Carrot Cake Baked Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Carrot Cake Baked Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting are an easy donut recipe that is perfect for Easter brunch or a Spring party! Perfectly moist and slathered in a tangy cream cheese frosting. The best way to get your vegetables!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 14 donuts
Calories 297kcal
Author Ashley Fehr


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 150g
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large carrots peeled and shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of nutmeg

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces light cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 package
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered icing sugar



  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and lightly grease your donut pans. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together butter and oil. Add sugar and whisk 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 just until combined.
  • Spoon or pipe batter into prepared pans, about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center 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 until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth -- this might take 4-5 minutes but it will come together!
  • 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


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 148mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 35.3% | Vitamin C: 0.6% | Calcium: 6.4% | Iron: 7.2%