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Baked Chocolate Doughnuts Baked Chocolate Doughnut recipe Baked Chocolate Doughnuts with Chocolate Frosting Baked Chocolate Doughnuts with Chocolate Frosting Hi Guys! Today we have baked chocolate donuts for you! Oh the donut. I feel like I could write (really bad) poems and songs about my love for donuts. I have always self-proclaimed myself as a non-sweets person; after dinner I usually want meat/cheese/crackers and usually scrunch my nose up at cakes/cookies/pies. Not that I don’t enjoytasting sweets and desserts, because I do love tasting them, but usually just enough to get a sense of the flavors and textures and not to eat the whole thing or even close to it.

This all changes though with donuts. I don’t know what it is about soft, rich, fried dough that I love so much but I can genuinely say (from straight up experience) that taking a dozen donuts to the face, in one sitting, would be no problem for me. Ever. I definitely have my favorites, and these days I LOVE a good old fashioned doughnut that’s been fried in peanut oil (peanut oil is KEY when talking fried doughnuts) and encased in the thinnest layer of sweet vanilla glaze. I think it’s exciting that donuts have gotten so fancy in the last several years with awesome shops like Doughnut PlantVooDoo DoughnutsSidecar Doughnuts and so many others! I love a good, fancy doughnut with fun flavors, but am just as happy with a donut from any hole in the wall spot around town….just has to be tasty! (nor am I a stickler for the spelling…as you can see I’m annoyingly interchanging them even within this post…sorry not sorry!)

Although old fashioned ones are probably my favorite type of donut as an adult, as a kid it started when I was 5 years old and had my very first donut: a chocolate on chocolate cake donut with chocolate sprinkles. A classmate had brought them into class for her birthday and my bratty 5 year old self pretty much dove for the triple chocolate donut, claiming it for myself.…and the donut obsession began.

Today we have a recreate of my favorite childhood donut, but a baked version. While I still prefer fried over baked, these are super delicious and so easy to make…plus you cut down on a lot of the mess by baking and not frying. I also think donuts can seem intimidating to make yourself if you’ve never done it before and removing the frying factor also removes some of that stress and intimidation!

I use bread flour in this recipe because it results in a slightly denser (and chewy…if that makes sense) donut, so you feel like you’re eating a real cake donut and not just  regular chocolate cake that was shaped into an “O”.  Also, if you find that your glaze is a little gritty and not totally smooth, just throw it into a blender or food processor for a minute before transferring it to your double boiler to ensure a nice, smooth texture! If anyone is looking for a super delicious baked donut, loaded with chocolate…you may have just found it! (I say as I sit shamelessly giving myself a pat on the back) Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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Our Best Ever Baked Chocolate Doughnuts
Makes 20

2 cups bread flour
1 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup strong brewed black coffee, cooled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cooled
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup melted semisweet chocolate chips, cooled
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
2 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
chocolate sprinkles/jimmies

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
2. Place flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
3. Pour buttermilk coffee, eggs, butter, vinegar, and vanilla into another mixing bowl and whisk together.
4. Pour the flour mixture into the buttermilk mixture and stir until fully mixed. Fold in melted chocolate until just combined.
5. Lightly grease a couple baked doughnut pans and pour batter into a piping bag or gallon sized re-closeable bag and pipe batter into the doughnut molds, filling 3/4 of the way up.
6. Bake the doughnuts for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of a doughnut.
7. Remove from molds and transfer doughnuts onto a cooling rack and allow doughnuts to cool completely.
8. For glaze: Place all ingredients, except powdered sugar, into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until butter and chocolate have melted and mixture is smooth. Whisk in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until all 2 1/4 cups has been added and mixture is smooth. Pour mixture into a heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan filled with 2 inches of simmering water (to create a double boiler, which is needed to keep the glaze loose and make it easy to dip the doughnuts)
9. To assemble: Dip the tops of each doughnut into the warm glaze and shake to remove any excess glaze. Place doughnuts onto a cooling rack, glaze side-up and top with a small amount of chocolate sprinkles. Repeat until all doughnuts have been dipped and sprinkled. Allow doughnuts to sit for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the glaze to harden. Serve.

  1. Elyse Not Specified Not Specified

    I have always had little success with baked donuts and make them only to wish I had just made brownies instead! Will try this version and hope for better success (you just can’t beat what the fryer does for the donut!). Thank you for the recipe.

  2. The slow pace Not Specified Not Specified

    They look amazing! And super cute!

  3. Disha Kapadia Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh sigh! They look so beautiful! A few (cheesy and bad) poems are coming to me too now! :-)

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh boy!! Chocolate donuts are so freaking good, and so is this recipe!! Yum!

