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Frankenstein Apple Cider Halloween Donuts

By: Bella Bucchiotti
I love these Frankenstein apple cider Halloween donuts. The Halloween donut decorating is fun! Baked apple cider donuts boast plenty of fall flavour in every bite. Everyone will ADORE this spooky baked Halloween donut that looks like a Frankenstein monster.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 donuts


  • 1 1/2 Cup flour
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup white sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Stick butter
  • 1 Cup apple cider 
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup milk 
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. lemon juice  
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. baking powder  
  • 3/4 Tsp. salt 
  • 1 Tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1/2 Tsp. nutmeg 
  • 1/4 Tsp. clove


  • 3 Tbsp. butter , melted
  • 3 Tbsp. cream
  • 1 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • food coloring , Green
  • Candy eyes 
  • Chocolate jimmies 
  • Mini marshmallows  
  • Toothpicks 


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Pour one cup of apple juice or apple cider into a small saucepan, heat until boiling then turn the heat down just a bit and simmer until the juice has been reduced by half. Let cool to room temperature. 
  • Pour the lemon juice into the milk and let sit for a couple minutes. 
  • Pour all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until combined. 
  • Add the milk/lemon mixture, the apple cider reduction, eggs, vanilla, and butter to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix together until everything is fully combined 
  • Spoon your batter into a piping bag or into a 1 gallon zip top bag and snip one bottom corner. 
  • Prepare a donut pan by spraying with non-stick baking spray. Pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan.  
  • Bake the donuts in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes until fully baked. The cake should be springy to the touch. Turn the donuts out onto a cooling rack and let cool completely before decorating. 
  • To make the icing, combine the melted butter, cream, food coloring, and powdered sugar. Mix until all of the sugar has dissolved. (If the icing is too thick, add a bit more cream, if it is too thin add a bit more powdered sugar.) 
  • Once the donuts have cooled completely, dip the top of the donut into the freshly made icing. Then immediately dip half of the donut into the chocolate sprinkles for the hair. Place dipped donut onto a plate or tray, finish dipping the remainder of the donuts. 
  • Place two candy eyeballs below the donut hole on each donut. 
  • Place the tray of donuts into the fridge for 15-30 minutes or until the icing has hardened a bit
  • While the donuts are in the fridge you can make the neck bolts. Start by cutting 12 toothpicks in half.  
  • Stick the cut side of each of the tooth picks into a mini marshmallow. 
  • When the donuts have hardened, remove from the fridge and place two of your marshmallow toothpicks into the donut, one on each side of the donut where the “neck” would be. 


Iced Donuts will keep for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the fridge, however it is recommended that the decorating (eyes and marshmallows) be done immediately before serving. 


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg
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