This super easy pumpkin donuts recipe only requires three basic ingredients you might have in your pantry! A perfect pumpkin flavored treat to dive into fall with, that will have you enjoying the flavors of the season. This pumpkin donut with powdered sugar uses a boxed cake mix, to make it easy to whip up.
Pumpkin is one flavor that I can’t get enough of, and not to mention that it is a superfood packed full of nutrients our bodies need. So when the weather starts to cool off, I make any excuse I can to whip up these pumpkin donuts with powdered sugar. They are simple, easy, and downright scrumptious down to the last crumb.
Be sure to check out even more Thanksgiving Recipes with some of my favorite pumpkin and caramel desserts!
Easy Baked Pumpkin Donuts
One thing I always say is to learn where to cut out some corners when it comes to baking. I love homemade, but sometimes using a boxed mix, and pairing with other ingredients can give you that homemade taste with less of an effort. These baked pumpkin donuts are really light and moist, and so addictive. Rolled in powdered sugar offers that perfect element of sweet. I have even dipped these donuts in butter and did a cinnamon and sugar dip instead of powdered sugar, and that turned out awesome as well.
Adding in the cinnamon or pumpkin spice seasoning will give you that pumpkin spice donut flavor. Without the seasoning, you will have a more mellow but still tasty pumpkin donut. I am the type that loves pumpkin spice, so I always opt in for the tasty pumpkin spice mix.
Baked Pumpkin Donuts
I love making baked donuts over frying them. I love the cake-like texture they have. We bought a donut pan a few years back and it really changed our lives. It was like we were able to make donuts in a hurry for a breakfast without having to run out to the store. Whip up some homemade icing or top with sprinkles. Check out my other favorite donut recipes.
How To Make Easy Pumpkin Donuts
Ingredients for Pumpkin Donuts:
- 1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (OPTIONAL)
- 1 Can of Libby’s Canned Pumpkin
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
Directions for Pumpkin Donuts:
In a bowl mix your cake mix and canned pumpkin together. If you choose to opt in for the cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, add that in as well.
Place batter in a Pastry Bag and cut off the end so you have about a 1/2″ opening.
Pipe batter into a Baked Cake Donut Pan.
Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400 Degrees.
Next, place your hot donuts in a bag with powdered sugar, and shake to coat the donuts.
Note: If you add in the cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice seasoning to the batter, it will give you a pumpkin spice flavored donut.
Pumpkin Donuts Recipe with Powdered Sugar!
- 1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix
- 1 Can of Libby's Canned Pumpkin
- 1 Cup of Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie seasoning (OPTIONAL)
- Combine Cake Mix and Canned Pumpkin in a bowl and stir until well mixed
- Place batter in a Pastry Bag and cut off the end so you have about a 1/2" opening
- Pipe batter into a Baked Cake Donut Pan
- Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400 Degrees
- Place Hot Donuts in a Paper Bag filled with the Powdered Sugar and shake well until donuts are coated.
- Note: You can add 1/2 tsp. of Cinnamon to the batter if you would like more of a Pumpkin Spice taste but my kids loved these with just the powdered sugar!
Quick, easy, and minimal effort goes into these perfectly sweet baked pumpkin donuts.
What is your favorite donut flavor?
I liked the recipe very much!
Could you use lemon pie filling instead of pumpkin?
Do I have to use yellow cake mix or can I use white? If there is a reason to use yellow no biggie…
I have not tried white personally, but if you do and want to come back and leave me a comment about how it turns out that would be great!
Do we mix cake mix as directed on the box & include the can of pumpkin or do we just mix the two?
You don’t mix the cake mix as the box says, just the dry cake mix and the can of pumpkin :)
These look delicious. Can I make them in a mini muffin pan (like donut holes) instead? :)
You could definitely try it, although I haven’t tried that myself. If you do, let me know how it turns out!
Made these today. A dozen doughnuts and 4 muffins (with the batter left over.) We used spice cake instead of yellow. The six year old did it pretty much by herself. How much fun! And how very yummy!
What size can of pumpkin are you using? We have 2 different sizes available in Canada.
15 ounce can