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chocolate cake doughnuts

Baked Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

I tried a few different chocolate cake doughnuts and liked this one the best.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 10
Author Cookie Madness


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 4.5 oz
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1 1/2 oz
  • 1 teaspoon hot water or as needed

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whole milk as needed


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 6 count doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  • Stir the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar together in a bowl.
  • In a second bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, vanilla, butter and oil.
  • Add the flour mixture and stir with a heavy duty scraper until well blended.
  • Spoon two generous tablespoons of batter into 6 doughnut cavities. You will have enough batter leftover to make 4 more doughnuts.
  • Bake for 12 minutes or until cakes spring back when touched.
  • Let cool in pan for 3 minutes, then flip onto a cooling rack.
  • To make the glaze, put the butter, corn syrup and chips in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl. Microwave at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Add hot water to thin, then drizzle over doughnuts. Alternatively, you can put the glaze in a shallow bowl and dip the doughnuts.
  • To make vanilla glaze, melt the butter in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Add sugar and stir until mixed, then stir in milk (as needed) until smooth. Add vanilla. Spoon over doughnuts or transfer to a bowl and dip the doughnuts.


Adapted from Full Circle Magazine via Shutterbean.
Make sure to either weigh the flour or really aerate it well before measuring so that you don't accidentally use too heavy a cup.