Carrot Cake Donut Holes or Bunny Tails

Green bowl with powdered donut holes and a plate with plain donut holes

Carrot Cake Donut Holes make cute bunny tails for Easter breakfast fun.  Donut Holes are a great recipe to encourage kid baking activities.  This is a recipe the whole family will enjoy.

Green bowl with powdered donut holes and a plate with plain donut holes

Carrot Cake Donut Holes or Bunny Tails

Things are really hopping a long and we are excited to be in the kitchen getting ready for Easter activities. We are always looking for fun breakfast ideas, especially around the holidays.  Check out these adorable bunny tails that are really mimicked after the idea of carrot cake.  They include great ingredient additions like carrots, applesauce, raisins and dates and we’ve eliminated fats like butter and oils.  So it’s not like a traditional carrot cake recipe, but has similar attributes.

I always love recipes that we can prep a day or two ahead of time so that on busy mornings, we can relax a little bit more and enjoy the family festivities without a whole lot of time in the kitchen.  These bunny tails can be part of an easy, make ahead breakfast plan.

Here is the recipe to mix, bake and shake…

Carrot Cake Donut Hole Recipe

Carrot Cake Donut Hole Recipe


  • 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 oz. cinnamon applesauce 
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • 2 eggs, large
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, unbleached
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Confectioner's sugar


      1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
      2. Place the finely chopped carrots, the cinnamon applesauce, the raisins and the dates into a food processor. Pulsate until the raisings are dates are pureed with the applesauce and carrots.
      3. Add the pureed carrot mixture to a bowl with the eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and brown sugar. Mix the ingredients well. Add in the all-purpose flour, the cake flour, the salt and the baking powder and mix thoroughly.
      4. Bake the muffing mixture in a cake pop pan that has been coated with the non-stick cooking spray for approximately 18 – 20 minutes. Note: this recipe makes 18 – 24 cake pop sized muffins. A mini muffin pan can be substituted.
      5. Once the Bunny Tail muffins have completely cooled. Place 3 tablespoons of confectioners sugar in a Price Chopper brown paper lunch sized bag along with 6 – 8 of the Bunny Tail muffins. Roll the top closed & shake until they are coated. Remove them from the bag & serve. Repeat this until all 18 – 24 of the bunny tail muffins are completely coated.


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More on Making this Recipe:

Leftovers:  If you have leftover bunny tails you can freeze the plain carrot cake donut holes in an airtight storage container or freezer bag.  Simply thaw and add the confectioner’s sugar.

Cooking with Kids: Every recipe is filled with life skills that help to encourage a child’s confidence in the kitchen. Here are a few to focus on when making this recipe;

  • chopping
  • pureeing 
  • mixing
  • measuring ingredients
  • baking
  • oven safety
  • following directions

Breakfast Ideas:  These donut holes go great with yogurt, yogurt parfaits, fruit and smoothies.  

Serve with a Smoothie: The Sun’s Up Smoothie is a great smoothie option to try with these bunny tail bites.  It’s bright, springy and refreshingly delicious.

Two creamy fruit smoothies in glass jars arranged on a tray with colorful straws.

Sun’s Up Smoothie Recipe Link


9 Comments on “Carrot Cake Donut Holes or Bunny Tails”

  1. These are adorable! What a clever idea. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. We’re featuring your recipe this week. Hope you can join us again.

  2. Pingback: Carrot Applesauce Pancakes are an easy breakfast serve

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