Carrot Cake Donuts Baked

Soft and chewy baked carrot cake donuts are properly spiced and topped with tangy cream cheese frosting, and they’re done in under 30 minutes! Make my delectable carrot cake for dessert after eating these for breakfast.

This is April Fools’ Day. Who is not a lover of April Fools’ Day? [two thumbs up at self] This individual.

Pranks and hoaxes do not appeal to me. I like kidding around and being surprised, but I despise pranks. I don’t enjoy being executed, and I don’t like being the receiver of them. Undoubtedly, many people appreciate them, as seen by whole TV programs and YouTube channels devoted to them, but I simply don’t understand it. So much of what is going on in the world now seems to be a joke, yet it is all true. So I don’t think I need a day devoted to deceiving people.

Suggestion: Let’s call April Pleasant Surprise Day and simply do nice and great things for people.

I spend the whole day worrying that someone will do something to me! Is anybody else feeling this way? Fortunately, I now work from home and do not have to physically interact with anybody other than my husband and the cats, none of whom are very prone to committing pranks.

Those that thrive on this day commute with me. live There’s still a chance that one of my remote employees may do anything, but I’m determined to be hopeful. Thoughts and prayers to those who work.

I’m going to finish these baked carrot cake donuts I prepared over the weekend while I stay steadfast in my fortress of isolation. I had intended to create paleo carrot cake cupcakes, but discovered I didn’t have the necessary ingredients. So I decided to change the recipe to make it non-paleo (sorry) and to create some nice, sweet doughnuts.

Making baked carrot cake donuts

First and foremost, we used freshly grated carrots. I’ve said it before, and I’m serious about it. The store’s packaged shredded carrots are dry and tasteless. They’re going to ruin your doughnuts. That’s the end of the narrative.

Spend a few minutes cleaning, peeling, and grating your carrots. I just want you to be cautious with your hands because I love you and don’t want you to be wounded. If you don’t have a grater, acquire one like this (affiliate link) and use the bigger holes shown in the image below.

Second, they are baked rather than fried. I rarely never fried doughnuts at home (save for these maple bacon donuts), so they’re moist and chewy with a cakey texture.

To be honest, that’s how I enjoy my doughnuts. I prefer a cakey doughnut over the melt-in-your-mouth Krispy Kreme kind, but they are excellent on occasion.

They simply make me feel awful after I’ve finished eating. Maybe it’s because I eat 12 of them all at once? It can’t be it.

They’re coated in a cream cheese frosting that’s just sweet and tangy enough to compliment the doughnuts but not overpower them. The worst thing for me is biting into a doughnut and finding that the delicious icing has overpowered the donut itself.

If you don’t like the frosting, you can easily eat them without it. For a little something something, sprinkle powdered sugar or cinnamon on top.

I like to sprinkle chopped walnuts and pecans on top of mine. You may leave them out or simply do one nut at a time.

It adds a little crunch, which I like, but it also adds a little pizzazz to the aesthetic of the doughnuts. Well, the doughnuts want to seem elegant.

Can’t you just see the assurance that doughnut exudes? Can’t you tell how put-together it is?

Because you already know that if you look nice, you feel good. And these doughnuts are delicious.

Some need more flair than others, and it has nothing to do with whether or not someone dropped a fork on top of them, leaving a large depression that the icing only partially covered.

It has absolutely nothing to do with it. We’ll simply say that the doughnuts are a bit extra.

Baked Carrot Cake Donuts

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Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 15mins
Total Time: 25mins
Servings: 8to 10 donuts
    ✓ Read the recipe beginning to end
    ✓ Check oven calibration
    ✓ Check expiration dates
    ✓ Properly measure ingredients
    ✓ Check butter temperature


Moist and chewy baked carrot cake donuts are perfectly spiced and topped with plenty of tangy cream cheese icing – and they’ll be ready in less than 30 minutes! Eat these for breakfast, then make my irresistible paleo carrot cake for dessert.


