Soft and cakey baked sweet potato donuts are frosted with a sweet, creamy browned butter frosting. These little autumnal treats are sure to make your mornings!
I was so excited when I made these donuts. I haven’t baked much with sweet potatoes. I’ve tried biscuits with great success, but nothing sweet. These baked sweet potato donuts were better than I had hoped. They were easy, sweet, soft and quick; all the essential requirements when it comes donut making.
I’ve used browned butter enough ( in these cookies and on this quick bread) to know that it has the rich, deep, sweet flavor that would balance out the spices in these baked sweet potato donuts. The caramel-like frosting and the warm flavors of the donuts capture the cozy feeling of fall.
While I was happy with my donut creations; I knew that, despite their tempting appearance, my family would shun these donuts if they knew they were made with sweet potatoes. So I did what any self-respecting person would do; I lied. Yes, I looked each kid in the eye and called these donuts pumpkin donuts. It worked. These donuts were devoured within minutes.
Sweet Potato Donuts Do’s and Don’ts
- The easiest way to bake up your sweet potatoes is in the microwave. Pierce them several times before you cook them to allow for steam to escape. I used two decent sized potatoes, you may need three if your potatoes are small.
- Only fill the donut pan cavities 1/2-3/4 full. If you fill them to the top, the hole will be filled and the tops will puff over. This isn’t the end of the world, but it will change the appearance of your donuts.
- Cook the butter for the frosting on medium until it turns amber and begins to foam. If you go too long, it will burn and turn black.
- Dip the top of the donuts into the frosting and set upright to set. Place leftover frosting in a ziptop bag, snip the end and drizzle frosting over the tops of the donuts.
Lying to your family about the main ingredient in these donuts is strictly optional. These donuts will make believers out of anyone!
*Plates compliments of Rookwood Pottery*
Nutrition Information Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 436 Total Fat 18g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 11g Cholesterol 67mg Sodium 419mg Carbohydrates 65g Fiber 2g Sugar 45g Protein 4g