My homemade baked pumpkin donuts are a three-ingredient miracle. But what makes this delicious cake donut recipe a winner is how simple it is to make — great taste in half the time.
Yes, it’s true! You too can make a batch of these delicious pumpkin donuts with only a box of yellow cake mix, a can of pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice mix. And, you don’t need any eggs or yeast!
Fall is just around the corner, or at least that’s what the calendar says. And, what goes better with Fall than pumpkin everything. In only a few weeks, the internet and Pinterest will be crawling with pumpkin recipes, but none better or easier than these baked donuts. So get a head start on the crowd and whip up a batch of these simple cake donuts today.
Most donut recipes call for yeast, and all that entails, or want you to pull out the fryer and oil. Not so with these beauties. The best part besides the taste is they are baked, not fried. Mix up the dough, pop them in a pan and in fifteen minutes you will have a batch of ridiculously good pumpkin donuts, and no oil splatter anywhere.
Believe it or not, not only do these baked donuts have fewer calories and take less time to make than regular fried donuts, they are delicious! My husband ate three! Of course, all in the name of being the official taste tester. Not only that, but he ate the remnants from the batter bowl and beaters as well. Sometimes I wonder if I need to bake anything, he loves batter so much!
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How to make homemade pumpkin donuts:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Add a box of dry yellow cake mix, pumpkin puree and the pumpkin pie spice mix to a large bowl.
Use an electric mixer and blend all ingredients.
Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Place the batter in a gallon-size storage bag and snip the end with scissors. Seal the bag and pipe the mixture into the donut pan.
Bake the donuts for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the donuts out on a wire cooling rack to cool.
If you only have one donut pan, repeat as needed with the rest of the batter.
Serve the donuts warm for breakfast or a snack.
Sharon’s Expert Tips:
This donut batter is stiff. However, if you think your mixture is too thick, add a tablespoon or so of heavy cream or milk.
These pumpkin donuts are delicious as they are. However, if you would like to add a topping, combine several tablespoons of granulated sugar with one teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice mix or one teaspoon cinnamon. Brush the tops of the donuts ever so lightly with melted butter, then dip them into the sugar and spice mixture.
No pumpkin pie spice mix, no problem! Combine one tablespoon cinnamon, one teaspoon ginger, and one teaspoon ground nutmeg. Voila, pumpkin pie spice mix!
I ordered my donut pan from Amazon. If you don’t have a donut pan, you can use a mini-muffin pan. Be sure to coat it with non-stick cooking spray before adding the batter.
I have tried various methods of filling the donut wells with batter and using the plastic bag to pipe it in seems to work best. You could also use a regular piping bag and a large piping tip. I’ve also tried to use just a spoon, but it takes forever and makes a mess.
**Next time you need something quick, easy, and delicious for breakfast, try these donuts. And, if you do make them, please come back and leave a star rating and a comment to let me know how you liked them!**
Easy Baked Pumpkin Donuts - 3 Ingredients Recipe
- 15.25 oz yellow cake mix
- 15 oz pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add the box of dry cake mix, pumpkin puree and the pumpkin pie spice mix to a large bowl.
- Use an electric mixer and blend all ingredients.
- Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the batter in a gallon-size storage bag and snip one pointy end with scissors. Seal the bag and pipe the mixture into the donut pan.
- Bake the donuts for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the donuts out on a wire cooling rack to cool.
- If you only have one donut pan, repeat as needed with the rest of the batter.
- Serve the donuts warm for breakfast or a snack.