Two of my favorite fall flavors are caramel and apple. When they are combined it’s even better! Making Baked Apple Donuts with Caramel Glaze is a delicious way to add a taste of fall to your mornings or as a sweet treat any time of day.
Starting with a cake mix means you can make a batch of these tasty treats quickly and easily.
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A couple of years ago, I made baked Butter Pecan Donuts around the holidays and they were a hit.
To bring together two of my favorite fall flavors, I changed the recipe a little and these are even better than the butter pecan ones.
Easy Baked Apple Donuts for Fall
To make these donuts you’ll only need a few ingredients.
- Boxed Cake Mix
- Caramel Sauce
All of the ingredients are combined in one bowl and mixed together until well blended. You can use a mixing spoon or electric mixer. I used a wooden spoon for these. The batter will be thick.
The key to making baked donuts is having the right pan. A donut pan makes it easy to get perfectly shaped donuts every time. Make sure to use baking spray generously in each of the wells.
*Tip-Place a large piping bag into a glass. Add the batter to the bag, add a chip clip to the top of the bag, and snip off the tip of the bag. Squeeze the batter into the prepared donut pan wells.
Using a pastry bag makes it much easier to get the batter into the donut pans than spooning it in. Fill each of the donut wells about ¾ of the way full.
After preheating the oven, they need to bake for 10 minutes. Check for doneness and add a couple of more minutes to the baking time if needed. Don’t over bake or you’ll have crumbly, dry donuts.
Remove the donuts from the pan and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow the donuts to cool for at least ten minutes before adding the caramel topping.
There are a couple of different ways to make the topping. One is to make it from scratch using my recipe for Caramel Frosting. That would give you a thicker, creamy topping. While I’m sure that would be delicious on these, I wanted a quick and easy method. What could be easier than using caramel sauce?
I recommend using Torani Puremade Sauce for this. It has more flavor than some of the other brands and you can taste the difference. Pour some sauce into a small bowl and stir just a little.
Once the donuts have cooled, turn each donut upside down and dunk the top into the caramel. Flip over and place on a wire rack with parchment paper or a baking mat underneath to catch any drips for easy clean-up.
If you want to add some fall sprinkles to the top, do that next.
I decided to dress the donuts up a little with a fall sprinkle mix. I found this at Walmart. I love the combination of colors in the mix.
Using caramel sauce as a glaze means they are going to stay sticky, so I placed the donuts into cupcake liners to keep them separated before storing. You might want to eat these with a fork or plan on some sticky fingers!
These can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week, but chances are they won’t last that long!
Baked donuts don’t have quite the same texture as fried ones, but they are light and moist.
This recipe will make 18 donuts. That’s a lot of donuts, so they are great for sharing!
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Baked Apple Donuts with Caramel Glaze Topping
Supply List for Baked Donuts
- Donut Pans
- Piping Bags
- Cooking Rack
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Baking Mat or Parchment Paper
Baked Apple Donuts with Caramel Sauce Topping
Easy to make baked donuts starting with a cake mix.
- 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1 Cup Sweetened Applesauce
- Caramel Sauce for Dipping
- Fall Sprinkle Mix (Optional)
Preheat oven to 425°
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well blended. If using electric mixer, mix on medium for about 2 minutes.
Pour batter into a large piping bag. Add a chip clip to the top of the bag and snip the tip of the bag.
Generously spray donut pans with baking spray.
Using the piping bag, fill each donut well 3/4 of the way full.
Bake for 10 minutes. Check for doneness using a toothpick. Add two minutes if needed.
Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack with parchment paper or baking mat beneath it. Allow to cool for at least ten minutes.
Pour caramel sauce into small bowl. Turn each donut upside down and dip into the sauce. Flip over and place on cooling rack.
Add sprinkles if desired.
Place in airtight container for storing.
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