Spice up your rolodex of Halloween desserts with these Sweet Potato Donuts from by CHLOE. Contributing Chef, Jenné Claiborne.
Adapted from a non-vegan pumpkin cake donut recipe, Jenné creates a moist vegan cake donut, decadent enough to be served as a sweet treat for this year’s epic Halloween banger.
One of the best parts of this recipe is decorating all of the donuts once they’re hot and fresh out the kitchen… “Certainly my favorite icing was the green matcha one. Matcha makes everything amazing.” – Jenné says about her favorite frosting and we completely agree.
Sweet Potato Donuts
1¾ cups + 2 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour or white whole wheat flour
1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice or 1 tsp cinnamon + ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg + ¼ tsp ground ginger
1½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp ground flax seed + 4 Tbsp water (this is equivalent to 2 “flax eggs”)
½ cup vegetable oil
1 to 1½ cups organic sugar
1½ cups sweet potato purée
1 tsp vinegar (white or apple cider)
2 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp non-dairy milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
White frosting red blood splatter 1-2 tsp beet juice for blood
Black icing & spider webs 1 tsp black cocoa powder for icing and web recipe below
Green slime with googly eyes 1 tsp matcha for icing
Sweet Potato Donuts
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a donut pan or two (recipe makes 12 donuts). If you are using a silicon donut mold you won’t need to grease it.
Mix together the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl mix together the wet ingredients.
Pour the wet into the dry and stir to combine. Careful not to over-mix the batter.
Fill the donut pans/mold using about ¼ cup of batter for each donut.
Bake for 18-20 minutes. A toothpick should come out dry when testing doneness.
Set the donuts onto a cooling rack to cool.
Sift the powdered sugar into a small mixing bowl. Stir in the non-dairy milk and vanilla, and continue to stir until smooth. If it gets too thick add more non-dairy milk, if it gets too thin add more sugar.
Now separate the icing between 3 bowls large enough for dipping a donut. Remove about 2 tablespoons of icing from one of the bowls and put into a smaller bowl, that’s for your blood splatter icing.
Keep one bowl of icing white. For the red, black, and green icings simply stir in 1 teaspoon of coloring to each bowl. Stir until smooth.
Spider webs & Googly eyes
Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, and non-dairy milk. Stir well until well combined and smooth. It will be thick so you may need your hands to knead the paste together.
Place it into a piping bag or plastic zip bag with the tip cut off. It should be cut very tiny to create a very thin spider web, and then wider for the eyes.
Squeeze the paste onto wax paper, parchment or split in the shape of round eyeballs, then top with mini chocolate chips before they harden.
Do the same to create spider webs. Draw a spider web on paper and place under the parchment to trace over.
Allow the eyeballs and spider webs to harden on your counter at least 8 hours.