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Spiced Cake Doughnuts Recipe

Spiced Cake Doughnuts Recipe

As part of our family’s Halloween tradition, I make these delicious frosted doughnuts to serve with warm, spiced cider. Grated apples give them a scrumptious flavor and texture. —Katherine Nelson Centerville, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch + cooling YIELD:22 servings


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup grated peeled apples
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Colored sprinkles


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • 2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in apples. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • 3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
  • 4. In a small saucepan, bring brown sugar and butter to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Pour into a small bowl; let stand for 10 minutes. Add cream; beat until smooth. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition until frosting achieves desired consistency. Frost doughnuts; top with sprinkles. Yield: 22 doughnuts.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 511 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 713mg sodium, 94g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 111907
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"My family loved these!!!!! I am going to make them when my parents come to visit. My 6 year old could not get enough of them. I put the left overs in a bag and she ate them all week before school. I did put some in cinnamon and sugar and frosted the others never put sprinkles on them. My husband who hates frosting even liked the frosting."

Cake2939 User ID: 6014588 159625
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"I was looking for a spice cake doughnut recipe, and I stumbled across this. They looked so YUMMY. Here is a little tip, for the 1/2 cup buttermilk, if you do not have buttermilk, don't worry. Add 1 Tablespoon to the 1/2 cups of regular milk, and wait about 5 minutes. It gives the acid that the baking powder and baking soda need to make the doughnuts "puff" up slightly when you fry them."

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 143757
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"Can you make the batter the nigh before or would that be too long?"

Kayla Sue User ID: 1933498 143747
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"We LOVED these donuts. A bite of these sure beats Dunkin' D's anyday! I lost this recipe, but I'm so glad to have found it again. I'm goign to make them the day after Thanksgiving when we are putting up our Christmas tree :D"

blessedwoman__SoOregon User ID: 28652 111894
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2008

"I just made these Christmas Eve. They are awesome. I did not frost them, just cinnamon-sugar and powdered sugar. I will use the frosting recipe for a cake."

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