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Chocolate Donuts (Baked!)

All the good taste of a classic chocolate donut made in the oven. With this baked Chocolate Donut recipe, you can have fresh homemade donuts on your breakfast table within the hour!

Two chocolate baked donuts with chocolate glaze and colored sprinkles on orange plaid napkin


I love donuts. Not a bold statement, maybe. What I don’t always love is making my own donuts.

Homemade donuts taste great,  sure, but I don’t have the patience that most recipes require. I have a feeling I’m not alone in this!

Sometimes you want a chocolate donut right away; or at least within the hour. That happened to me earlier this week while I was making my morning coffee. All of a sudden, I needed something chocolatey, fluffy and sweet. Donut time! 

One of my favorite routines is a trip to the local donut shop on a weekend morning. I’ll bring back a box and everyone crowds around trying to get the best looking donut before it’s gone. But this particular morning, I wasn’t going to be able to leave the house to get my donut fix so making them myself was the only solution.

Can you bake donuts?

Traditionally, donuts are fried in oil (or even lard if you’re old school). I love a yeast donut or cake donut made in the fryer but frying is messy, not to mention time consuming. And if you’re making a yeast donut, you also have to prep the dough in advance to give it enough time to rise.

I knew I did not have the patience for that this week (or, truthfully, the time). So I set out to make a baked donut recipe that would taste just as good as those fried versions. I ended up with this chocolate cake donut–and, oh boy, I was not disappointed!

Biting into a good chocolate doughnut is a thing of beauty. These donuts were moist and sweet with a fluffy crumb; then the rich chocolate glaze took them over the top into the territory of “sublime.”

Since they were such a success, I figured I needed to share the love with my fellow impatient donut lovers! My kids loved them just as much. Between us, we gobbled up every single one of these donuts within the day. They’ve already requested I bake them again. . . soon!

White plate with chocolate frosted donuts and sprinkles.

I’ve been burned by baked donut recipes before. Too often they end up tasting too dry or not sweet enough; nothing like a true donut.

If you’ve found yourself in the same boat, rest assured this chocolate donut recipe is nothing like those.

I think what really makes the difference here is the frosting. The chocolate glaze on these donuts sets into a sweet and shiny layer that’s pretty on its own and even more appealing covered with colored sprinkles!

Chocolate Donut Recipe

STEP 1. Make the chocolate donuts

Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Beat in the eggs, milk, vanilla and butter. Beat until well blended. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray. Fill each donut cup about 3/4 full. Bake donuts in 325 degree oven for about 11-14 minutes. Allow to cool slightly then remove from pan.

While cooling, make the chocolate glaze.

 STEP 2. Make the chocolate donut glaze

In small saucepan on medium low heat, mix together the cream, milk, butter, vanilla and corn syrup. When butter is completely melted, turn heat to low and add in the chocolate.Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, adding it slowly until desired consistency.

Dip each doughnut into the glaze and allow to cool. Allow chocolate to set (this takes about 15 minutes). Enjoy!

This recipe makes about 8 – 10 donuts. 

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • To fill the doughnut cups, I use a ziploc bag with the corner cut out. This keeps the process a little more neat and ensures stray batter doesn’t coat the outsides of the cups.
  • If you don’t yet have a donut pan, this is the one I use: Norpro Donut Pan
  • We added sprinkles on top of the donut just after glazing. These donuts would also taste delicious topped with chopped nuts or anything you usually enjoy on your donuts. (I’m thinking I might have to try crushed Oreos next time. . . )
  • Be sure to use real heavy cream and corn syrup in the glaze. Substitutes just won’t thicken or set as well.
Stack of two chocolate frosted donuts on a green chevron napkin.

Can you freeze donuts?

Yes!

Be sure to let the donuts cool completely, first. Then place in the freezer on a cookie sheet for a few hours, until completely frozen.

Transfer the donuts to an airtight container or freezer safe bags, separating each layer of donuts with parchment paper.

