Carrot Cake Baked Donuts


Breakfast & Brunch Easter High Altitude Naturally Colorful Desserts No Seed Oils Spring | Published April 14, 2022 by Mimi Council

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These Carrot Cake Baked Donuts are easy carrot donuts that you can make for Easter! This recipe is quick and simple and can be made the morning of! Try these moist and fluffy Carrot Cake Baked Donuts this weekend!

If you're looking for more baked donuts recipes, check out my Baked Vanilla Donuts, Baked Donuts with Chocolate Fudge Glaze, or my Maple Pecan Baked Donuts.

carrot cake baked donuts
carrot cake baked donuts

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Twist on a Classic: If you're looking for something else besides carrot cake then you will love these Carrot Cake Baked Donuts! These are similar to carrot cake, but baked up in a donut mold. That makes them perfectly acceptable for breakfast on a holiday weekend.

Easy AF: These easy carrot donuts come together quickly in one bowl using a hand mixer (or your stand mixer!) you can use whatever you prefer for this recipe, making it really simple. And, they can be ready in an hour! That makes them a simple recipe for Easter brunch that you can make the morning of!

Moist & Fluffy: These Carrot Cake Baked Donuts are moist, fluffy, and topped with a maple cream cheese icing and a carrot chip. Carrot cake is basically a brunch item, in my opinion, and now it really is with these Carrot Cake Baked Donuts!

If you are looking for a carrot cake for dessert, I have quite a few that would be amazing for Easter. My Frosted Carrot Loaf Cake, Honey Apple Carrot Cake, Brown Sugar Carrot Cupcakes, or my Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing would all be amazing carrot cake options for this weekend too!

carrot cake baked donuts

Ingredients

Homemade Organic Light Brown Sugar

Organic Valley Cream Cheese

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Frontier Co-Op Baking Powder

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Frontier Co-Op Organic Ginger

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Real Coco Organic Coconut Milk

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Organic Carrots

Wholesome Sweeteners Powdered Sugar

Organic Maple Syrup

Rythm Carrot Sticks

carrot cake baked donuts

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

USA Pan Donut Pan

Piping Bags

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carrot cake baked donuts

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Step 2

To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the light brown sugar and cream cheese, mix on low until combined then continue to mix for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. 

Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and fine sea salt in that order. Next add the egg, coconut milk, melted butter, and grated carrots on top and mix on low until combined into a stiff batter. Transfer to a piping bag. 

Step 3

Lightly grease the donut pans with olive oil cooking spray (or butter, coconut oil, or canola oil). Pipe the batter into the pans. (If you don't have a piping bag, you can just spoon batter into the pans as well).

Step 4

Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the pans.

Step 5

To make the icing: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, cream cheese, and maple syrup and whisk to combine into a smooth icing.

Using a butter knife of spatula spread glaze on top of each donut and top with dried carrots and walnuts.

carrot cake baked donuts

FAQ's

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, you can easily make these ahead of time. Just be sure to store in an airtight container in the fridge because of the cream cheese icing.

What if I don't have a piping bag?

If you don't have a piping bag, you can put batter into a zip bag and cut a hole out of the corner and pipe them that way. But, you also just spoon batter into the donut pans too!

What if I don't have a donut pan?

Well, you cannot make baked donuts without a donut pan! This batter is similar to a muffin batter, so you could make them into muffins instead, but you'd need a muffin pan.

What other toppings can I use?

Feel free to add naturally colored sprinkles on top, these would also be a great topping. Unsweetened fine shredded coconut, chopped walnuts or pecans, would also be delicious toppings as well.

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carrot cake baked donuts

Carrot Cake Baked Donuts

Mimi Council
These Carrot Cake Baked Donuts have a cake-like texture, they're topped with a sweet glaze and a carrot chip!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Makes 12 donuts
Calories 336 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Batter

Icing

Topping

  • Rythm Carrot Sticks

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the light brown sugar and cream cheese, mix on low until combined then continue to mix for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and fine sea salt in that order. Next add the egg, coconut milk, melted butter, and grated carrots on top and mix on low until combined into a stiff batter. Transfer to a piping bag.
  • Lightly grease the donut pans with olive oil cooking spray (or butter, coconut oil, or canola oil). Pipe the batter into the pans.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the pans.
  • To make the icing: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, cream cheese, and maple syrup and whisk to combine into a smooth icing.
  • Using a butter knife of spatula spread glaze on top of each donut and top with dried carrots and walnuts.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

High Altitude — Bake at 400°F for 8 to 12 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 278mgPotassium: 158mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 2362IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg
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