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These Baked Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting are a real treat! They are healthier than traditional donuts and perfect for a Spring brunch or Easter dessert. Incredibly moist and flavourful!

Baked carrot cake donuts with cream cheese frosting. A few are on the counter and few are on a cooling rack.

Hi friends! It’s Ashley from The Recipe Rebel back with you again with some baked donuts.

I know the real donut fanatics are probably wondering how good a baked donut can actually be, but once you get the right recipe, I guarantee you’ll jump on board πŸ™‚

Closeup of Baked Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting. A few on a cooling rack and a few on the counter.

When I first got my donut pans, I had a big recipe flop and put them away for a long time. But once I busted them out and perfected my recipe, I definitely became a believer! I started with these Lemon Blueberry Donuts and never looked back.

Donuts are such a fun treat for breakfast or brunch (these would be perfect for your Easter get togethers!), even without frosting. I have a hard time holding my kids off long enough to get any frosted! I think they’re suckers for the fun shape πŸ˜‰

Closeup of a couple Baked Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting on a counter.

But since the only reason for anyone to eat cake with vegetables in it is the frosting, we’ve slathered these in a creamy, tangy cream cheese frosting.

Frosting holds up better than a glaze on donuts, which means you can easily make these ahead of time and store in the fridge or freezer completely frosted. Just pull them out a couple hours before you need them and you are good to go! No one will ever know they’re not fresh out of the oven πŸ˜‰

You can mix things up by adding in some raisins or toasted coconut into the donut batter, but I like to keep these simple and just sprinkle with a little toasted coconut on top. It adds a fun little crunch and goes perfectly with the carrots and cream cheese!

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Baked Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 1 vote
By: Ashley Fehr
These Baked Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting are a real treat! They are healthier than traditional donuts and perfect for a Spring brunch or Easter dessert. Incredibly moist and flavourful!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 14 donuts



Cream Cheese Frosting:



  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and spray donut pans with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together butter and oil. Whisk in sugar until combined.
  • Add milk, eggs, vanilla and whisk until combined. Stir in carrots.
  • Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and nutmeg and stir until combined.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pans or use a large piping bag, filling about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on high speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth -- this might take 4-5 minutes.
  • Spread on cooled donuts and decorate as desired (I used toasted coconut!). Serve.
  • Leftovers may be stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days or in the freezer up to 3 months.


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Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 121mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 265IUCalcium: 49mgIron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Ashley Fehr

Ashley loves all kinds of food: easy, healthy dinners, extravagant desserts, baked goods, and homemade breads! She believes in enjoying everything in moderation and strives to find ways to make her favorite foods a little healthier (including sneaking in those veggies occasionally!)

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  1. 5 stars
    Very nice recipe chef πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘. Delicious πŸ˜‹. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024 πŸ₯‚πŸ©. Thank you for your effort 😎🌞

  2. Hello! If I want to make these as mini donuts, how would I adjust the time/temp? Thank you! Looks like a great Easter treat!

  3. Hi there! I’m looking to make a blueberry white chocolate cheesecake. Do you have a recipe for that?

    1. MMM! That sounds delicious! I will have to come up with a few ideas. At this time I don’t have a recipe for that or similar. Thanks for following along with me! I will have to give it a try! XOXO