had been wanting to make doughnuts for quite some time, so within hours of receiving the gift I was in the kitchen putting them to work. :o) I love the plethora of flavor options, but never made them because I don't like them fried. Now with these fabulous pans, I can have all sorts of fun with the baked variety. :o) Up first needed to be a seasonal cake doughnut, which my family flipped over: Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts! :o)
Color me sparkly! I had a blast making this speedy, delightful treat. I coated half of them in a pumpkin spice and sugar mixture (as opposed to cinnamon-sugar) and dunked half in a spiced glaze. Messy, but not too bad for a first dunking try... next time I'll let the excess drip off before flipping it over. ;) I was just too excited! Hehe. These doughnuts are bursting with spiced pumpkin, perfectly fluffy, and are such a fun snack to usher in Autumn's splendor.

The toppings amped up the seasonal flair and we loved having a couple of different options to enjoy. The pumpkin spice-sugar made a huge difference over the more typical cinnamon-sugar and the glaze is spiced to perfection. There will be extra of each, so I set aside some of the pumpkin spice-sugar to use next time. I am ecstatic over this blessing and already have a good amount of doughnut recipes saved for future use. (In the near future, I might add.) These pans are not expensive and are certainly worthwhile... and it's fun to bake with kiddos, too! My family was delighted and I've already promised a batch to my mom's coworkers. Guaranteed smiles all around. :o)

Thank you for visiting me today! I wish you all a crafty, beautiful weekend. :o)

Note: I substituted melted butter for the oil in the recipe in the same amount. While they tasted amazing, I do not know the *proper* proportions of said substitution so I am writing the recipe as is. I read for eons and there were differing opinions, so I finally had enough and just went to bake! ;)

Note 2: The original recipe states that these keep for several days, but I found there to be a pretty big difference after the first day. The sugary topping melts into the doughnut by the second day and makes it sticky. Homemade doughnuts are always best when fresh, so I'll always bake accordingly.

Baked Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts
Yield: 12 doughnuts

For the doughnuts:
½ cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1½ cups granulated sugar
1½ cups pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (OR ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon plus a heaping ¼ teaspoon each ground nutmeg and ground ginger)
1½ teaspoons salt
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the pumpkin spice-sugar coating:
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin spice

For the spiced glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of ground nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger
Dash of ground cloves
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F. Lightly grease two standard doughnut pans.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth. Add the flour, whisking just until blended and smooth.

Spoon batter into a large resealable plastic bag. Cut off the corner and squeeze batter into prepared doughnut pans, filling each well about ¾ full. (Approximately a scant ¼ cup of batter in each.)

Bake the doughnuts for 15-18 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean.

Remove the doughnuts from the oven, letting them sit in the pans for about 5 minutes. Loosen their edges and transfer to a cooling rack.

To make the pumpkin spice-sugar, combine the sugar and pumpkin spice in a shallow dish and whisk to blend. When the doughnuts are still warm (but no longer fragile), dip half of them in the pumpkin spice-sugar to coat completely, shaking off the excess.

To make the spiced glaze, combine the powdered sugar and spices in a small bowl. Add the milk and whisk to combine until a thick glaze is formed. If necessary, add a bit more milk to thin out the glaze. Dip the remaining half of the doughnuts into the glaze. Allow the glaze to set before serving.

Cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature. *Personal note: These truly are best the first day.

Sources: Doughnuts: King Arthur Flour; Spiced Glaze: Annie's Eats


  1. these look so yummy. tfs the reciepe. hugs

  2. omg Karen they look amazing wish I had one right now with my coffee...okay I will close my eyes and imagine...:)

  3. Hey Karen!!! Look at these donuts and they baked!! I never heard of baked donuts. I don't eat donuts because they are so loaded with fat,I will have to get those baking pans for sure!!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipes and the tips! I would love to make these for Halloween (if I can find the pans) Where did your sweetie buy them??) You did an amazing job on them. It really does my heart good to visit your blog for I feel I have made a friend for are such a beautiful person. I may not be around much for the next week for I am dealing with a few life situations... my stepdad was dignosed with Cancer yesterday and has to have surgery early Nov.. the good news is it was only found on one kidney, they will remove it so I am thankful to God for it could have been worse... I am dealing with it really well. Also right now I am not well but didn't want to include that in my blog.. nothing serious though... I was wondering if you have an email address..I would love to write you! Mine is
    Lots of love

  4. These look YUMMY and I bet they taste wonderful!!

    I hope you have a good weekend
    Hugs Sue

  5. Ooh I would love to have some with my coffee Karen...
    They sure look scrumptious! And pumpkin doughnuts never had them before.... Yum yum!
    TFS the recipe - you are so generous....

  6. Oh i would love to sit down and have one with you my sweet friend.. you are truly a blessing to so many.. you may make a baker out of me yet. lol.. these definitely look so good.. hugs

  7. You are killing me!! I can't think of a better marriage than pumpkin and doughnuts!! Seriously, I have to exercise before I visit on Sweet Saturdays...I gain weight just looking at the amazing pictures!! Your sweetie is so awesome to buy the doughnut pan for you!! So...if I bought you doughnut pans, would you make some for me?? Just kidding!! These look amazing and might be my favorite thing you've made so far (but that changes with each week!!) I hope you are having the most fabulous weekend my sweet and sparkly friend!! HUGS!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! *squishers my Sunshine and everyone in super happy pumpkin Sweet Saturday hugglers* WHEEE!!!

    Happy pumpkin donut Sweet Saturday everybody!!! *tosses pumpkin seeds in the air to celebrate our sweet Karen's incredible creations*

    OMJ! Sis! I haven't been able to stop thinking about these gems. Honestly, I swear I can smell them everywhere I go because they are all I can think about. TEE HEE! That glaze looks like pure heaven. And the sugar coating is just out-of-this-world amazing! AHHHHHHHH!!! I would LOVE to try to make my very own donuts for real one day. Will you help teach me sis? They look SO incredible. I MUST HAVE ONE NOW!!! *faints*

    *carves a pumpkin with a giant sparkling heart on it to give to you today cause I love you with all my pumpkiny heart and beyond*


    *forever sparkling pumpkin sweet saturday squishies*
    ~~ Christina (the one who just devoured the rest of the icing you made when you weren't looking) TEE HEE HEE! *hides* :)

  9. Hi Karen,
    This is so funny!I was over at Chiss & Lou blog and she asked to write about whatI like most of Thanksgiving.I said the company of friends amd family,we laugh alot as well as eating..LOL.But my friend cooks every thing from scratch.She cooks on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve is at my home.She bakes Pumpkin pie.OMG!!!I start to stare at the pie from the moment I sit on the dinner table.It's not a pretty picture once I am done with it..LOL.And her you go and post a recipe for doughnuts...LOL!Very YUMMY!Could you imagine me,being a one of your neighbors..LOL....Thats trouble!YUMMY trouble...LOL
    Sending a HUGE amount of bloggie love,

  10. These doughnuts look so yummy, Karen! Thanks for the recipe! :)


  11. Ohhhhh, these do look a treat! How fun to make your own doughnuts!! And how wonderful of your husband to buy the pans for you! (Although, that said, I know that I always have to wonder when my husband buys me these sorts of gifts who he really has in mind!!!)


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