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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts (Two Ways!)

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts – Spiced pumpkin cake donuts with a marbled vanilla and salted caramel glaze. Sweet, a little salty, perfect for fall, and 100% vegan!

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts (Two Ways!)It took me a long time to get into caramel.
I used to haaate caramel. It ruined desserts for me. And then in culinary school, I tried salted caramel and EVERYTHING CHANGED. I know a lot of people try to avoid salt when they can, myself included. And you should! Except when baking. Never be afraid of salt when baking. Honestly since culinary school I’m like PUT SALT ON TOP OF COOKIES, PUT SALT ON DONUTS! Which brings us to here.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts (Two Ways!)

I, like most people in the world right now, am craving anything pumpkin. And I’m always craving donuts, which is another thing it took me a long time to get into. But I LOVE these salted caramel pumpkin donuts. The pumpkin cake is dense and perfectly spiced, the caramel flavor is sort of subtle, but I like that. Caramel has a tendency to be overwhelmingly sweet and while yes, these donuts are very sweet, it’s not overwhelming like a regular caramel would be.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts (Two Ways!)

I’m sure you’ve seen videos over the past year of people dipping galaxy donuts or marbled cookies. This is basically the same thing except that it’s CARAMEL.

How to Make Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts:

The “Two Ways” comes in because there’s two ways you can do the glaze on these donuts. The first way is to put the vanilla glaze in a shallow dish, thicken the caramel sauce with some powdered sugar, drizzle it over the vanilla glaze, and dip the donuts.
OR!
You can put the vanilla glaze in a shallow dish and drizzle the straight caramel sauce over it. The first way will end up more like a ‘frosting’, and the second way will end up more like a thinner glaze. You can tell the difference in the photo below, the white ones are the ones with the ‘frosting’, the darker brown ones have the thin glaze. I hope this makes sense, my brain is all scrambled today. I should have made a video or something.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts (Two Ways!)

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts (Two Ways!)

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Donuts
Servings: 12
Author: Brit Wolfe

Ingredients

Pumpkin Donuts

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup nondairy milk, such as Silk
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. nondairy milk, such as Silk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, such as Earth Balance
  • 2 Tbsp. nondairy milk, such as Silk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, & cinnamon. Add the brown sugar and mix well.
  • Add the nondairy milk, pumpkin, coconut oil, & vanilla and mix well.
  • Pour into a greased donut pan and bake 14-15 minutes until golden brown.

For the vanilla glaze:

  • Mix the powdered sugar, nondairy milk, & vanilla, and mix well until no lumps remain.

For the salted caramel sauce:

  • Add the brown sugar, butter, nondairy milk, and salt to a small saucepan. Bring to boil and let boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, add the vanilla, and stir continuously for 3 minutes.

To decorate:

  • Method 1: Add the vanilla glaze to a shallow bowl. Combine the caramel sauce and the 1/2 cup powdered sugar and mix well until no lumps remain (you may not use all of the caramel, so just add it gradually until it's the consistency you want). Drizzle the caramel glaze over the vanilla glaze, gently marble the two together, and dip the donuts.
  • Method 2: Add the vanilla glaze to a shallow bowl. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the vanilla glaze, gently marble the two together, and dip the donuts.

Recipe adapted from Food52

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts (Two Ways!)

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts (Two Ways!)

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