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Pumpkin Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

Delicious, lightly-sweet baked pumpkin donuts with an easy homemade cream cheese frosting

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword baked cake donuts for fall, how to make cream cheese frosting for donuts, how to make pumpkin donuts from scratch, pumpkin spice donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 9 donuts
Calories 296 kcal



  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter melted (you can also use oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • cup butter softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a nonstick donut pan with oil and set aside. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, and sea salt in a large bowl.

  2. In another bowl, combine pumpkin puree, brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until just combined and you have a uniform batter with no dry pockets.

  3. Transfer batter into a pastry bag or ziploc bag with one corner snipped off and pipe into prepared donut pan.

  4. Place pan onto middle oven rack and bake for about 12 minutes or until tops of donuts are very slightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center donut comes out clean. Place donuts onto cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Add all frosting ingredients to a bowl and beat with a hand or stand mixer until and smooth. Frosting should be thick but spreadable.

  2. Place one donut, upside down, into bowl of frosting and gently press until halfway submerged. Twist the donut horizontally then lift it straight up out of the bowl. Repeat with remaining donuts until all are frosted.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 186mg8%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 4476IU90%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.