October 25, 2013

Foodie Friday Pumpkin Spice Cake Donut

I have a confession, this is a bit of a cheater recipe, but hey we all need a cheater recipe every now and then, right?

Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup egg white
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 box spice cake mix


This is really a super easy recipe. I took the cake mix box and just made a few adjustments. I knew you could use apple sauce in place of oil so I figured why not use pumpkin?? I did a quick internet search to validate my hypothesis and I was in luck!! According to the internet you can in fact substitute pumpkin for oil, good to know.

The box calls for 3 eggs, but I only had 2. Then I noticed an * on the bottom of the box and a web address to make the cake “cholesterol free”, and for this particular mix it said to use 5 egg whites, which according to my carton was about a cup. Woo hoo my donuts were saved, and I cut even more fat from the recipe!

The box also called for 1 cup of water, but since I wanted my donuts to be a little denser/ drier then a cake to make them more donut like so I cut the liquid in half. I also couldn’t decide if I wanted to make apple cider donuts or pumpkin so I figured I’d just combine them and subbed apple cider for the water.

You just mix all the ingredients together and pour the batter into a donut pan. They run around $10 and you can get them at most hobby stores, and there are usually 40%-50% off coupons for these stores floating around so you can get them for $5-$6. I would suggest getting 2 so that you can bake a dozen donuts at once. DSCF1986If you want your donuts to look more donut like only fill your pan about half way, not like the photo above. ;) Then you simply bake according to the boxes directions for cupcakes. For this particular brand it was 350* for 15-20 minutes. DSCF1990

This is what they look like when you fill the pan a little too full. They still tasted great! But looked more like a bagel then a donut. DSCF1992

This is what they look like when you only fill the pan half full.

This round I was able to make 16 donuts, but if I had filled all the pans only halfway I am sure it would have been closer to 2 dozen.


I was trying to keep these on the healthier side so I opted to not ice them. I think next time I will try a caramel cream cheese icing. So look for a recipe retake sometime next month.

Since next Friday will be the start of a new month I will be starting a new theme!! My theme for November is going to be fall baking, and up first is an apple crisp, because it just isn’t fall without one.   


  1. Our local donut shop has a delish pumpkin donut. It is also very unhealthy and full of fat so I might have to try this version instead!!!

    1. Oh the unhealthy full of fat ones taste the best!!

  2. Yum! I need a donut baking pan asap! :)

    1. Yes you do!! ;) I have a regular one and a heart shaped one.