Chocolate Frosted Baked Cake Donuts covered in sprinkles. Homemade donuts are probably easier to make than you think and you can save a trip to the donut shop!
Baked Cake Donuts
I actually first made and shared these chocolate glazed donuts on Amanda’s Cookin’ but they’re so pretty (& good!) I wanted to share them here, too. They’re so easy to make that I’ve already made a few batches.
Ingredients you’ll need to make chocolate frosted donuts
Below is a list of ingredients you’ll need to help you prep. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
Flour – I’ve only tested with all-purpose white flour.
Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
Baking Powder – To make them fluffy.
Nutmeg – For a great “spicy” flavor.
Cinnamon – The compliment to nutmeg.
Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk, I have a hack below to make some…or you can use regular milk.
Eggs – You’ll need to beat two large eggs.
Butter – Melted and cooled (so you don’t scramble the eggs).
Vanilla – Try to use real vanilla extract instead of imitation for the best flavor.
Chocolate Chips – I like to use Ghirardelli baking chips. You can thin them with a bit of coconut oil, if needed, to make dipping easier.
Equipment you’ll need to make baked donuts
Are donuts baked or fried?
Yeast donuts are usually fried while cake donuts are typically baked. I like fried donuts but I don’t fry in my kitchen and these baked cake donuts are just as good. Whip them up on a weekend morning to score points with the whole family.
What is the best donut pan?
I got a Wilton donut pan that makes 6 donuts at a time, is non-stick, and is dishwasher safe. It has worked really well for me since I’ve been on a donut kick. Remember the Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts from a couple weeks ago?
I love any excuse to break out my sprinkle collection and these could be really cute for Halloween this weekend.
What can I use if I don’t have buttermilk?
If you don’t have buttermilk, which I often don’t, you can easily make some with this hack – to a measuring cup, add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar then finish filling to 1 cup with milk. Let stand for 5-10 minutes to let milk curdle. Voila – buttermilk.
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Chocolate Frosted Baked Cake Donuts
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ⅔ cup granulated white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 2.5 Tablespoons butter melted & cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips I use Ghirardelli baking chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Preheat your oven to 425°F and lightly spray a donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- To a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients.2 cups all purpose flour, ⅔ cup granulated white sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt
- Add in the buttermilk, beaten eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir until just combined.¾ cup buttermilk, 2 large eggs, 2.5 Tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pour the batter into a large zip top bag and snip the tip to easily pour into the donut pan. It will fill 12 donut wells evenly.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.
- While they are cooling, to a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil and microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave another 30 seconds (as needed) and stir until smooth.1 cup chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Dip each cooled donut into the melted chocolate and immediately top with sprinkles.
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