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 297 kcal
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



  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and lightly grease your donut pans. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together butter and oil. Add sugar and whisk until combined.
  3. Add milk, eggs, vanilla and whisk until combined. Stir in carrots.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and nutmeg and stir just until combined.
  5. Spoon or pipe batter into prepared pans, about 3/4 full.
  6. 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:

  1. 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!
  2. Spread on cooled donuts and decorate as desired (I used toasted coconut!). Serve.
  3. Leftovers may be stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days or in the freezer up to 3 months
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Baked Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Potassium 148mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Sugars 21g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 35.3%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 6.4%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.