Do you like donuts? I’ll admit, it’s not one of my favorite foods but mostly because I tend to eat too many. I do have my favorites though (Boston Cream & Maple Glazed) and like to treat myself every so often. I wondered though how difficult it was to make donuts at home instead of going out to buy them.
After some googling, I found a tasty recipe for baked donuts and decided that I would use that for my base.
And with my love for all things pumpkin spice, I also wanted to see how I could add that flavor into the mix. I also looked for a simple glaze recipe to make these extra tasty.
Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze
These donuts start from a box of cake mix- which also makes this a super easy dessert recipe. I opted to use spiced cake mix but I think this would also be pretty tasty with chocolate or vanilla.
And instead of using oil and eggs, I used canned pumpkin. That was partially for the pumpkin flavor but also because I wanted to see if the pumpkin would be too overwhelming.
I used a mini donut pan since I don’t have a full sized one. But that’s okay! Mini donuts means that they’re bite sized. But you could most certainly use a full sized donut pan if that’s what you have on hand.
After having some time to cool, they got a double dip in the maple glaze.
Honestly, now that I know how easy it is to make donuts (and that I can cheat a little and use cake mix), this might become a weekly experiment. Or at the very least a holiday and seasonal experiment. In fact, my stomach looks forward to making peppermint chocolate donuts in the very near future!
Super Easy Baked Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spice Donuts
- For donuts
- 1 box of cake mix I used spiced cake mix but you can use any
- 1/2 cup of pure pumpkin not canned pumpkin pie filling
- 1 cup of water
- For maple glaze:
- 1/2 stick of melted butter
- 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
- 5 tablespoons of confectioners sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a donut pan
- Whisk together cake mix, canned pumpkin, and water until combined
- Pour batter into a large gallon sized plastic bag (this makes it easier to fill the pan) and snip off a small portion of one corner.
- Squeeze donut mixture into pan until cups are approximately 1/2 full
- Bake for 12 - 14 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
- To make the glaze:
- In a small to medium sized bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, and maple syrup.
- When donuts are cool, dip and then dip again- turning side ways between dips to let extra glaze run off.
- Place back on cooling rack and repeat with remaining donuts.
Have you ever made donuts at home? How did they turn out?
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