I’m not a huge donut fan, but give me a cake donut, or even better a baked cake donut, and I’m suddenly a major fan. The actual donut isn’t all that sweet in this recipe. You can add an extra tablespoon of sugar if you must. Plenty of sweetness is added as you glaze. Depending on your definition, this chocolate baked donut lands on the healthier side, sweetened partially with honey and the flour supplemented with a bit of wheat.
1/3 c. + 1 tbsp. whole milk
1 tsp. white vinegar
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 c. white whole wheat flour
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 c. pure cane sugar
2 tbsp. honey
1 large egg
1 c. powdered sugar
3 tbsp. whole milk
dash of kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a small bowl, mix together milk and vinegar. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes to curdle. Melt butter in a small saucepan until half melted. Set aside to finish melting and cooling.
- Meanwhile, whisk together flours, cocoa, baking soda, sea salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Into the cooled butter, whisk in sugar, honey, and egg until evenly combined. Add in curdled milk. (Tip: dip honey measuring utensil in the melted butter first for easy honey removal.)
- Whisk together wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Over-mixing will create a dense donut.
- Spray donut pan. Add batter to a piping bag and pipe evenly into the pan (about 2/3 full). You will have a little extra batter. Make a couple donut holes or mini donuts.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool 1 minute before turning pan over to remove donuts onto a cooling rack.
- Meanwhile, make glaze. In a flat-bottomed bowl, whisk together half and half and powdered sugar until smooth.
- Once donuts have cooled completely, about 15 minutes, dunk in glaze, flipping to cover the entire donut. Place on cooling rack (with something underneath to catch the drippings) and allow to dry, about 30 minutes. Serve. (If you have extra glaze, I sometimes give it a double dunk, allowing dry time between each.) Best served same day or made the night before. To make the night before or store leftovers, keep on the cooling rack and store uncovered.
- Prep Time: 10 min.
- Cook Time: 7 min.
These have been scrumptious! Even my doughnut-lovin’ husband authorised! I made them last week while we have been snowed in and they grew to become out flawlessly. Next time I’m thinking about changing the nutmeg for cardamom 🙂
wow, these baked glazed chocolate donuts looks so delicious and yummy. i just love this recipe. thanks for sharing this amazing article and recipe.
I just found these recipes, and was wondering if i could use cake flour, or regular flour instead?
Hi Dawn! I haven’t tested it to be 100% sure, but you can probably use regular flour without noticing any difference. Let me know how it goes!
Made these this afternoon but subbed GF flour (ATK blend) and maple syrup for the honest because I didn’t have any honey on hand! They came out so well! Thank you for a delicious recipe!
Yay! I’m so happy to hear it worked well with the substitutions!
These were pretty underwhelming. There’s really no chocolate flavor coming through and it’s overall kind of a boring donut. To punch up the chocolate flavor, I ended up making a ganache to use in place of the glaze.
These were so good! My husband absolutely loves chocolate glazed donuts and after our failed attempt at getting Krispy Kreme last weekend, I decided to try these. So yummy and much healthier!
Glazed chocolate donuts are my favorite and I love that they are baked not fried! I recently made baked vanilla bean donuts with a chocolate glaze and mentioned your donut recipe in my post. If you get a chance check it out: http://cupsandspoonfuls.com/2014/05/09/baked-vanilla-bean-donuts-with-chocolate-glaze-5-delicious-donut-links-for-mothers-day/
If we double the ingredients for the recipe will this double to a dozen ?
Yep! A dozen plus some holes.
These were delicious! Even my doughnut-lovin’ husband approved! I made them last week when we were snowed in and they turned out perfectly. Next time I’m thinking about replacing the nutmeg for cardamom 🙂
So so glad you guys liked them! Let me know what you think with the change in spice. For some reason, the nutmeg seems to make them taste more like a donut to me, but I have no valid reason why.
I love cake donuts and these ones look AMAZING! The holes are so cute. I think I may need to buy a donut hole pan 🙂
Wow…delish!! I have a Super Bowl party to go…these may be the best great ever to bring!!! Love your blog!!
I just love the idea of trying to make baked things a little healthy – without losing any of the deliciousness. These look like they well and truly fit into that category. Got to get a doughnut pan!
These look INCREDIBLE! I’m gonna try them with spelt flour. I’ll let you know how they turn out ❤️
Yummmm. I need to make these right now! Seriously, I am drooling over here.
These might be the sexiest donuts I’ve evaaaaah SEEN.
If you would not have told me these were baked I would thought they were fried for sure! They look incredible and obviously chocolate is the way to go!!
I am personally totally a non-football-loving person, but the.boy – YIKES. It is football-mania over here. Thankfully he’s never been one to turn down chocolate so I think these will be very well-received on game day!
I must try these! I have always been a fan of the cake donuts.
I kid you not, glazed chocolate donuts are my NUMBER ONE craving during this pregnancy. I may or may not have squealed when I saw these. Pinning and making, and devouring… probably all within a few hours. 😉
I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new donut pan – as soon as it comes, I’m making these asap.
I’m literally drooling while reading this post, these donuts look absolutely delish! Yum. Enjoyed reading your interview on Paper Plates as well, go Harry Potter!
These are so friggin’ cute! + likely waaaay better than a Krispy Kreme. My doughnut pan doesn’t get nearly enough play if I’m being honest. This is highly, HIGHLY motivational. Loved your interview on Paper Plates too, miss 🙂 xo
Look at how cute those donut holes are! Yum! I am also not a big fan of sports coming from a household of fans, but that’s ok. We’re into food and that’s so much better, right?
I still haven’t made baked donuts and it’s such a shame! I will definitely be trying this recipe 🙂
Cake donuts are my favorite! I am a big fan of the baked version, as I feel much less guilty enjoying more than one. 🙂 These look really wonderful.
Girl YES. These look amazing! John and I have gotten into the habit of frequenting a nearby coffee shop on Friday for coffee and donuts. These look just as delicious and WAY healthier! Will have to give them a go. Also, congrats on recently becoming a mother! So exciting!
I think the only reason I watch sporting events is for the food and the ambiance. It’s fun, even if you don’t care about football or hockey (yes, I know, I am a Canadian who just admitted she could care less about hockey!)!
I adore cake-y doughnuts, especially the chocolate kind that are either glazed like this, or even better, glazed & dipped in coconut. Yum! I can’t wait to give this recipe I try because I haven’t found a baked cake-y chocolate doughnut recipe yet 🙂
These would be so much fun to make with my grandchildren!! I’m going to pin these under “Fun Things to Do”. What a great recipe – love the idea of the honey & a bit of whole wheat!
I love chocolate cake donuts. Definitely going to try to make these this weekend.
These look so good! And I love that the recipe makes a neat half dozen. Eating 6 donuts by myself wouldn’t be so bad, right?
I’m obsessed with your elegant minimalist photos. Food porn via beautiful compositions, it doesn’t get much better.
These look like absolute perfection! In the photos they definitely look like a fried, cake donut. Well done, lady. Apparently this is the week for chocolate cake things. 🙂
These look fantastic –better than Krispy Kreme! We aren’t a football watching family either but give me wings and seven layer dip and I will cheer for whoever you tell me to. If that one football player hadn’t said Omaha (my city) so many times I would have been completely oblivious.