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Chocolate Frosted Baked Cake Donuts

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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!

Chocolate Glazed 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! | www.persnicketyplates.com

Baked Cake Donuts

These chocolate dipped baked cake donuts are great after a ham & potato breakfast casserole or spinach & zucchini frittata for breakfast!

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.
Salt
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

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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?

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I love any excuse to break out my sprinkle collection and these could be really cute for Halloween this weekend.

Chocolate Glazed 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! | www.persnicketyplates.com

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.

Need more donuts? Try these:

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts
Apple Donut Mini Muffins
Raspberry Thumbprint Donuts

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Chocolate Frosted Baked Cake Donuts

Melissa Williams
Baked Cake Donuts dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles. Homemade donuts are probably easier to make than you think and you can save a trip to the donut shop!
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Decorating Time 10 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 donuts
Calories 241 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 157mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 177IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 1mg

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  1. kentuckylady7717 says

    These look so delicious….. Can self-rising flour be used instead of plain flour ?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I haven’t tried it but I think it’ll be fine, just leave out the baking powder & salt the recipe calls for 🙂

  2. Megan says

    Can butter be used instead of coconut oil for the icing?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yep, you don’t even *have* to use anything but it helps thin the chocolate a bit & make it smooth.

    • Megan Farrar says

      Thank you!

  3. Megan says

    I tried the frosting with semi sweet and milk chocolate chips. Both got crumbly and didn’t melt right. Do you have any tips? This is urgent second recipe I’ve tried recently with this issue.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Which brand of chocolate chips are you using? I always use Ghirardelli baking chips & they kept really smoothly. You also may be microwaving too long & burning it.

    • Megan Farrar says

      I tried Baker’s for the semi sweet and Nestle for the milk. I was doing about 15 seconds​ :/
      I’ve tried glass and ceramic dishes. Should I try something else?

    • Melissa Williams says

      15 secs, stir, 15 secs, stir? That should be fine. & You’re using butter? Can you try coconut oil? Or shortening? Glass bowl is what I use, too. I’ve used both of those brands without issue, I just keep Ghirardelli on hand.

    • Megan says

      I found a different recipe for the frosting that worked for me. The donuts were delicious!!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Good! Yeah, mine is a “glaze” not a true frosting. Glad they finally worked out =)

  4. Kylie says

    Hi! I made some donuts today and they came out SUPER dense!! I have no clue why! Do have an idea what I’ve done?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m sorry, it’s hard to know without being in the kitchen with you 🙂 did you follow the recipe or make any changes?

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