Pumpkin Doughnuts With Sour Cream Icing

Pumpkin Doughnuts
Baked pumpkin doughnuts are just the thing for a Halloween fête—especially when they’re covered with a rich sour cream frosting and a smattering of orange sprinkles. Get the recipe. Photo: Levi Brown
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
12 doughnuts


  • Pumpkin doughnuts:

  • ½ cup canola oil, plus more for the pans

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  • ¾ teaspoon fine salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Sour cream icing:

  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

  • ¼ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • orange sprinkles (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly oil two 6-compartment doughnut pans* (or use 1 pan and bake in batches). Whisk together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not overmix).

  3. Spoon ¼ cup batter into each compartment of the prepared pans. Bake until the doughnuts are golden brown and spring back lightly when touched, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, sour cream, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over the doughnuts. Scatter on the sprinkles, if desired. Let set before serving. *You can find doughnut pans ($8 to $20 each) online, in cookware stores, and in some supermarkets. They’re about the size of a muffin tin.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

271 Calories
11g Fat
40g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 271
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 202mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 3g
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.