Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

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Doughnuts. Oh how I love you! Particularly if you are gourmet. Or cake doughnuts.

You know this to be true since you have seen me bake or fry a few of them here and there: Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze, Mojito Doughnuts, Jelly Doughnut Holes… I could talk about this doughnut biznass all day with you. Completely normal, right?

Before we get to the Carrot Cake Doughnut, and all of its yumminess, lemme tell you where it came from.

Because I am totally student council material, I need to be in every club that I can find! For that reason, I joined The Secret Recipe Club! The concept is simple; you are assigned a blog and you must choose a recipe from that blog to post on your blog. You make it or bake it, but can’t share it with that blogger, or anyone else for that matter, (it’s a *secret*) until reveal day, which happens to be today.

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Life’s Simple Measures was my assigned blog. The author behind the blog is Jess. This was my first time visiting her blog so I took the time to go through just about every recipe on her site. And man does she have some delicious stuff to share! There’s Pies, 7-layer Magic Bars, Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting!

It’s been a few months since my last doughnut creation, thus when I saw a doughnut recipe on her site, I had to have it!

I should share that I didn’t want to come near a carrot cake until maybe 5 years ago. The thought of a vegetable in a cake did not appeal to me. Until that one day… I don’t know what got over me, but I thought, fear no more, take that bite! And I did. Oh my Gah, I fell in love with carrot cake.

The texture is awesome. The taste, pretty awesome. The frosting, super freakin’ awesome!

Put all that awesomeness in a baked carrot cake doughnut and you’ve got the best darn doughnut, ever! The Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting is da bomb!

I could not stop myself. I ate 4 of the 18 doughnuts. You know, just for taste. In case I needed to adjust a thing or two.

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If you don’t have a doughnut pan, yet, go and get one. You’ll love yourself for it. I know fried doughnuts rule, but baked doughnuts aren’t bad… not at all. They rock my world! They should be rocking yours, too.


Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

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WW Freestyle: 9
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts frosted with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting and topped with Toasted Walnuts.
Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 178


For the Carrot Cake Doughnuts:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 stick butter , softened
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2/3 cup crushed pineapple , drained, reserve 4 tablespoons juice for the frosting
  • 2/3 cup finely shredded carrots

For the Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tablespoons butter , softened
  • 4- ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 4 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Toasted chopped walnuts for garnish


For the Carrot Cake Doughnuts

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Lightly grease the doughnut pan; set aside.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl sift together the flour, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.
  • In your mixer's bowl cream together the butter, light brown sugar, and salt.
  • Add egg, vanilla, and yogurt; beat until smooth.
  • Set the mixer to low and slowly add in the flour mixture.
  • Stir in pineapple and carrots.
  • Spoon the mixture into a piping bag or a ziploc bag and pipe batter into prepared pan, filling only 1/2 way up the doughnut cavities.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Cool doughnuts in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack.

In the meantime prepare the Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In your mixer's bowl cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Pour in the pineapple juice and powdered sugar; continue to beat until completely blended and smooth.
  • Frost the doughnuts and top with chopped, toasted walnuts.

Toasted Walnuts

  • Add the chopped walnuts to a frying pan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until toasted and fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes.


Adapted from Life's Simple Measures
Nutrition Facts
Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 151mg6%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 985IU20%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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39 Responses
    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Oh wow! Thanks Maryann!! This recipe has been printed by thousands of people… I hope they knew what to do… eeeek!

  1. Jeni

    I made these this morning, OMG! So, so good! I used 1 c all purpose flour and 1 c whole wheat, and light butter and fat free cream cheese (because I’m trying to eat lighter), they turned out fantastic! I was nervous because the batter was so thick, but not to worry. Thanks so much for the recipe! We gobbled up a half dozen right out of the oven.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Awesome!! I’m so glad you loved them! I am jotting down your tips… I’ll definitely make them a bit lighter next time so I can down 8 instead of stopping at 4! πŸ˜€

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I feel like I need to buy donut pan so that I can make baked version. Because of deep fried donuts, I rarely go buy donuts (and I love them too). I’ll be hooked to make baked version for sure… this carrot cake donuts sounds amazing, and I love your pineapple cream cheese frosting. Never thought pineapple and carrot combination. Oh I wish I could eat this!

  3. Kate | Food Babbles

    These doughnuts look amazing! All your photos are fantastic but that first shot is just outstanding! Love the pineapple cream cheese frosting on these too. Lovely!

  4. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Mmmm….Carrot Cake is my absolute fave for indulgent cakes…spicy, moist and creamy frosting? Now, in a baked doughnut? With pineapple juice in the frosting? HELLO! And, come to Momma! So glad you finally caved & tried Carrot Cake, Kate! Nom… xo

  5. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    Wow, Kate. LOVE these doughnuts. And since they’re baked, I get to eat the entire batch, right? πŸ™‚

  6. Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures}

    So very glad to see you made these donuts and enjoyed them! I agree with you, that frosting is ridic! Glad to be part of SRC with you!

  7. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)

    Carrot cake is one of my faves – it is so moist and flavorful. Turning it into doughnuts is such a good idea! It makes it okay to eat cake for breakfast!

  8. Ramona

    These doughnuts look so good!! I can just imagine sinking my teeth into them and tasting all that cream cheese frosting and pineapple. Wow… these are the things that make up my fantasies these days…. πŸ™‚

  9. Nancy R

    Oh I love carrot cake…..but these carrot cake doughnuts look amazing. What a great idea!
    Gotta buy a doughnut pan immediately!

  10. heather

    Oh, carrot cake donuts, you look amazing. Perhaps I need to dig that doughnut pan back out of my cabinet and make some!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Oh I could have taken all 18, but I had to share them with my very pregnant friend … she was ready to tackle me for the rest of them! πŸ™‚

  11. Valerie

    Wow! Methinks your doughnuts have completely blown mine out of the water. Thanks. πŸ˜€

    These look spectacular!! And they’re baked so eating half the batch is pretty okay, yes? πŸ˜‰

  12. Taking On Magazines

    I’ve resisted buying a doughnut pan simply because of that 4 out of 18 thing. I might as well just glue them to my hips. Every time I look at them, like the amazing ones you made, I almost give in. They look so delicious.

  13. Averie @Averie Cooks

    Ive been reading Jess’ blog for a couple years and she has some gems on her site! Buried treasure recipes that I love discovering – like these donuts! I love carrot cake so much and bet that in donuts it’s awesome!

  14. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    Just the title had my mouth watering! These sound amazing! Saving this one for sure, great choice!

  15. Serena

    I agree! Gourmet or cake donuts all the way …for this dietitian! (:
    Looking forward to making your ‘da bomb’ of a recipe! Just found your site thru SRC! Love!

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