The Little Epicurean

Oct 06 2014

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Mini Baked Pumpkin Donuts with cinnamon glaze | the little epicurean

These mini pumpkin donuts are like the comforting embrace of an old friend.

This past Saturday, I attended the wedding of one of my dearest college friends.  She found and married an equally sweet, charming, and loving man.  I’m so unbelievably happy for them!

I love weddings.  I can’t help but tear up at every one I attend (even when I’m just a plus one and I know nothing about the couple).  To me, there is just something so magical about the ceremony.  There’s something endearing and courageous about two people that are willing to declare in front of close friends and family that they’ve found the one.  To proclaim and promise out loud in front of all these witnesses that you’re going to stay with said person for the rest of your life, that’s one big commitment.  I’m a firm believer in promises.  One’s word is all you have.   If people can’t trust your word, what can they trust?

Mini Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Glaze | the little epicurean

Anyway, it’s the hopeless romantic in me that believes a happily ever after is possible for everyone.  So back to these donuts… another reason I love weddings is because I get to see old friends!

These pumpkin donuts are like those kind of friendships that pick up right where you left off, no matter how much time has passed.  The comfort and familiarity of old friends… that’s what these pumpkin donuts remind me most of.

Mini Baked Pumpkin Donuts | the little epicurean

I can no longer deny that October to upon us.  Even though it was well over 100 degrees this weekend, pumpkin season is definitely on.  I guess it’s about time I join the bandwagon.  I’ve made pumpkin donuts in the past, but this is a new and improve version.  Plus, I like this version better because of all the pretty sprinkles!

These donuts are moist and full of pumpkin flavor.  They have a nice kick of spice and just enough sweetness to make them oh so inviting.  And since mini baked donuts are so tiny and cute, there is no guilt involved in eating half a dozen or so.  I promise.

Mini Baked Pumpkin Donuts with cinnamon glaze | the little epicurean

Print Recipe

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Glaze

These baked pumpkin donuts are moist and full of autumn flavors. They have a nice kick of spice and just enough sweetness to make them everyone's favorite
fall treat!

Yield: about 4 dozen mini donuts


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly whisked
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, slightly cooled

Cinnamon Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup, grade B
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare pastry bag (piping bag) with a small round tip.  Lightly grease mini donut pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside.  In a another bowl, combine buttermilk and melted butter.  Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine brown sugar, sugar, pumpkin puree and eggs.  With the mixer on low, add dry mixture in three additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture.  Mix until just combined.
  4. Fill prepared pastry bag with batter.  Pipe batter into prepared mini donut pans, filling molds a little over half full.  Bake for 13-15 minutes until cake springs back to touch.  Let cool in pan for 2 minutes before unmolding.  Let donuts cool to room temperature on wire rack before glazing.
  5. Cinnamon Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup and milk until smooth.  If glaze is too thin, add confectioners' sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. If glaze is too thick, add milk 1 teaspoon at a time.  Dip one side of cooled donut into glaze.  Place dipped donut on a wire rack, iced side up.  Sprinkle desired toppings over glaze.  Let donuts sit until glaze has set, about 10 minutes.

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Mini Baked Pumpkin Donuts with cinnamon glaze | the little epicurean

[Sources: Mini donut pan | Amazon, Disposable pastry bags | Amazon, Assorted sprinkles | Target and Michaels]

22 Responses to “Baked Pumpkin Donuts”

  1. October 6, 2014
    9:04 pm

    Glad there are still some hopeless romantics left in this world! It certainly makes for a better place. And of course, donuts make things better as well. These look great. I’ll take a dozen!

  2. October 7, 2014
    5:37 am

    The wedding sounds beautiful. I wish your friend many years of happiness.
    The donuts are magnificent! I could eat devour 10 of these without thinking about it. Pinned!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Jen! I don’t want to count how many of these donuts I ate! ;)

  3. October 7, 2014
    6:31 am

    These look super cute and so delicious!!!!

  4. October 7, 2014
    9:35 am

    It has been way too hot! Doesn’t feel like fall at all. But I am with you, I just have to ignore the weather and get on with the pumpkin baking. :) Love these cute donuts. I bet they are super moist and sweet. Love the shiny fall color sprinkles!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      It is bad that I’m hoping we have a long winter? I REALLY really want to start wearing sweaters!

  5. October 7, 2014
    1:13 pm

    I always cry at weddings, too. These little donuts look beautiful and delicious — I love the variety of sprinkles!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Suzanne! I always cry, but I always forget to bring tissues!

  6. October 7, 2014
    3:34 pm

    These baked donuts look incredible! totally could devour a couple right now.. loving all the glaze and spinkle action going on too! Great recipe!

  7. October 7, 2014
    5:17 pm
    Ebu Villanueva says...

    I always look forward to reading your lovely, exciting posts and looking at those beautiful photos of delicious, yummy food. These pumpkin donuts look so good! Here definitely is a fan!!!…And yes I love weddings too!

  8. October 7, 2014
    6:43 pm
    Min says...

    weddings..oh man…I always have kleenex on hand – Raccoon eyes are not ok. These pumpkin donuts are soo adorable..and once again, your gosh, Maryanne! I just want to reach in and grab the whole plate! And of course, love the sprinkles..and more importantly, baked donuts! Since I don’t fry at home this is perfect! Pinning!!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Min! lol, raccoon eyes are definitely a no-no! :)

  9. October 7, 2014
    9:28 pm

    I love how very PUMPKIN-Y these are, can’t wait to make them!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Carla! I need to consume as much pumpkin as I can before November!

  10. October 8, 2014
    2:23 am

    You HAVE to open a donut stand with these donuts. Or at least bring them as the dessert for a fall wedding (can you imagine?!). The sprinkles bump these up to some of the prettiest donuts I’ve ever seen.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      I need to have fresh made-to-order donuts at my wedding. Forget the wedding cake. People love donuts!

  11. November 12, 2014
    5:24 pm

    Yummm! I just got some donut pans so am browsing for donut inspirations. This looks delicious! I love that you made these as mini donuts – so cute!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks! I hope you try them out! These are one of my favorites :)

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