Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts

Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts that are topped with a delicious chocolate ganache topping.

In our family we love donuts, whether they are for breakfast or dessert, they are always a big hit.  I love any kind of donut with chocolate on top. Since it is fall, I decided to make a pumpkin donut.  I really like cake donuts, so I decided to make a pumpkin cake donut and of course I had to top it with chocolate.  I like baked donuts because at least I feel like I am eating a little bit healthier.
These Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts are fantastic.   Let me tell you,  the chocolate ganache is heavenly.  It is a great topping for the donuts.  I put it when the donuts were still a little warm, which made for a thinner more glaze like topping.  If you wait and let the ganache dry a little you can get a thicker chocolate topping.  The ganache was so good that I couldn’t stop eating the extra ganache .  My husband was doing dishes and asked if I was done with the ganache.  I promptly said no, even though all my donuts were dipped, and continued to eat the ganache with a spoon.  Healthy, no, but delicious, yes.
The donuts have great pumpkin flavor, but they are not overwhelming.  The chocolate chips in the donut and the chocolate ganache on top help to mellow out the pumpkin flavor and they go great with the chocolate. These donuts are great with coffee for breakfast or they are great for dessert, either way they are delicious and have great fall flavor.  These donuts are great for a taste of chocolate pumpkin flavor.

Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts

Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts


  • 1 box (18.25 ounces) white cake mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips + extra for garnish
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the white cake mix and the pumpkin puree together. Do not add the other ingredients listed on the back of the cake box. Then stir in the pumpkin pie spice and the mini chocolate chips.
  3. Grease the donut pan. Spoon the filling each cup about 2/3 of the way.
  4. Bake the donuts for 8-10 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool the donuts before removing from the pan.
  5. Chocolate Ganache
  6. Place the chocolate chips into a medium sized bowl. In a small saucepan, pour the cream in and bring it to a boil. As soon as the cream boils up to the top of the pan, quickly remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate chips. Let it stand for a minute or two then whisk until smooth. Stir in the vanilla until well blended.
  7. Once the donuts are cool, either dip the top of the donut into the ganache or spoon the ganache over the donut. Dip the donut in right away to get more of a glaze or let the ganache cool for a thicker topping. Sprinkle additional mini chocolate chips on top of the ganache, if desired.


Makes 12-18 donuts

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  1. OH. MY. WORD. These look dee-lish! Would love to have you share at our Super Saturday Link Party going on now!


  2. Me and my family are big fans of doughnuts too and these look delicious! That chocolate glaze is calling out to me. :)

  3. Loving how simple these baked donuts are, Alyssa! Especially with the ingredient, cake mix. I can just imagine these melting into my mouth! Already pinned onto the Show Stopper Sat party board. Thank you for linking this up to the party! (=

  4. thank you for sharing looks really yummy and I’m copying it to try it soon have a great day visiting from marvelous mondays hop I’m lorraine at

  5. I love these donuts Alyssa! I think they are so perfect for this time of year. I love that glaze!

  6. Yum! I like the idea of a thinner glaze. Pinned!

  7. I want to try pumpkin doughnuts but these look great with chocolate!