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!
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!
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.
Can you freeze donuts?
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!
More Easy Breakfast Recipes:
- Nutella Donut Holes
- Jelly Filled Donut Holes
- Pumpkin Streusel Donuts
- Cinnamon Coffee Cake Donuts
- Berry French Toast Casserole
- Crumb Cake
- Cinnamon Coffee Cake
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.