  • Donut maker
  • blending bowls
  • Hand held mixer
  • Whisk
  • Bag of pastries (reusable)
  • Bags for pastries (disposable)


Carrot cake donuts:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • teaspoonsalt
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 room temperature egg
  • a cup of light brown sugar
  • cup choice of milk
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • peeled and grated carrots (around 3 carrots, depending on size)

Cream cheese icing:

  • 2 oz. room temperature cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • or chopped and toasted pecans (optional) cupwalnuts and


Carrot cake donuts:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • 4 tsp. ground cloves
    12 teaspoon salt, 12 teaspoon crushed ginger, 12 teaspoon baking soda, 12 teaspoon baking powder, 4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1
    Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and cloves in a medium mixing basin. Set aside.
    1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 cup chosen milk, 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, 1 tsp pure vanilla essence
    2 cup of light brown sugar 1
    With a hand mixer, blend the egg and brown sugar in a large mixing basin until mixed and caramel in color. Stir in the milk, oil, and vanilla extract.
    1 egg, 1
  • a cup of carrots

    Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just mixed. Stir in the shredded carrots until well mixed.

  • 3 full. Using a pastry bag is the simplest method to fill them (or a plastic bag with a hole cut into the corner). 13-15 minutes (14 minutes is ideal for me), or until set and golden. Let to cool for a minute or two in the pan, then remove from pan and cool entirely on wire racks.

    Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling each two-thirds full.

Cream cheese icing:

  • Cream cheese and butter should be combined in a medium mixing basin. Beat on high speed with a hand mixer until blended and smooth.
    2 oz. cream cheese, 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Add powdered sugar and beat again, first on medium speed and gradually rising to high speed to properly incorporate.
    1 cup granulated sugar
  • Pour in the milk 1 teaspoon at a time, pounding to blend after each addition, until you’ve achieved a dipping consistency (but not so thin thats its liquidy). If necessary, season with salt to balance the sweetness.
    1-2 teaspoons chosen milk 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dip the tops of each doughnut in the frosting, twisting them off as you go. Smooth the tops with a tiny spatula or knife.
  • or walnuts
    3 cups walnuts
    Serve with chopped nuts and enjoy!


  • Keep in an airtight container for no more than two or three days.
  • I have this Wilton doughnut pan (affiliate link), and I definitely suggest purchasing two of them so you don’t have to wait for the pan to cool, clean, and re-spray before baking the next batch.
  • You could eat them without the cream cheese frosting if you don’t want to use it. Top with powdered sugar or cinnamon if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1576IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

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Can you bake donuts instead of frying?

Do not use yeast or baking soda. I use a donut pan to make cooked doughnuts. Instead of frying doughnuts, bake them instead. There are also baked donuts that include baking powder.

Is it better to bake or fry doughnuts?

Is a baked donut recipe healthier than a fried donut recipe? They most certainly are. A conventional fried glazed doughnut has around 269 calories, however a baked donut has substantially less. The difference is that you won’t be dealing with any additional fat from frying oil when you bake.

Do baked donuts taste the same as fried?

They are velvety on the inside and outside. The texture is more compact, and there is no distinguishing flavor from deep frying. The color is also much lighter. Overall, the flavor was decent, and if you don’t want the calories of deep frying, as well as the added step and clean up, these are an acceptable option.

Why do cake donuts taste different?

It is primarily a leavening agent. Cake doughnuts are leavened with baking soda and baking powder, and yeast doughnuts are leavened with, you got it, yeast.

Are Krispy Kreme donuts baked or fried?

Krispy Kremes, like other doughnuts, are fried (cooked in oil). Frying quickly cooks the dough from the outside in, giving the doughnuts their unique crispy texture.

Are Dunkin donuts baked or fried?

These doughnuts are indeed fried in oil. That wouldn’t taste nearly as wonderful if they didn’t. They used to cook them in trans-fat oil, but now they use 0% trans-fat vegetable oil.

Are Starbucks donuts baked or fried?

Starbucks is a traditional doughnut (prepared with baking soda and cooked in an oven), but Krispy Kreme is a fried yeasted dough.

What is the difference between a cake donut and a regular donut?

Cake doughnuts are generally (but not always) smaller, with a puckered tiny hole, since they lack the honeycomb structure of huge yeast bubbles. The old-fashioned doughnut, a subset, always has a cracked, rough surface, and the sides splay out like flower petals in the most traditional varieties.

What oil do bakeries use to fry donuts?

For a donut maker searching for a locally based oil or something with a distinct taste character, interesterified soybean oil is a nice alternative to palm oil. The typical fats for frying doughnuts are lard and tallow.

What does Krispy Kreme fry their donuts in?

( cottonseed and canola oil) for 0 grams of trans fat per doughnut serving. All monoglycerides and diglycerides are derived from plants. There are also enzymes present. We utilize vegetable shortening (palm, soybean, and sunflower).

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