Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts

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5 from 1 vote
Pumpkin Donuts with Salted Caramel glaze are incredible. It is the perfect fall dessert that you can eat for Breakfast! These donuts will make you a donut lover for life!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
cooling time: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts

This Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts with Salted Caramel Glaze recipe is a hit for so many reasons. For example, thirty minutes from start to finish. to make and you can have them any time of day from breakfast to an after dinner snack.

Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts stacked up.

Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts with Salted Caramel glaze are incredible. It is the perfect fall dessert that you can eat for Breakfast! These donuts will make you a donut lover for life!

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What We Love About This Recipe

Some things just scream fall and all that it embrasses. These donuts do that with their tasty pumpkin flavor accented by decadent caramel. It personifies fall. Kids will love that you make them donuts from scratch.

  • Fast: Mix up in 5 minutes and bake for 15.
  • Easy Ingredients: All super easy ingredients found in the pantry or easy access at the grocery store.
  • Family Friendly: The smell will draw them into the kitchen to try.
A tower of donuts.

Ingredient Notes

  • Spice Cake Mix: A boxed cake mix. Or use white cake mix and add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves to taste. No need for egg or other ingredients.
  • Pumpkin Puree: Canned pumpkin puree.
  • Torani Salted Caramel flavored syrup: Or any caramel sauce you enjoy.
Pie filling and ingredients to make pumpkin pie.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts

These are the basic steps for making pumpkin cake doughnuts. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition facts.

STEP 1: PREP

First, Preheat oven to 350 degrees then whisk or use an electric mixer to mix together cake mix, pumpkin and water in a large mixing bowl until no lumps remain.

STEP 2: PAN

Second, spray mini donut baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Next, use a piping bag, pipe to fill the donut baking pan.  Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire cooling rack.

STEP 3: GLAZE

Stir together sugar and syrup in a medium bowl. If mixture is too thick, add small amounts of syrup until desired consistency is reached. Finally, spread glazed on slightly cooled donuts. 

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Make the batter the night before and keep in the refrigerator overnight. Make the glaze and keep in an airtight container.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the donuts in an airtight container or in a zip top bag.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze the donuts in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to six months.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Use a sugar free syrup and a sugar free cake mix.

WHAT IS A CAKE DONUT?

A cake donut, like these Baked Pumpkin Donuts are made with a cake batter and use baking powder and/or baking soda and therefore has a light but cake like consistency. A yeast donut, however, is made with yeast and has a soft, tender with a slight fermented flavor. To learn more about donuts, check out this interesting article.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT SYRUP?

Of course, they actually have a pumpkin pie flavor, gingerbread or even coconut would be great for this donut.

CAN I USE A DIFFERENT CAKE MIX?

Really, you can use your imagination, try plain vanilla, pumpkin or even chocolate to make chocolate cake mix donuts for this bake donuts recipe.

Donuts with a bite taken out.

Expert Tips for Making This Easy Cake Mix Donuts Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and make for a party.
  • Used Different Syrup Flavors: Lighten it up by using a sugar free syrup.
  • Decorate: For a party decorate the cupcakes with cute little decorations.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Air frying is a great option for this recipe.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Gluten free cakes are a great swap for this recipe.
  • Pumpkin Spice: Add pumpkin pie spice for even more spicy goodness.
  • Sprinkles: Use colorful sprinkles or candies or chocolate chips.
  • Icing: Try using a cream cheese or chocolate frosting for the donuts.

What to Serve with Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts

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Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts
5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Cake Mix Donuts with Salted Caramel Glaze

Yield: 12 people
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
cooling time: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Pumpkin Donuts with Salted Caramel glaze are incredible. It is the perfect fall dessert that you can eat for Breakfast! These donuts will make you a donut lover for life!
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Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1-18 oz boxed spice cake mix
  • 1-15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons water

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Torani Salted Caramel flavored syrup

Instructions

Donuts

  • Stir together cake mix, pumpkin and water until no lumps remain.
  • Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Use a piping bag to fill the donut baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until until a tooth pick, inserted into the center, comes out clean.

Glaze

  • Stir together sugar and syrup. If mixture is too thick, add small amounts of syrup until desired consistency is reached.
  • Spread glazed on slightly cooled donuts.

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Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and make for a party.
  • Used Different Syrup Flavors: Lighten it up by using a sugar free syrup.
  • Decorate: For a party decorate the cupcakes with cute little decorations.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Air frying is a great option for this recipe.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Gluten free cakes are a great swap for this recipe.
  • Pumpkin Spice: Add pumpkin pie spice for even more spicy goodness.
  • Sprinkles: Use colorful sprinkles or candies or chocolate chips.
  • Icing: Try using a cream cheese or chocolate frosting for the donuts.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 5517IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute, breakfast, dessert, donut

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