Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts

Recipe by Alyssa Rimmer

These tender, moist doughnuts are baked, not fried — which means they're a piece of cake to make (pun intended). Having friends over for breakfast, and not sure who's eating gluten-free (or dairy free, for that matter)? These treats are the perfect solution.

15 mins
15 to 17 mins
30 mins
12 to 14 doughnuts
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two standard doughnut pans.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.

  3. Whisk in the flour and xanthan gum until smooth.

  4. Fill the wells of the doughnut pans about 3/4 full (about 1/4 cup of batter in each well).

  5. Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 17 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

  6. Remove the the doughnuts from the oven and let them cool in the pan for about 3 to 5 minutes. After they've cooled a bit, loosen their edges, and transfer them to a rack.

  7. While the doughnuts are still warm coat them in cinnamon sugar. You can do this by hand, just rubbing each doughnut with the sugar coating, or you can gently shake them in a bag with the cinnamon sugar.

  8. Return each doughnut to the rack and cool completely before enjoying. Store in a partially covered container at room temperature for several days. Enjoy as is or slightly reheated.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Want to use fresh pumpkin purée rather than canned? It’s simple to make your own; see how it’s done.

  • Be aware: Some of your baking ingredients can be a hidden source of gluten. Learn more at our blog post: For gluten-free baking, think beyond just flour. For additional information on King Arthur-produced products, read the complete details of our allergen program, including our contact-prevention practices.