Carrot Cake Donuts

I do believe that it is carrot cake season (if that’s not a real thing, it should be). I thought it would be fun to incorporate the flavors of carrot cake into donuts. The result was delicious! A nice, soft donut topped with an amazing cream cheese frosting. Garnish with chopped pecans for a nice crunch!

059 066Carrot Cake Donuts           Printer-Friendly Recipe

From: Spoonful of Sugar
Makes: 12 Donuts in a standard-sized donut pan
Prep Time: About 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15-18 minutes

Ingredients

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1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of cloves
1 egg
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heaping 1/2 cup of shredded carrots

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon milk
Around 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Pecans, for garnish (if desired)

Directions

To make Donuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Sift together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a large bowl.  Stir in the brown sugar until clumps are gone.  In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, egg, milk, and vanilla.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Fold in the shredded carrots. Spoon into the prepared baking pans, dividing evenly between each donut mold.

Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, until the donuts are set and a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before removing from pan and placing on a wire rack.

For topping

Combine the cream cheese, milk, & powdered sugar in a small bowl. Stir together until smooth, add additional milk or powdered sugar based on your desired consistency. Dunk or drizzle cooled donuts into the cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle with chopped pecans, if desired. Refrigerate any leftovers. Enjoy!

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.

Stir in the brown sugar, try to work out all of the clumps.

Stir in the brown sugar, try to work out all of the clumps.

In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, vanilla, and butter.

In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, vanilla, and butter.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until combined.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until combined.

Shred those carrots. I zipped mine through the food processor.

Shred those carrots. I zipped mine through the food processor.

Fold in the shredded carrots.

Fold in the shredded carrots.

Grease donut pans.

Grease donut pans.

Spoon in the donut batter.

Spoon in the donut batter.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the donuts are set and turning golden brown. Remove from oven & cool in pans for a few minutes. Then cool completely on a wire cooling rack.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the donuts are set and turning golden brown. Remove from oven & cool in pans for a few minutes. Then cool completely on a wire cooling rack.

Prepare cream cheese frosting by mixing all of the ingredients together until smooth.

Prepare cream cheese frosting by mixing all of the ingredients together until smooth.

 

When the donuts are cool, they are ready to frost.

When the donuts are cool, they are ready to frost.

I drizzled some of them & dunked the rest and topped with chopped pecans. Enjoy!

I drizzled some of them & dunked the rest and topped with chopped pecans. Enjoy!

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