Carrot Cake Donuts

Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes of all time.  These baked Carrot Cake Donuts are just like having cake for breakfast.

These easy baked donuts are the perfect way to enjoy carrot cake for breakfast.
It makes me feel like I am eating a healthy dessert because:
A. there are carrots in it
B. there is pineapple in it
Last time I checked, carrots and pineapple are still healthy foods…
that makes these carrot cake DONUTS healthy :-)
YAY! A yummy healthy breakfast coming right up.  
These easy baked donuts are the perfect way to enjoy carrot cake for breakfast.
Ok, fine.
You got me.
These donuts I made aren’t really healthy at all.
But they do have carrots, pineapple, AND yogurt in them,
so they can’t be all THAT bad for you.
These easy baked donuts are the perfect way to enjoy carrot cake for breakfast.
“Veggies are a must on a diet.
I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie” Jim Davis
I love this quote…
it is now my life motto :-)
Power to the VEGGIES!!!
Carrot Cake Donuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 18 large donuts

Carrot Cake Donuts

Homemade carrot cake donuts topped with a cream cheese glaze


For the Donuts
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. vanilla yogurt
2/3 c. crushed pineapple, drained (save juice)
2/3 c. shredded carrots
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour
For the Frosting
4 oz. cream cheese
4 tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. pineapple juice
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. chopped walnuts


    For the Donuts
  1. Cream butter, sugar and salt. Add the egg, vanilla and yogurt and beat until smooth. Stir in the pineapple and carrots.
  2. Sift the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and baking powder. Slowly beat into the butter mixture.
  3. Fill a bag with the donut mixture and snip a corner off. Squeeze into donut pan cavities filling 1/2 full. Bake at 375* for 10 minutes. Cool a few minutes in the pan and remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For the Frosting
  5. While the donuts are cooling, beat the cream cheese, butter and pineapple juice. Slowly add the powdered sugar until smooth. Dip the cooled donuts in frosting and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
These easy baked donuts are the perfect way to enjoy carrot cake for breakfast.
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  1. says

    I love all these donut recipes as I have a donut pan which I love. I also like your new blog design and that the recipes are so easily found. Now if only you had a print option ~ or am I missing it somewhere?

  2. says

    Okay, so THIS recipe will get my husband to eat a donut. I make them and he’s all “no thanks I’ll eat this totally tasteless bowl of bran flakes.” But if I made carrot cake donuts? I don’t think he could resist. I will win this one. 😉

  3. says

    I do like a good tasty slice of carrot cake every now and then. I also have a weakness for donuts. Based on that, it looks like you have pulled together something that I would definitely enjoy. Very unique and delicious creation here. Thanks for sharing this one-definitely a winner.

  4. My Crowded Kitchen says

    Just came over from Mandy’s Recipe Box. Excuse me, while I salivate all over your blog.:) These look to die for! I’m crazy for anything carrot cake related. I’m so thankful that gaining weight doesn’t happen by looking at pictures,because if it did, I’d be 10 pounds heavier! Thanks for sharing. Glad I found you!

  5. stephanie says

    Are these best the same day they are made? I would like to make them the night before to bring to work. They look so amazing!!

    • says

      You can definitely leave the pineapple out, but I think you are going to need another liquid in place of it. I would try adding 1/3 cup buttermilk instead and see how that works.


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