This recipe made just enough donuts for all of us to enjoy over the course of a couple of days. If you’re feeding a crowd (or want leftovers to freeze) feel free to double the recipe!

This donut recipe is easy, fast and guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

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Yield: 10

Baked Chocolate Donuts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes

All the good taste of a classic chocolate donut made in the oven. With this baked Chocolate Donut recipe, you can have fresh homemade donuts on your breakfast table within the hour! 

Ingredients

FOR THE DONUTS:

  • 2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp corn syrup
  • 2 oz semi sweet chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. For the donuts, mix dry ingredients in bowl. Beat in the eggs, milk, vanilla and butter. Beat until well blended.
  2. Spray donut pan with cooking spray. Fill each donut cup about 3/4 full (I use a ziploc with the corner snipped to do this neatly). Fills about 8-10 donuts.
  3. Bake donuts in 325 degree oven for about 11-14 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, remove from pan.
  4. While cooling, make chocolate glaze. In small saucepan on medium low heat, mix together the cream, milk, butter, vanilla and corn syrup. When butter is completely melted, turn heat to low and add in the chocolate.
  5. Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, adding it slowly until desired consistency.
  6. Dip each donut into the glaze, allow to cool. (optional- sprinkle with toppings). Allow chocolate to set (about 15 minutes). Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 481mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Recipe originally published October 20, 2011. Photos updated February 2015

Served with a cup of coffee in the morning or with a glass of milk for an after school snack, a chocolate donut makes everyone happy. Next time you have a breakfast meeting to go to, surprise everyone by walking in the door with a batch of delicious homemade donuts.

Aimee

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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Comments & Reviews

  1. I’ve had my donut pie pans for at least 1 year, maybe 2 and I haven’t gotten around to using them yet. I just made your recipe and it was so good! I am excited to bring these to a family gathering for a dessert! I need more excuses to make these. 😀

  2. I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for awhile, but just got around to trying them today. OH MY! They are so delicious! I don’t normally have cream on hand so I used a little more milk in the icing instead & it came out perfect. I think they’d be great with a simple milk/powdered sugar glaze too. Thank you for the new addition to my recipe binder!

    1. Thanks for letting me know Teresa!! So glad you enjoyed the recipe (and yes, I’ve used milk instead of cream too!!)

  3. sweet mother of god these are good! I just made them, (somewhat to the recipe) and they are AMAZING. All I did different was leave out the baking powder ( I didn’t have any) and substituted the milk with chocolate soy milk ( I’m not lactose intolerant I just like it better) and I’m in love!
    P.S. I used a Wilton doughnut pan and it made exactly 12 doughnuts.

  4. These donuts looked perfect, i was so inspired, obsessed to be exact, to make even when i don’t have donut pan myself. Took a little imagination and was finally able to try this recipe.

  5. I just want to say that this morning I had a donut craving so I made the vanilla bean donuts with this chocolate glaze. Every time I make one of your donut recipes they come out perfect. The glaze was amazing and set on the donuts perfectly.

  6. My kids loved these! We were able to get about 18 donuts out of your recipe. So good! We love the Vanilla Bean donuts as well.

  7. Would this recipe work in a donut maker? I have one that I lost the instructions for. I would love to try this recipe out in it!! Looks amazing!!!

  8. These donuts was delish.Only change I made was used a mini muffin pan.I don’t have a donut pan(on the shopping list). But tasted amazing.Mini donut muffins.I still put them in the glaze and sprinkles.Kids loved them.

  9. I made these today and they were absolutely disgusting. It was a waste of ingredients and after taking one bite of the hard little rocks I threw the rest out. Stick with dunkin donuts and don’t waste your time!

    1. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the chocolate donuts. I wonder if maybe there was a mistake in reading the ingredients? I’ve been making these for a couple years (as have many others) with no problems!

