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baked pumpkin donuts with cream cheese on wire rack
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5 from 2 votes

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

Soft baked pumpkin donuts are filled with fall spices, and topped with a creamy maple-cinnamon cream cheese frosting. A healthier alternative to fried donuts that is easy to prepare, and fun to make with kids!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 177kcal


Pumpkin Donuts

  • 1 cups all purpose flour (125 g; fluffed, spooned & levelled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 large egg
  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup pumpkin puree
  • cup milk

Maple-Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cream cheese {brought to room temperature}
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract
  • heavy cream {as needed to thin out frosting}


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease a standard donut pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, beat eggs lightly, and mix in brown sugar, stirring until no lumps remain. Stir in the pumpkin, milk, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until smooth.
  • Spoon into the greased donut pan, filling ⅔ full.
  • Bake for 8-11 minutes, until donuts spring back to the touch.
  • Cool 5 minutes in pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Frost when cooled.

Maple-Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, beat until smooth.


Do not frost donuts until just before eating. Donuts will keep in a sealed container for up to three days, while frosting will keep in the refrigerator.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1730IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg