Baked Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

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Baked Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like doughnuts? Well, if you have, those people are called monsters and I wouldn’t get too close to them.

It’s some sort of weird doughnut week or National Doughnut Day. Whatever. I barely pay attention to days like that (except this time I did) because doughnuts are great for any day, not just one day out of a whole year, duh!

Baked Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Despite my attitude, here I am participating, drinking the Kool-Aid, following the rules. But only because this day coincided which my craving to create a chocolate-y cake doughnut that felt dense, very rich, decadent and unlike most baked doughnuts. This baked doughnut is legit AF. I’m in love with it. If I was a lunatic, I would eat like five in a row but I can’t because I try to be a reasonable person in my life but sometimes i fail. I ate three. And Billy ate like three, too.


Baked Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

A few weeks ago my friend Hourie texted me and told me that she mastered a cake doughnut. Of course, her iteration was deep-fried, as it should be.

But for us home cooks and bakers, frying is annoying. It’s like telling us to climb Mount Everest or “print out this document and sign it!” It’s a fete.

Deep-frying, for me, is only for special occasions or for when something cannot be baked under any circumstance. Like bomboloni or beignets or onion rings.

But doughnuts are ok baked. Especially when they’re like this.

The topping is chocolate-y too. It’s classic. It’ll make you want to reach for a glass of milk and turn on afterschool cartoons. It will make you miss being a kid when eating five doughnuts in a row was acceptable…and maybe should I say normal?

Baked Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Baked Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Serving Size: 6 Doughnuts


Chocolate-y Cake Doughnuts:

  • Cooking spray, for doughnut pan
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate chips, or chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze & Sprinkles:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup, optional
  • 3 tablespoons sprinkles of choice, you might need more, who knows!


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your doughnut pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, add the butter. When melted, add the chocolate chips and espresso powder. Allow to stand and melt for a minute or two and then mix with a spatula until smooth. Turn the heat off and then stir in the sugar and egg yolk. Lastly, whisk in the buttermilk and vanilla extract.
  • In one batch, add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until you no longer see any speckles of flour. Fill the doughnut pan half way. Transfer the doughnuts to the oven to bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until firm to the touch. Allow to cool in the doughnut pan for a minute or two and then run a butter knife along the outside, lifting them out of the pan with your fingers. Transfer them to a cooling rack while you make the frosting.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of milk. Add more milk or water, one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a thick yet pourable consistency. If you like, you can add the corn syrup. This is not mandatory and was only used to give it that beautiful sheen—feel free to skip it! Dip the doughnuts, one at a time, into the frosting and place back on the cooling rack. Top with a liberal amount of sprinkles. Doughnuts will stay delicious for up to 3 days when kept in an airtight container.


This is a great recipe to double, if you're feeling lots of doughnuts in your life.
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  • Reply Medeja June 4, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Yummy! They look so tempting! Would like to grab one 🙂

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 4, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Your donuts look so perfect!! I definitely need to get on this. I mean, that glaze?!?

  • Reply Lauren @ Lauren Caris Cooks June 4, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Wow!! I would absolutely LOVE to try one of these. That chocolate icing looks SO tempting and the doughnuts look so light. Beautiful pictures too 🙂

    Lauren x

  • Reply Mollie June 4, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Oh my goodness, you are killing me with these!! They look so amazing.

    xoxo Mollie

  • Reply joanna // jojotastic June 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

    ahh!! please come to seattle and make these for me. correction: i’ll fly you to seattle to make these for me.

  • Reply Ashley Nathalie June 4, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Yum Yum Yum. I haven’t had a doughnut in a loooooooooong time. Now I must get one. This weekend. Done.

  • Reply Steph June 4, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    These look heavenly.


  • Reply Jesssi June 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    WANT. Oh my word… I could eat ten of these.

  • Reply Nikki Rader June 4, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve never much had a desire to buy a doughnut pan, but I DEFINITELY do now! These look delicious!!

  • Reply Flor June 4, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    So I want to make tres leches donuts for my girls’ birthday. Do you think I can use the base of this recipe sans the chocolate and espresso and then use the tres leches glaze. The party is for 50 people so I really don’t want to fry 50+ plus donuts. I promise to make these chocolate donuts as well since I am a fan of your cooking style.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 4, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Hmm…I’m afraid it won’t work. I’m not sure since I didn’t test it that way and I have a feeling it’d be too big of a risk. Sorry I can’t be more help!

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    So beautiful doughnuts! I could eat them all, they must be delicious 😉

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  • Reply CHRISTINE June 25, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Am already salivating

  • Reply Venus July 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Will this batter hold up to shaping for the fryer, or must they be baked?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      I’m not sure since I’ve never fried it. Something tells me it won’t.

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    Would this work for mini cupcakes too? I only have 1 mini donut pan….and 6 kids….

  • Reply Anjanette July 15, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Can you substitute milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate for the dark chocolate? I am not a big fan of dark chocolate and neither are my kids. Thanks in advance. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Mmmm delicious! One day I’m soo going to make these. Yummy 🙂

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  • Reply Kelly Bannister May 5, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I tried these this morning. I really loved the recipe for the actual donut BUT the chocolate icing was just way too much. Everyone scraped it off. I think I’m going to dust them with powdered sugar next time.

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      Awww that’s too bad! Yes, next time just dust ’em with powdered sugar or eat ’em plain. 🙂

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