I stumbled across this recipe while on Pinterest. I had all the ingredients, so I put my infant in the swing and mixed these up as quickly as I could.
I loved the balance of flavors...the little pumpkin cakes were spiced just right, with a hint of coffee and irresistible pockets of melted caramel. The caramel came in the form of Kraft Caramel Bits, which I just discovered at the grocery store. This is a terrible picture, but anyway...
No more unwrapping and chopping caramels for recipes. These nuggets of goodness are worth buying.
See them in there?
I highly recommend eating the doughnuts soon after baking. If you have to store them, warm them for a few seconds in the microwave before consumption. The caramel will be a bit chewy if you don't.
I changed the glaze a bit from the original recipe. I used 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons boiling water.