Carrot Cake Donuts

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If you happen to run out of eggs, never fear! You can still make some amazing baked Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting! Turns out, I don’t need no stinkin’ eggs! These cake donuts are moist, fluffy and hold together like a champ…even without eggs! My Carrot Cake Donuts are a nod to the The Best Carrot Cake Recipe. So delicious! Top it off with a little (or a lot) cream cheese frosting and no one will know you’re a hot mess. Except for when they look at you. Then it’s game over.

Eggless Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting...because I'm pregnant and keep forgetting to buy eggs! From www.laurenslatest.com

Carrot Cake Donuts|With Cream Cheese Frosting

The other day, I ran out of eggs so I added it to my grocery list…like any normal person would do. Then I actually went to the store and forgot to get them. Pretty sure I walked by the dairy aisle 14 times without thinking twice about it. I also forgot bread, green peppers and goldfish crackers that trip too. Oh, and I constantly forget to get razor refills too.

Anyways, when I went to make this recipe yesterday, guess what smart, blonde, pregnant lady got half way through without thinking she had no eggs? So, I adapted it to be eggless. I’m so quick on my feet. 😉

Main Ingredients Needed

This Carrot Cake Donut recipe is an easy baked donut that you’ll want to make again and again! Start out by gathering these ingredients:

  • Brown sugar– used to sweeten the batter.
  • Canola oil– oil keeps the carrot cake donuts nice and moist. Any light colored oil will work like vegetable or grapeseed oil.
  • Milk– this base mixes with white vinegar to make homemade buttermilk.
  • White Vinegar– the acid to the milk mixture.
  • Vanilla– a classic ingredient that adds a subtle vanilla flavor
  • Flour– helps add structure.
  • Baking soda + baking powder– these are leavening agents used in this recipe.
  • Salt– balances out all of the other flavors.
  • Cinnamon + nutmeg– a couple of warm spices that work well together and compliment the carrots.
  • Carrots– grated! These are carrot cake donuts, after all. 🙂

For the Frosting:

  • Butter– softened. If you use unsalted butter just add a pinch of salt later.
  • Cream cheese – softened. This is where all of that delicious tangy cream cheese flavor comes from.
  • Powdered sugar– to sweeten and help thicken.
  • Vanilla– for flavoring!

How To Make Carrot Cake Donuts|Directions

Here are the step by step directions to make Carrot Cake Donuts. Scroll down for the printable recipe card.

Step 1: Prep

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Step 2: Combine Wet Ingredients

In a large bowl, stir brown sugar and oil together. In a separate bowl, stir milk, vinegar and vanilla together and set aside. The vinegar will help with the whole no egg situation.

Step 3: Combine Dry Ingredients

In another bowl, stir flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together until combined.

Dry ingredients

Step 4: Combine Wet & Dry With Oil Mixture

Alternate whisking wet and dry ingredients into the sugar and oil mixture. Once batter forms and all ingredients are incorporated, stir in carrot.

Step 5: Bake

Divide evenly between 8 doughnut cavities in pan and bake! Feel free to lick out the bowl because that’s right! NO EGGS, ya’ll! Cool 5 minutes in pan, then invert pan and remove. Set aside to cool completely.

Step 6: Make Frosting

For frosting, whip butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together until smooth.

cream cheese frosting

Step 7: Add Frosting

Once doughnuts are cool, frost with cream cheese frosting. Serve.

carrot cake donut with cream cheese frosting

Storing Carrot Cake Donuts

Carrot Cake Donuts will retain their fresh taste for 3-4 days, in an airtight container at room temperature.

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We LOVED these and gobbled them right up! These would be a fun breakfast treat on Easter morning! Below is the printable recipe card. Be sure to print/pin/save/bookmark/share this recipe! Enjoy, friends! 🙂

5 from 6 votes

Carrot Cake Donuts

If you happen to run out of eggs, never fear! You can still make some amazing baked Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting.
servings 8 doughnuts
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients

for the frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir brown sugar and oil together. In a separate bowl, stir milk, vinegar and vanilla together and set aside.
    sugar with butter
  • In another bowl, stir flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together until combined.
    dry ingredients
  • Alternate whisking wet and dry ingredients into the sugar and oil mixture. Once batter forms and all ingredients are incorporated, stir in carrot.
    batter
  • Divide evenly between 8 donut cavities in pan and bake 10-12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, then invert pan and remove. Set aside to cool 20 minutes.
    batter in baking pan
  • For frosting, whip butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
    cream cheese frosting
  • Once donuts are cool, frost with cream cheese frosting. Serve.
    carrot cake doughnuts with cream cheese frosting

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2037IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrot Cake Donuts

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21 Responses
  1. Tieghan

    OK, that is it! I NEED to get a donut pan! All these baked donut recipes are killing me! When I do get a pan, this recipe is first on my list!

  2. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    They look terrific Lauren and I’m sure you do too even though you might to feel it right now 🙂

  3. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such

    I’m always looking for a good egg substitute, my hubs is allergic to them. So, your hot messiness helped me!! Thanks :0)

  4. [email protected] ThousandStoryKitchen

    Thank goodness I’m not the only one who can’t make it through a shopping list- of course, I’m not pregnant, so I have no excuse. It happens to me all the time! These doughnuts look loverly and delightful and just might end up on my easter breakfast table- YUMMY!

  5. Shannon

    Where did you get your donut pan, it’s awesome. Also, thanks for forgetting the eggs because I am on a hunt to find yummy eggless recipes as it turns out my 2 year old is allergic. Hang in there, just wait ’til you have a cute bub to love on!

  6. Karly

    I forget to buy razor refills on purpose so that I can have an excuse for being all prickly. I don’t think my husband even notices when I shave anymore. I mean, we’ve been married 13 years. It’s not like he can get snippy about hairy legs now, can he? (Say no.)

    Love these donuts. I currently have 8 million eggs in my fridge, because I keep forgetting that I already purchased some for Easter egg dying. We should really just live next door to each other. I’ll keep you in eggs, you keep me in donuts, and our husbands can commiserate about our hairy legs.

  7. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    Can you have pregnancy-brain when you’re not pregnant? Cause this happens to me all the time and I get the eye roll of the century every time I come back and have to go right back to the store the next day. Hopeless.
    Also – these. I just want to dip these donuts into the frosting like a spoon. Killin’ me!!

  8. Mimi @ Culinary Couture

    Lol I would have just sat there and cried when I realized I had no eggs. I may or may not have done it before.

  9. Bridget

    Keep the eggless recipes coming! My sister has an intolerance to eggs and carrot cake is her favoirte. I can’t wait to make this for her.

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  11. Jamie

    I don’t know if it’s just me lol but I don’t see the instructions to make this into a cake. If you advise that would be great! Love your recipes 🙂

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