Tender and moist baked pumpkin doughnuts topped with a thick and decadent cardamom crumb topping.

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cardamom Crumble. So EASY, fluffy, and cozy!

This post is in partnership with Intel Tablets.

Hi! My name is Laura and I have a serious addiction to cardamom.

The addiction tapers slightly in the spring and summer, but gets totally out-of-control during the months of October, November, December, and…well..any month out of the year when I can justify wearing one of those super long, loose sweaters.

Oh wait, I totally added cardamom to that lemon ricotta bundt cake that I shared earlier this summer. Apparently, I have zero self control. I CAN’T HELP MYSELF.

Hence, the need for cardamom crumble. Always and forever.

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cardamom Crumble. So EASY, fluffy, and cozy!

I’m fairly positive a decent chunk of my recipe development brain (are you in there?) is dedicated solely to ‘what else can I add cardamom too?’ thoughts. I have to literally stop myself from adding it to more things. It’s become a running joke with my friends.

Let’s face it, this blog isn’t called “Cardamom and Other Things I Like to Eat.” Although, maybe it should be…

I kid, I kid. Obviously, I’m pretty excited about the pumpkin in these baked pumpkin doughnuts. It took me a few weeks to fully embrace bringing pumpkin back into my kitchen, but if it gives me an excuse to break out all of my favorite fall baking spices (aka. cardamom), I’m all for it.

Hopefully you’re into cardamom! If you’re not into cardamom, hopefully you’re into pumpkin! I’m not sure if anyone is not into doughnuts, so that helps.

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cardamom Crumble. So EASY, fluffy, and cozy!

Other things that excite me: being organized and staying connected with all of you! Staying organized is trickier than it sounds, especially if you are juggling lots of tasks and responsibilities.

My days are a happy and chaotic blur of recipe testing, photography, social media, e-mails, writing, cleaning dishes (ok, this part sucks), photo editing, and more e-mails. I’ve always fancied myself to be a paper and pen gal, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve developed a recipe, written it in a notebook or on a sheet of paper, and somehow lost it along the way.

Those are never happy days.

So, I was very excited to partner with Intel Tablets for today’s recipe and get the opportunity to test out the new Microsoft Surface 3 tablet in the kitchen.

Was I convinced it would replace my favorite notepad and pen? Not necessarily, but it was worth a shot! My current system of organization wasn’t exactly doing me any favors.

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cardamom Crumble. So EASY, fluffy, and cozy!

Much to my amazement, using this tablet in the kitchen has made a dramatic difference in my workflow, organization, and well….sanity. I use the Evernote app to type and write up all of my recipes ahead of time, and I’m able to display the recipes in the kitchen while I test them, make any edits or changes, and keep everything in one place.

The sturdy built-in kickstand allows the tablet to be propped up easily on my kitchen counter top (this has always been my number one gripe with other tablets) and it takes up minimal space, which is a must when I’m cooking.

The Microsoft 10 update allows me to easily switch between multiple desktops too. I can also split the display screen, so that it displays both my recipe and/or e-mail and social media at the same time, allowing me to respond to all of your comments or recipe questions in a much more timely manner!

Major bonus points: the tablet has a memory card slot and supports Adobe Lightroom, which is the software that I use to edit all of my blog photographs.

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cardamom Crumble. So EASY, fluffy, and cozy!

Aaah, memory card slots and baked pumpkin doughnuts. It’s the little things that count, right?

P.S. If you’re a cardamom freak like me and are craving fried (yet, easy!) doughnuts, try these ricotta beignets with lemon cardamom sugar! If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen adding cardamom to all.the.things.

Oh, so festive and cozy.

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cardamom Crumble. So EASY, fluffy, and cozy!

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cardamom Crumble. So EASY, fluffy, and flavorful!

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cardamom Crumble

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Tender and moist baked pumpkin doughnuts topped with a thick and decadent cardamom crumb topping.


Cardamom Crumble:

  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons (40 g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (30 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch kosher salt

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts:

  • ¾ cup (90 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (122 g) pure pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) whole or low-fat milk
  • powdered sugar (optional) for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) with a rack in the center position. Spray a 6-well doughnut pan with baking spray and set aside.
  • Prepare Cardamom Crumble: Cut the cold butter into small cubes and place in a medium bowl. Add the remainder of the ingredients and work them into the butter with your fingertips until the mixture comes together in large clumps and crumbs. If the butter gets too soft or warm, place in the freezer for several minutes before continuing to mix. Once you have finished making hte crumble, place in the freezer until ready to use.
  • Bake Doughnuts: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and ground allspice. Set aside.
  • Place the softened butter and granulated sugar in a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl with a spatula as necessary. Reduce the speed to low and add the egg, mix until fully incorporated. Scrape the bowl to ensure that all of the ingredients are incorporated evenly.
  • Add the pumpkin puree and vanilla, and mix over low speed until just blended (the mixture will look slightly broken). Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with two additions of milk. Beat at low speed until just combined–avoid over-mixing. Scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl to ensure that all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a large round piping tip (alternatively, you can use a spoon to fill the doughnut pan, but it will be more difficult) and distribute the batter evenly in the greased pan. Remove the crumble from the freezer and distribute it onto the batter, pressing it slightly into the batter. The crumb topping will be generous, but you shouldn’t have any leftovers.
  • Bake the doughnuts for 16 to 18 minutes, or until the doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Allow the doughnuts to cool in the pan on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes, before removing (use a knife to release the edges from the donuts from the side of the pan). Remove and allow them to cool completely on a rack.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving (optional). Doughnuts best served the day of baking, but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.

Tips for Success: 

  • Ground cardamom can be found at Whole Foods and most grocery stores in the spice aisle. You can also order it on Amazon (my favorite resource for spices is Penzey’s Spices, they ship nationally). 
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 445kcal, Carbohydrates: 86g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 425mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 40g

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