Baked Chocolate Donuts

 When I was a kid, my mom (who was a single mom) used to give me chocolate donuts for breakfast.  I think mostly because I wouldn’t eat anything else.  Literally, I would leave the house without eating and she thought I should have SOMEthing for breakfast.

Chocolate ones were my favorite, so I decided to take a little trip back to my childhood and try to make some myself.  And yeah, I might still have them for breakfast.

Because I can.



  • 3/4 cups flour
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla


  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 t vanilla

Crumble Topping

  • ¼ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cups flour
  • 2T + 2t sugar
  • 2T + 2t dark brown sugar
  • 2T + 2t dark cocoa powder
  • 1T milk
  • ½ t vanilla


Get out your donut pan.  Start by spraying or buttering and flouring the pan and set it aside.

We’ll start with the donut part of the donuts.

In a large bowl add the initial dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt) and whisk until well combined.  Set aside.

In a small to medium bowl add the sour cream, sugar, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla and mix until just combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix again until just combined.IMG_4497

Spoon the batter into your prepared donut pan, fIMG_4498illing each indentation about 2/3-3/4 full.

Drop the pan on the counter a couple times, just to even out the batter.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges look firm and a toothpick inserted into one comes out dry.

Remove from the oven and move the pan to a wire rack.  Leave the donuts in the pan for a few minutes to let them set, then remove them to the wire rack by themselves.IMG_4499

You’re going to want to wait until the donuts are completely cool before you glaze them, otherwise the glaze will just kind of drip off.

Making the glaze is easy.  Just add the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla into a small bowl and mix together until well combined.  You should be able to do this with just a fork.  Set this aside – don’t dip the donuts yet.  You want to make the topping first.

To make the topping, add the butter, flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, milk and vanilla to a bowl.  Mush everything together with a fork (and maybe your hands) until the mixture is nice and crumbly.

Now it’s time for the glaze.

When you’re ready to top the donuts, spread out a sheet of wax paper onto your counter.

Take your donuts and dunk one side into your glaze then dunk it into your crumble mixture.  Move it around a little bit to make sure you get nice coverage, then put the donut back onto the wax paper, crumble side up.IMG_4503

Do this with all your donuts and let the crumble set (less than an hour) and enjoy!

This one makes about ten donuts.  That you’re probably gonna want to eat for breakfast.IMG_4510

10 thoughts on “Baked Chocolate Donuts

  1. If you leave out the cocoa will this recpie still work?


    1. I honestly don’t know – I haven’t tried them plain yet. I would think you’d need to add a little more flour but it SHOULD work. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out.


    2. Why would you leave the cocoa out. Its literally the one ingredient that you need to make a chocolate donut.


  2. Can you please clarify the crumble ingredients? It says 2T+2T cup for the sugars and cocoa. I made this yesterday (very yummy) and used 1/3 C for each and it worked pretty well.


    1. Yup…a couple of you have been kind enough to point this out for me. I think I cut and pasted and wasn’t paying enough attention (not great for baking, I know!) You’re right, you can work with what works for you but this is what I did:

      ¼ cup butter, softened to room temperature
      ¾ cups flour
      2T + 2t sugar
      2T + 2t t dark brown sugar
      2T + 2t dark cocoa powder
      1T milk
      ½ t vanilla

      Thank you for letting me know!!


  3. What exactly do you mean 2T + 2T cup Sugar

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    1. Yikes!!! Thank you for seeing that. That…is a typo. I think I was moving too quickly. The correct ingredient list for the crumble is as follows:

      ¼ cup butter, softened to room temperature
      ¾ cups flour
      2T + 2t sugar
      2T + 2t dark brown sugar
      2T + 2t dark cocoa powder
      1T milk
      ½ t vanilla

      Same directions…but portions definitely matter!!! I’ve fixed it on the website, and thank you again!


  4. I made them and they’re devil’s food delicious cake donuts!! thanks!


  5. Need to buy a donut pan and make this!!! Looks sooo good!!!


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