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baked carrot cake donuts with cream cheese frosting on baking rack
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Baked Carrot Cake Donuts

Easy Baked Carrot Cake Donuts made from cake mix and topped with cream cheese frosting are perfect for Easter Brunch or a special treat!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword 2 ingredient donuts, baked carrot cake donuts, cake mix donuts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 378kcal
Author Dee


For the donuts

  • 1 box carrot cake mix
  • 1 2/3 cups applesauce
  • dash of cinnamon optional

For cream cheese frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream or 2 tablespoons milk


For the donuts

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Spray donut pans with non stick baking spray
  • Mix cake mix and applesauce in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Add a dash of cinnamon, if desired
  • Spoon batter into a piping bag or a gallon freezer storage bag, and cut the tip off of one corner
  • Pipe batter into each cavity about two-thirds full
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until donuts bounce back lightly when pressed 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before removing to a baking rack to cool completely

For the frosting

  • Cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth
  • Add in the vanilla and stir until fully combined
  • Gradually mix in the powdered sugar
  • Stir in the whipping cream
  • Spread frosting over the donuts and top with sprinkles 


Add milk instead of whipping cream for a thinner frosting.
For thick frosting, omit  cream or milk.


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 77mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1mg