It was only about a year ago that I had made donuts at home for the first time, and now you could say I am a little obsessed. This recipe combines my love for all things pumpkin and the ecstatic joy of fresh donuts all wrapped in a pretty little package. These Pumpkin Spiced Cake Donuts have me falling in love with the idealistic slow weekend morning where the smell of fresh baked goods fill the air and hot
So go ahead and put on your favorite Saturday morning chill tunes and dig right into this recipe. Brew that big pot of coffee. And don’t worry about getting out of your
Want more fall goodness? Take a look at this tasty recipe from my friend Sarah at Salt Jar, her Sweet and Spicy Apple Pie is a great way to put that fall farmers market haul to work. Or if you live in the south and it is still a HOT fall for you, check out this fantastic Creamy
How do you make Pumpkin Donuts?
What I love about this recipe is that I feel like really anyone could make it. You will also be surprised at how easy it is. They come together in 5 minutes and then just have to rest a little bit before frying.
This recipe would be considered a straight dough method. That means that you basically add all the ingredients into the bowl and mix. Making it quick, easy and completely satisfying.
After the dough rests for 1 hour, you roll it out on a floured surface and cut them. You can use two sized cutters or a special donut cutter. I have even considered just making donut holes sometimes.
Once your dough has rested and is cut, your ready to fry! I like to use peanut oil to fry in because in my opinion it lends the best finished flavor. But you can use anything you have on hand, veg, canola, etc.
When the donuts come out of the fryer let them cool slightly before dredging them in the pumpkin spice sugar. There is a bit of a fine line between them being too hot that the sugar melts to them and become wet and being to cold for it to stick. I usually let them sit about 5 minutes then being coating them in the sugar.
Now I haven’t tested it, but after working with this dough I do believe that I could have made these baked donuts, but I will work on giving that a try and report back soon.
Any way you choose to make these donuts they are sure to bring everyone together and melt hearts all day long! Well they do mine anyway! ?
You can also substitute freshly roasted pumpkin for canned, get my guide on “How to Roast a Pumpkin” here. It adds that extra layer of freshness that makes everyone go huh and treasure them even more!
Pumpkin Spiced Cake Donuts
- 2 medium Eggs
- 1/2 C Sugar
- 1/8 C Butter
- 1/2 C Pumpkin Puree
- 1/8 C Milk
- 2 C AP Flour
- 2 t Baking Powder
- 1/2 t Salt
- 3/4 t Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Peanut Oil or other frying oil
- 1/2 C Sugar
- 2 t Pumpkin Pie Spice
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add in the eggs, sugar, and butter and beat until light and fluffy.
- Turn the mixer to low and add in the pumpkin puree and milk.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Add in half the flour mixture and mix to combine. Stop the mixer and add in the remaining flour mixture and fold in using a spatula just until you no longer see any flour and a soft dough has formed.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour until well chilled.
- Remove the dough onto a well-floured surface and roll out to 1/3 inch thick. Cut the dough with a donut cutter or into any shape you desire. Reroll any scraps, 2 times is the max I roll, then I just fry the little bits and enjoy them as chef snacks.
- Heat the oil to 375 degrees and fry for 3-4 minutes each, until browned, turning only once. Place on a paper towel lined baking sheet to remove excess oil.
- Mix 1/2 cup sugar and 2 t pumpkin pie spice in a bowl for coating the donuts in after they fry.
- Let the donuts cool for about 5 minutes, but while still slightly warm dredge them in the pumpkin spice sugar mixture.
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A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
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