  5. Jess Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks for the great recipe. I do not have doughnut molds. If I wanted to make a “doughnut” cake- do you think this could be adapted to be baked in a bunt pan? If so, would 18-20 mins cooking time be sufficient.



    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      I think that could work! Although I would maybe double the bake time and make sure to check on it after 30 minutes to be safe. Good luck!

  6. Marissa @ In My Yellow Cardigan Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m not even into doughnuts and I have to try this recipe soon! Love the photos! They look so tasty!

  7. Stephen Not Specified Not Specified

    I think I may have to make these alongside some of your apple fritter donuts, and see which one is better.

  8. Ashlae Not Specified Not Specified

    My fiancé teases me about it to no end, but I love the plain cake doughnuts more than any other doughnut in the world. They’re so simple and delicious and I WANT ONE NOW. But I’d take one of these, too, because chocolate doughnuts happen to be my second favorite. ;)

  9. sandra Not Specified Not Specified

    I much prefer the dense donut to the light and fluffy – I think I’ll give these a try this weekend (for my birthday??)

  10. Danae @ reciperunner Not Specified Not Specified

    These doughnuts look like a chocolate lovers dream (AKA my husband)! I also love a good old fashioned doughnut or a buttermilk bar. We just recently got a VooDoo Doughnuts here in Denver, I’m dying to go try it out, but afraid I won’t be able to control myself! In the meantime I’ll make these!

  11. Katie @ The Surly Housewife Not Specified Not Specified

    I have been avoiding buying a doughnut pan, mainly because I’m afraid of making doughnuts nonstop, but I think it is time to commit! Pinned and shared :)

  12. Leah Not Specified Not Specified

    I am drooling over these as we speak – great pictures and definitely putting this recipe on my list. YUM!

  13. Charlie Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow – these look amazing! You have me craving something sweet and chocolatey right now…I might just have to attempt making these over the weekend! Great post!

    Charlie x

  14. Traci Not Specified Not Specified

    I was sold when I read the part about them being denser. Great photo styling, too!

  15. Sheila@Sweet Baked Life Not Specified Not Specified

    I have got to try these, they look perfectly scrumptious!

  16. Medeja Not Specified Not Specified

    Irresistibly beautiful!

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  20. Andrea Not Specified Not Specified

    Any substitute for the coffee? We never drink it and don’t keep it on hand.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You can actually omit it completely. You’ll lose a small amount of richness, but still get great results!

  21. KayleneP @ The Links Site Not Specified Not Specified

    These look so good, I’m going to have to go buy a doughnut pan now!

  22. Hannah Jade Not Specified Not Specified

    Um, yeah, you’ve pushed me over the edge – definitely buying a doughnut pan soon.

  23. Julie S Not Specified Not Specified

    My 12-year-old son is doing a 6th grade projects on doughnuts. We’ve visited a local bakery to see their process and tried our hand at a few recipes with mixed success (which both were yeast-leavened). Looking forward to trying our hand at this one. His goal is to invent a new flavor (we love to stop at Voodoo when we’re in Portland!).

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  26. Renee @ Awesome on $20 Not Specified Not Specified

    I love doughnuts, too. I wish I could eat them every day without all the guilt. I can’t wait to try these.

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  28. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    I was out last weekend, and I came home to a batch of these beauties, courtesy of my husband and our toddler. They baked these and they were AMAZING and I didn’t have to do any of the work. Amazing!! He said he used the self-rising flour(it was what we had on hand) and omitted the baking soda but still used salt. And he used made espresso instead of coffee. These ROCKED!

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  31. Karma Not Specified Not Specified

    Just got a couple of doughnut pans for Christmas (as requested by me) and was looking for a good chocolate recipe. (Sort of a chocoholic). This one sounds great. Will definitely give it a go. Without the coffee. Like Andrea, we don’t drink it & therefore, do not have it on hand. Good to know it can be left out and not ruin the whole thing.

  32. Megan Not Specified Not Specified

    I just made these and they are awesome! I used a simple vanilla glaze and they were a huge hit.

  33. Andrea Not Specified Not Specified

    Made them this week and they are perfection! Thank you for a great recipe.

  34. Eden Passante Not Specified Not Specified

    These sound unbelievable! Love chocolate doughnuts!

  35. Elisabeth Weed Not Specified Not Specified

    Another hit! Loved making these with my kids

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Aw yay!! So glad you enjoyed the ribs and now these doughnuts! Thanks for the feedback, we appreciate it! :)

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