Apple Cake Toppers + Apple Pie Donut Recipe

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What’s that you say? Back to schooool? Oh boy, August. What’s your DEAL! Cramming the world with back to school stuff already!? Yes – but these apple pie donuts with cinnamon glaze and crunchy apple chips can be eaten anytime, anywhere – in school, outta school, school of hard knocks, night school – no school…

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Yeah, these apple cake toppers are pretty darn tootin’ cute. Plunk em into your donuts, or into a little sandwich, or use them to tell everyone you’ve made an apple pie without having to speak. Multi-functional, guys.

apple pie donut recipe - coco cake land

It’s been a real longo bongo time since I was in school. I graduated from my second degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Media (whuttt is that) back in 2006. Prior to that, this nerdball received a degree in Women’s Studies and Film Studies back in 2001. I loved school – every minute of it, and all the details that go along with it – especially recess and lunch, and little children’s lunchboxes. CUTE.

apple pie donut recipe - coco cake land

So the apple pie donut recipe – a little bite of donut heaven, cinnamon nutmeg with apple pie filling, and that satisfying mix of creamy glaze and crunchy topping! Happy chappy back to school times! Note: these are baked donuts using a donut baking pan. You will not regret welcoming one of these pans into your life.

Apple Pie Donuts

1 dozen donuts

For The Donuts

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ⅓ cup golden brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinammon
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup apple pie filling, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup dried apple chips, broken into smaller pieces

For The Cinnamon Glaze

  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinammon
  • 7 teaspoons whole milk

Make The Donuts

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, oil and sugars until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the eggs, mixing to combine.
  3. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir in the apple pie filling.
  5. Add the flour into the wet mixture, alternating with the milk until combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Fill your donut pans 3/4 full with the donut batter – use a piping bag or Ziploc bag with a snipped corner to pipe the batter!
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Do not overbake!
  8. Remove donuts from pans and let cool on wire racks.
  9. Meanwhile, make the glaze: whisk together icing sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and milk.
  10. Dunk the cooled donuts into the glaze and sprinkle liberally with the crunchy apple chip pieces.

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For the apple cake toppers, you’ll cry because they’re so cute and easy. You’ll need a circle craft punch (or just scissors – I like the punch for a perfect roundness), red and green craft paper, wooden BBQ or cocktail sticks and some scotch tape.

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Punch out a red circle; snip a little V shape into one of them. Cut out a cute little leaf shape from the green paper and glue to the red circle. Attach to a wooden BBQ stick with tape, with a little bit of the stick poking out the top for the apple stem.

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I made two different sizes using two different sizes of circle craft punches! You get the idea. You can obvi freehand cut the apple shapes, too!

apple pie donut recipe - coco cake land

apple pie donut recipe - coco cake land

Don’t the donuts look extra cute with a little special somethin-somethin apple cake topper?

apple pie donut recipe - coco cake land

apple pie donut recipe - coco cake land

Imagine a cute and sneaky lil apple pie donut tucked into a special someone’s lunchbox on the first day of school? Kid would be CRAZY COOL day one.

If you want to eat more apple-ness, take a look at my silly funny back to school apple cupcakes tutorial from last year! BOOKWORM!

More back to school radness is happening all week with the help of fellow sweet and crafty bloggers Squirrelly Minds, The Crafted Life, Hello Lidy, Confetti Sunshine and Pars Caeli! Each fine lady has brewed up something back to schooly cool, so make sure you click on over to their blogs to check out their projects! 

Happy baking, cake pals! xo Lyndsay


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  4. Sarah

    Yummy! Those donuts look absolutely delicious and your toppers are adorable. :) Beautiful creations! xoxo

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    These look so so yummers! And the apple donut toppers are just perfection

  9. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    By the time I was done with law school, I was pulling my hair out – I couldn’t wait to be done with school! But honestly, I always loved the feeling of going back to school. Even to this day, I get super nostalgic in August/September. I can still remember the feeling of walking to school in the cool fall air, smelling the gymnasium freshly waxed, wanting to go back-to-school shopping even though my family couldn’t afford to buy us new clothes/shoes, etc. Now that it’s been cool ‘n rainy in Vancouver these past few days, it really feels like fall. I’m already planning my Halloween/Christmas decorating and baking! These apple donuts would be perfect, Lydnsay. They look perfect and those apple toppers are too cute.

  10. Joanna

    I love the recipe and that extra special touch of adding decorations! I’m sure whoever ate those sweet little things appreciated them!

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