Pumpkin Cake Donuts

Cake donuts made with pumpkin puree and spices


  • For the donuts:
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin — homemade (see below) or canned
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Oil for frying (2″ deep)
  • For decorating:
  • slivered almonds
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • powdered sugar
  • red and yellow food color
  • green food color


  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk the wet ingredients together in another bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet.
  4. Combine gently until a soft dough is formed.
  5. Refrigerate one to 24 hours.
  6. When ready to fry, heat the oil to 355 degrees F.
  7. Use a spoon to scoop out small balls, about 1 teaspoon at a time, and roll them between your palms to make them rounder. The dough will be a little soft and stick to your hands but it’s worth it to get some awesome donuts.
  8. Carefully drop them into the oil and fry for about 4 minutes, turning them if you need to to get both sides really browned.
  9. Remove with a slotted spoon and set them to cool briefly on a rack. (Try one now before you fry all of them to make sure they are cooking all the way through! You may need to adjust your time or temperature.)
  10. While they are still warm, toss them in colored sugar* to coat.
  11. Put them back on the rack and insert a slivered almond into the top of each one.
  12. Using a spoon as a dipping vessel, twirl the almond sliver in green icing** to coat.
  13. Serve ASAP to all your ghouls and goblins.
  14. *Colored Sugar:
  15. Put into a jar 3/8 cup regular sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 12 drops yellow food coloring, 3 drops red food coloring. Shake the heck out of it until the color is a nice bright orange throughout. Add 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and shake it some more.
  16. **Green Icing:
  17. In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon water, 1 drop green food coloring

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