Celebrate National Bake & Decorate Month with Baked Apple Donuts

If there’s one thing that I love about this season is that it brings families together with an array of holidays.  Even better is all of the fall baking that I get to do with my family. The month of October marks National Bake and Decorate Month and it’s a great kickoff to the holiday baking season.

As I mentioned, seasonal baking and decorating has always opened the opportunity to bring my family together for some fun. It’s a time to hang out and converse while keeping our fingers busy with sprinkles and icing. Many times we are decorating cookies but there have also been instances of cakes, cupcakes, pies…you get the point. If you are looking for an activity to do with your children you can also pick up plain sugar cookies at your local grocery store for a simple solution.  The sky is the limit.

Bake and Decorate Delicious Fall Donuts

Today I’m opting to bake and decorate donuts. Delicious fall donuts. While I don’t advise that you eat donuts every morning for breakfast, I have managed to cut out a few of the calories by baking them. You can make these with your kids and allow them to decorate their donut how they would like including sprinkles, icing, Litehouse Low Fat Caramel or a drizzle of Litehouse Chocolate Dip.

Decorate Apple Cider Donuts with Caramel Dip and Sprinkles, Pecans, Etc.

The next time you’re sitting around on a cool Saturday and your children are looking for something to do, try bringing them together around the table for some baking and decorating fun. Now is a great time to collect seasonal decorating items such as colorful sprinkles and candies and get your practice in for Christmas cookies. Let your kids help with the mixing and baking and then have them each decorate their own donut to eat. They will love drizzling the icing onto the donuts and watching their handfuls of sprinkles stick to their creations!

Ready to Eat Delicious Caramel Apple Cider Donuts


Baked Caramel Apple Cider Donuts

Serves 6 | Finish in 30 minutes

Fresh apples and a cake donut batter create a delicious baked fall donut.


1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 Tbsp canola oil
½ cup petite diced apples
1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup Litehouse® Old Fashioned Caramel
¼ cup Powdered Sugar
2-3 Tbsp heavy cream
Recommended toppings such as sprinkles pecans and/or caramel dip


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Generously grease a 6 cup donut pan and set to the side. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. In a separate bowl combine the maple syrup, apple cider, applesauce, oil, vanilla, and apples. Gently mix the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients. Divide the batter evenly amongst the 6 donut cups and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before decorating. Mix together the Litehouse® Old Fashioned Caramel, powdered sugar and heavy cream until smooth. Gently ice the donuts and use additional sprinkles or nuts as toppings.

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