Pumpkin spice donuts are a delicious and festive fall treat. But they can also be time-consuming and difficult to make. This recipe is for a simple and easy-to-follow pumpkin spice donut recipe that only requires 4 ingredients!
Are you ready to dive in and start cooking? Me too! But I'm going to warn you that once you make these you'll want to pair them with some of our apple cider donuts! These donuts also pair well as a breakfast treat with our pumpkin pecan pancake bites!
4 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Donuts
- silicone donut pan
- 1 box spice cake mix or yellow cake mix
- 1 15- ounce can pumpkin puree - not pumpkin pie filling
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- Cinnamon spice coating
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a donut pan.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, cake mix, and pumpkin spice seasoning. Mix until well combined.
- Pour batter into prepared donut pan.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until donuts are cooked through.
- Allow donuts to cool completely before frosting.
To whip up a batch of these delicious pumpkin spice donuts, you'll need the following:
See recipe card for quantities.
Here's a step-by-step guide to making your delightful 4 ingredient pumpkin spice donuts:
Gather your ingredients: spice cake mix or yellow cake mix, pumpkin puree, sugar and pumpkin spice
mix your ingredients together
Place your batter in a silicone donut pan. Bake the donuts then remove the donuts from pan once they have cooled slightly.
In a bowl, mix your pumpkin spice and sugar together. Sprinkle over the donuts, then serve.
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a donut pan with cooking spray. This recipe typically makes 12 donuts
Step 2: Mix the Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, combine the canned pumpkin puree, cake mix, and pumpkin pie spice. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to blend the ingredients until you have a smooth batter. The mixture should be thick yet pourable.
Step 3: Fill the Donut Pan
Carefully spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan, filling each cavity about two-thirds full. Smooth the tops with the back of a spoon for even baking. I also like to place my batter in a plastic bag and snip the corner of it off. I will pipe the batter into the pan.
Step 4: Bake
Place the donut pan in the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. The donuts are ready when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The baking time may vary slightly based on your oven, so keep a close eye on them.
Step 5: Cool and Enjoy
Once the donuts are baked to perfection, remove the pan from the oven and allow the donuts to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Afterward, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Lightly toss the donuts with your sugar and pumpkin spice mixture if desired.
You can easily make these gluten free pumpkin spice donuts with just a few simple substitutions!
To top your donuts you can use our pumpkin spice and sugar topping but you can also try some of these variations:
- Pumpkin spice frosting: Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, ¼ cup butter, ¼ cup pumpkin puree, and ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice seasoning. Mix until smooth and creamy then frost the top of each donut.
- Cream cheese frosting: Mix 2 ounces of cream cheese, 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk or water until smooth. Frost the top of each of your donuts.
- Powdered sugar: Toss each baked donut in powdered sugar.
You will want to use a donut pan to make your donuts. I like using a silicone baking pan.
Store these donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze these donuts for up to 3 months. Simply thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before frosting and serving.
Certainly! While canned pumpkin puree is convenient and has a consistent texture, you can use fresh pumpkin. Just make sure to cook and puree it until it reaches a smooth consistency. Freshly roasted or boiled pumpkin works best.
Yes, you can make these donuts without a donut pan. Simply pour the batter into a greased and floured muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can create your own by mixing ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger in equal parts. Adjust the quantities based on your personal taste preferences.
Pumpkin Spice Donuts are delightful both warm and at room temperature. The warm donuts are soft and inviting, while the room temperature ones have a slightly denser texture. It's a matter of personal preference, so enjoy them the way you like best.
Yes, you can prepare these donuts in advance. Bake them, allow them to cool, and store them in an airtight container. You can even freeze them for longer-term storage. When ready to serve, thaw them at room temperature or briefly warm them in the oven.