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Carrot and Orange Baked Donuts

Think of these Carrot and Orange Baked Donuts like a light and vibrant take on carrot cake.  The donuts are soft and moist and each bite showcases sweet carrot and bright citrus.  The creamy orange glaze brings all the flavors together in this easy, small batch donut recipe. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked, Carrot, Donuts, Glazed, Orange
Servings: 6 Donuts
Author: Erin Cernich

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest from half an orange
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice from half an orange
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk, any kind
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup fresh carrots, grated
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

Creamy Orange Glaze

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk or cream only the coconut solids from the can
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar more or less to taste
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest more or less to taste

Instructions

Creamy Orange Glaze

  • Make the glaze first.
  • Canned coconut milk or cream - We are only using the coconut solids from the can. I recommend refrigerating the can at least overnight. This helps the coconut solids and liquid to separate in the can.
  • In a small bowl, add the cream cheese and coconut solids. Use a hand held mixer and beat on medium speed until the mix is smooth and creamy. Add the orange zest and powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add more or less zest and powdered sugar to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Donuts

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Spray each donut cup with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  • In a small mixing bowl or large liquid measuring cup, add the sugar, orange juice, zest, milk, egg, vanilla extract. Whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the wet ingredients and the melted butter to the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to fold the batter until no dry streaks remain. Add the grated carrots and fold until just incorporated.
  • Spoon equal amounts of the batter into the donut wells, and smooth the batter with the back of the spoon. You can also transfer the batter to a piping bag and pipe into the donut wells.
  • Bake for 14 - 16 minutes, or until the tops of the donuts spring back when lightly poked with your finger. Cool the donuts in the pan set on a wire cooling rack for 5 minutes then transfer to the wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once the donuts are completely cool, glaze the donuts. Either dip the donuts into the glaze, or smooth it on with an offset spatula. The donuts are best enjoyed the day they are baked. Enjoy!