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Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts From Cake Mix


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5 from 14 votes
Cook Time : 10 mins
Total Time : 15 mins
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Last Updated on September 16, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

These Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts are an easy and delicious fall breakfast or snack! Made with a cake mix, they are super simple to make and then topped with a sweet cream cheese glaze for a tasty fall treat.

If you love pumpkin breakfast recipes then these cake donuts are just the recipe for you. The best part of making these is that they are baked and not fried, which means less guilt when you enjoy one!

a closeup of two Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts on a white plate

Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts

I love fall and all things pumpkin. One of the reasons that I enjoy pumpkin is because it is so versatile. You can use it to make sweet recipes like pumpkin cake doughnuts or savory recipes like my Pumpkin Soup.

Pumpkin is also full of nutrients such as Vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. So not only are these cake doughnuts delicious, but they are actually good for you!

Why I Love This Recipe

The perfect breakfast for any time of year, these Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts are so easy to make and will have your mouth watering the minute you take them out of the oven. A delicious fall snack that’s great on its own but also pairs well with some morning coffee!

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love donuts then give this Cinnamon Donut Holes with Cream Cheese Filling a try next time!

Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts on a plate next to a black and white fabric pumpkin with more doughnuts on a plate in the background

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to help you make these sweet pumpkin doughnuts. After one quick trip to the grocery store, you will have all the items that you need to make these donuts.

  • white cake mix
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • pumpkin puree

Glaze:

  • cream cheese frosting
  • pumpkin pie spice

Substitutions

Glaze: Instead of using cream cheese frosting, you can use a simple glaze with powdered sugar and milk instead.

Cake Mix: If you don’t have white cake mix, you can use yellow or even spice cake mix instead.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this tasty recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this fall breakfast recipe.

How to Make Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts

Making this pumpkin doughnut is simple. Follow the instructions below and you will have a sweet breakfast or snack recipe that even the kids will enjoy.

Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare pans

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and grease two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2: Whisk together the dry ingredients

Whisk together the cake mix and pumpkin pie spice until combined.

Cake mix and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl

Step 3: Stir in the pumpkin puree

Add the pumpkin puree and stir until the ingredients are well combined.

Dry ingredients and pumpkin puree in a  mixing bowl

Step 4: Add the batter to a gallon size bag

Transfer the batter to a gallon size bag and cut the corner off one end. Pipe the mixture into your donut pans.

Donut batter in a donut pan

Step 5: Bake the donuts

Bake the donuts for 8 to 10 minutes, until the donut springs back when pressed with your finger.

Step 6: Cool the doughnuts

Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for five minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts without glaze on a wire rack

Step 7: Make the glaze

When the donuts are cool, prepare the glaze by heating the icing in the microwave in 15 second intervals until melted. Add the pumpkin pie spice and whisk to combine.

Icing with pumpkin pie spice mixture in a bowl

Step 8: Dip the donut in the glaze

Dip each donut in the glaze and return it to the wire rack to cool.

Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts on a wire rack

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

There are a few ways to change up this recipe. Here are a few of my favorite swaps for this dish.

Nuts: While the glaze is still wet, top them with some chopped nuts. I love using pecans or walnuts.

Chocolate: Add some chocolate chips to the batter before baking for a delicious twist on this recipe.

Dried Fruit: Another great way to top these donuts is with some dried fruit. I love using cranberries or raisins.

Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts on a plate next to a black and white fabric pumpkin with more doughnuts on a plate in the background

Tips

Here are a few tips to help make sure that these donuts turn out well. 

  • You can use a piping bag instead of a storage bag if you have one on hand. 
  • Be sure to not overfill the donut pan. These doughnuts will puff up as they bake.
  • I suggest using baking spray or greasing and flouring the pan so that your donuts turn out well. 
  • Be careful to not overmix these cookies, as overmixing will cause them to become tough. 
  • You can add a little flavor to these donuts by adding a dash of nutmeg, ginger, or vanilla extract to the donut batter.
  • Instead of a glaze for the donuts, you can brush them with melted butter and then dip them in a cinnamon sugar mixture. 

FAQs

Do you have questions about this pumpkin cake donuts recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.

How to store

These doughnuts are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last for 2-3 days. 

Can I freeze?

Yes, you can freeze these doughnuts for up to 3 months. Be sure to place them in a freezer safe bag or container before freezing.

Can I make these without a donut pan?

You can make these without a donut pan by using a mini muffin tin. Grease the tin with cooking spray and fill each cup about 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until they are golden brown and spring back when pressed with your finger. 

Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts on a plate next to a black and white fabric pumpkin

More Donut Recipes

If you like doughnuts, give these recipes a try:

Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts Recipe

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Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts from Cake Mix

Corinne Schmitt
These Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts are an easy and delicious fall breakfast or snack!
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Doughnuts
Calories 305 kcal

Equipment

  • measuring cup and spoon
  • doughnut pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • gallon size Ziplock bag

Ingredients
  

  • 15.25 ounces white cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree

Glaze

  • 16 ounces cream cheese frosting
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and grease two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Whisk together the cake mix and pumpkin pie spice until combined.
  • Add the pumpkin puree and stir until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Transfer the batter to a gallon size bag and cut the corner off one end. Pipe the mixture into your donut pans.
  • Bake the donuts for 8 to 10 minutes, until the donut springs back when pressed with your finger.
  • Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for five minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • When the donuts are cool, prepare the glaze by heating the icing in the microwave in 15 second intervals until melted. Add the pumpkin pie spice and whisk to combine.
  • Dip each donut in the glaze and return it to the wire rack to cool.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1DoughnutCalories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gSodium: 324mgPotassium: 117mgFiber: 2gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 5884IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cake Mix Doughnuts, Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts, Pumpkin Donuts
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