Donut cupcakes

I’ve been obsessed with the mini donuts ever since making a yogurt version here and a chocolate and sprinkles version with a different recipe here. I haven’t found any new recipes that I wanted to try, but I was thinking of what else I could do with mini donuts. And then I thought to decorate some cupcakes with them. I got the idea from JustJenn, who came up with coffee and donuts cupcakes.

I made some chocolate cupcakes, using Hershey’s perfect chocolate cake recipe. I frosted some cupcakes with whipped cream and added the donuts on top and I frosted some with chocolate ganache, and then put donuts on top.


I used the chocolate and sprinkles donuts recipe. These came out so cute! I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I remember seeing a donut cupcake design before, and that’s how I got the idea. Next time I have to go to an event with lots of kids, I’m going to make these cupcakes.

This was my first time trying to frost with chocolate ganache. The frosting held up pretty well. You need to let the ganache cool and set for a while before you can pipe with it. Personally, the chocolate ganache plus chocolate cupcake was a bit too sweet. So I preferred the ones with the whipped cream. But they both tasted pretty good.

For the cupcakes:

Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake


2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa (natural)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt
in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of
mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour
batter into prepared pans.

3. Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in
diameter) with paper bake cups. Fill cups 2/3 full
with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30

Chocolate Ganache

1 cup heavy cream

8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1. Heat heavy cream in a small pot. Be careful to not let it boil over. Once it begins to boil, remove from the stove.

2. Pour heavy cream into bowl of chopped chocolate. Stir and mix until chocolate is completely melted.

3. Let ganache cool and set before putting it in a piping bag and frosting cupcakes

Mini baked donuts with sprinkles recipe found here.

8 comments on “Donut cupcakes”

  1. Brilliant Kirbie! This would be THE perfect dinner party dessert! I can imagine the smile on everyone’s faces when they see this.
    For the donuts, do they taste the same (as regular fried donuts) when you bake them?

  2. hi kirbie
    those donut topped cupcakes look so cute! gosh, everything you make is droolworthy! your boyfriend is lucky to have you as the resident baker/cook! 🙂

  3. I remember those on JustJenn’s blog and they looked so good! YUM

  4. Man, is my mouth watering! I love the cute little donuts on top…my kids would go nuts!

  5. Unfortunately, the baked donuts don’t taste like fried donuts. But they still taste yummy and they are healthier. It’s hard to describe the taste.They don’t taste like the cake donuts you’ll find in the store. They are lighter and airier.

  6. Thanks C! I try to find/brainstorm cute ideas. It’s always exciting when something works out.

  7. Hi Darlene! You’re right! I did see these on JustJenn’s blog. I saw them somewhere else too, but I can’t remember; I’ve looked at so many cupcake blogs.

  8. I think this is one of my favorite cupcake designs. I’m definitely going to make them again. Maybe make some other variations of it.

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