Amazing Zucchini Cake Donuts!

Now don’t get me wrong…I adore traditional zucchini bread. I grew up with it and I still make the same recipe- although with mine, I use cake flour and no oil. Applesauce is my secret ingredient.

I’m thankful for my food processor, but you can totally grate your zucchini. Zucchini is soft, thank goodness.

I love this recipe with allspice. It adds to the cinnamon and creates such a great taste!

It’s really important in this recipe to whisk all of the dry ingredients, then add the eggs, applesauce & zucchini.

This sloppy mess is destined for greatness!

Donut pans are cheap! Make sure they’re non stick and even then, you need to butter or spray.

I made a simple cream cheese frosting and frosted these simply by drizzling light icing on them. My son loves them!


I made a simple cream cheese frosting and frosted these simply by drizzling light icing on them. My son loves them!


  • 2¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp powdered vanilla
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp allspice




  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray two donut pans with cooking spray.


  1. In a mixer, or with a whisk and a strong arm, combine applesauce, eggs and vanilla, mix until creamy.


  1. Add flour, allspice, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. mix until almost combined and add shredded zucchini.


  1. Mix until combined and pour evenly into the greased donut pans. Depending on the size of your pans, you may need a third donut pan. Never fill a donut pan higher than ⅔ full.


  1. Bake at 325 for about 16-18 minutes, being careful not to over cook.


Remove from oven and cool on cooling racks. I like to remove mine from the pan immediately. It can be tricky to get the donuts out without damaging them or leaving half of them in the bottom of the pan….so you can use your judgement on whether or not you want to leave them in the pan to cool or not. Let cool completely and store in a Ziploc bag.

These are delicious morsels. Prepare yourself! 🙂


Easy Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 stick butter

1/4 c cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp powdered vanilla

3-4 tbsp milk

Mix together and add into pastry bag. Drizzle!


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