Chocolate/ Dessert/ easy/ few ingredients/ Muffins & Quick Breads/ no mixer/ quick

Baked Chocolate Donuts

July 30, 2019

Moist and fluffy donuts that are baked, not fried, and full of chocolate. Covered in a thick chocolate glaze, these are perfect for any chocoholic who wants a chocolate version of this classic treat.

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Donuts are one of my favorite desserts. I love the fun shape of donuts and the colorful sprinkles or creamy glaze that covers the top. These chocolate glazed donuts are baked instead of fried, giving them a moist, cake-like texture and are a healthier alternative to a classic fried donut.

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As a chocolate lover, anything that has chocolate two different ways is guaranteed to cure my chocolate cravings. There are two kinds of chocolate in this chocolate donut recipe: cocoa powder for the batter, and bittersweet chocolate for the glaze. Combined, these chocolate glazed donuts have a light yet moist crumb and a rich, smooth chocolate glazed top. Paired with a glass of milk, these can be a sweet breakfast treat or a nice afternoon snack. Kids love them, so they are a wonderful healthier alternative for their donut cravings.

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How To Make Chocolate Donuts

To start, you will need a donut pan. These are similar to muffin pans but have a hole in the middle to give you that fun donut shape. Most pans only have 6 molds in them so I recommend buying two pans. Be sure to grease the pan well as the batter can easily stick to the pan.

These chocolate glazed donuts are made from a thick chocolate cake batter. You begin by whisking together the dry and wet ingredients separately, like any basic cake batter recipe, then mix the two mixture together.

The batter is thick, so I find it easiest to fill a piping bag or ziploc bag with the batter to pipe it into the pans. You can easily do this by cutting a corner off the bottom of the bag and squeezing softly to fill the pans ¾ of the way full.

Each pan bakes for 9-10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Keep a close eye on them as it’s difficult to tell if they are done since they are already dark brown and won’t turn golden like a white cake batter. Cool completely before glazing with the chocolate glaze.

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The Final Step: Chocolate Glaze

No donut is complete without a frosted top! These chocolate frosted donuts get covered in a rich chocolate glaze made with bittersweet chocolate and butter. You can simply melt the ingredients, in intervals, in a microwave or use a double boiler. Be careful not to heat the chocolate too much.

Dip the top of each donut into the chocolate glaze and place on a cooling rack to set. You can even shake some sprinkles on top for a colorful finish. Since they are baked, the donuts are best enjoyed the same day or can be kept for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Any longer and the donuts lose their moist texture, but trust me these donuts won’t last longer than a day on your kitchen counter.

Once you’ve made these chocolate glazed donuts you won’t need to make any other donut runs for breakfast. These easy chocolate cake donuts are a healthier alternative to a classic treat. Full of chocolate, these chocolate glazed donuts are for true chocolate lovers like myself!

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Chocolate Donuts
YIELD: 8 donuts

Chocolate Donuts
  • 1 cup (140g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (25g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Glaze
  • 1/2 cup (85g) semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°. Grease a donut pan with oil or butter. Set aside.

  2. Make the donuts: Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk egg with sugar until well combined. Add milk, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla extract, and whisk until combined. Pour into the flour mixture and mix until just combined. The batter will be thick.

  4. Fill donut cavities with batter ¾ way full using a spoon or a piping bag (much easier). Cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each donut cup.

  5. Bake for 9–10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the donuts comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in pan, then remove donuts from pan and transfer to a wire rack. Allow to cool completely before glazing.

  6. Make the chocolate glaze: Melt the chocolate, heavy cream, and butter gently in the microwave (in 30-second intervals, stirring in between) or a double boiler until smooth. Dip the tops of the donuts into the chocolate glaze, and place on a cooling rack to set.

  7. Donuts are best eaten the same day or keep them for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

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    Lana Green
    August 1, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Will the glaze turn out ok if I use milk chocolate instead of bittersweet?

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      August 4, 2019 at 4:44 am


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    August 7, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Can’t wait to try these! What kind of yogurt do you use for this recipe? Is it okay to use Greek yogurt?

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      August 13, 2019 at 4:14 am

      I use plain yogurt.

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    September 23, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Hi, do you think, I could substitute the flour for,almond flour

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    November 9, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Hi. Do we have to heat the chocolate, heavy cream and butter after combining them ? Thanks

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      Ella baby
      July 16, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      Wow it’s beautiful and delicious.

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    April 19, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Turned out great and very yummy. Easy to make too.

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    April 26, 2020 at 10:51 am

    These were just right! I substituted a glaze I use for chocolate Bundt cake, made with butter, cocoa , powdered sugar and vanilla. It worked fine , and they are delicious.

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    May 8, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Can I cut out the cut out the donut shapes and bake? Do t have a donut pan handy!

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      May 11, 2020 at 4:32 am

      The batter is more like a cake batter so it won’t be possible to cut out shapes.

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    May 17, 2020 at 3:43 am

    can i use curd/dahi instead of yogurt?

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      May 17, 2020 at 4:17 am

      Yes it should work, or you can use sour cream.

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    June 2, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    These were delicious and easy. The hard part was waiting for them to cool to add the glaze and eat. A definite “make again” recipe. I ended up with 10 donuts from my batch and had to cook for about 12 minutes. Totally worth the wait!!!

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    Heidi Barton
    June 12, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    These are SOOOOOO delicious! I’m not a baker at all but these are incredibly easy to make and glaze! I did use a different glaze recipe to make it easy on me and it worked perfect! The donuts were fluffy & light, more like a cupcake than a cake. I doubled the recipe and ended up with 24 donuts, i guess i have a smaller donut pan,
    Hubby said i need now to learn how to make jelly filled donuts but to keep making these too!!!

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    Wenliang Chen
    June 16, 2020 at 10:00 pm


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    June 25, 2020 at 10:27 am

    I just made this & they turned out AMAZINGGGG!!!
    Can this recipe also be made eggless ? Any substitute for egg???

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      June 29, 2020 at 2:08 am

      Sorry Chandni, but I have no experience baking with egg substitutes.

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    Ella baby
    July 16, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Wow it’s beautiful and delicious. Can I have a taste of it.

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    July 26, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Can these be fried??

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      July 27, 2020 at 4:28 am

      The recipe makes a thick cake-like batter, and not dough. So it won’t be good for frying.

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    August 23, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Hi. I don’t have the pan for this, can I use a donut maker and get the same results?

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      August 24, 2020 at 2:17 am

      It might not be the exact same result, but yes, it would work with a donut maker.

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    Laura Croker
    October 25, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Hi I was just wondering do I need to use the yogurt?

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