Baked Applesauce Cake Donuts with Cinnamon-Vanilla Glaze

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Yield: 18 Donuts 1x
  • Category: Breakfast or Snack


Light and flavorful Baked Applesauce Cake Donuts with Cinnamon-Vanilla Glaze are a fun and unexpected twist on the classic cake recipe.



For the donuts:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce (about 16 ounces)
  • 1 cup rolled oats

For the glaze and topping:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tsp unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Granola (optional for topping)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray donut pan with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, baking soda, powder, salt and spices.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on, beat butter and dark brown sugar for 3 minutes, or until lightened in color. Add eggs one at a time; stir to combine. Add molasses and vanilla extract, and stir until combined. Add applesauce and combine. Add flour/spices mixture slowly to mixer, on low, scraping down sides with spatula until evenly combined. Add rolled oats, stir until combined.
  3. Pour batter in ¼-cup scoops into donut pan. Evenly spread into donut indentations, and wipe off any extra batter that falls on the center of the hole.Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  4. While donuts are baking, make glaze: whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract, coconut milk, and cinnamon until combined.
  5. Let donuts cool for 15 minutes. Run a butter knife or small spatula around the rim of the donuts and turn out onto cooling rack. Let cool completely. Once cooled, drizzle glaze on each donut; top with granola, if desired.