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Baked Chocolate Donuts

February 24, 2020 (Last Updated: May 16, 2020)

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Delicious baked chocolate donuts with a chocolate glaze are a perfect treat for breakfast or dessert. These baked donuts have a rich chocolate taste and a cake like texture. Whip up a batch of these tasty donuts in less than 30 minutes.

Chocolate donuts with chocolate glaze and sprinkles on a baking rack.

Have you tried baked donuts yet? They are so delicious. They are different than traditional donuts and have a cake like texture. I’ve dipped these delicious treats into a quick chocolate glaze.

Chocolate donuts sprinkled with colored confetti sprinkles.

How are baked donuts different from raised donuts?

Baked donuts are made  by creating a batter with added baking powder for leavening. The batter is poured into a donut pan and baked. 

Raised donuts are made with a yeast dough that is kneaded and the dough must have time to rise. The dough is then rolled and cut into donut shapes. Raised donuts are usually fried. Check out this recipe for raised donuts

Another type of donut is a cake donut, like in this cinnamon sugar donut. This cake donut does not use yeast, but it does require rolling out the dough and frying the donut. 

A chocolate cake donut topped with colorful sprinkles.

I have made baked donuts before with these mini powdered sugar donuts and these apple cider donuts

When to eat donuts

You can eat donuts anytime of the day! I really enjoy having a donut in the morning along with a cup of coffee, but when I make donuts at home we usually eat them as a midday snack or dessert. There’s no wrong time to eat a donut!

What’s your favorite time to eat a donut?

How to make baked donuts

  1. Combine dry ingredients
  2. In a different bowl, combine wet ingredients
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  4. Spoon batter into lightly greased donut pans Chocolate batter in a round baking pan.
  5. Bake Cooked donuts sitting in a donut pan.
  6. Allow donuts to cool
  7. Dip in glaze and add sprinkles A chocolate donut sitting in a bowl full of chocolate glaze.

How to make glaze

  1. Mix powdered sugar with unsweetened cocoa powder
  2. Add milk and stir until smooth
  3. Add additional milk if mixture becomes too thick

A row of donuts on a baking rack.

Toppings for donuts

Adding a topping to a donut is totally optional. I’ve added them because I think they add an additional fun element. Plus they look more like a bakery donut to me. 

Some options for sprinkling on top of glazed donuts include:

To add the toppings, first dip donuts in glaze allowing excess glaze to drip off donut. Place donut on a baking rack sitting over a baking sheet to catch the drips. Sprinkle toppings on each donut right away. Once the glaze sets up, the toppings will no longer stick. 

If not adding a glaze, you can also top donuts with a dusting of powdered sugar.

A plate with two chocolate donuts topped with a chocolate glaze and chocolate sprinkles.

These donuts are best eaten the same day they are baked. But that’s not a problem, because these are easy to make and they will disappear quickly. 

Tips for making donuts

  • Make certain oven is preheated
  • Use a nonstick cooking spray to grease donut pan
  • Spoon batter into donut pan. 
  • Allow donuts to cool slightly in pan for a few minutes, then remove from pan and continue cooling on a baking rack.
  • Make certain donuts are fully cooled before adding glaze
  • If adding sprinkles, add before glaze sets up

Can I make these in a mini size donut?

Everything seems more fun when in a mini size! These chocolate baked donuts can also be made in a mini size pan. Reduce temperature to 350 and adjust the baking time to 10 minutes.

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Chocolate donuts with chocolate glaze and sprinkles on a baking rack.

Baked Chocolate Donuts

Kathy
Delicious cake like chocolate donut with a chocolate glaze and sprinkles.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Glaze 10 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Donuts
Calories 231 kcal

Equipment

  • Donut Pan

Ingredients
  

Batter

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon colored sprinkles (optional)

Instructions
 

Batter

  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine milk,eggs, oil and vanilla.
  • Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir just until all ingredients are combined.
  • Spoon batter into a lightly greased donut pan.
  • Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 7-9 minutes.
  • Remove donuts from oven and allow to cool in pan for a few minutes. Remove donuts from pan and continue cooling on a baking rack. When donuts are completely cool, add glaze.

Glaze

  • Combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder and milk into a bowl. Stir until smooth. The consistency should be runny.
  • Place one donut at a time face down in the glaze. Pick up and tile donut so excess glaze can drip back into bowl. Place donut on a baking rack, glaze side up.
  • Add sprinkles right away. If you wait, the glaze will harden and the sprinkles won't stick.

Notes

Tips for making donuts

  • Make certain oven is preheated
  • Use a nonstick cooking spray to grease donut pan
  • Spoon batter into donut pan.ย 
  • Allow donuts to cool slightly in pan for a few minutes, then remove from pan and continue cooling on a baking rack.
  • Make certain donuts are fully cooled before adding glaze
  • If adding sprinkles, add before glaze sets up

Toppings for donuts

Some options for sprinkling on top of glazed donuts include:
  • Colored sprinkles or nonparalis
  • Colored confetti sprinkles
  • Chocolate Jimmies
  • Shredded sweetened coconut
  • Slivered almonds
  • Coarse sugar
  • Chopped nuts

Nutrition

Serving: 1DonutCalories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 119mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 73IUCalcium: 66mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Baked Chocolate Donuts, baked donuts, Chocolate Donuts
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Melanie
    May 21, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    5 stars
    This is such an easy recipe to follow , they came out absolutely perfect.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 22, 2020 at 1:22 am

      Thanks, Melanie!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    March 2, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    5 stars
    These look so pretty! Love that they’re baked and dressed up with sprinkles. I love how you answered the question of when to eat them because I was thinking . . . all day long. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ~Valentina

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    February 26, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    5 stars
    Kathy, these donuts have me swooning! They look so light and fluffy inside. And that glaze!!!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 26, 2020 at 8:18 am

    5 stars
    I love baked doughnuts Kathy, and haven’t made them in quite a while! Need to give your recipe a try! They look so delish!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    February 24, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    5 stars
    These look absolutely fantastic, Kathy –
    I love donuts, and I love that these are baked. That glaze looks fantastic!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    February 24, 2020 at 7:52 am

    5 stars
    No going to buy donuts when there’s these! They look awesome, Kathy! And love that they come together so quickly. Those fun sprinkles are always a good idea, if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pinned! Happy Monday to ya!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 24, 2020 at 5:03 am

    5 stars
    Oh man, it’s a good thing Robbie isn’t standing next to me right now…he’s crazy about sprinkles! Me? I’m crazy about donuts, and these donuts look fantastic, Kathy! The only donut place we have up here is Dunkin, and they leave a lot to be desired. I’ll just stick to baking these at home instead! ๐Ÿ™‚

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