  10. I just made these and they are FABULOUS!! Thanks for sharing, Ill definitely be following you now since we share a love of donuts 🙂

  11. WOOOOooOo
    I spent the whole day looking for a baked Doughnut recipe to use in my new doughnut pan
    and now I find this while I was looking totally for something else
    am trying this tomorrow for sure
    thanks a lot

    ayasgoodies.blogspot.com

  12. Love your blog!
    This will be the first recipe I’ll try and I am excited to do so.
    What type or flour should I use for this? Cake Flour or All-Purpose Flour?
    Thanks!

    -Trish

    1. Thanks so much, Aimee.
      I will try your recipe tomorrow and will let you know how it turns out. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes and ideas to so many.

    2. I tried your recipe today and it did not disappoint. Its really a good base recipe. Cakey but moist. Thank you!!!

      – Trish

  13. Just made these this morning in a mini version for my son and my niece! They were in HEAVEN! I didn’t have heavy cream so I used Vanilla Caramel Coffee Creamer and I used Milk Chocolate Chips. They are amazing! Thank you so much for the inspiration! =0)

  14. Great blog.
    I have been making doughnuts with my doughnut pan for awhile and I have tried several recipes. All have tasted pretty good, but they all just seem to be cupcakes in the shape of doughnuts. So obivioiulsy, they taste good, but not really like a doughnut.
    Anyone else agree?
    I will try this recipe to see

    1. So what was your consensus on these? Were they a cupcake texture or a dense real chocolate cake donut texture? I’m trying to find a chocolate recipe that is a true cake donut recipe not the light fluffy kind.

  15. The donuts are the best! I shared them with the boys, and with people at work, and they all were blown away. Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe with us!

  16. Well… I bought myself a donut pan and made these great doughnuts…They were great, notice I said “were” because they are all gone! Thank you for the recipe.

  17. These look amazing! I’m picky with donuts – chocolate cake and blueberry cake donuts are the only kind I really like. I bet these would be amazing with a pumpkiny glaze on top!

    Stopping by from This Chick Cooks (a little late!)

  18. I baked these the other night with my kids and they were a HIT!! 🙂 Two thumbs up all around.

    I hope you don’t mind but I’ve posted the recipe on my blog and also added a link back to your original recipe. Thanks again for a great recipe. 🙂

  19. Yummmy..This is so awesome..love it..I found you over at Wow me Wed and had to stop in..Officially following ya with smiles..Great blog you have here with tons of creativity..Hope u can visit me sometime via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com TY.
    PS: Project Pink Blog Link Party is this weekend the 30th, would love for you to join over 50+ bloggers go PINK for breast cancer..You can find out more here..Wishing u a great week..
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  20. Pinned these. They look SO yummy! And I love baked donuts!

    Hopping over from Something Swanky pinterest blog hop! I love finding new blogs. I’m your newest follower on here – I can’t resist a good food, (especially treats!) blog and I’m following your boards on pinterest. I even saw you have repinned one my my recipes! 🙂 Hope you’ll stop by and follow me too at purplestpecalin.blogspot.com!

  21. I just got some donut pans and can’t wait to try your recipe! My oldest has a severe peanut allergy so finding safe donuts is almost impossible. I’ll have some of these ready for him when he gets back from Scout camp today! You’ve made a 12 year old’s day!

    So happy that I came across your blog. Can’t wait to check it out more. 🙂

  22. Hey Doll, Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this recipe
    today at Frugalicious Me! Thanks for sharing!!! I can’t make them!
    XOXO,
    Tasha

  23. These look just like those yummy chocolate cake donuts you can get at the gas station!! I am saving this recipe and as soon as I get a donut pan I will be trying it!

  24. OMG!! your recipes are one better than the other!! Your blog is fantastic congrats! I am deff following you! Come visit me! 🙂

  25. I just found you on Something Swanky and pinned these donuts! I have always wanted to try making cake donuts. Thank you so much for sharing! I would love for you to link up to my party: http://www.momontimeout.com/2011/10/taking-timeout-thursday-link-party-no-1.html

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